Superman turns 75 this year, and in the latest cinematic retelling of his story, “Man of Steel,” Clark Kent is looking as youthful as ever. In fact, the coming Superman movie is one of a number of new superhero and sci-fi epics that demonstrate again our appetite for action flicks – and religious themes.
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Easter is an annual rite of spring, and so it seems are new claims and books and television programs about the Jesus of history. This year is no exception, as a number of developments related to the Bible and archaeology are coinciding with the Christian remembrance of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
The death of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a former pathologist who helped dozens of terminally ill people die with a suicide machine, has renewed a national debate on end-of-life issues that never went away completely, even after Kevorkian was sentenced to prison in 1999.
The crisis over the Israeli boarding of a ship filled with activists trying to challenge Israel’s blockade of the Palestinian-run Gaza Strip is continuing, and the conflict has serious ramifications for religious groups in the Middle East and in the United States.
Judaism is among the world’s oldest religions, emerging in the Middle East more than 4,000 years ago. Like most world religions, it is not frozen in form but is constantly affected by the times in which its followers live. Today, Jews in America and elsewhere are redefining what it means to be Jewish and the [...]
With environmental consciousness growing in religious and spiritual groups, it’s only natural that Passover, a spring holiday that begins this year at sunset on April 19, should go green. And this year, Earth Day, a day designed to raise awareness about the Earth and conservation, falls on April 22, during the Passover celebration. Contemporary environmental [...]
Judaism’s High Holy Days are a 10-day period of prayer and atonement that starts this year at sundown on Sept. 12 with Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and ends at sundown on Sept. 22, the close of Yom Kippur. Throughout this observance, Jews across the denominational spectrum, including many who are nonobservant, will attend [...]
The Jewish High Holy Days are a time of heightened spirituality. Rosh Hashana, the new year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, are preceded by Elul, a month of reflection. (This year, Rosh Hashana begins at sundown Sept. 22 and Yom Kippur begins at sundown Oct. 1. Elul began in late August.) Spirituality has [...]