2009 Year in Review

Year in Review 2009—and a Look Back at the 2000s
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    Spiritual Leaders Who Died in 2009

    Oral Roberts, Marie Knight, and John Daido Loori were some of the pioneers who influenced the faith landscape. Take a look back on spiritual leaders who died this year.

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    10 Health Lessons of 2009

    See what the top health stories of 2009--from swine flu to Patrick Swayze's untimely passing--taught us about wellness, hope, and staying calm in chaos.

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    Top Religion Stories of the Decade

    From the 9/11 terrorist attacks to Pope John Paul II's death to Buddhist activism in Tibet, read the stories of faith that shaped the last ten years.

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    Top Religion Scandals of the Decade

    The Catholic clergy sex scandal, the fall of evangelist Ted Haggard, and the scheming of Bernie Madoff were all scandals that shook the religious world.

Blogging on 2009 and the Past Decade


Polanski and "philistine collusion"

Date: 09/28/2009

Well, the cultural elite in Hollywood and in Europe is going to the barricades to defend Roman Polanski. The phrasing here is very telling: Meanwhile, the international outcry for Polanski's release radiated from its epicenter in Zurich, where red "Free Polanski" buttons made the film festival rounds Sunday and jury president Debra Winger (!) issued a statement accusing the Swiss judiciary of ...

Related Topics: Hollywood, Roman Polanski


'The Vampire Diaries' Starts Tonight!

Date: 09/10/2009

Question: Is it possible that we've gone a little vampire overboard? Answer: Naahhhh. Not according to me at least. When LJ Smith's "The Vampire Diaries" series of books came out in the very early 90's, I read them as an actual young adult. (I know, how novel!) I don't remember them so well, but what I can say is that these vampire chronicles of star-crossed love and the requisite love tri ...

Related Topics: Vampires, Stephenie Meyer, Love, Romance, Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, Blog 87


Moving on, and many, many thanks...

Date: 08/02/2009

So...my recent vacation and related absences also coincided with an offer from PoliticsDaily.com to cover religion for them, as editor Melinda Henneberger announces here in her roundup on the site's very successful first 100 days.  That means, in short, that I'll have to sign off from blogging here at Beliefnet after nearly a year and a half of a very rewarding time. This was my first ...

Related Topics: Farewell, Final Post, Politicsdaily.Com


Stop the Abortion Mandate

Date: 07/22/2009

(Update: J ack Smith at the Catholic Key blog has an excellent roundup of this week's past and coming events on this issue , including news about the presser which I mentioned below...which happened this morning.) Tomorrow is the day for a nationwide effort to bring attention to the issue of abortion coverage in the proposed health care legislation. Many groups are involved including Democrats ...

Related Topics: Abortion News, Catholic News, Health Reform, News, Religion News


An Etiquette Roundup for the Ethical

Date: 07/13/2009

Normal 0 Normal 0 One of the many things I love about my friends is their unflagging enthusiasm - since I started writing for this blog, countless dinner conversations and happy hour chatter have ended with the refrain, "Hey! A new ethical dilemma perhaps??!" Many of these topics have popped up on Everyday Ethics. T ...

Related Topics: Dating, Emily Post, Etiquette, Relationships

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