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November 11, 2010
David Hartman, a Jerusalem-based rabbi and philosopher, recently sat down for an interview with CNN's Izzy Lemberg. In the interview, Hartman wonders whether religion is really helpful to the human condition. "There's a whole bunch of myths that religions use to sort of make reality not as overwhelming and as significant, "he said. " Hartman argues that life is full of uncertainties, so "religion is in some way the battle against contingency, vulnerability, precariousness … you anchor your life in a god who in some way provides for you a picture, an opportunity to leave reality …" Hartman believes argues that religion is a trip into "fantasy," a trip into "another world.
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By Joe Piasecki, The Valley Sun | November 2, 2010
While TV pundits are still tripping over their tongues to make sense of Tuesday's vote, the La Cañada Presbyterian Church is taking a longer look at the influence of religion on American political life from Revolutionary times to the present. Lincoln biographer and Huntington Library Fellow Ronald C. White will on Friday lead a forum at the church titled "God in America: How Religion Unites and Divides Us," a discussion White describes as part history lesson and part call for a calmer approach to a stormy subject.
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August 20, 2009
Q. A recent article on CNN.com reported that the number of young Muslims using the Internet to connect and learn more about their religion is increasing. One young Muslim woman even started a website “as a place for young people in the region to ‘show a different side of our religion and discuss topics big and small, taboo and not,’” the article says. How important do you believe technology is in giving young adults the ability to learn more about, and even challenge, the basic tenets of their religion?
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November 19, 2009
“His name had barely been released, his heritage and history not immediately known, but the reaction was fast and furious,” began an article last week in The Canadian Press. Many questions remain about the alleged shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan, with some reports alluding to a connection Hasan had with a military Islamic cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, who is calling Hasan a hero. As such, questions like and “Were the shootings an act of terrorism?” and “Should Muslims be allowed to serve in the military?
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March 9, 2011
Q. A Mormon leader recently made a speech, in which he claimed religious freedom in America is under assault from secularization and a growing gay rights movement. In his speech, Elder Dallin H. Oaks warned of “an alarming trajectory of events pointing toward constraining the freedom of religious speech by forcing it to give way to the ‘rights’ of those offended by such speech.” Oaks said he believes that freedom of faith is under attack not by legal means, but cultural changes and the “ascendency of moral relativism.” He stressed that these infringements affect all religions, not just Mormonism: “Christians, Jews and Muslims … should unite more effectively to preserve and strengthen the freedom to advocate and practice our religious beliefs, whatever they are.” One critic responded to Oaks’ speech by saying, “What a certain stripe of religious adherents are asking for is actually an exemption … from laws that apply generally to everyone else — for example, nondiscrimination protections.” The critic also asked whether Elder Oaks’ words were merely “sour grapes” over criticism of the Mormon Church’s involvement in getting Proposition 8 approved in California.
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March 1, 2007
La Cañada Presbyterian Church holds a monthly series of dialogue, discussion and deeper faith. Dr. S. Scott Bartchy will be the guest speaker on March 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Burcham Hall. All season long the church has been hearing Christian speakers with related expertise on significant present day concerns, seeking better understanding and a deeper, more enlightened response of faith to these issues. This month's topic is: "Why Are the Gospels of Judas, Mary and Thomas Missing From the New Testament?
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By Charly Shelton | January 12, 2006
The "Book of Daniel" on NBC last Friday has raised a few fundamentalist eyebrows. Some stations have even pulled it from their schedule. The uproar began before it was actually aired. The story is about an Episcopal priest, the church, his very dysfunctional family and an embezzlement. Oh, yes, there is one other thing, the priest has periodical visits from Jesus Christ. Let me first say I am a Christian and an Episcopalian. I enjoyed the first episode. Father Daniel Webster, played by Aidian Quinn, has a very disturbed family.
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By Michael J. Arvizu | September 3, 2009
This is probably the hardest piece I’ve had to write for any newspaper. I’ve had my share of difficult stories to write, but this one takes the cake. Weeks ago, when I was asked by my editors to write a column for this space every week, I accepted it humbly and graciously, with the thought that I did not deserve to have a column yet in this stage of my career and that instead it should go to one of my esteemed veteran colleagues. What’s funny is, when I finally figured out what I was going to write about, I panicked over how I was going to write about it. So I’ve mulled for days now how I am going approach this column, and several hours to go until deadline, I still don’t know.
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January 18, 2012
Whitworth University President Beck A. Taylor, Ph.D., will be preaching at all three services (7:55, 9:25 and 11:00 a.m.) on Sunday, Jan. 22 at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd. Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Taylor arrived at Whitworth after serving as dean and professor of economics for the Brock School of Business at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. “I'm very excited to come and spend time with our good friends at La Cañada Presbyterian.
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April 27, 2011
Chinese authorities have arrested 30 members of an evangelical church for trying to hold an Easter service. According to reports, large numbers of police gathered near the Shouwang Church after its leaders announced they would hold an outdoor ceremony to honor the holy day. The church's senior pastor, Jin Tianming, is under house arrest and others removed by police have been taken to different stations and not been released. Jin said he knew the risks and added, “[T]his is our uncompromising position and a matter of faith.
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March 9, 2011
Q. A Mormon leader recently made a speech, in which he claimed religious freedom in America is under assault from secularization and a growing gay rights movement. In his speech, Elder Dallin H. Oaks warned of “an alarming trajectory of events pointing toward constraining the freedom of religious speech by forcing it to give way to the ‘rights’ of those offended by such speech.” Oaks said he believes that freedom of faith is under attack not by legal means, but cultural changes and the “ascendency of moral relativism.” He stressed that these infringements affect all religions, not just Mormonism: “Christians, Jews and Muslims … should unite more effectively to preserve and strengthen the freedom to advocate and practice our religious beliefs, whatever they are.” One critic responded to Oaks’ speech by saying, “What a certain stripe of religious adherents are asking for is actually an exemption … from laws that apply generally to everyone else — for example, nondiscrimination protections.” The critic also asked whether Elder Oaks’ words were merely “sour grapes” over criticism of the Mormon Church’s involvement in getting Proposition 8 approved in California.
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January 19, 2011
Q. With the recent publication of books such as "god [sic] Is Not Great," "The God Delusion," "Letter To A Christian Nation" and "The End Of Faith" by so-called "New Atheists" like Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, atheism seems to have gone on the attack. Labeled "angry atheists" by believers, these authors and those who agree with them have been accused of not being able to get past their hate when dealing with religion. Believers also charge that many atheists regularly depict religious people as being evil, malicious and hypocritical, and that they use religion to either further their own agendas or enslave followers, among other charges.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | December 15, 2010
Author and syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager is one of the better conversationalists you'd ever meet, but he pulls no punches for political correctness' sake. "Ask me anything," he invites during an afternoon meal at Ichiban Japanese Restaurant in La Cañada Flintridge — a favorite dining spot of his since moving here in 2007— handling chopsticks almost as deftly as he articulates deeply conservative politics and confident moral beliefs, relishing food and idea alike.
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November 11, 2010
David Hartman, a Jerusalem-based rabbi and philosopher, recently sat down for an interview with CNN's Izzy Lemberg. In the interview, Hartman wonders whether religion is really helpful to the human condition. "There's a whole bunch of myths that religions use to sort of make reality not as overwhelming and as significant, "he said. " Hartman argues that life is full of uncertainties, so "religion is in some way the battle against contingency, vulnerability, precariousness … you anchor your life in a god who in some way provides for you a picture, an opportunity to leave reality …" Hartman believes argues that religion is a trip into "fantasy," a trip into "another world.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, The Valley Sun | November 2, 2010
While TV pundits are still tripping over their tongues to make sense of Tuesday's vote, the La Cañada Presbyterian Church is taking a longer look at the influence of religion on American political life from Revolutionary times to the present. Lincoln biographer and Huntington Library Fellow Ronald C. White will on Friday lead a forum at the church titled "God in America: How Religion Unites and Divides Us," a discussion White describes as part history lesson and part call for a calmer approach to a stormy subject.
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By Michael J. Arvizu | October 7, 2010
This week, our In Theory writers were asked to take a 15-question religion quiz published by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. The quiz is the shortened version of a larger quiz given to a randomly selected group of people from May 19 to June 6 called the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey. According to the Pew Forum, 3,412 adults were asked 32 questions about religion. The survey was conducted on landlines and cell phones in English and Spanish. If you like numbers, and if you'd like to compare your religious knowledge against that of other groups of people, this one's for you. At the conclusion of the shortened quiz, you will be able to compare your results against a number of statistics, including those who attend church and those who do not; race; religious affiliation; gender; and education level.
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October 7, 2010
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public life this week published a short, 15-question religion quiz. The quiz is a shorter version of the "3,412 sampled adults who were asked these and other questions in the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey. " The poll was conducted on landlines and cell phones, in English and Spanish, from May 19 to June 6, 2010. This week, the In Theory writers were asked to take the quiz, the results of which would not be known to the group until publication.
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