August 19, 2015 |
BACK IN THE early days of Pennsylvania, Christmas was frowned on by certain sects, faith healing was encouraged, New Year's was celebrated with gunfire, and a good snort of whiskey was just the ticket for aches and pains or just chilling out after a tough day in the fields. Don Yoder was a fount of such esoteric information, which he imparted to University of Pennsylvania students as a professor of folklife for 40 years, and anyone else who would listen. And lots of people listened.
October 21, 2014
An article in Sunday's Inquirer misidentified William Madges of St. Joseph's University. He is a professor of theology and religious studies. An article in the Sports section of Sunday's Inquirer about the Phillies' Dick Allen was accompanied by an incorrect photo of him. The correct photo appears above.
September 18, 2013 |
Jesus of Nazareth was not a religious prophet with a message of peace and universal love - much less the Son of God. He was a revolutionary, a Jewish resistance fighter who worked to overthrow Israel's Roman rulers. So writes comparative religionist Reza Aslan in Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth , which he will discuss at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (A limited number of tickets are still available.) As radical as this may sound, Aslan's theory is hardly new or particularly revolutionary.
August 2, 2013 |
BRAD LIDGE jogged in from the bullpen at Citizens Bank Park as "Soldiers" blared from the speakers. Carlos Ruiz was ready behind the plate. Prior to last night's game, Lidge threw the ceremonial first pitch on the eve of the first day of the Phillies Alumni Weekend. Lidge, 36, who recorded 100 saves as a Phillies including running off a perfect 41 in a row in 2008, officially retired as a Phillie earlier in the day. "I always knew in my mind I'd be coming back to Philly somehow, some way," Lidge said.
May 12, 2013
Communal dash down city's spine As a slow runner, I had nearly two hours to take all of us in: black ladies emerging from Sunday services, white guys from Bryn Mawr holding kids, hipsters with PBR tall boys in paper bags, Mafioso types in beach chairs smoking cigars, the Temple band and football team, and Ed Rendell. We were different races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. We were young and old, fat and skinny, prissy and crass. Most days, we take the same paths to work, and go to the same pubs, coffee shops, and same corner stores.
February 29, 2012 |
THERE MIGHT not be many jokes in the Bible, but all those fortunate enough to have studied religion at Villanova University under Donald Robert "Dutch" Schultz were assured of plenty of laughs. This jovial professor was one of the most popular teachers at the university, revered for his rich sense of humor and knowledge of his subject. Dutch Schultz died of cancer Feb. 15, at age 84, in Cornville, Ariz., where he and his wife, Juanita Quigley Schultz, had been living since he retired in 1991.
February 29, 2012 |
Over the last dozen years, Donald R. Schultz would take donations, often at Christmas, to the Tzotzil Indians in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. "This last Christmas, I had to beg and plead with him not to go" because cancer had weakened him, his son, Erik, said in an interview. He didn't go. The former Jesuit seminarian and Villanova University theology teacher had a special concern for the Indians of Chiapas, 45 of whom had been massacred Dec. 22, 1997, by paramilitary forces.
February 23, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Israel's Supreme Court has dropped a political hot potato on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plate by overturning a law that had effectively exempted tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox religious students from mandatory military service. The decision could force Netanyahu's conservative coalition government - which includes the leading religious party Shas - to tackle one of the thorniest issues dividing Israel's religious and secular communities. The court ruled that the law must expire by August, and some predict that the debate could become so divisive, it might tear apart Netanyahu's coalition or trigger early elections.
January 23, 2012 |
The Rev. William A. McGuire, 73, senior vice president for administration at Villanova University from 1998 to 2006 and an administrator there since 1979, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, of cerebral vascular disease at Arden Courts in King of Prussia. Born in Washington, Father McGuire graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School there in 1956 and began his religious studies at the Augustinian Academy in New York City. He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy at Villanova University in 1962 and, after being ordained in 1965 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, he earned a master's degree in theological studies at Augustinian College there in 1966.
August 28, 2011
Tareque Masud, 54, the first director from Bangladesh to be honored at the Cannes Film Festival, died in a bus accident near Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Aug. 13. Mr. Masud and four others were killed when a minibus collided with a passenger bus, said his wife, Catherine, an American-born producer. His best-known film was The Clay Bird, which won an International Critics' award at Cannes in 2002 for its "authentic, moving and delicate portrayal of a country struggling for its democratic rights.