NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Faith-based ministries say it's already clear that the recovery from Hurricane Isaac will proceed without the national outpouring of money and volunteers triggered by Hurricane Katrina. “From our point of view, the biggest challenge with this disaster will be getting attention and money,” said Gordon Wadge, president of Catholic Charities. By Bruce Nolan.
(RNS) Hip-hop's all the rage in universities and seminaries, and dozens of pop culture books have been written about using hip-hop to evangelize young people. But professor Monica R. Miller warns in her new book that looking for religion in hip-hop is a risky proposition. By Nancy Haught.
Was Dan Brown right all along by saying Jesus had a wife? And when he comes back, will it be to a grassy bluff above the Grand River in Missouri? Maybe Elvis' $94,600 Bible has the answer. Find out in today's Religion News Roundup.
(RNS) Research for my upcoming biography of Rabbi Stephen Wise led me to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, N.Y. Reading formerly “Secret” or “Confidential” documents was a sobering experience because unlike the leaders of the time, I knew, for better or worse, how it all turned out in the end. By A. James Rudin.
(RNS) A newly revealed piece of papyrus offers fresh evidence that some early Christians believed that Jesus was married, according to a Harvard Divinity School professor. Dan Brown, if you're listening, call your office. By Daniel Burke.
(RNS) Muslim and Coptic Christian leaders in the U.S. are pledging not to let a spate of violent protests in some 20 Islamic countries derail recent efforts to improve the sometimes troubled relations between the two communities. By Omar Sacirbey.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A National Geographic investigation shows how the demand for religious articles such as carvings, beads and amulets in the Philippines, Thailand and China fuels illegal ivory trade. By Jeanie Groh.
(RNS) A series of recent developments are renewing concerns that the Catholic bishops are tilting toward the Republican Party, with much of the attention focusing on comments by a leading prelate, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, who said he “certainly can’t vote for somebody who’s either pro-choice or pro-abortion.” By David Gibson.
(RNS) Christian author Max Lucado talked to Religion News Service about grace, the topic of his latest book — and answered a range of questions from people who follow RNS on Twitter. By Adelle M. Banks.
DAVIESS COUNTY, Mo. (RNS) To non-Mormons, it sounds odd that a bluff on a bend 124 feet above the Grand River represents to 15 million faithful both the beginning and end of human time. Mormon doctrine makes reference to the place as the site where Adam and Eve went after God banished them from the Garden of Eden. It's also regarded as a gathering place for the faithful at the second coming of Jesus Christ. By Tim Townsend.
NEW YORK (RNS) The better a restaurant owner knows the customers, the more focused the menu can be. It's the same with politics; when it's local, candidates tend to know their people or at least know their interests, lingo, worries and hopes. This is the level at which democracy tends to work best. By Tom Ehrich.
BEIRUT (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday (Sept. 16) took the unusual step of directly appealing to Arab countries to find “workable solutions” to the conflict in Syria and tensions throughout the Middle East. By Alessandro Speciale.