Is Hell Crowded or Empty?

Writes Fr Robert Barron: An Internet controversy is percolating around a soon-to-be-published book by well-known evangelical preacher Rob Bell. In “Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived,” Bell advocates the “universalist” position on salvation, which holds that everyone in the end is saved and that hell, accordingly,…

Seven Years of Drought in Israel

Via Bible Places.com: The rainy season in Israel is over and the results are not good.  This marks the seventh consecutive year of drought.  From the Jerusalem Post: This year, the North received much more water than the center and the south, reaching a bit more than 90 percent of Israel’s average rainfall, according to…

Satanism through the Ages

The term Satanism represents a broad range of religions, world views, and literature that all look favourably on Satan or similar rebellious figures. The Telegraph (UK) reports on the worship of this fiend: Satan first appeared in the Hebrew Bible as an angel who challenged the religious faith of humans. In the Book of Job he is…

Zahi Hawass Reappointed as Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities

And he’s back: CAIRO — Egypt’s chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass, the guardian of some of the world’s most important treasures, was on Wednesday named minister of antiquities, the official MENA news agency reported. Hawass had served as head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and later became minister of state under ousted president Hosni Mubarak. Nationwide protests that…

Today in History: USA Buys Alaska for $7.2 Million from Russia

On March 30, 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward paid Russia $7.2 million for the 586,412-square mile territory of Alaska. Russia set up a presence in Alaska in the 18th century, when Danish explorer Vitus Bering, with the backing of Russian Czar Peter the Great, surveyed the region. The territory was wild and…

Company Uses Cells From Abortions to Test Artificial Flavors

This is enough to make you sick: A pro-life group that monitors the use of cells from babies victimized by abortions is today highlighting a biotech company, Senomyx, which it says produces artificial flavor enhancers using aborted fetal cell lines to test their products. The group Children of God for Life is calling for a public boycott of major…