RELIEF WORK
Feed the Children Questioned

The Christian relief organization Feed the Children may not be as efficient as it says it is, and it may be exaggerating the scope of its charitable work, says a story in a recent issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy. But president and founder Larry Jones says his ministry is “not doing anything wrong.”

Among the claims made in the journal’s December 15 story: Feed the Children has failed to disclose to public and state regulators details of large amounts of donated commodities; many of its programs seem to have little religious content—though it is organized as a religious charity; and, while the ministry meets the standards of the Better Business Bureau and the Ethics and Financial Integrity Commission of the National Religious Broadcasters, it has failed to meet the standards of two other watchdog groups.

Jones defended his accounting procedure, saying it “meets the standards that the law and my auditors say are necessary.” And as for the religious content of his programming, he said, “You can hear a sermon on TV or radio any hour of the day. But how many people are addressing the problem of hungry and dying children?”

Will he begin to do anything differently? Jones said his ministry will very likely change the way it values relief commodities donated by other organizations.

ARCHAEOLOGY
Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Among the controversies that emerged when copies of the Dead Sea Scrolls were first made widely accessible in the fall of 1991 were questions over the documents’ authorship.

Robert Eisenman of California State University at Long Beach is one of the authors who challenges the prevailing view that the documents represent the views of a small Jewish sect, the Essenes.

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