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New film profiles little-known Jewish philanthropist who built African-American schools

New film profiles little-known Jewish philanthropist who built African-American schools



Although credited with establishing Sears, Roebuck & Company as a leading American retailer, Julius Rosenwald's name has largely been unremembered in the decades since he died in 1932.
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Childhood pretend play connected to religious switching, study finds

Childhood pretend play connected to religious switching, study finds

A child's imagination during pretend play can take them from a walk around Mars to a picnic in Neverland. However, his or her travels don't stop there. Pretend play may also lead them on a religious journey in his or her adult life.
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Cosmic humility: The spiritual side effects of viewing Earth from outer space

Cosmic humility: The spiritual side effects of viewing Earth from outer space

Writing in Medium about a new image of Earth released July 20 by NASA scientists and dubbed the "new Blue Marble," astronaut Scott Kelly said, "There's something remarkable about a single snapshot of Earth — an intact view of our planet in its entirety, hanging in space."
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Do contraceptive rules make religious groups 'complicit in evil?'

Do contraceptive rules make religious groups 'complicit in evil?'

Does requiring a group of Roman Catholic nuns to sign a piece of paper stating their objection to providing contraception coverage make them complicit in an evil act? One group says it does, and the question might soon find a nonreligious referee in the Supreme Court.
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Evangelicals and Muslims together denounce Franklin Graham’s anti-Muslim remarks

Evangelicals and Muslims together denounce Franklin Graham’s anti-Muslim remarks

WASHINGTON — An evangelical pastor from Texas joined American Muslim leaders Thursday in denouncing recent anti-Muslim comments by evangelist Franklin Graham as they announced upcoming efforts to build bridges between their religious communities.
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School district and secularists settle school prayer lawsuit

School district and secularists settle school prayer lawsuit

A federal lawsuit filed against a school district in Georgia for allegedly violating First Amendment rights by allowing football coaches to lead students in prayers and include Bible passages in team materials has been settled.
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New film profiles little-known Jewish philanthropist who built African-American schools



Although credited with establishing Sears, Roebuck & Company as a leading American retailer, Julius Rosenwald's name has largely been unremembered in the decades since he died in 1932.
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Christian schools take stance on homosexuality policies

Christian schools take stance on homosexuality policies

With same-sex marriage now legal across the country, the question has surfaced about whether religious-affiliated schools will accommodate gay or lesbian students, staff and faculty who are married.
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Pope Francis taps media-savvy priest for key Los Angeles role

Pope Francis taps media-savvy priest for key Los Angeles role

Father Robert Barron may be ready for his close-up. The media-savvy Roman Catholic priest whose public television series "Catholicism" drew wide acclaim, has been named one of three new auxiliary bishops for Los Angeles, arguably the world's media capital.
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The title of Harper Lee’s new book comes from the Bible

The title of Harper Lee’s new book comes from the Bible

Last Tuesday, book readers and literature enthusiasts alike celebrated across the country as “Go Set a Watchman” — the sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” — hit bookshelves and was made available to the public.
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Religious freedom experts worry about their First Amendment rights after marriage ruling

Religious freedom experts worry about their First Amendment rights after marriage ruling

Long-held American views of religious liberty may be rapidly shifting in the wake of a June 26 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.
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Is religion failing? The Dalai Lama has a surprising answer

Is religion failing? The Dalai Lama has a surprising answer

It isn't just American demographers and church planters who are concerned about the rise of the "nones," or the spiritually unaffiliated. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, isn't happy about it, either.
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Muslims celebrate completion of Ramadan fasting during Eid al-Fitr

Muslims celebrate completion of Ramadan fasting during Eid al-Fitr

Many of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims will be spending Friday celebrating the completion of Ramadan, a month-long observance of fasting from dawn to sundown.
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Adventists celebrate Ellen G. White 100 years after her death

Ellen G. White, whose visions helped shape the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was remembered worldwide on the centennial of her July 16, 1915, death in northern California.
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What God, Lord Ganesha and green tea have in common with Katy Perry

What God, Lord Ganesha and green tea have in common with Katy Perry

Katy Perry has caused somewhat of an uproar in the news with her desire to purchase a former Los Angeles Catholic convent.
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Non-Muslims get a glimpse of Islam's holiest night of the year

Non-Muslims get a glimpse of Islam's holiest night of the year

Wrapping up the holy month of Ramadan, 1.6 billion Muslims around the world are amping up their worship during the last 10 days of the fasting observance.
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Circuit court rules contraception mandate doesn't violate religious freedom

Circuit court rules contraception mandate doesn't violate religious freedom

The government's health care law mandating contraception coverage does not impinge on the religious liberty of an order of Roman Catholic nuns and Christian schools, a federal court ruled Tuesday.
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Pope commits to studying critiques of his criticism of capitalism

Pope commits to studying critiques of his criticism of capitalism

After a weeklong South American visit in which he delivered direct criticism of "unbridled capitalism," Pope Francis returned to the Vatican on Monday pledging to listen to critics of his views.
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Japanese Buddhists celebrate Obon Festival

Japanese Buddhists celebrate Obon Festival

Japanese Buddhists around the world celebrates their ancestry Monday with the Obon Festival.
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The psychology behind Islamic State group's Western recruits

The psychology behind Islamic State group's Western recruits

In the summer of 1995, Mubin Shaikh traveled throughout Pakistan, volunteering with a missionary group in the sweltering summer heat.
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Episcopal leaders vote on same-sex liturgy, revised marriage definition

Episcopal leaders vote on same-sex liturgy, revised marriage definition

Episcopal Church leaders adopted rituals for same-sex marriage ceremonies, making it the third mainline Protestant denomination in America to do so.
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The significance of the last 10 days of Ramadan

The significance of the last 10 days of Ramadan

Muslims throughout the world are observing Ramadan, also known as the month of fasting. Given the atrocities committed during this month by so-called Muslims, I find it necessary to give my view and understanding of the true obligations and purpose of this holy month.
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Faith-based prison seminaries help 'moral rehabilitation' of inmates

Faith-based prison seminaries help 'moral rehabilitation' of inmates

Darryl Waters says he was raised by devout Christian grandparents in the quaint bayou community of Gibson, Louisiana.
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Seventh-day Adventists affirm women in ministry, but vote down their ordination

Seventh-day Adventists affirm women in ministry, but vote down their ordination

A contentious five-year battle over the ordination of women as Seventh-day Adventist ministers ended Wednesday with a 58 percent "no" vote at the group's quinquennial business session in San Antonio, Texas.
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A banner Inter-dependence Day

A banner Inter-dependence Day

The Fourth of July is five days behind us now, but while the scent of sulfur from the fireworks lingers, let me add a P.S.
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Study: Relationship with God gives life meaning

Study: Relationship with God gives life meaning

Soon after Jong Hyun Jung, a graduate student of sociology at Purdue University, first immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea, he noticed the importance of religion in the American culture in what people said and did.
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After Supreme Court marriage decision, Christian objectors ponder outsider status

After Supreme Court marriage decision, Christian objectors ponder outsider status

America's evangelical Christians, at roughly 25 percent of the population, aren't really a minority group. But after the Supreme Court mandated same-sex marriage in all 50 states last week, evangelicals are pondering how to interact with a changing culture.
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Robert George, U.S. religious freedom panel chairman, worried about rights globally

Robert George, U.S. religious freedom panel chairman, worried about rights globally

In 30 years of teaching at Princeton University, Robert P. George — Robbie to his friends — has resolutely forged a reputation for articulating philosophical truths defending faith, family and freedom.
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The Dalai Lama's most notable quotes

The Dalai Lama's most notable quotes

The Dalai Lama is turning 80 on Monday, and people around the world have already begun celebrating the influential figure's life. Here are some of his most notable and inspirational quotes, compiled by dalailamaquotes.org.
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ValueSpeak: The country and the concept

ValueSpeak: The country and the concept

John Adams didn’t have anything against the Fourth of July. He just thought it was two days too late.
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This beautiful song reminds us who we must thank for our country's freedom this Independence Day



As we go about our 4th of July activities this year, let's take the time to remember that the freedom we celebrate is not free. It was bought with bravery, love and sacrifice. Many men, women and children throughout history have fought hard, cried bitterly and prayed fervently for the freedom we so often take for granted.
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At 150 years, The Salvation Army finds balance between service and sermons

On Sunday, thousands of Christians are expected to march along the Mall in London, past Buckingham Palace, sounding drums and tambourines, trumpets and tubas.
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ValueSpeak: Wrestling with relationships

ValueSpeak: Wrestling with relationships

It started out normally enough.
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In light of Pakistan heatwave, what are the exceptions to Ramadan?

In light of Pakistan heatwave, what are the exceptions to Ramadan?

This past week, over 1,000 people in Pakistani died from a major heatwave that struck the country, CNN reported. Another estimated 14,000 people were hospitalized due to the sweltering heat.
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French have more favorable attitudes toward Muslims post-Charlie Hebdo

French have more favorable attitudes toward Muslims post-Charlie Hebdo

The cold, January day that two Muslim shooters stormed the office of French magazine "Charlie Hebdo", killing 12 people and injuring 11, France united under the tragedy they called their 9/11.
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