NEWS FEATURE: Jesus Scholar Marcus Borg on Questions of Contemporary Faith and Belief

c. 2003 Beliefnet (UNDATED) In the following question-and-answer session, Jesus scholar Marcus Borg explains why “Christianity makes persuasive and compelling sense.” Q. You say that Christianity in North America and Europe is going through a paradigm changethat a new vision of how to be Christian is emerging. What is it and why is it happening? A. Broadly speaking, there are two different visions of Christianity in North America today. The earlier vision is the product of the last few hundred years, especially the last 150 years.

NEWS FEATURE: Jesus Scholar Marcus Borg on Questions of Contemporary Faith and Belief

c. 2003 Beliefnet (UNDATED) In the following question-and-answer session, Jesus scholar Marcus Borg explains why “Christianity makes persuasive and compelling sense.” Q. You say that Christianity in North America and Europe is going through a paradigm changethat a new vision of how to be Christian is emerging. What is it and why is it happening? A. Broadly speaking, there are two different visions of Christianity in North America today. The earlier vision is the product of the last few hundred years, especially the last 150 years.

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c. 2003 Religion News Service Bush Remark That Christians, Muslims `Worship Same God’ Draws Criticism (RNS) Conservative Christian leaders have criticized President Bush for declaring that he believes Christians and Muslims “worship the same God.” In a Thursday (Nov. 20) news conference with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in London, the president was asked about his views on the subject. “I do say that freedom is the Almighty’s gift to every person,” the president responded. “I also condition it by saying freedom is not America’s gift to the world.

NEWS FEATURE: In Alabama, Churches `Jazzing Up’ Their Sacred Music

c. 2003 Religion News Service HUNTSVILLE, Ala. _ Music has been used in worship throughout the centuries. In the book of Psalms, David urged people to “Praise God in his sanctuary” and to “Praise him with stringed instruments and flutes.” Today, virtually every kind of music is used in worship services, from classical and traditional to the popular contemporary Christian and Christian rock styles. One of the most recent musical appearances on the church radar screen in Huntsville is sacred jazz.

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c. 2003 Religion News Service Cincinnati Archdiocese Pleads No Contest in Abuse Case CINCINNATI (RNS) Entering a plea of no contest to five misdemeanor counts in a Hamilton County courtroom Thursday (Nov. 20), the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati was found guilty on charges of failing to report sexual abuse involving priests and minors. Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk, spiritual leader of the 550,000 Catholic faithful in the diocese, entered the plea, in which the archdiocese did not admit guilt. The archdiocese was ordered by Judge Richard Niehaus to pay a $10,000 fine for the violations, which occurred from 1978 to 1982, when Archbishop Joseph L. Bernardin headed the Cincinnati church. As part of a settlement agreement made with the prosecutor’s office, the archdiocese is creating a $3 million fund to compensate victims abused as children by clergy or other agents of the Cincinnati church.

NEWS FEATURE: Advent Observances of New Church Liturgical Year Growing in Popularity

c. 2003 Religion News Service (UNDATED) There will be no parties or parades, no fireworks _ unless you count a single lit candle. And instead of raucous renditions of “Auld Lang Syne,” you are more likely to catch the plaintive strains of a medieval Latin hymn when the new liturgical year begins on the first Sunday of Advent (Nov. 30 this year). Through Scripture, ritual and song, Christians who observe the reflective four-week season will, at home and at church, prepare to celebrate the nativity of Jesus.