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The idea of welcoming the stranger is central to Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Today, that engenders a responsibility to shield refugees and other immigrants from violence and oppression.
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Football plays an important role in American culture. Experts point out some ethical questions you might consider asking this season.
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How views on priestly celibacy changed in Christian history

Early Christians were open to marriage for priests. It wasn't until the 12th century that celibacy became mandatory in the Catholic Church.
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Several companies are trying to develop life extension methods that could enable some people to live far longer. There are some ethical dilemmas.

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