Christians cannot serve both God and the GOP

Clement of Alexandria, an influential Christian writer, held that “all possessions are by nature unrighteous when a man possesses them for personal advantage … and does not bring them into the common stock for those in need.” Another prominent early Christian, Justin Martyr, wrote that “we who valued above all things the acquisition of wealth and […]

Christians can disagree on abortion and remain true to their faith

Saint Augustine of Hippo, a particularly influential early Christian theologian, grappled with abortion and Mosaic Law. While personally against the practice, Augustine held a nuanced view, writing that “the law does not provide that the act of abortion pertains to homicide, for there cannot yet be said to be a live soul in a body […]

Up to 4,000 inmates could be released from jail early amid fears that Covid-19 could spread rapidly through crowded prisons leaving hospitals swamped

The first inmate to die, Edwin Hillier, was jailed for sex attacks on young girls in the 1970s. He was rushed to hospital with suspected sepsis on March 20 but post-mortem results showed he had also contracted coronavirus. 

Broadway theaters extend coronavirus shutdown until early June

Before the coronavirus hit New York, this season on Broadway had raked in over $1.3 billion and more than 11 million attendees, according to the Broadway League. But like many other industries across the US, Broadway has been devastated by the pandemic, costing countless jobs and millions of dollars.

While US nears 11,000 deaths, White House remains optimistic about early effects of social distancing measures

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on Monday called for the federal government to release racial and ethnic data relating to the pandemic. The group says it wants to “ensure that communities of color receive equitable health care and treatment during this crisis.”

The artist with the remote-controlled robotic body: ‘I’ve made a career out of being a failure’

Originally, the ear was to have a microphone embedded in it that would transmit the noises around Stelarc to an internet portal, allowing others to eavesdrop. He might even whisper things into his own forearm for them to hear. But the site became infected when wires were introduced, and, as he says, “I almost lost […]

Concord Council Paves Way For 70 Townhomes After Denying Resident’s Appeal

But City Attorney Susanne Brown told the council that proper notice was given about the meeting, and the acceptance of public comments was done electronically. Brown said that if the council opted to not take up the townhome project appeal Tuesday night, that, legally, the planning commission’s Feb. 19 approval would stand.

RS Charts: The Weeknd Holds Number One Spot on Artists 500 Chart

The pop star’s latest album After Hours did just enough to stay at Number One on the Top 200 Albums chart, moving 146,500 album-equivalent units to fend off 5 Seconds of Summer, who bowed at Number Two on that chart with 144,300 album units. Over on the Top 100 Songs chart, the Weeknd’s single “Blinding Lights” […]

Anna Wintour, 70, reveals she had to celebrate her granddaughter’s third birthday on Zoom while in quarantine – as she urges people to follow her lead and wear face masks while outside

This is the first time that the event — for which tickets can cost up to $35,000 per person — has been called off in the 22 years that Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour has chaired it, a job that she took on back in 1995 when she made her debut as the hostess of the star-studded […]

Arts Society to launch online lectures for over-70s

“Local committees have all been chatting away on forums and are responding so well to the crisis. It really has been lovely and quite moving to see things that would have probably taken years to organise, happen within two or three weeks. I’m really proud of our members.”