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Biblical principles have provided an understanding on how to help the needy. Lamppost Collective/Shutterstock.com

Taxing the rich to help the poor? Here’s what the Bible says

New economic realities have raised new challenges in applying Biblical principles to economic life. But they could still provide guidance on how to help those in need and how to levy taxes.
Gebhard Fugel, ‘An den Wassern Babylons.’ Gebhard Fugel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why a 2,500-year-old Hebrew poem still matters

Psalm 137 – best known for its opening line, 'By the Rivers of Babylon' – is a 2,500-year-old Hebrew psalm that deals with the Jewish exile -remembered each year on Tisha B'av.
What is the meaning of the 2,500-year old Hebrew psalm for oppressed groups? Gebhard Fugel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why on July 4 should we remember the psalm ‘By the Rivers of Babylon’?

Frederick Douglass used the words of Psalm 137 in his famous speech, 'What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?' For centuries, this poem has resonated with writers and composers, with its consideration of how humans deal with trauma.
A bison on its way in the Bialowieza forest in Poland. By Herr stahlhoefer - Own work, Public Domain,

Do passages in the Bible justify cutting down forests?

In countries that identify predominantly as Christian, scripture and its interpretations carry serious sociopolitical weight.
An Egyptian Muslim woman holds candles in front of the Coptic Christian Cathedral in tribute to the victims of a bomb attack in Cairo on Dec. 17, 2016. Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Who are the Coptic Christians?

Among the Christians of the Middle East, the largest number – some eight million or so – is of Egypt’s Copts. Here's their story.

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