(RNS) Finding and portraying the “real” Martin Luther on film has not been a task for the faint of heart. Yet wherever Protestants (and Catholics) gather and wherever the political history of Europe is told, the ghost of Martin Luther is present and cannot be avoided. By David Steinmetz.
(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.
(RNS) Green was the favorite color of Islam’s founder Prophet Muhammad, so it seems fitting that the world’s latest Muslim superhero has joined a small but diverse circle who have donned the Green Lantern ring. By Omar Sacirbey.
(RNS) The Taliban in Afghanistan beheaded 17 people, allegedly for dancing, according to one Afghan official. The reports shocked people around the world and provided fodder to critics of Islam. Does Islam forbid dancing? By Omar Sacirbey.
(RNS) The world’s best-selling book has made it to the small screen in what is thought to be the first religiously themed game show on a secular network. “The American Bible Challenge” represents a bid to tap the religious market – particularly evangelicals. By Chris Lisee.
(RNS/ENInews) A Moscow court on Friday found three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” for a guerrilla performance in Moscow's main cathedral. By Sophia Kishkovsky.
SAN FRANCISCO (RNS) While the recent Atheist Film Festival is the only explicitly atheist festival in the U.S., it is part of a larger trend of Humanist and Freethought film festivals taking their place along Jewish and Christian ones. By Kimberly Winston.
(RNS) Gospel artist BeBe Winans has written a new book about his 28-year friendship with Whitney Houston. In an interview, he talked about Houston's faith and why he won't rush to see her performance in “Sparkle,” the movie that opens Friday (Aug. 17). By Adelle M. Banks.
LOS ANGELES (RNS) Mention the word “exorcism” to most people, and you get descriptions of levitating bodies, spinning heads, oozing green bile and hissing serpentine tongues. But don’t expect to see these eye-popping visual effects in this summer’s stage version of “The Exorcist” at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. By Angela Aleiss.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A character on a National Geographic Channel documentary series about a rural Hutterite colony defended his community and the production company after Hutterite bishops criticized the show and its producer. By Chris Lisee.
(RNS) This summer will be the last call for Cornerstone, one of the oldest Christian music and arts festivals in the U.S. Yet as Cornerstone and its heavy metal lineup exit the stage, the young upstart Wild Goose Festival is doubling its size in only its second year. By Greg Horton.
(RNS) Members of a Hutterite colony in Montana that's the focus of a new National Geographic reality show say the series is a “distorted and exploitative'' depiction of their life that is not what the producers promised. By Chris Lisee.
(RNS) On HBO's “True Blood,” politics is literally a bloody business. The show's fifth season — which coincides with a U.S. presidential campaign — returns Sunday. “We wanted to play with the politics/religion angle, since that seems to be something that never stops,” creator Alan Ball said. By Bill Keveney/USA Today.
(RNS) The boyhood home of Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X and the neighborhood where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was born have been listed as “endangered” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. By Adelle M. Banks.