when the government fought communism with buddhism

Joe Freeman, Politico

joe freeman, politicoas buddhist myanmar is once again in the news for a brutal crackdown on its rohingya muslim minority, it's worth remembering just how politically volatile religion can be in southeast asiaa part of the world more famous for

2017-09-14 01:01:04  

is this the face of mary magdalene?

Sarah Gibbens, National Geograp

sarah gibbens, national geographicin a medieval town in the south of france, a crypt tucked beneath a basilica houses one of the world's most famous sets of human remains, a skull and bones rumored to belong to jesus' companion mary magdalene. n

2017-09-14 01:01:00  

bones attributed to peter found by chance in rome church

Nick Squires, Telegraph

nick squires, telegraphbones attributed to st peter have been found by chance in a church in rome during routine restoration work, 2,000 years after the apostle's death.the relics of the saint, who is regarded as the first pope, were found in cl

2017-09-14 01:00:56  

protestants: the most "catholic" of christians

Caleb Lindgren, Christianity To

caleb lindgren, christianity todaythe most obvious effect of the reformationwhich celebrates its 500th anniversary this yearis division.it is estimated that more than 33,000 different christian denominations now exist throughout the world, and m

2017-09-14 01:00:52  

nun with chainsaw becomes symbol of post-irma cleanup

Bill Chappell, NPR

bill chappell, nprthe cleanup after hurricane irma is a massive undertaking, after the destructive storm hit florida and neighboring states over the weekend. in miami, a nun chipped in to clear trees in her neighborhood and no one, it seems, ca

2017-09-14 01:00:49  

trump and the true nature of christian nationalism

Jack Jenkins, Think Progress

jack jenkins, think progressit was 2016, and the era of white christian american influence was supposed to be over.political pundits declared that shifting demographics meant republicans could no longer rely solely on the white christian vote th

2017-09-14 01:00:46  

portugal's sneaky sausage that saved jews

Theodora Sutcliffe, BBC

theodora sutcliffe, bbcin manteigaria silva, one of lisbon's oldest delis, not much has changed since 1928. cured hams dangle from the ceiling, port and madeira wines compete for shelf space and slabs of golden cheese await the blade. and alongs

2017-09-14 01:00:41  

the senate must act now to save christianity in iraq

Carl Anderson, The Hill

carl anderson, the hillwhether christianity and pluralism survive in the middle east, or disappear forever, may well lie in the hands of the u.s. senate.earlier this summer, the house unanimously passed hr 390, which would direct american aid to

2017-09-14 01:00:36  

the contradictions of hajj, through a smartphone lens

Wajahat Ali, New York Times

wajahat ali, new york timesis it permissible to take a selfie in front of the kaaba during hajj? with spotty internet, i was unable to google the answer. forced to call an audible fatwa, i decided, yes, if indeed my intention is pure.fourteen hu

2017-09-14 01:00:33  

why do sikhs wear turbans?

Vivek Chaudhary, The Guardian

vivek chaudhary, the guardiannobody knows the precise origins of the turban, although there are references to it dating back almost 4,000 years from mesopotamia and ancient india. there is little consensus on what it should look like and how it

2017-09-14 01:00:29  

empathy, charity, and shusaku endo's "silence"

Patricia Snow, First Things

patricia snow, first thingsmartin scorsese's recent film silence, like the historical novel by sh?saku end? on which it is based, turns on an act of emotional blackmail. inoue, a seventeenth-century japanese magistrate intent on eradicating chri

2017-09-14 01:00:22  

religion is not going away and science will not destroy it

Peter Harrison, Aeon

peter harrison, aeonin 1966, just over 50 years ago, the distinguished canadian-born anthropologist anthony wallace confidently predicted the global demise of religion at the hands of an advancing science: belief in supernatural powers is doomed

2017-09-13 01:25:38  

the private faith of hillary clinton

Michael Luo, New Yorker

michael luo, new yorkerfor politicians who are searching for an appropriate way to talk about their christian faith in public, the bible can sometimes appear to contain contradictory mandates. in jesus' sermon on the mount, he admonishes his dis

2017-09-13 01:25:35  

harvey, irma, jose ... and noah

David Brooks, New York Times

david brooks, new york timesis there anything we can learn from hurricanes, storms and floods?people have been asking that question for thousands of years, and telling stories that try to make sense of natural disasters. these flood myths are re

2017-09-13 01:25:32  

2017-09-13 01:25:29  

will trump direct fema to fund churches hit by harvey?

Emma Green, The Atlantic

emma green, the atlantichurricane harvey blew the steeple off of rockport first assembly of god in rockport, texas. harvest family church in cypress got covered in a layer of mud and silt. three feet of water filled the sanctuary of hi-way taber

2017-09-13 01:25:20  

jesus christ superstars: meet the modern-day messiahs

Paula Cocozza, Guardian

paula cocozza, guardianjonas bendiksen grew up in a godless home in tnsberg, norway, which makes him an unlikely candidate to photograph the messiah, let alone six of them. but this is what he has spent the past three years doing: chronicli

2017-09-02 01:20:27  

in praise of equipoise

David Brooks, New York Times

david brooks, new york timesthe lebanese-born writer amin maalouf made an interesting point about identity: other people often pick ours for us. the anti-semite elevates the jewish consciousness in the jew. the sunni radical elevates shiite cons

2017-09-02 01:20:25  

a church takes a stand on insurance

Leslie Scism, Wall Street Journ

leslie scism, wall street journala federal trial in los angeles next week will test an increasing concern for americans: how much leeway do their life insurers have when raising the price on old policies?in 2004, investors teamed with praises of

2017-09-02 01:20:23  

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