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Judaism Can Either Save Or Destroy Israel

Listening to the debate in Israel in the wake of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, I hear a question being asked that was never asked before: "Is Judaism a threat to Israel?" That profound, troubling question arises from the fact that Yigal Amir, Rabin's assassin, was a product of the best religious-Zionist schools in Israel. How could that system have produced such a person, and his accomplices? The answer, say some religious-Zionist scholars, is that too many of their schools and rabbis give more emphasis to the value of land than to the value of life. They stress Jewish teachings about preserving sovereignty over the land of Israel more than Jewish teachings that say he who sheds the blood of another human being destroys the image of God in the world.

Vatican Says No Women Priests, End Of Discussion

In a statement approved by Pope John Paul II, the Vatican announced Saturday that Roman Catholics must consider their church's doctrine that only men can be priests to be "infallibly" taught. Invoking the word "infallible," which in Catholic theology is reserved for teaching considered irreversible, free from error and requiring full assent from the faithful, indicates the pope's desire to rule out unequivocally the possibility of ordaining women.

The Devil Still Facing Wickedness, Our Society Needs To Regain Its Ability To Talk About Evil

I've seen my share of evil, some so horrible that it entered my life with a thud and never left. I lived through the second world war and as a small boy watched the names of dead soldiers pile up on a billboard at the end of main street. I delivered newspapers to grieving families so torn apart they could not bear to read another story about battles, guns or atrocities.

Irish Nun Backs Right To Divorce Church Opposes Referendum In Ireland, But Parties Back It

Margaret MacCurtain is a nun preaching a strange message to the devout of Ireland: The Roman Catholic hierarchy is wrong, and divorce should be their right. Her campaign has brought hostile mail and warnings from friends not to open bulky packages. With typical good cheer, she takes her journey into the firing line as "eavesdropping on the great troubled psyche of the Irish people."

Graham’s Son To Succeed Crusader

William Franklin Graham III, son and namesake of evangelist Billy Graham, has been chosen to succeed his father as head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. A day after Billy Graham's 77th birthday, the association's board announced Wednesday that his 43-year-old son, known as Franklin, will hold the newly created title of first vice chairman of the association. The position is described as having "direct succession to become chairman and CEO, should his father ever become incapacitated."

Creation, Evolution Series Topic

The Rev. Garell Forehand, author and preacher, is leading a nine-week series at the Southside Church of Christ, 1225 E. Newark, titled, "Creation vs. Evolution." The fourth session is today from 6 to 8 p.m.

Craft Sales Will Help Get The Shopping Season Rolling

The kids are still going through Halloween sucrose withdrawals and the Thanksgiving turkey specials are barely under way - still, Christmas wares already get top billing at church craft sales. "Only 50-plus days until Christmas," one sale flier proclaims. You don't have to wait for the snow to fall to land that one-of-a kind gift. This weekend, Valley churches have options for those with a hankering for knick-knacks, ornaments, and of course, goodies.

Research Suggests Genesis’ Message May Go Below Surface Analysis Of Text Reveals Improbable, Hidden Word Patterns

In a mystifying mathematical and biblical puzzle, researchers have found hidden word patterns in Genesis that suggest the Old Testament book is the work of a divine author. By treating the text as an unbroken string of letters and selecting sequences of equally spaced letters, three mathematicians discovered 300 hidden pairs of Hebrew words with related meanings in close proximity to one another.

Pope Plans Visit To Venezuela

Pope John Paul II will visit Venezuela from Feb. 9 to 11, Catholic Church officials said Tuesday. The pope will celebrate Masses at La Carlota airport in central Caracas and at the National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Coromoto in Guanare, 260 miles southwest of Caracas, said the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference. The pope is scheduled to visit Central America before coming to Venezuela, which will be his last stop in Latin America before returning to Rome, a conference spokesman said.

Trick-Or-Treaters Will Seek Donations

On Halloween, some 40 teenagers will hit the South Hill streets to trick-or-treat - not for candy, but for canned foods. Sounds odd, doesn't it? It's not.

Church Has A Less Scary Alternative

Ghouls too ghastly? Spooks too, well, spooky? Six years ago, a group of parents at Pasadena Park Church of the Nazarene thought so. But rather than tell their grade school-age children that Halloween wouldn't happen, they just scuttled the scariness. The church then founded its annual Scarecrow Scurry. The event happens again on Saturday, Oct. 28, from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is just 50 cents. There will booths, all types of games, face painting, and cookie decorating. This year, organizers also added singing and a puppet show. Everything happens at the church, 8822 E. Upriver Drive.

TV Quiz Show Tests Biblical Knowledge

Think of it as a mix of "Jeopardy!" without the greed, "Wheel of Fortune" without Vanna White, and other popular TV game shows without the double entendres. What is left in "Inspiration Please!" which bills itself as the first Bible quiz show, is an entertaining game that draws upon contestants' knowledge of the Bible and other spiritual resources. "They want to promote biblical literacy in a fun way," says comedian Robert G. Lee, the genial host of the show, which is airing on cable TV's Faith and Values Channel at 7 p.m. Sundays and at 5 and 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

Red Mass Scheduled At Gonzaga

The Gonzaga University Law School invites all judges, lawyers and other members of the legal community to attend the 1995 Red Mass at St. Aloysius Church on the Gonzaga campus on Tuesday at 5 p.m. A reception will follow from 6-7 p.m. at Cataldo Hall, near the church.

Net Guide Written For Christians

The Internet, with its glittering midways and dark alleys, has been compared to a jungle, a Wild West town, a medieval bazaar - all distant images from the peaceful, orderly, sacred spaces of church. What church folk need is a guide and interpreter to this terra incognita, and communications professor Quentin Schultze has provided it with his new book, "Internet for Christians" ($12.95). "The Internet is everything from wonderful daily devotionals to repugnant smut, popular magazines to university courses, love letters to hate mail, all communicated from computer to computer," writes Schultze, of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.