WBEZ | Bible http://www.wbez.org/tags/bible Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Obama will use family Bible for presidential swearing in http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/obama-will-use-family-bible-presidential-swearing-105031 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F75499640" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/398px-Lincoln_inaugural_bible.jpg" style="float: right; height: 452px; width: 300px;" title="President Abraham Lincoln's bible. (Wikimedia Commons)" />When Barack Obama is sworn in as president during the private Sunday ceremony, he&rsquo;ll bring some of his wife&rsquo;s family history to that ritual, namely the Bible from wife Michelle&#39;s family&nbsp;&mdash; the Robinsons.</p><p>The Robinson Family Bible was a gift from the First Lady&rsquo;s father to his mother. Fraser Robinson III gave it to LaVaughn Delores Robinson on Mother&rsquo;s Day in 1958. She used the Bible regularly.</p><p>Omar McRoberts, a sociology professor at the University of Chicago who studies black religious life, said Obama&rsquo;s use of the Robinson Bible gives the public a peek into the president.<br /><br />&quot;It&rsquo;s a statement about his private identity, that is, his personal identity. As someone who identifies closely with his wife&rsquo;s family&rsquo;s African-American Christian heritage,&quot; McRoberts said.<br /><br />On Monday Obama will be sworn in using two other Bibles: President Abraham Lincoln&rsquo;s and Dr. Martin Luther King&rsquo;s.</p></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/obama-will-use-family-bible-presidential-swearing-105031 Son of influential evangelical takes on 'Sex, Mom, and God' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-28/son-influential-evangelical-takes-sex-mom-and-god-94393 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-28/sex2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Author and filmmaker <a href="http://www.frankschaeffer.com/" target="_blank">Frank Schaeffer</a> is a vocal critic of the Christian right. The son of Francis Schaeffer, an influential evangelical, Frank observed conservative Christianity from the inside and witnessed its ascent in American politics.</p><p>Frank talks to <em>Worldview </em>about his newest book <em><a href="http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com/dacapo/book_detail.jsp?isbn=0306820730" target="_blank">Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics - and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway</a></em>. It argues that today's religious right is "mired in perpetual sexual dysfunction" and, as a result, lashes out at the rest of society.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 16:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-28/son-influential-evangelical-takes-sex-mom-and-god-94393 Worldview 11.28.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-112811 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//episode/images/2011-november/2011-11-28/sex3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.frankschaeffer.com/" target="_blank">Frank Schaeffer</a> has written extensively -- and critically -- on the role of evangelicalism in American life. His late father, Francis, played an instrumental part in the rise of conservative Christianity. Frank Schaeffer's latest book <a href="http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com/dacapo/book_detail.jsp?isbn=0306820730" target="_blank"><em>Sex, Mom, and God</em></a>&nbsp;tackles the conservative establishment's views on sex. He spends the hour with <em>Worldview </em>and argues that the sexuality of the right creates a culture of self-loathing.</p></p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 15:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-112811 'Biblical Womanhood': A year of living by the book http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-25/biblical-womanhood-year-living-book-92504 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//npr_story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-27/rhe-cooking_edit_custom.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As an evangelical Christian, Rachel Held Evans often heard about the importance of practicing "biblical womanhood," but she didn't quite know what that meant. Everyone she asked seemed to have a different definition.</p><p>Evans decided to embark on a quest to figure out how to be a woman by the Bible's standards. For one year, she has followed every rule in the Old and New Testaments. Her project will end next Saturday.</p><p>Throughout the year, she kept a <a href="http://rachelheldevans.com/womanhood-project">blog</a> about the experience; it's going to be made into a book that will be published in 2012.</p><p>One of Evans' tasks was to submit to her husband, Dan. The need for women to submit to their husbands is repeated multiple times in the letters of Paul and Peter, she tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on <em>All Things Considered</em>.</p><p>"That was a challenge because my husband and I have a very egalitarian relationship," Evans says, "so it was kind of weird trying to impose a hierarchy onto that relationship."</p><p>Evans made a flow chart that had an arrow pointing from God to her husband and down to her; she posted it on their refrigerator.</p><p>"We tried to stick by that, and it would be little things like if I wanted to watch one movie from Netflix, but he wanted another one, we would defer to his," she says.</p><p>In Proverbs 31, a husband is praised at the city gates. Evans attempted to do the equivalent by standing outside the "Welcome to Dayton" sign in Tennessee with a poster board that read, "Dan is Awesome."</p><p>"People thought I'd lost a bet," she says.</p><p>Evans says she'd hated Proverbs 31 for years "because in the evangelical culture, it's lifted up as sort of like the model for all women everywhere, and it talks about a woman who sews from morning till night and provides food for her family and clothing."</p><p>Her perspective shifted, however, after talking to a friend about the Jewish culture's interpretation of the passage. Her friend said men were the ones who memorized the passage as a way of praising women — her friend's husband sings it to his wife at every Sabbath meal.</p><p>"That whole passage got turned around for me when I started looking at it from a more Jewish perspective and seeing it less as something that God expects all women to do and more as a way of praising what women have already accomplished," she says.</p><p>Also as part of her project, Evans spent all year growing out her hair.</p><p>"Basically, Paul says that it is a woman's glory to have long hair, which basically, I'm guessing, he wouldn't have said that if he'd met me because my hair just doesn't really look good long. It's really frizzy and poufy, and right now it is just absolutely out of control," she says. "The first thing I'm going to do on Oct. 1 when the project is over is schedule a hair appointment."</p><p>With the project drawing to a close, Evans hasn't uncovered a singular way to practice biblical womanhood.</p><p>"We're all selective in how we interpret and apply the Bible to our lives — even evangelical Christians, whether they like to admit it or not," she says. "So what I have found is that any time you think you have found a sort of blueprint or standard for biblical womanhood, a woman in scripture comes along and is praised for breaking it."</p><div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.</div></p> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 15:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-25/biblical-womanhood-year-living-book-92504