| Nov 21, 2013
| 12:30 PM
A religious parable wrapped in a holiday gift basket featuring Susan Boyle, "The Christmas Candle" seems destined to be a Hallmark movie of the week. But in spite of the hammy histrionics requisite for the genre, it is not at all a turkey.
Set in the...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 11:13 AM
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court justices appeared confounded Wednesday by how to fashion guidelines for prayer at public meetings at a time of vastly greater diversity of religious belief than earlier in the nation’s history.
The justices have...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 6:35 PM
WASHINGTON — Mulling over the beliefs of Christians, atheists, Bahais and even devil worshipers, Supreme Court justices appeared confounded Wednesday by how to fashion guidelines for prayer at public meetings in an era of rapidly increasing...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 9:26 PM
WASHINGTON — The gay rights movement won at least a preliminary victory Monday as the Senate voted to advance a measure that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The 61-30 procedural vote does not...
| Nov 4, 2013
On Wednesday, a lawyer for Greece, N.Y., will ask the Supreme Court to uphold the town's practice of opening its monthly meetings with prayers that usually invoke the name of Jesus Christ. The court should decline the invitation. Citizens seeking to do...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 1:25 PM
"The Wicker Man" lives again.
This cult classic 1973 British film, long distributed in a variety of severely edited states, is now available in a 40th-anniversary restoration at the Nuart Theatre that director Robin Hardy embraces as the definitive...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Standing in front of his congregation at One Church International, pastor Touré Roberts made an impassioned plea: Go see a Ja Rule movie this weekend.
"I'm excited about this film," the preacher said. "It's almost like God is taking it viral. It comes...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 3:15 PM
Make no mistake: "I'm in Love With a Church Girl" is no wholesome romance with benign faith-based themes. It is wholesome — more so than it wants to be, what with its sterile attempt at portraying a gangsta lifestyle — but it's aggressively...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 9:23 PM
A sweeping new study of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans finds that the overwhelming majority believe society has grown more accepting over the last decade — and will continue to do so in the decade to come.
Yet many said they...
| May 25, 2013
| 4:32 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — The priest will be ordained in a purple Lutheran church. The Communion bread, symbolizing the body of Christ, will be gluten-free. The congregation will pray to "our mother our father in heaven."
But the real departure from Roman...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 7:30 PM
Robert N. Bellah, a UC Berkeley sociologist who turned the analysis of religion's role in American society into a bestselling book and a thriving academic pursuit, died Tuesday at an Oakland hospital. He was 86.
The cause was complications after heart...