Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in Oct. 12 for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Taking oath is an important tradition before assuming charge of a public office. It entails a commitment to the future. What is the history of oath-taking?
Amy Coney Barrett testifies before the Senate.
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If successful, Barrett would become the seventh current Supreme Court justice to be raised a Catholic, but more importantly the sixth conservative Christian.
Reading material or preparing a speech?
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Trump uses more religious terms in his set-piece addresses than any other president in the last 100 years.
President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House..
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The Christian right began to coalesce around social and cultural changes in the late 1970s. A scholar explains the emergence of conspiracy theories at the time.
Sister Ardeth Platte, wearing black to honor the international Women in Black movement, being hugged by a supporter ahead of being sentenced in 2003.
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The lifelong activist and Dominican sister was arrested over 40 times, often with Sister Carol Gilbert, for peaceful actions protesting nuclear weapons.
You don’t need rose-tinted spectacles to find joy – even in the most stressful times.
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The pandemic and political turmoil have left many people feeling anxious, angry and despairing. Being open to joy might bring some respite.
Rohingya refugees wait during distribution of food items in 2017 in Bangladesh.
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A scholar who spent time in refugee camps argues that Bangladesh's culture as well as a painful history of a war in which 10 million sought refuge played a role in the country's opening up of its borders.
Above it, only skies? In it, only believers? Imagine that!
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Despite growing numbers of non-religious Americans, self-declared atheists are few and far between in the halls of power – putting the US at odds with other global democracies.
Hindu cremation being performed on the banks of the River Ganges in Varanasi, India.
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Hindu philosophy believes the soul to be immortal. Death is considered to be the end of only physical incarnation, as the soul continues its journey of multiple births until its final liberation.
A 19th-century engraving depicts the Angel of Death descending on Rome during the Antonine plague.
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Societies and cultures that seem ossified and entrenched can be completely upended by pandemics, which create openings for conquest, innovation and social change.
Your country needs YOU to be a critical friend.
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From medieval thinkers to James Baldwin, loving one's country has never meant you can't be critical of it too.
Voting, the right thing to do?
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'I don't like the candidates,' 'I don't know enough to make a decision,' 'I don't want to give this election legitimacy' – an ethicist takes on nonvoters.
Members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal organization, which began in Pennsylvania in 1967, holding a meeting in France.
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The Catholic charismatic movement in the United States began during the 1960s. The practices of Catholic charismatics encompass various forms of Pentecostalism.
Pope Urban II giving marching orders ahead of the First Crusade.
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From the crusades of the medieval period to racial violence today, mankind has sought ways to 'sanctify' harmful actions, explains a scholar of religion.
The 17th-century plague in Rome.
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The 17th-century plague of Italy has lessons for today: Back then, too, people broke public health laws, but there were clergymen who intervened.
No lengthy viewing of the body, but no quick burial either.
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The former justice received a Jewish funeral at the Supreme Court. But in other ways, Ginsburg's burial is breaking with traditional Jewish death rituals.
Primary voters at St. Joseph Church in Dover, New Hampshire.
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Where you vote can make a difference in how you vote. Although the influence can be small, some ballots are decided by fractions of a percent.
Greek hero Achilles with the body of Hector, his main opponent in the Trojan War.
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Families who lost their loved ones during the pandemic could not even properly grieve. Greek epics show why lamentation and memorial are so important and what we can learn in these times.
President Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft.
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President Trump is using religious rhetoric against his Democratic opponents. A historian of religion cites similar attacks over a century ago.
President Nixon at a White House news conference in March 1973.
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Some presidents have lied for honorable reasons, while for others the lies have been simply self-serving.