Weekly religion rail, with news of Copernicus being reburied in Poland, getting to know Moishe Rosen of Jews for Jesus, a study about parents and religion, and more.
Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, whose research was viewed as heresy by the Roman Catholic Church, was reburied in a Polish cathedral nearly 500 years after his death.
Priests in Frombork, Poland, blessed the remains with holy water and laid them to rest in the town cathedral where Copernicus served as a church canon.
Copernicus developed the model that the Earth revolves around the sun, an idea the church condemned because it removed Earth from its central position in the universe.
A new black granite tombstone identifies Copernicus as the founder of the heliocentric theory and as a church canon. The stone is decorated with a model of the solar system, a golden sun encircled by six of the planets.
This Week in Religion
- On May 28, 1999, Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" is put back on display in Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work.
- On June 1, 1660, Mary Dyer is hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
- On June 2, 1979, Pope John Paul II visits his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country.
In a study of 700 parents with children younger than 18, 50 percent said having children did not influence their connection to a church. This perspective was most common among parents in the Northeast and West as well as among college graduates.
-- Barna Group
“O Me of Little Faith: True Confessions of a Spiritual Weakling” by Jason Boyett
In “O Me of Little Faith,” author Jason Boyett brings you a transparent and personal account of his own of struggles with doubts and unbelief in living out his faith.
With humor and frankness, Boyett uses personal anecdotes and a fresh look at Scripture to explore the realities of pursuing Christ through a field of doubt.
Boyett concludes that doubt and faith are not polar opposites, but actually work together, existing side-by-side. “O Me of Little Faith” will strike a chord with any Christian who's dealing with the uncertainties of living life in pursuit of a God who occasionally seems to disappear.
Get to Know … Moishe Rosen
Moishe Rosen (1932–2010) was the founder and former executive director of Jews for Jesus, an evangelical Christian missionary organization that focuses specifically on the conversion of Jews to Christianity.
Raised by Jewish parents, Rosen became a Christian in 1953 and graduated from Northeastern Bible College. He was ordained as a Conservative Baptist minister in 1957 and founded what became known as the Jews for Jesus movement in 1969.
Jews for Jesus’ official mission statement is "to make the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide." It holds that belief in Jesus as Messiah is a fulfillment of the prophecies of Hebrew scripture.
Rosen died of cancer on May 21.
Lectionary: A series of Bible passages that are read throughout the year in a church service. Often, the sermon is based on the passage just read. -- www.religioustolerance.org
Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of Thailand
Buddhist: 94.6 percent
Muslim: 4.6 percent
Christian: 0.7 percent
Other: 0.1 percent
- CIA Factbook
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