March 18, 2003
Elizabeth Smart and her family experienced an ever-so-rare good outcome in a child kidnapping, which so often concludes with the grim discovery of a decomposed body. In this case, a precious life was saved. The lives of Elizabeth and her family have been changed forever. May the Smart family, reunited with their beautiful daughter, now be able to return to some semblance of normalcy, and may God bless them in the days ahead as they seek to rebuild their lives. Oren M. Spiegler Upper Saint Clair, Pa.
March 1, 2012 |
THEOLOGIAN William Hamilton, a member of the Death of God movement of the 1960s that reached its peak with a Time magazine cover story, has died in Portland, Ore. He was 87. Hamilton died Tuesday from complications of congestive heart failure, his family said. Hamilton told the Oregonian newspaper in 2007 that he had questioned the existence of God from when he was a teenager, when two friends - an Episcopalian and a Catholic - died from the explosion of a pipe bomb they were building, and a third - an atheist - escaped without a scratch.
April 28, 2003 |
Now that bombs are no longer falling on Iraq, a different kind of American soldier is ready and eager to enter the country. A Christian soldier - armed with food, clean water and a fervent desire to convert Muslims to Christianity. Many evangelical religious groups in this country believe that the turmoil in Iraq is giving them a God-sent opportunity to save souls. Southern Baptist missionary leader John Brady claims that the Iraqi war has provided "a pivotal time in history for evangelical Christians" and compares this moment to just after World War II, when evangelical missionaries missed the opportunity to go into Japan.
November 30, 2008 |
I was crammed into a middle seat. The guy in front was practically in my lap, and I had my arms drawn in tightly as I pecked furiously on the keyboard. God glanced over. "What are you working on?" he asked. "A column," I said. "About you, in fact. " He lifted an eyebrow. "Oh? What did I do now?" "Well, not you per se," I admitted. "It's about this atheist group, the American Humanist Association. They stirred up folks in Washington, D.C., recently by running a billboard on the buses.
January 20, 2005 |
God will make an appearance at today's presidential inauguration, of that we can be sure. How, when, or in what context is a question only George W. Bush can answer, but if history is any guide, the Almighty will not be an afterthought. The lofty quality of an inauguration lends itself to religious rhetoric, especially for a nation at war, and such God talk is part of an historical tradition that many Americans find appropriate and comforting. Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt - all called upon God in public speeches.
October 11, 2010
9 tonight CHANNEL 12 The series looks at the historical role religion has played in the public life of the U.S. First, "A New Adam," explores the origins of our unique religious landscape. Hour two, "A New Eden," considers the beginnings of our nation's experiment in religious liberty.
October 16, 2003 |
The Supreme Court has agreed to review Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, the controversial - and correct - ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The circuit court held that a school district's policy encouraging students to utter the words "under God" as part of teacher-led daily recitals of the Pledge of Allegiance is a "religious act" and, therefore, an unlawful establishment of religion in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
December 8, 1986 |
On Friday, the morning after Early One Evening in the Rainbow Bar and Grille opened, I put in a call for God, who is in the show. He'd left town. "He's auditioning for another acting job in New York," I was told. Something like that always happens when I try to communicate with the Almighty without going through channels. I could tell you stories! This time, however, I was luckier. The efficient people at the Philadelphia Festival Theater for New Plays got busy. Once they'd found God, they weren't about to lose Him. In no time at all, my phone was ringing and on the other end was the familiar voice I'd heard the night before, chuckling good-humoredly now about having to get up at 5:30 to catch a train to New York and do this audition for a future job in Rochester, N.Y., and coming back to Philadelphia in time for the evening performance.
August 1, 1986
We recently completed a three-day celebration of the 100th birthday of the Statue of Liberty. It was a magnificent celebration, and David Wolper, who directed the activities, is to be commended for the time, energy and imagination required for such an event. It is interesting to note, however, that no prayers were offered, no minister, priest or rabbi was present, and God was not recognized for His continued blessings conferred on our magnificent country. The Holy Scriptures record that "except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it. " I do not believe our nation can long endure if we continue to ignore the source and strength of our heritage.
August 27, 2012
Has God forsaken the Republican Party? Well, sit in judgment of what happened last week: It's reported that a couple dozen House Republicans engaged in an alcohol-induced frolic, in one case nude, in the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus is said to have walked on water, calmed a storm, and, nearby, turned water into wine and performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri's Republican nominee for Senate, suggests women's bodies have mysterious ways to repel the seed of "legitimate" rapists.