It was on a Fourth of July that I arrived in America. I did not understand why all the shops were closed. When I inquired, I was told that everyone was out having picnics or barbecues and setting off fireworks.
On Easter Sunday this year, two names were added to the Catholic list of canonized saints, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Two men who had held the position of Pope, Benedict XVI and Francis, performed the ritual of canonization.
Since the beginning of mankind’s story, there has been belief in life after death.
Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world, having about 375 million adherents. It is an offshoot of Hinduism. While it had its start in India in the fifth century B.C., few adherents of the religion now live there.
At midnight on Dec. 24, church bells all over the world will ring out the joyful news of Christmas. From Bethlehem’s Manger Square to London’s Trafalgar to Rome’s Piazza Navona the chimes will be heard. For more than 1,600 years the message of the birth of Christ has been so proclaimed.
Most people were surprised when the Catholic Church elected an Argentinean as Pope Francis. For more than 400 years, until Karol Józef Wojtyła from Poland became Pope John Paul II, all popes had been Italian.
Over the past 20 years, Rocky Mountain College assistant professor Elizabeth McNamer figures she’s taken between 200 and 300 people to Israel on an archaeological dig.
Hinduism is the oldest of the major religions and is almost exclusively Indian. In fact, to be a Hindu means to respect the traditions of India. There are more than 900 million Hindus in India. It is not a single unified religion but a combination of beliefs and practices accumulated over 5,…
The feast of Shavuot (Pentecost), occurring 50 days after Passover, was one of the great pilgrim feasts of ancient Judaism.
Belief in the resurrection of the dead among the Israelites stems to the time of the exile, in fifth century B.C.
Elizabeth McNamer gets into the British spirit as Queen Elizabeth as Billings Symphony musicians Mark Fenderson, left, and Trevor Krieger join in the fun in preparation for Saturday's "A Royal Celebration. The 7:30 p.m. concert by the symphony and chorale is preceded by an Adventures in Musi…
Excitement rippled around the world as a new pope was chosen in Rome on Wednesday afternoon.
Syncretism, the combining of different beliefs and philosophies in religion, is inevitable. The three major Western religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all which developed in the Middle East, are a prime example.
Displays of the Nativity of Jesus can be seen in Christian churches and homes over the Christmas season.
St. Benedict is often credited with founding monasticism in Europe in the fifth century.
Dr. Elizabeth McNamer will deliver a talk, "Digging Up Women," at the AAUW meeting, at 11:30 a.m., on Sept. 8 at Rocky Mountain College's Prescott Hall.
Camino De Compostello, or the Way of St. James, has existed since the eighth century. It was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem.
This may be Elizabeth McNamer’s last time of leading a group to Israel to take part in an archeological dig.
Elizabeth McNamer, assistant professor of religious thought at Rocky Mountain College, kneels earlier this week on a just-unearthed cobblestone path at the Bethsaida Excavations project in Israel that her students helped to find. Bethsaida, mentioned often in the New Testament, is a town Jes…