Faith - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/Faith/ Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Can you question the Resurrection and still be a Christian? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57827751-80/resurrection-jesus-easter-christian.html.csp “On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is the foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling block for some Christians and more than a few skeptics. Did Jesus literally... “On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is the foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling block for some Christians and more than a few skeptics. Did Jesus literally... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57827751@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:19:40 MDT Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57832711-80/donetsk-ukraine-jews-anti.html.csp Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings, were told they have to “register” with Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media. Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” repor... Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings, were told they have to “register” with Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media. Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” repor... 57832711@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:19:40 MDT New book exhorts atheists to ‘come out’ of the closet http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57833104-80/atheists-christina-gay-atheist.html.csp Greta Christina has a question for closeted atheists: Ask your openly gay and lesbian friends if their lives are better for coming out. The answer, almost universally, she claims, is yes. That’s the message of her new book, “Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why.” A well-known atheist activist, author, blogger and speaker, Christina will speak at the American Atheists convention in Salt Lake City this weekend, an event geared to raising the public profile of those who... Greta Christina has a question for closeted atheists: Ask your openly gay and lesbian friends if their lives are better for coming out. The answer, almost universally, she claims, is yes. That’s the message of her new book, “Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why.” A well-known atheist activist, author, blogger and speaker, Christina will speak at the American Atheists convention in Salt Lake City this weekend, an event geared to raising the public profile of those who... 57833104@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:19:40 MDT Amen! A farewell to the Tribune’s print Faith section http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57803888-80/faith-mormon-religion-section.html.csp Every Saturday morning for more than two decades, The Salt Lake Tribune has played host to a conversation about faith. We asked big questions: Who is God? What is resurrection? Why does Mary keep showing up in unexpected places? How and why do people pray? Are popes and prophets infallible? How do you teach children compassion? What is wisdom? Karma? Heaven? Hell? What does the Bible say about sexuality? Is suicide a sin? We explored tough topics — the tension between science and religion, divor... Every Saturday morning for more than two decades, The Salt Lake Tribune has played host to a conversation about faith. We asked big questions: Who is God? What is resurrection? Why does Mary keep showing up in unexpected places? How and why do people pray? Are popes and prophets infallible? How do you teach children compassion? What is wisdom? Karma? Heaven? Hell? What does the Bible say about sexuality? Is suicide a sin? We explored tough topics — the tension between science and religion, divor... 57803888@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:09:19 MDT Film review: Humor makes ‘Heaven’ accessible http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57826930-80/film-heaven-son-todd.html.csp A wide-eyed 4-year-old makes a fairly convincing case for the existence of an afterlife in “Heaven Is for Real.” But it’s Greg Kinnear, with his characteristic affability, who just about seals the deal. Humor infuses the film, which opens nationwide Wednesday and is based on the best-selling book. By focusing on the bond between father and son, the movie avoids being heavy-handed or preachy, a wise choice for a film that asserts heaven exists, based on the earnest insistence of a precocious pres... A wide-eyed 4-year-old makes a fairly convincing case for the existence of an afterlife in “Heaven Is for Real.” But it’s Greg Kinnear, with his characteristic affability, who just about seals the deal. Humor infuses the film, which opens nationwide Wednesday and is based on the best-selling book. By focusing on the bond between father and son, the movie avoids being heavy-handed or preachy, a wise choice for a film that asserts heaven exists, based on the earnest insistence of a precocious pres... 57826930@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:52:58 MDT Utah Jews mark the start of Passover http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57822550-80/jewish-passover-start-utah.html.csp Utah’s Jewish community marked the start of Passover on Monday evening. The holiday commemorates the exodus of the Moses-led Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Many Jewish families gathered for seder dinners to retell that story. Utah’s Jewish community marked the start of Passover on Monday evening. The holiday commemorates the exodus of the Moses-led Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Many Jewish families gathered for seder dinners to retell that story. 57822550@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:48:01 MDT ‘Blood moon’ sets off apocalyptic debate among some Christians http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57822449-80/blood-moon-hagee-israel.html.csp Could a series of “blood moon” events be connected to Jesus’ return? Some Christians think so. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the moon slid into Earth’s shadow, casting a reddish hue on the moon. There are about two lunar eclipses per year, according to NASA, but what’s unusual this time around is that there will be four blood moons within 18 months — astronomers call that a tetrad — and all of them occur during Jewish holidays. A string of books have been published surrounding the event, ... Could a series of “blood moon” events be connected to Jesus’ return? Some Christians think so. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the moon slid into Earth’s shadow, casting a reddish hue on the moon. There are about two lunar eclipses per year, according to NASA, but what’s unusual this time around is that there will be four blood moons within 18 months — astronomers call that a tetrad — and all of them occur during Jewish holidays. A string of books have been published surrounding the event, ... 57822449@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:16:37 MDT Commentary: Even Jesus had a tax man http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57807769-80/tax-taxes-jesus-respect.html.csp Feeling anxious about your tax liability as April 15 nears? The Bible has many references to taxes that will sound strangely relevant at this time of year — beginning with the story of David and Goliath. Many remember a teenage boy, offended by insults thrown by a giant foe against his nation and God himself, who volunteers to go into battle with a slingshot. But did you know that a tax incentive was part of his prize? Visiting the battlefield, David learns: “The king will give great wealth to t... Feeling anxious about your tax liability as April 15 nears? The Bible has many references to taxes that will sound strangely relevant at this time of year — beginning with the story of David and Goliath. Many remember a teenage boy, offended by insults thrown by a giant foe against his nation and God himself, who volunteers to go into battle with a slingshot. But did you know that a tax incentive was part of his prize? Visiting the battlefield, David learns: “The king will give great wealth to t... 57807769@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:52:42 MDT Testing gives new life to ‘Jesus Wife’ papyrus http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57803475-80/jesus-papyrus-king-fragment.html.csp A year and a half after unveiling a slip of papyrus that she dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” Harvard Bible scholar Karen King on Thursday released results of long-delayed testing on the controversial fragment that appear to show it is not a modern forgery. But a host of questions remain, with some experts still wondering whether it is a fake and others questioning the value of the tests. Still others are asking whether the “gospel” and its suggestion that Jesus could have had a flesh-and-blo... A year and a half after unveiling a slip of papyrus that she dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” Harvard Bible scholar Karen King on Thursday released results of long-delayed testing on the controversial fragment that appear to show it is not a modern forgery. But a host of questions remain, with some experts still wondering whether it is a fake and others questioning the value of the tests. Still others are asking whether the “gospel” and its suggestion that Jesus could have had a flesh-and-blo... 57803475@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:56:41 MDT Faith in action: Holy Week services abound http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57797949-80/april-easter-services-church.html.csp Running for Relief 5K and Kid’s 1K Fun Run Christ United Methodist Church will hold its annual Running for Relief 5K and Kids’ 1K Fun Run. The 1K will be at 8:30 a.m. while the 5K will start at 9 a.m. To register, visit www.signmeup.com/98064 or contact Gina Williams at Chuckgina1@comcast.net or at 801-230-5388. When • Saturday, April 12, 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m. Where • Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City Tickets • $20; week of April 8-12 — adults $25, kids (10 a... Running for Relief 5K and Kid’s 1K Fun Run Christ United Methodist Church will hold its annual Running for Relief 5K and Kids’ 1K Fun Run. The 1K will be at 8:30 a.m. while the 5K will start at 9 a.m. To register, visit www.signmeup.com/98064 or contact Gina Williams at Chuckgina1@comcast.net or at 801-230-5388. When • Saturday, April 12, 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m. Where • Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City Tickets • $20; week of April 8-12 — adults $25, kids (10 a... 57797949@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:24:45 MDT Commentary: Bullies drove Mozilla’s Brendan Eich from public square http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57786518-80/marriage-views-eich-position.html.csp Should the 7 million Californians who voted for Proposition 8 in 2008 all be fired? I’m not joking — or even fear-mongering. Brendan Eich, chief executive of Mozilla, resigned his job recently due to intense pressure from activists who want to redefine marriage. What outraged the activists was something Eich did six years ago: He made $1,000 donation in support of Prop 8, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Eich’s views on same-sex marriage earned him the ire of dating website O... Should the 7 million Californians who voted for Proposition 8 in 2008 all be fired? I’m not joking — or even fear-mongering. Brendan Eich, chief executive of Mozilla, resigned his job recently due to intense pressure from activists who want to redefine marriage. What outraged the activists was something Eich did six years ago: He made $1,000 donation in support of Prop 8, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Eich’s views on same-sex marriage earned him the ire of dating website O... 57786518@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:08:45 MDT Chick-fil-A wings in new direction after gay flap http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57796695-80/chick-fil-cathy-company.html.csp Atlanta • Chick-fil-A is finally crossing the road. The iconic chicken chain, as well known for its conservative heritage as its savory eats, is recalibrating its moral and culinary compass. It wants to go from old school to almost cool. It wants to evolve from a place where gays once picketed to a place where they’ll feel comfortable going to eat. It wants to broaden the brand as it expands nationally and plows into the millennial-driven urban arena. Above all, it wants to be a serious player o... Atlanta • Chick-fil-A is finally crossing the road. The iconic chicken chain, as well known for its conservative heritage as its savory eats, is recalibrating its moral and culinary compass. It wants to go from old school to almost cool. It wants to evolve from a place where gays once picketed to a place where they’ll feel comfortable going to eat. It wants to broaden the brand as it expands nationally and plows into the millennial-driven urban arena. Above all, it wants to be a serious player o... 57796695@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:08:45 MDT Kirby: Thanks for Mormon church’s Temple Square reporter ban http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57796384-80/church-kirby-didn-robert.html.csp My entire life people have encouraged me to attend church. They’ve used any number of methods, including concern, commandments, fear, love, guilt and even force to get me there. My personal favorite was reward. Go to church and I could have ice cream. Sit through Sunday school and I could go play afterward. In the early days, it was force. I HAD to go to church or get punished. Oh, it never came down to choosing between Sunday school and having my hams tuned up by the old man. Even he could see... My entire life people have encouraged me to attend church. They’ve used any number of methods, including concern, commandments, fear, love, guilt and even force to get me there. My personal favorite was reward. Go to church and I could have ice cream. Sit through Sunday school and I could go play afterward. In the early days, it was force. I HAD to go to church or get punished. Oh, it never came down to choosing between Sunday school and having my hams tuned up by the old man. Even he could see... 57796384@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:48:40 MDT After World Vision, evangelicals debate boundaries over sexuality http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57797143-80/evangelical-vision-sex-christians.html.csp World Vision found itself testing the evangelical boundaries in March, when it announced it would recognize employees’ same-sex marriages. Within 48 hours, it reversed itself. At its core, the reversal raised a stark question: Can you be an evangelical and support same-sex marriage? Reverberations from the policy flip-flop continue to unfold. Last week, Jacquelline Fuller, director of corporate giving at Google, resigned from the international relief organization’s board. Faithful America, an on... World Vision found itself testing the evangelical boundaries in March, when it announced it would recognize employees’ same-sex marriages. Within 48 hours, it reversed itself. At its core, the reversal raised a stark question: Can you be an evangelical and support same-sex marriage? Reverberations from the policy flip-flop continue to unfold. Last week, Jacquelline Fuller, director of corporate giving at Google, resigned from the international relief organization’s board. Faithful America, an on... 57797143@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:39:26 MDT Bible study: More people say the Good Book isn’t a God book http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57797155-80/bible-percent-book-god.html.csp Bible films may be raking it in at the box office, but fewer people are reading the original and taking it seriously. The American Bible Society’s latest State of the Bible survey documents steep skepticism that the Good Book is a God book. “We are seeing an incredible change in just a few years time,” said Roy Peterson, president of the society. The study, conducted annually by Barna Research, finds: • The most “engaged” readers — who read the Bible almost daily and see it as sacred — are now m... Bible films may be raking it in at the box office, but fewer people are reading the original and taking it seriously. The American Bible Society’s latest State of the Bible survey documents steep skepticism that the Good Book is a God book. “We are seeing an incredible change in just a few years time,” said Roy Peterson, president of the society. The study, conducted annually by Barna Research, finds: • The most “engaged” readers — who read the Bible almost daily and see it as sacred — are now m... 57797155@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:39:26 MDT Pope approves reforms for scandal-plagued Vatican bank http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57786473-80/bank-vatican-ior-pope.html.csp Vatican City • Pope Francis has approved a new direction for the scandal-ridden Vatican bank as it seeks to improve transparency and compliance with international guidelines, the Vatican said Monday. The bank, known as the Institute for Religious Works, was founded in 1942 to manage funds for Roman Catholic institutions, Vatican employees and clergy but has been plagued by allegations of money laundering and Mafia links for decades. The pope’s statement ended months of speculation about the trou... Vatican City • Pope Francis has approved a new direction for the scandal-ridden Vatican bank as it seeks to improve transparency and compliance with international guidelines, the Vatican said Monday. The bank, known as the Institute for Religious Works, was founded in 1942 to manage funds for Roman Catholic institutions, Vatican employees and clergy but has been plagued by allegations of money laundering and Mafia links for decades. The pope’s statement ended months of speculation about the trou... 57786473@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:04:39 MDT Ireland’s wedding-singer priest an Internet hit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57796726-80/priest-ireland-kelly-video.html.csp Dublin • Father’s got talent. An Irish priest has become a social-media sensation after he surprised a bride and groom by singing a custom-made cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at their wedding. (See the video at http://bit.ly/1qmWLNv.) Video of the Rev. Ray Kelly’s altar-side performance has shot to the top of YouTube in Ireland with more than 300,000 viewings since it was posted Monday following the weekend nuptials of Chris and Leah O’Kane. The parish priest in the town of Oldcastle, nor... Dublin • Father’s got talent. An Irish priest has become a social-media sensation after he surprised a bride and groom by singing a custom-made cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at their wedding. (See the video at http://bit.ly/1qmWLNv.) Video of the Rev. Ray Kelly’s altar-side performance has shot to the top of YouTube in Ireland with more than 300,000 viewings since it was posted Monday following the weekend nuptials of Chris and Leah O’Kane. The parish priest in the town of Oldcastle, nor... 57796726@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:00:03 MDT The quest for Mormon intellectuals: how to balance facts and faith http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57774851-80/lds-church-mormon-faith.html.csp In every faith, tension rises between reason and revelation — with believers tipping one way or another. For Mormons, that dichotomy was eloquently spelled out by the late LDS historian Richard D. Poll in his landmark 1967 essay, “What the Church Means to People Like Me.” Poll used Book of Mormon symbols — “iron rod” and “liahona” — to describe two distinct types of committed members. The Utah-based faith’s unique scripture uses the iron rod to represent the “word of God,” Poll wrote. “To the pe... In every faith, tension rises between reason and revelation — with believers tipping one way or another. For Mormons, that dichotomy was eloquently spelled out by the late LDS historian Richard D. Poll in his landmark 1967 essay, “What the Church Means to People Like Me.” Poll used Book of Mormon symbols — “iron rod” and “liahona” — to describe two distinct types of committed members. The Utah-based faith’s unique scripture uses the iron rod to represent the “word of God,” Poll wrote. “To the pe... 57774851@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 21:57:00 MDT Pope Francis calls traditional marriage an icon of God’s love http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57769462-80/francis-god-marriage-pope.html.csp Rome • Pope Francis stressed the importance of marriage between a man and a woman at his general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday, saying the two were united in “one flesh” as “icons of God’s love.” “When a man and a woman celebrate the sacrament of marriage, God is reflected in them,” the pontiff told an estimated 45,000 pilgrims who gathered in St. Peter’s Square. “As ‘one flesh’, they become living icons of God’s love in our world, building up the church in unity and fidelity,” he said. “... Rome • Pope Francis stressed the importance of marriage between a man and a woman at his general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday, saying the two were united in “one flesh” as “icons of God’s love.” “When a man and a woman celebrate the sacrament of marriage, God is reflected in them,” the pontiff told an estimated 45,000 pilgrims who gathered in St. Peter’s Square. “As ‘one flesh’, they become living icons of God’s love in our world, building up the church in unity and fidelity,” he said. “... 57769462@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:16:38 MDT Faith in action: Choral concert, Chrism Mass, lecture and more http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57765803-80/lake-salt-church-dzogchen.html.csp VBS FunShop Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host a vacation Bible school training and networking event called VBS FunShop. For more information and to register, call Kelli Kirk at 801-255-8181. When • Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon Where • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 8575 S. 700 East, Sandy Dzogchen Urban Spring Retreat The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation and Dzogchen Shri Singha of Salt Lake City will hold the second annual Dzogchen Urban Spring Retreat. For more information, contac... VBS FunShop Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host a vacation Bible school training and networking event called VBS FunShop. For more information and to register, call Kelli Kirk at 801-255-8181. When • Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon Where • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 8575 S. 700 East, Sandy Dzogchen Urban Spring Retreat The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation and Dzogchen Shri Singha of Salt Lake City will hold the second annual Dzogchen Urban Spring Retreat. For more information, contac... 57765803@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:31:42 MDT