Samaritans celebrate Shavuot atop Mount Gerizim, near the West Bank.
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Samaritans still live in Israel, where they are often caught between Israeli and Palestinian identities.
Activist Jason Hershey reads from a Bible as he protests in front of the U.S. Supreme Court with the anti-abortion group Bound for Life in 2005 in Washington, D.C.
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Faith can inform opinions about abortion on both sides of the political debate, but the Bible itself says nothing directly about the topic, a biblical scholar explains.
Many people are using Bible verses to justify their stance against vaccines.
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A historian of the Bible in American life explains how Bible verses are being picked out of context to make a case for the anti-vaxxer movement.
Several celebrities have been seen wearing coats designed by Brenda Equihua, with an image of Mary displayed at the back.
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Mary has acquired popularity among celebrities of late. A religion scholar writes about how for nearly 2,000 years, the mother of Jesus has been viewed as an exemplar by different Christian groups.
Many prominent Christians believe in inerrancy, or that the Bible is without error.
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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.
Like their ancient ancestors, contemporary Mandaeans revere John the Baptist and consider baptism the most important of their religious rituals.
Mandaeans are followers of ancient Gnostic religion, whose traditional homeland was the region of Iraq and Iran. Today, this small minority lives in many parts of the world, including the US.
The Bible contains many stories of migration, including that of Joseph, Mary and Jesus.
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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.
A doll representing the infant Jesus in St. Catherine’s, the Franciscan church in the town of Bethlehem.
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The differences in the Gospels are hard to reconcile. That’s because, says a scholar, they offer an important insight into the Greco-Roman views of ethnic identity.
Haunting scene: Jim Piddick as Father Stack in Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor.
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A much talked-about scene from the latest Netflix horror raises important questions about how the Bible deals with mental health.
A new Trump ruling will prohibit virtually all Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.
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Scripture strongly and unequivocally affirms the obligation to treat strangers with dignity and hospitality, says a Christian scholar who turns to the Bible for guidance on Trump’s immigration policy.
A painting showing Saint Francis Borgia, a 16th century saint,, performing an exorcism.
Forty-five years ago, ‘The Exorcist’ terrified viewers with its portrayal of a practice that goes back several centuries and continues today in Christianity.
A conservator works with a portion of the Dead Sea Scrolls containing Psalm 145 at The Franklin Institute, in Philadelphia.
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The real scrolls are considered priceless. Here’s why.
The curious case of Bible #1, and how much we actually know about it.
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In early Christian texts, God gives birth to Israel and is described as a woman in labor and a mother comforting her children.
Illustration of Dante’s Paradiso.
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Different cultural groups respond with numerous, often conflicting, answers to questions about life after death. An expert explains the Christian idea of heaven.
A mourner reads a sympathy card left for Anthony Bourdain at a makeshift memorial in New York.
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Most religions have a fundamental belief that all human life belongs to God.
A choir sings traditional gospel music.
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For the enslaved Africans, music – rhythm in particular – became a tool of communication about their conditions. Later, it laid the foundation for spirituals and gospel songs.
Worshippers depart a church service at the Crystal Cathedral megachurch in Garden Grove.
California megachurches played a significant role in how millions of people - Christian or not - understand Christianity.
Hanging church courtyard tile mural showing holy family traveling.
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Family is not a clearly defined structure in the story: It isn’t biological or reflective of some ‘norm.’ It is instead a choice to stick together, come what may.
The holy family.
The Alabama state auditor defended Roy Moore, citing Mary and Joseph. A scholar goes back to early Christian texts texts to explain lesser-known beliefs about the relationship.