Henry Cavill as Superman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “MAN OF STEEL,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Clay Enos/courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

Superman: Jesus figure or ‘anti-Christ’?

(RNS) Superman has always been identified with Jesus, which is why Warner Bros. Pictures made a big pitch to churches and pastors to get the flock to see the new “Man of Steel” movie. But many Christians are leaving the theater saying this Superman isn’t Jesus; he’s “the anti-Christ.”

Quote of the Day: Celebrity cook Paula Deen

“If you’ve never committed a sin, please pick up that rock, pick up that boulder, and hit me as hard as you can.” — Celebrity cook Paula Deen, in a tearful interview with The Today Show’s Matt Lauer, about allegations that she has used racist language.

Plaintiffs Paul Katami, left, and Jeff Zarillo, who argued against California’s Proposition 8, speak to the media Wednesday (June 26) after the Supreme Court rejected Prop 8 on legal grounds. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Love is greater than faith

(RNS) It would be a stretch to make a case that the Bible endorses homosexuality. But it’s even more difficult to find biblical support for the way in which Christians have maligned, ostracized and otherwise mistreated the gay community.


Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – June 28

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information.   Show # 1643 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on June 28. Supreme Court Decisions – Tim O’Brien analyzes the important Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, voting rights and affirmative action that came down earlier this week. Decision Reaction –Managing editor Kim Lawton reports on the widespread religious reaction to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. Decision Analysis – Host Bob Abernethy discusses the Supreme Court decisions, their import, reaction to them and what it means for those affected, with Kim Lawton and Tim O’Brien.


Angels and Saints at Ephesus Remains at No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Traditional Music Chart for Seventh Consecutive Week

 Nuns’ debut CD, ‘Advent at Ephesus’, skyrockets to No. 2 on the Classical Traditional Music Chart
Atlanta, GA, June 27, 2013 – ANGELS AND SAINTS AT EPHESUS, the hit CD from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, is No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Classical Traditional Music Chart for the seventh straight week. The sacred CD from the Missouri-based nuns also remains at the No. 6 spot on Billboard’s Overall Classical Music Chart and rose to No.


Archbishop Myers fibs

After maintaining radio silence for a month, Archbishop Myers of Newark made another effort at self-exoneration this week in a Q. and A. with the National Catholic Register. To say that his A’s strain credulity would be an understatement. Asked whether by returning Rev. Michael Fugee to ministry he had violated the U.S. bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children’s “zero tolerance” policy for all priests with credible accusations of clergy abuse, Myers said, “The memorandum of understanding worked out with the prosecutor’s office said he could function as a priest, but not with minors in an unsupervised capacity.” That’s not the case. The memorandum makes clear that Fugee was not to minister to minors, period.

Book of Mormon photo by Ricardo630, cover by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Public via Wikimedia Commons

The Agony of Nephi

When I started reading the Book of Mormon, I had a hard time relating to Nephi. As the opening character—and crucial first narrator—in the Book of Mormon, he comes across as somewhat self-important. He caricatures his older brothers, the comical complainers Laman and Lemuel, who almost never appear as individual characters in his narrative. He never tells us much about the family he created on his own as an adult, but knowing that he had sons and yet chose to pass the records to his nephew instead indicates that there’s a shadow story there. Upon my early readings, Nephi seemed to me preoccupied with his place in history.