| Feb 19, 2014
| 4:14 PM
A Philadelphia couple who lost a second son by trying to cure him with prayer instead of science have been sentenced to prison in the death of the boy, who was ill with pneumonia but never saw a physician.
Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced Herbert and...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 6:40 PM
Talk about a Holy War.
Paramount has taken the unusual step of issuing a press release debunking a survey and a resultant Variety story about the faith-based community’s skepticism for the studio’s upcoming tentpole “Noah.” In...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 6:19 PM
Snake-handling preacher Jamie Coots has died of snakebite.
In some readings of the Bible, faith is stronger than venom. "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 8:00 AM
The first months of the year are, by consensus, the bleakest of cinematic times. But not so much if, like me, you are a lover of documentaries, someone who revels in the pleasures of the nonfiction film.
Proofs of the remarkable strength of...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 11:00 AM
A pregnant Montana teacher who alleges that she was fired from a Catholic middle school because she was not married has hired a law firm in the latest conflict between religious doctrine and shifting societal values.
Shaela Evenson, 36, was fired from...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 9:20 AM
The Supreme Court on Friday gave the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic order of nuns, temporary relief on their claim that filling out a government form saying they're against providing contraceptive services to employees was tantamount to...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Pete Seeger was best known as a folk singer, an archivist and writer, and the purveyor of such beamed-from-the-heavens standards as "We Shall Overcome," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn."
But among the musician's most important roles was one...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 1:30 PM
"As the son of a Manx Methodist atheist and a refugee German Jewish atheist," Matthew Kneale tells us in the first sentence of "An Atheist's History of Belief: Understanding Our Most Extraordinary Invention," "I have never been much of a believer." It's a...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 9:56 AM
Utah has filed its opening salvo defending its ban on gay marriage, while in Virginia, a federal judge will hear arguments about that state’s similar law in the latest legal maneuvering over the right for same-sex couples to marry.
| Feb 6, 2014
| 7:13 PM
A group of religious leaders filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Los Angeles County over a Board of Supervisors' decision to place a cross on the county's seal.
Supervisors voted 3 to 2 last month to add the cross to the top of the San Gabriel...
| Dec 21, 2013
Two letters published Tuesday in favor of preserving the Mt. Soledad cross — a war memorial perched on publicly owned land overlooking San Diego — defended the monument as a fitting tribute to American soldiers killed in battle. Reader Michael...