“Secret Files of the Inquisition”

I couldn’t watch the PBS series, Secret Files of the Inquisition, when it aired, but my mother taped it for me and sent me the tape; I watched the first two episodes tonight. Bill Donohue condemned it sight unseen, brandishing statements about the Inquisition that are irrelevant to the program. What are the facts of…

Umrah

Article about Saudi government allowing a group of girls, with only female chaperones, to go to Mecca for the Umrah. The article doesn’t quite understand the Umrah. The Umrah includes the rituals of circling the Kaaba seven times, and performing a sa’i, hastening between the hills of Safa and Marwah (reenacting Hagar’s search for water).…

If an Adventist Ran for President

Spectrum (journal of the Association of Adventist Forums) had a contest asking about what the policy priorities might be for a Seventh-day Adventist candidate for president. There were three winners and two “honorable mentions” (including yours truly). Cf. Adventist Review had an article earlier this year on SDA policy priorities.