Arts

How two poems about the coronavirus went viral by addressing spiritual needs

By Yonat Shimron — March 27, 2020

(RNS) — Written by two little-known poets, both poems preach slowing down, becoming more mindful, seeking out stillness and finding connection with humankind (without touching).

Bart Ehrman on why everything you’ve been told about heaven and hell is wrong

By Yonat Shimron — March 26, 2020

(RNS) — Best known for his popular books debunking the central assumptions of Christian Scriptures, the New Testament scholar continues this quest in his latest book, ‘Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife.’

Catholic convert’s book on the Annunciation hopes to help parents inspire faith in Gen Z

By Claire Giangravé — March 25, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In her new book about the Annunciation, Catholic convert and poet Sally Read addresses young people’s relationship with social media and its impact on faith, drawing from her personal experience as a mother.

A gift of photos from a papal coronation opens a path for Jewish-Catholic healing

By Yonat Shimron — March 13, 2020

CARY, N.C. (RNS) — Howard Shulman didn’t know it at the time, but his donation of the photographs came just as the Vatican was opening its archives into Pope Pius XII’s wartime conduct.

On Super Tuesday, new book encourages Christian voters ‘Thou Shalt Not Be A Jerk’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 3, 2020

(RNS) — Pastor and author Eugene Cho talked to Religion News Service about a better way for Christians to engage politics in a contentious election year and discussed his new book, ‘Thou Shalt Not Be A Jerk.’

Netflix’s ‘Messiah’ is not my Jesus

By Thomas Reese — February 19, 2020

(RNS) — Netflix’s ‘Messiah’ is intriguing, but in the end, good television makes for bad theology.

New book by Pope Francis points to continuity with John Paul II

By Claire Giangravé — February 11, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Among the topics discussed in the text are some of the thorniest issues facing the Catholic Church at this moment.

Frozen in time: Mormons in the 24th century, as seen in ‘The Expanse’

By Jana Riess — February 7, 2020

(RNS) — While it’s a cheering thought that my religion has survived several hundred years in the imagination of ‘The Expanse,’ I’m not so enthusiastic about the way its Mormons seem stuck in the distant past.

In this LA neighborhood, residents unite to bless one of its most sacred murals

By Alejandra Molina — February 5, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — On a recent Sunday afternoon, more than 100 people gathered at a northeast Los Angeles intersection to honor what some refer to as the neighborhood’s most sacred mural.

Christian university says it is open to hiring non-Christian art faculty in merger

By Bob Smietana — February 5, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — A Christian university says it is open to hiring non-Christian faculty from an art school it recently acquired. Belmont University’s provost had made headlines for saying the school would not hire non-Christians.

Kanye, Flame and Augustine: Hip-hop and the conversion narrative

By A. Trevor Sutton — February 4, 2020

(RNS) — Hip-hop conversion stories such as Kanye’s and Flame’s have as much a place in the discourse about religious conversion narratives as does Augustine’s ‘Confessions.’

Controversial comedy ‘Faith Based’ pokes fun at Christian films — to a point

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 24, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Faith Based’ is a new satirical film about the Christian film industry that premiered this past weekend at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

‘Hymn for the 81%’: A conversation with Daniel Deitrich

By Shane Claiborne — January 21, 2020

(RNS) — A lot of contemporary worship music doesn’t offer the best theology, but ‘Hymn for the 81%,’ by a South Bend, Indiana, worship leader, has gone viral with a cocktail of prophetic fire and Christ-like grace.

Why ‘Cats’ is a musical for our time

By Tara Isabella Burton — January 13, 2020

(RNS) — The earnest shlock and high camp of ‘Cats’ — what else can we call Taylor Swift playing a feline in a pastiche of Eliot’s Anglo-Catholic mysticism? — captures our current state of dread.

Johnny Cash’s gospel versus the temptations of nationalism

By Richard Beck — January 10, 2020

(RNS) — Cash was an outspoken patriot, and his patriotism made the gospel messages found in his music vulnerable to distortion.

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