- May 21 is said to be the end of the world The offbeat — and decidedly un-Biblical –predictions of false prophet Harold Camping continue to make the press. According to Camping, May 28, 2011 is Judgment Day, and on October 21, 2011 “the universe will be annihilated.”
- Three Nuns involved in 2005 exorcism case in Romania released from prison According to this article “In 2005, the four nuns together with priest Petru Corogeanu, nailed a young woman to an improvised wooden cross in an attempt to exorcise her.” However at the time it was reported that the woman was ‘chained’ to the cross.
- Monk fashions new way of promoting Buddhist religion Chinese Buddhist monk Shi Daoxin is a fan of Harry Potter, uses the latest iPhone and iPad and is a dedicated follower of fashion, always open to the latest ideas. He has been touring the country wearing fashionable gowns and performing pop music to spread his religion.
- Christian therapist who claims she can help gay men go straight faces being struck off: Lesley Pilkington, 60, will appear before a professional conduct panel and faces losing her accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She agreed to help Patrick Strudwick become heterosexual without realising he was an undercover journalist and gay rights campaigner who had a tape recorder strapped to his stomach.
- Catholic bishop Thomas Paprocki seeks more sophisticated approach to exorcism in U.S.: Inquiries about exorcisms are on the rise, according to Paprocki, though few priests in the United States are knowledgeable about the ritual, which is rarely performed with the blessing of the church. The idea, said Paprocki, is that each U.S. Catholic diocese should have its own resources on exorcism, rather than relying on a handful of priests nationwide who are inundated with requests.
- Exorcist priest Thomas Euteneuer exits public spotlight, mystifying many. Also missing: his book, Exorcism and the Church Militant
- Faith healing: Oregon’s double standard adds insult to injuries: Two Oregon lawmakers have reached the same conclusion about child protection: One standard for all parents. Equal treatment under the law, with equal measures of toughness and compassion. Not a separate legal system with special privileges for certain parents with certain religious beliefs. The article deals with faith healing deaths among Christian Scientists and the Followers of Christ Church, both theologically cults of Christianity.
- Iran Says It May Drop Woman’s Stoning Sentence: Iranian officials said Monday that a woman convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning may now face only a prison sentence for acting as an accessory to the murder of her husband.
Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
- Satan Appears Before the Supreme Court: “What do you think about Satan?” That’s not a typical question at the Supreme Court, but those words were indeed uttered by Justice Scalia on January 10. The question drew a near belly laugh from the packed gallery, leaving one to wonder whether the Devil has become nothing more than a joke in modern America.
- Rick Warren Teams up with Swedenborg Cult Follower Dr. Oz More research resources on Rick Warren
- History overturned as Anglican bishops are ordained as Catholic priests: In its 100-plus years Westminster Cathedral, the mother church of English Catholicism, will have seen few stranger sights than Saturday’s procession of three Anglican bishops’ wives, in matching beige coats, one with an outsized brown hat, going up on to the high altar to embrace their husbands, all newly ordained as Catholic priests.
- Should Gays and Lesbians Argue Scripture? A Dialogue
- Israel invites tourists to retrace Virgin Mary’s footsteps in the latest campaign to bring Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land.
- Oklahoma church’s popular Bible app takes faith to phones: Since its introduction in 2008, 12.5 million people have downloaded the YouVersion Bible application and have spent 4 billion minutes reading the Bible with it, the designers calculate.
Noted Religion Books
- Ranking Faiths: Religious Stratification in America: Discusses how religion shapes access to power, privilege, and prestige in the U.S., both historically and today. By James D. Davidson
- The Power of a Praying Life: Finding the Freedom, Wholeness, and True Success God Has for You [Audio version | Kindle edition | Buy a Kindle] , Stormie Omartian
- Post-Gay? Post-Christian?: Anatomy of a Cultural and Faith Identity Crisis by Debbie Thurman
- Church? Who Needs It by Skip Heitzig
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