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LOS ANGELES — With Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" and Ridley Scott's "Exodus" preparing to duke it out for Old Testament auteur supremacy, Hollywood's religious renaissance gets off to a none-too-spectacular start with a chewed-over New Testament appetizer called "Son of God." A clumsily edited feature-length version of five episodes from History's hugely popular 10-hour miniseries "The Bible," this stiff, earnest production plays like a half-hearted throwback to the British-accented biblical dramas of yesteryear, its small-screen genesis all too apparent in its Swiss-cheese construction and subpar production values. Yet while Jesus' teachings have been reduced to a muddle of kindly gestures and mangled Scriptures, the scenes of his betrayal, death and resurrection crucially retain their emotional and dramatic power, which the charitable viewer may deem atonement enough for what feels, in all other respects, like a cynical cash grab.
When I was studying to be a rabbi, I spent several years doing volunteer service work in India, Thailand, El Salvador, Ghana, and many other countries. During that time, I heard many wrenching stories from women who had been the victims of violence. They told me they felt powerless, vulnerable, and scared.
Dear Gilbert School Board Members,
The decision by Republican lawmakers approve a decision on a measure billed as promoting religious freedom is forcing Gov. Jan Brewer to choose between her desire to promote the state's economy and her own strong religious beliefs.
The synagogue is a place with many doors. People enter for a wide range of reasons: to learn, to socialize, to make a contribution to the community, to develop values in our children, to celebrate the seasons of life, to mourn losses of many kinds. However they enter, we welcome them into a caring community.
I bet we all know the exclamation of “eureka” attributed to Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor and astronomer, Archimedes. As the story goes, Archimedes was taking a bath. He noticed that the level of the water rose as he got into the tub, and realized in that great epiphany moment that the volume of water displaced by his body could, with a little mathematical maneuvering, be used to determine his body’s density. According to rest of the story, he was so excited he jumped out of the bath, and ran naked through the streets shouting “eureka,” which translated into English means, “I’ve found it!” History doesn’t seem to have any comment on his lack of clothing!
Each year it seems the flu hits with more and more fury. If you have already had the flu this season then you know how it can knock you off your feet for a week or more.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — You've heard of flash mobs? Behold the Mass mob.
Hartford, Conn. - Former pitcher Curt Schilling announced Wednesday that he is battling cancer.
“It’s not OK anymore to be silent,” said a young mother of four children who had never been to a Gilbert Public School Governing Board meeting.
Third Day, the Grammy-winning Christian rock band tabbed by Billboard magazine as “one of the best rock bands, period,” performs at U.S. Airways Center this week as part of the sixth annual Roadshow Tour, along with an impressive line-up of Christian bands and singers. Third Day bassist Tai Anderson chatted with GetOut about working with rock producer Brendan O’Brian, why they re-recorded a Cat Stevens song, and why they’re looking forward to coming to the Valley.
In this undated photo, a prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura) is shown, a houseplant that tolerates low light levels, "prays" by folding up its leaves each evening, in New Paltz, N.Y. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)
There are very few holidays simultaneously as warm and cold as Christmas. If the multitudes of Christmas specials that pockmark the screen are any indication, this time of year is about families engaging in the little traditions like opening that one present on Christmas Eve or holding a holiday dance party. They end up forging memories that remain lodged in the mind to reappear 10 or 15 or 20 or more years down the line.
“If corporations are people too, and should have religious rights, how come the Bible has never spoke of a corporation making it to heaven in the form of a holy spirit. It’s an insult to all those who believe and makes their prayers seem cheap.”
Rita Coolidge has charted hits in almost every genre and won just about every music accolade possible, including two Grammy Awards.
The Pride pray the Lord's Prayer in the locker room before the Division I Football Championships between Mountain Pointe Pride and Hamilton Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 30 2013.
Thanksgiving. It’s heavy on the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and on football games, fun runs and family gatherings. This year, the holiday also will be filled with shopping for many as several merchants have moved their Black Friday sales up a day, hoping to create Thrifty Thursday.
I am always dismayed by articles such as Mike McClellan’s commentary on public prayer.
At this time of year it’s quite natural for people to start thinking about the spiritual.
I like prayer. I often pray, at least once a day, likely more. Our family prays each day at dinner, as we have for generations. We’ve discussed prayer over the years, that prayer is at least as powerful for those who pray as for those who are the subjects of prayer, that prayer helps us cope with those difficult times and celebrate the beauty in our lives.
Those who abhor public prayer are at it again. They are offended by reference to deity among other things.
PHOENIX — A Republican challenger for state attorney general is using the hot-button issue of prayer at public meetings to raise money for his campaign.
Sandy, a Mesa resident, is one of over one million Americans living with the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Her husband had hemophilia and was infected with HIV during a blood transfusion. A few months after his death in 1994, Sandy decided to get tested. The result: positive.
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Moments after winning the 2014 Miss America crown, Nina Davuluri described how delighted she is that the nearly century-old pageant sees beauty and talent of all kinds.
Rosh Hashana typically is a solidly autumnal holiday, falling sometimes as late as October. But this year, the Jewish New Year comes early — the first week of September, a time when summer's bounty is still fresh for much of the country.