"If presidential candidates choose to express their religious views to us, they have an obligation to explain themselves in ways accessible to all of us, and provide information that has some bearing on how they would govern," writes the Washington Post columnist, who notes that religion is becoming a key theme if not in the campaigns themselves, then in the campaign coverage.
Only three of 103 church leaders told the BBC they believe in a literal, six-day creation story, only 13 believe in an actual Adam and Eve, and a quarter of those surveyed don't believe in the Virgin Birth.
"Studies show that children involved in religious activities are less likely to use drugs. Experience tells us they're more likely to stay out of trouble," Clinton said in his radio address. But church-state watchdogs are nervous.
"Jesus Christ was not meek and mild. He is the toughest Tough Guy of all time," says the promotional material for the January 30 event, in which thousands will carry crosses through obstacle courses. England's churches are already moaning.
Black biblical action figures reignite questions over which figures where what color. But the questions, according to the Los Angeles Times, are unanswerable.
Apparently is its in the Philippines, where Ni˜os Inocentes Day is a kind of April Fool's, according to the Philippine Star and the Manila Times.
"This rethinking can be chalked up to media scrutiny, which I think the faithful would dismiss as a cynical attempt to debunk the story," CT regular Randall Balmer told the Associated Press. "In some ways, it may make the faithful dig in a little bit deeper and resist those attempts."
At the top of Washington Post writer Hanna Rosin's list are Left Behind authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, who made suggestions not predictions that Y2K could lead to Antichrist dominations. The story is old news, but a fun read.
Copyright © 1999 Christianity Today. Click for reprint information.