Religion News: Obamas to mark Jewish Heritage Month
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host the first White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month on May 27.
According to a White House news release, the reception will highlight and celebrate the range and depth of Jewish American heritage and contributions to American culture.
Invitees will include a range of community leaders and prominent Jewish Americans -- from Olympians and professional athletes to members of Congress, business leaders, scholars, military veterans and astronauts. For more details on the reception, visit whitehouse.gov.
President Obama has continued the tradition started under the previous administration of proclaiming May Jewish American Heritage Month.
The Library of Congress has a website dedicated to Jewish heritage at www.jewishheritagemonth.gov
This Week in History
- On May 20, 325, the First Council of Nicea is held, making it the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church.
- On May 22, 1844, Persian Prophet The Báb announces his revelation, founding Bábism. He is considered the forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith.
- On May 25, 1925, John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
A survey of 1,000 U.S. adults found that two out of every three people (67 percent) said they have a “personal relationship” with Jesus that is active and that influences their life.
-- Barna Group
“Confucius and Confucianism: The Essentials” by Lee Dian Rainey
This comprehensive introduction to Confucianism explores the life and teachings of Confucius, and development of Confucian thought, from ancient times to the present today.
It demonstrates the wisdom and enduring relevance of Confucius’ teachings; draws on the latest research and incorporates interpretations of Confucius and his works throughout the centuries; explores how Confucius' followers expanded and reinterpreted his ideas; and links Confucius with our modern age.
Get to Know … Bob Jones Sr.
Bob Jones (1883-1968) was an American evangelist, pioneer religious broadcaster and the founder and first president of Bob Jones University.
He grew up in a religious family, and by age 15 was a licensed circuit preacher for the Alabama Methodist Conference. He began to hold evangelistic meetings around the country.
In the 1920s, Jones grew increasingly concerned with the secularization of higher education. In April 1925, he created an orthodox Christian college that ultimately became Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.
Theologically, Jones was a Protestant in the Reformation tradition. One of his first concerns when he founded Bob Jones College was to provide a creed that would embody the fundamentals of the Christian faith. The Bob Jones University creed affirmed the inspiration of the Bible and rejected the theory of human evolution as necessary tenets of Christian belief.
Wrath: God's wrath is his judgment on sinners, fueled by his anger, hatred, revulsion and indignation of sin. Author Martyn Lloyd-Jones found that the Hebrew Scriptures contain 20 words that describe God's wrath, and that they are used 580 times. – religioustolerance.org
Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of Togo
Christian: 29 percent
Muslim: 20 percent
Indigenous beliefs: 51 percent
- CIA Factbook
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