Weekly religion rail, with items on a religious peacekeeping event, a court case about a Ten Commandments monument and more.
Speakers to address Church’s role in international affairs
Catholic bishops from war-torn regions around the world who are involved in peacebuilding will meet at the University of Notre Dame in April. A number of them have been directly involved as mediators between warring parties, including governments and rebel groups.
According to the university, the conference will provide an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to reflect on the theological, ethical and practical dimensions of the Church's work on conflict prevention, conflict management and post-conflict reconciliation.
Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria; Bishop Joachim Ntahondereye of Muyinga, Burundi; and Msgr. Matthew Odong of the Gulu Archdiocese, Uganda, are among the bishops that will join American clergy members, scholars and peacekeepers.
For information on the conference from April 13 to 15, visit http://cpn.nd.edu.
Court allows public display of Ten Commandments
A nearly 50-year-old monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments does not violate the Constitution just because it sits on public grounds, a federal appeals court determined.
According to wire reports, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals cited precedent rulings in this case, which involves a 6-foot-tall granite monument near the Old City Hall in Everett, Wash., about 25 miles north of Seattle.
The court found that the monument did not have a solely religious purpose.
Another stands on the grounds of the Texas Capitol and was the subject of a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case. The Supreme Court found that the Texas statue did not violate the separation of church and state partly because it is one of more than three dozen statues that collectively tell a largely secular history of Texas.
An extensive new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details the religious affiliation of the American public and explores the shifts taking place in the U.S. religious landscape.
The survey found men are significantly more likely than women to claim no religious affiliation. Nearly 1-in-5 men say they have no formal religious affiliation, compared with roughly 13 percent of women.
“One Minute Bible for Students: 366 Devotions Connecting You With God Every Day” edited by John R. Kohlenberger, with applications by Doug Fields. The HCSB one-minute Bible offers 366 readings that allow young people to survey the heart of the Bible in one year at the rate of just one minute per day.
Each reading follows the general flow of biblical history, interspersed with several topical series for occasions such as Easter and Mother's Day. If more study is desired, related texts are provided at the end of every day that point to nearly eighteen hundred passages of scripture to further one's understanding of the topics covered in that day's reading.
Get to Know … John Calvin
John Calvin (July 10, 1509 – May 27, 1564) was a French Protestant theologian during the Protestant Reformation and was a developer of the system of Christian theology called Calvinism or Reformed theology. He is renowned for his teachings and writings, in particular for “Institutes of the Christian Religion.”
Calvin was trained to be a lawyer. Part of that training involved the newer humanistic methods of interpretation and understanding, which dealt with a text in the original language directly via historical and grammatical analysis, as opposed to indirectly via layers of commentators. Once convinced of the growing Protestant faith, he applied these methods to scripture.
Calvin’s “Institutes of the Christian Religion” is still read by theological students today. The book was written as an introductory textbook on the Protestant faith and covered a broad range of theological topics from the doctrines of church and sacraments to justification by faith alone and Christian liberty.
The over-arching theme of the book – and Calvin's greatest theological legacy – is the idea of God's total sovereignty.
Doctrine: From the Latin word “doctrina" (doctor) and the Greek "didaskolos" (teaching), it’s a body of beliefs that is taught. Within the field of religion, there is often the assumption that a member must agree with all aspects of the group's doctrine. Many consider their own doctrines to be absolutely true, and other groups' doctrines to be in error. -- Religioustolerance.org
Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of Chile (2002 census)
Roman Catholic: 70 percent
Evangelical: 15.1 percent
Jehovah's Witness: 1.1 percent
Other Christian: 1 percent
Other: 4.6 percent
None: 8.3 percent
- CIA Factbook
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