from Tales from the Trail:

Trump picks wrong place for Bible gaffe

January 18, 2016

People watch as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on a big screen at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, January 18, 2016.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTX22XWA

People watch as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

from The Great Debate:

Even Christian Evangelicals are warming to gay marriage

June 26, 2015

Casey Kend of New York and a supporter of gay marriage holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court in Washington

Casey Kend, a supporter of gay marriage, holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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)

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 )

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

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)

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 )

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.

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.

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.

Malawi Muslims burn Gideons Bibles in protest

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.