from FaithWorld:

U.S. religious publishers reap rewards with Justin Bieber and the Bible

September 16, 2011

(A woman reads her Bible during a weekly bible study meeting at the West Unity Methodist Church in Unity, New Hampshire July 5, 2011/Brian Snyder)

from FaithWorld:

Judgment Day forecaster points to new doomsday date

May 24, 2011

(Harold Camping during an interview at Family Stations Inc. offices in Oakland, California May 16, 2011/Reuters Television )

from FaithWorld:

U.S evangelical predicting May 21 doomsday to watch it on TV

By Reuters Staff
May 20, 2011

(An American evangelical from the religious group Family Radio displays a doomsday placard on the streets in Manila May 13, 2011/Romeo Ranoco)

from FaithWorld:

Rising Christian anger in Malaysia over Bible seizures

March 31, 2011

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(A Bible in the Malay language at a church in Kuala Lumpur March 30, 2011/Bazuki Muhammad )

from Oddly Enough Blog:

No booty here, and that’s the gospel!

March 8, 2011

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Check it out. A new edition of the Bible, available tomorrow, is replacing words such as "booty" and "holocaust" to "better reflect modern understanding."

from FaithWorld:

New American Bible changes some words such as ‘holocaust’

March 2, 2011

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(A pocket Bible, June 29, 2008/Mike Segar )

A new edition of one the most popular English-language Bibles will offer substitutes for words such as "booty" and "holocaust" to better reflect modern understanding. Nearly 50 scholars from all faiths and a committee of Roman Catholic bishops have labored since 1994 over the first fresh edition of the New American Bible since 1970, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said on Wednesday.

from FaithWorld:

Church of England to wash some Bible imagery from baptism rite

February 10, 2011

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(Sistine Chapel fresco The Baptism of Christ c. 1482 by Pietro Perugino)

The Church of England has voted to use more accessible language during baptisms to help it connect better with congregations, especially non church-goers.  Members attending the Church's General Synod, or parliament, in London, agreed that the Liturgical Commission should provide supplementary material to help prevent the eyes of  worshippers "glazing over" during important parts of the service.

from FaithWorld:

Gas in the Holy Land: energy prospecting with the Bible as guide

November 15, 2010

israel gas 1Using the Bible as its guide, Texas-based energy company Zion Oil and Gas has searched for oil in the Holy Land for a decade. The company uses a map of the 12 ancient tribes of Israel and the biblical assertion - "the foot of Asher to be dipped in oil on the head of Joseph" - as an unlikely guide to help it decide where to drill.

from FaithWorld:

Malawi Muslims burn Gideons Bibles in protest

By Reuters Staff
October 5, 2010

bibleMuslims in southern Malawi have been burning Bibles in protest against their distribution in Islamic schools by Gideons International, a senior Muslim Association of Malawi official said on Tuesday.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Want some novelty science with that whoopee cushion?

September 23, 2010

Okay, enough is enough.

I appreciate science as much as the next person. I understand there are at least 5,000 feet in a mile. I totally get it that Fahrenheit and Celsius are different scales, and that for instance minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit is, um, let's see, minus 40 degrees Celsius.