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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,...
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." Gomes,...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesVillages in the Bavarian Alps go to sleep early on summer nights. Silence rolls down from the mountaintops along with an eiderdown blanket of fog. A cowbell chimes. A few lights flicker, then go out. But not this summer in Oberammergau, about 50 miles...
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. He also...
Tags: Mexico, Reformed, Retirement, Bible, Politics
In this digital age, speech has been globalized just as surely as commerce. That's one of the lessons to be taken from the troubling sequence of events in which a tiny Florida church's distasteful publicity stunt of burning a Koran triggered five days of...
Tags: Barack Obama, Qur'an, Karl Eikenberry, Islam, U.S. Supreme Court
Agonizing Love The Golden Era of Romance Comics Michael Barson Harper Design: $29.99 Forget Spider-Man or the X-Men. Instead, with "Agonizing Love," dip into the adventures of a young lady confronted with the horrible creature known as "Mother's Boy"!...
Babylon & BeyondThe Iranian director of a controversial show depicting the story of Jesus has criticized Lebanese Christian groups who protested the airing of the serial, which was pulled from the air by two local Muslim-owned stations last week. "The film was......
Show TrackerWhen I was a kid, I went to a church camp affiliated with the fundamentalist, evangelical Christian church I attended. The camp was mostly fun and games, a chance to get a bunch of kids into the great outdoors and......
Company TownFaithful Central Bible Church has ended its legal battle with the former operator of the Forum in Inglewood. The settlement puts an end to the dispute that erupted between one of the largest African American churches in the country and......
Culture MonsterFans of "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have a lot to look forward to in 2011. The 15th season of their hit Comedy Central series is scheduled to begin in the spring. And in a bit of......
Culture MonsterResurrection is a central motif in the New Testament. So it seems appropriate that a Broadway revival of the musical "Godspell" that looked dead in the water two years ago is coming back to life -- this time with a......
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