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The story of Walatta Petros, a 17th-century Ethiopian noblewoman who was later made a saint, shows that Christianity has a complex history with abortion and contraception. A 1721 manuscript/Wikimedia Commons

Christian attitudes surrounding abortion have a more nuanced history than current events suggest

Abortion and contraception were quite common among premodern Christians, who also celebrated women’s celibacy as superior to marriage and childbearing.
Many prominent Christians believe in inerrancy, or that the Bible is without error. Godong/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

What is biblical inerrancy? A New Testament scholar explains

The doctrine of inerrancy likely took shape during the 19th and 20th centuries in the United States, in response to the rise of liberalism within Christianity.
American reality TV star Kim Kardashian was criticized for sporting earrings patterned from the sacred Hindu Om symbol during a photo shoot for her beauty products line. E-Times

What is cultural appropriation, and how does it differ from cultural appreciation?

Celebrities and businesses have drawn criticism for cultural appropriation. An expert provides guidance on when it is sharing another culture out of appreciation and when it is appropriation.
Illuminating recent Supreme Court rulings. Geoff Livingston via Getty Images

Religion at the Supreme Court: 3 essential reads

Religion was a common theme in some of the cases to come before the nine justices in the recently concluded Supreme Court term. Three experts help explain what is at stake.
Each local congregation of the Southern Baptist Convention is autonomous and self-governing. Disagreements take place frequently. Joe Raedle/Getty images

Infighting in the Southern Baptist Convention shouldn’t be a surprise – the denomination has been defined by such squabbles for 400 years

Baptists believe that each person can have a personal relationship with God. This theology, a scholar writes, has also contributed to disagreements within the denomination since the 17th century.
When Pope John Paul II was beatified, Zimbabwe’s ruler, Robert Mugabe, was in attendance and given Communion. Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Controversy over Communion in the Catholic Church goes back some 2,000 years

Biden is not the first public figure to whom the Catholic Church wants to deny Communion. Over the centuries, the Church has often come under criticism for either denying or giving Communion.
Gov. Andy Beshear is in favor of making Kentucky the 21st state to ban conversion therapy. AP Photo/Bryan Woolston

Conversion therapy is discredited and increases risk of suicide – yet fewer than half of US states have bans in place

Kentucky lawmakers are trying to make the state the 21st to enact a ban on conversion therapy. In states that are ‘silent’ on the issue, nonprofessionals are allowed to continue the harmful practice.

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