May 31, 1988 |
The workmen had to rush to finish repainting the gold onion domes of the Danilov Monastery for President Reagan's visit, ensuring that the one-time boys' reform school will be back in business for this June's celebration of the millenium of Christianity in this land. While the 13th-century monastery indeed makes a gorgeous television backdrop, the real meaning of its resurrection is that Mikhail S. Gorbachev is wooing the Christian vote. Or, to be more precise, he recognizes that if he wants to mobilize support for his economic reforms, there is a constituency of tens of millions of silent believers who could be won over by a more tolerant policy toward religion.
August 17, 1987 |
So, after 5,125 years, the ancient Aztec calendar ended yesterday, and, as predicted, the sun god Quetzalcoatl appeared. He was wearing a brown cardigan sweater, and he drove in from Missoula Mont., in a Ford Escort station wagon. It was a less dramatic entrance than might have been expected at the end of the old age and the dawn of the new. In fact, most of the 5,000 or so mellow meditators who came to this "power point" for the epochal Harmonic Convergence missed it. They were up before dawn, perched on rocks and wrapped in blankets facing the east, serenaded by drums and the muted lowing of nearby chanters.
January 1, 2002 |
The other day my wife attended a funeral of an acquaintance who had committed suicide. The minister who preached the funeral sermon recounted the story of a period of despair in her own life, when she had thought about killing herself. But God intervened, she said, and saved her. I suppose the man she was burying wasn't good enough to be saved by God, or perhaps it just wasn't God's whim to stop him from blowing his brains out. As the various interpreters of God's will appear and crash airliners into buildings, or on the contrary assert that God frowns on people crashing airlines into buildings, or that God will help our blessed nation in its quest for Osama, or that God will help Osama to escape, one might ask again an epochal question: Huh?
March 9, 2008 |
Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? Countless people over the ages have at least briefly considered this question, and the issue is not without relevance today. Certainly the chasms separating literal believers, moderate believers and nonbelievers are deep. There are many who seem content to believe God exists simply because he says he does in a much extolled tome that he allegedly inspired. Many others subscribe with varying degrees of fervor to more sophisticated arguments for God, while atheists and agnostics find none of the arguments persuasive.
October 1, 1992 |
At the Catholic Church of SS. Cosmas and Damian in Conshohocken, a festival Sunday drew parishioners and a large group from New York. Above, believers pin dollars on statues. At right, Carly Cadet (left) and Tricia Louis win fish.
September 24, 1989 |
Wayne Courtney Balen, 24, a 1983 honors graduate of Conestoga High School who as a senior won an award for wrestling, died of cancer Sept. 18 at his parents' home in Devon. He was born in Wayne. He had lived in Raleigh, N.C., for several years and had returned to his parents' home in May. Mr. Balen earned varsity letters in wrestling for three years at Conestoga. In his senior year, he received the Mo Lear Award, given to the school's most skilled wrestler. He had also played varsity soccer at Conestoga.
August 21, 1986
It's little wonder belief and science have become thoroughly confused in this Age of Reagan. The president himself seems to live in a happy little land where there is no distinction between the two to disturb even his most crack- brained certainties. It's gotten so bad, in fact, that even six dozen Nobel laureates may not make much difference. That's how many United States winners of the Nobel Prize (along with 24 prominent scientific organizations) have urged the Supreme Court to overturn a Louisiana law that requires public schools to teach what some people call "creation science.
December 21, 2014 |
Minutes after the Phillies traded the longest-tenured athlete in Philadelphia, the man who inherited that title said farewell in the form of a written statement distributed by the Phillies. And, no, Chase Utley did not request to join Jimmy Rollins in Los Angeles. "The Dodgers are very lucky to acquire a player like Jimmy," Utley said. "I've said it time and time again that Jimmy makes everyone around him better. The team will miss his leadership on the field and his infectious smile, but most of all, I will miss our pregame handshake.
November 9, 1995 |
In front of cameras, relatives, teammates and coaches, University City basketball star Shawnetta Stewart made it official yesterday, signing a letter of intent to attend Rutgers next year. As her news conference began in a UC conference room, the 5-foot-10 guard and forward looked so low-key, dressed in jeans, big work boots and a navy windbreaker. Gold glitter in her hair was the only hint of celebration. Then she stripped off her jacket to reveal a scarlet Rutgers basketball jersey with No. 34, the same number Charles Barkley wears.
September 14, 2006
DURING THE recent election for the board of directors of the Philadelphia Masjid, the Daily News made several disturbing statements in headlines accompanying stories: "Ali's influence on line" (July 31). "Philadelphia Mosque votes to oust Ali. " "Ali's 30-year reign is over. " "Ali ruled the mosque with an iron fist. " "Ali used his religious position to wheel and deal in the city with pols and drug dealers" (Aug. 7). The Daily News did not understand what the election was about - it was an election to determine the board of directors of the Philadelphia Masjid.