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  • 30-year White House peace vigil threatened

    WASHINGTON — For more than 30 years, Concepcion Picciotto has held vigil outside the White House, protesting nuclear weapons and calling for peace. But Thursday morning, it appeared that her decades-long protest was finally over. U.S. Park...
  • In Theory: Faith and the decision to fight

    President Barack Obama this month asked Congress to authorize punitive military action in Syria. He made the request in response to the Assad regime's alleged use of chemical weapons near Damascus. Q: How would your faith and/or worldview guide you in...
  • In Theory: Do reports on Earth's life span fit with faith?

    A pair of scientific reports released in recent weeks are related to life on Earth: One raises the possibility that the planet was jump-started by a comet, and the other calculates that Earth will end in 1.75 billion to 3.25 billion years. Q: How do...
  • In Theory: Does belief in the divine protect against depression?

    Religion may be good for the soul, but there's now evidence it's good for a healthy mind, too. A study by researchers in Canada has discovered that regular attendance at religious services can provide "significant protection against depression" —...
  • In Theory: Does God answer simple questions?

    A post has been making the rounds recently on social media sites such as Facebook in which a man asks God a series of questions and God answers. The man starts off by asking, "Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?" He goes on to list several...
  • In Theory: Where do you stand on 'stand your ground'?

    In Theory: Where do you stand on 'stand your ground'?
    In February 2012, teenager Trayvon Martin was shot dead by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. Last month, Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and freed. The circumstances of the shooting caused an uproar. Martin was an unarmed 17-year-...
  • In Theory: Is the Internet the enemy of faith?

    The Internet can be a source of information and illumination, but for some it's also a cause for worry, and in some cases, a loss of faith, as one Mormon man discovered. Hans Mattsson, a "solid believer" in his faith, began to have doubts after...
  • In Theory: Illegal immigration: WWJD?

    There are some 11 million undocumented people in America. Arguments rage about what can be done about them, from deporting each one to awarding citizenship depending on length of time in the U.S. In the story of the good Samaritan, Jesus overturned the...
  • In Theory: How would you update the 'I have a dream' speech?

    Aug. 28 marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous “I have a dream” speech, which some say was so peppered with scriptural allusions that it was more sermon than speech. Clarence Jones, a civil rights activist who...
  • In Theory: Does America need more babies?

    The birthrate in America has fallen to an all-time low, with one in five women not having children in 2010, compared to one in 10 in the 1970s. In Orange County, the rate has dropped from 50,000 a year in the '90s to about 38,000 in 2011. Many couples...
  • In Theory: How do you teach children to pray?

    Praying is a central and vital part of religion. But how do you teach and explain prayer to children? Cheri Fuller, writing on churchleaders.com, says one way of explaining prayer to small children is to tell them that it's a conversation; and just as...
  • In Theory: What's our responsibility toward sweatshops?

    More than a thousand workers were killed in Bangladesh when a building used as a garment factory collapsed. It's alleged that a factory in China making products for Apple has nets installed to stop people leaping to their deaths after 18 suicides there....