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Voters mark their ballots at a church in Stamford, Conn. AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Is democracy sacred?

A theologian argues, based on the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, that a political institution has its limits when it comes to being called 'sacred.'
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Enoch Adeboye, holding a placard, leading a protest in Lagos. Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto/Getty

How religion inspires the Nigerian diaspora to develop Africa

Religion has often been a key motivation for philanthropy and economic fairness. Africans in the diaspora champion this.
Anti-mask protesters at a rally in Orem, Utah. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Why masks are a religious issue

Are masks a religious matter, or is religion being used to suit people’s political agendas? A scholar of Christian conservatism and culture argues both can be true.
Incubus, a male demon, was said to prey on sleeping women in mythological tales. Walker, Charles: The encyclopedia of secret knowledge

The belief that demons have sex with humans runs deep in Christian and Jewish traditions

Stella Immanuel, who made headlines recently regarding a false coronavirus cure claim, has many beliefs related to how demons are a threat to humans. An expert explains their long religious history.
Weekend in the Islamic world usually means Friday and Saturday. Jasmin Merdan/Moment Archive via Getty Images

What is the Islamic weekend?

For many people, the standard weekend is Saturday and Sunday. That's not true for Muslims in some Islamic nations.
Social distancing has changed the way people worship. A pastor at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Los Angeles holds a service through his iPhone. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

How to build community while worshipping online

Churches have moved online. But to be able to properly connect with people, they need to find a way to build community, says a scholar who studies digital religion.
Apostle Paul and his followers collected aid, likely for early Christians. Giovanni Paolo Panini /Hermitage Museum via Wikimedia Commons

What early Christian communities tell us about giving financial aid at a time of crises

In the late second century, some Christian groups in Rome began directing financial aid toward people living in another city, who were going through a crisis. That act of giving has lessons for today.
A 2005 presidential election poster of then-President Hosni Mubarak that said: ‘70 million Egyptian Muslims and Christians say yes to Mubarak.’ AP Photo/Hasan Jamali

Mubarak’s lasting legacy on Egypt’s Coptic Christians

Mubarak used his relationship with the Copts to receive support for his rule, but he did not build institutions that could guarantee Christians constitutional rights.
A Bible class at a public high school in Georgia, AP Photo/David Goldman

An old debate over religion in school is opening up again

At least six states have permitted the study of the Bible in classrooms, which could reignite a 19th-century debate that split US Protestants into liberal and conservative camps.
Deaf worshippers sign a hymn while following sign language interpreter Diely Martinez at Holyrood Episcopal Church-Iglesia Santa Cruz in New York City, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. AP Photo/Emily Leshner

Deaf Christians often struggle to hear God’s word, but some find meaning in the richness of who they are

Deaf Christians can often feel excluded in churches. But the Christian contemplative tradition that celebrates silence and considers it a form of prayer can bring a new understanding of faith.
A protest against Uganda’s anti-gay bill in front of the Ugandan High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2014. DAI KUROKAWA/EPA

What’s driving homophobia in Uganda

To address homophobia in Uganda, sexual rights must draw on the need for justice and social obligation.
Vice President Mike Pence joins military officers and a chaplain on Aug. 23, 2019 in a prayer for two Army men who died during operations in Afghanistan. AP Photo/Cliff Owen

How the US military has embraced growing religious diversity

When the US entered World War I in 1917, military chaplains catered to majority white and Christian soldiers. Today the armed forces recognize over 200 denominations and religious groups.
A procession of Christian girls, venerating the Cross, in the village of Qanat Bekish, Lebanon. AP Photo/Hussein Malla

The history of the cross and its many meanings over the centuries

Sept. 14 is the the Feast of the Holy Cross celebrated by many Catholics and some Christians. A scholar revisits the history of the cross, how it became a symbol of divine love, but also of violence.
A new Trump ruling will prohibit virtually all Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States. AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

The Bible says to welcome refugees

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.

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