The ‘Malleus Maleficarum,’ a medieval handbook, was used to try and execute supposed witches. Its influence lasted for centuries – including at the Salem Witch Trials.
Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Witch trials relied on a medieval text called the “Malleus Maleficarum” – a book this reference librarian can hold in her hands.
Nurses holding babies born to Ukrainian surrogate mothers in capital city, Kyiv.
Sergei Supinsky/ AFP via Getty Images
Surrogacy can be exploitative, but a theologian writes how it can also remind individuals that family is not just biological but also social and relational.
Labor violations disproportionately affect Black Americans.
Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Rebalancing labor relations so that workers are empowered would be an effective way to address racial wealth disparities and atone for the legacy of slavery, a scholar argues.
Pope Francis is presiding over a divided church.
Grzegorz Galazka/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images
Pope Benedict XVI expanded the Latin Mass in 2007 in an olive branch to traditionalists. His successor hopes reversing that decision may better serve unity in the church.
The Vatican has warned U.S. bishops not to deny Communion to President Biden.
L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP
A debate over whether President Biden’s views on abortion disqualify him from taking Communion serves to expose a rift between US bishops and the pope, and is a threat to the church itself.
J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has called on the denomination to focus on its theological mission.
AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File
The SBC is meeting amid divisions, controversy and dwindling numbers. But in pushing rhetoric over its theological mission, the denomination is tapping into a history of white supremacy.
President Joe Biden’s progressive values jar with the conservatism of some Catholic bishops.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
Communion is the central act of Catholic worship. So why are some US bishops trying to stop President Joe Biden – a devout Catholic – from partaking?
Some ancient theologians argued that the Israelites deserved a share of Egypt’s wealth after being enslaved for centuries.
Culture Club/Hulton Archive via Getty Images
The biblical story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt is also a historical tale of reparations after enslavement.
A form of ‘canceling’ was common among Baptists in America.
Heritage Art/Heritage Images via Getty Images
Excommunicating a church member, like ‘canceling’ someone on social media, serves to cleanse the body politic of behavior deemed damaging, suggests a scholar of political theology.
Caliban implores his fellow island dwellers to listen to the noises in “The Tempest.”
The Print Collector/Getty Images
Scholars have scoured the works of the great playwright for clues about his faith. A scholar of theology and Shakespeare’s works says it isn’t as simple as that.
The famine in Samaria was one of many depicted in the Bible.
PHAS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Famine was a constant threat during biblical times. The authors of the Old Testament used it to explain God’s wrath, but also as a narrative device.
Members of the Sikh community in Indianapolis gather after a mass shooting in which eight people, including four Sikhs, died, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Jon Cherry/Getty Images
A scholar explains the religious beliefs of Sikhs as well as the prejudices and barriers that many Sikhs in America face.
What is behind the confusion about Catholics taking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty images
Divisions among Catholics have created doubts about the moral acceptability of one of the COVID-19 vaccines. An expert explains why there isn’t one ‘Catholic view’ on the issue.
The Bible contains many stories of migration, including that of Joseph, Mary and Jesus.
Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Many within the political left and right draw on the Bible to inform their views on immigration, but neglect to take into account how foreigners were treated under the Roman Empire during the time of Jesus.
Trumpeting the past? The Bible has conflicting narratives over the conquest of Canaan.
The New York Times’ 1619 project and Donald Trump’s 1776 Commission had very different interpretations of US history. Similarly, the Bible has more than one narrative.
Joe and Jill Biden attend Mass at St. Matthew the Apostle before the inauguration.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
St. Matthew is the patron saint of civil servants – making the Washington, D.C., church bearing his name a fitting venue for presidents, both past and present.
Monks pray at Nanshan Temple in Sanya, Hainan Province of China.
Chen Wenwu/VCG via Getty Images
In China, many Buddhists hope for birth in a buddha-land so they can complete their path under a buddha’s direct supervision.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola with Pope Paul III.
Roger Viollet Collection/Getty Images
For many, New Year’s resolutions do not last more than a few days or weeks. A theologian writes how we can learn from the challenges and reflections of Saint Ignatius.