| Mar 6, 2011
In a sermon some years ago, the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, Harvard University's longtime spiritual leader, offered a precise, if unconventional, definition of hell. He said hell is "being defined by your circumstances, and believing that definition."
| Jul 31, 2011
The Rev. John Stott did not fill stadiums with the faithful like his longtime friend, Billy Graham, or give the invocation at a presidential inauguration, as megachurch pastor Rick Warren did for Barack Obama. Yet he was a giant of the evangelical world...
| May 2, 2011
Osama bin Laden, a scion of one of Saudi Arabia's wealthiest families, became the grim apostle of a strain of Islamic radicalism that exalted violence against non-believers, and the leader of a terrorist network that launched repeated attacks in the West,...
| Sep 9, 2010
| 11:13 AM
President Obama on Thursday joined the growing chorus of top U.S. officials calling on a Florida pastor to abandon his plans to stage a Koran burning on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"This is a recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda," Obama...
| Sep 22, 2011
It doesn't matter whether you were born in Brooklyn or Borneo — if you're Jewish you'll probably include honey on your shopping list for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins on the evening of Sept. 28. Like most Jewish holidays, Rosh...
| May 21, 2010
Owner of San Diego sports teams
Bob Breitbard, 91, a key player in San Diego sports for decades who brought the NBA to the city as owner of the expansion San Diego Rockets, died early Monday.
Breitbard died of natural causes at an...
| Jan 25, 2011
For 40 years as a bishop in Mexico's impoverished Chiapas state, Samuel Ruiz championed the rights of the long-suffering Maya Indians who dominate the lush region. He learned their languages and adopted their customs into Roman Catholic practice.
| Jun 2, 2011
Last weekend, we left the city behind and drove about an hour south to my mother-in-law's kibbutz to see the rolling fields of ripening wheat ready to be harvested just before the Shavuot holiday, exactly like it was in ancient times.
| Apr 21, 2012
| 4:38 AM
Norwegian television has been banned from broadcasting the testimony of confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik as he goes on trial, yet his chilling declarations about why and how he murdered scores of people have still made headlines around the world....
| Mar 2, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Brazil has warned the US government that the abrupt cancellation of a contract to buy Brazilian warplanes for the US Air Force could damage military relations between the two countries....
| Mar 11, 2012
| 4:39 AM
REPORTING FROM KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -- A lone American serviceman slipped away from his base in southern Afghanistan before dawn Sunday and went on a methodical house-to-house shooting rampage in a nearby village, killing 16 people, nearly all of them women...