Monasticism developed, in part, because people were seeking silence.
Monasticism developed in part because people were seeking the solace of quiet places But finding solitude was a struggle. And many realized that true silence could be found only within.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a bill that virtually outlaws abortion in the state.
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Conservative Christian women have played key roles in the anti-abortion movement for decades, but their contributions are often overlooked in language that focuses on men.
At a 2016 Trump rally, a man holds up a sign, ‘Islamophobia is not the answer.’
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Crime related to Islamophobia and anti-Semitism have shown an increase in recent years. An expert explains that American antagonism toward Islamic and Jewish traditions goes back nearly 500 years
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and former Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
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Young Haredim men, who are strictly observant Jews, have long been exempted from Israel's compulsory military service. A disagreement over stopped Netanyahu from forming a government.
Is Trump respecting military culture?
Letting bad behavior go unpunished can undermine respect for the law of war.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is garlanded after winning the elections.
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Modi and the political party he represents are adherents of Hindutva, an ideology. It is fundamentally different from the faith, Hinduism.
A delegate in traditional Uighur dress listens to a speaker during a meeting with delegates from China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in Beijing,
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Muslims came to China in the 13th century and played an influential role. Tensions have escalated since 9/11, and the global community is largely silent.
Pope Francis recently made it mandatory for clergy to report sexual abuse to church superiors.
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Pope Francis is trying to address gaps in the regulatory processes of the Catholic Church. But clergy can still decide whether, and to what degree, to share information.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey discusses a bill that would virtually outlaw abortion in the state.
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An expert explains that many of the foundational Jewish texts assert that a fetus does not attain the status of personhood until birth.
Halima Aden, the first Muslim model to wear a hijab and burkini on the cover of the swimsuit edition of the Sports Illustrated.
Hijab-wearing model Halima Aden will be featured in Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit edition. Here's why her success needs to be viewed in context of a long history of black Muslim women's fashions.
Women pray at a mosque during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on May 6 in Bali, Indonesia.
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Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam – acts that denote the obligations of living a good Muslim life.
Mormons for Equality march during Salt Lake City’s annual gay pride parade in 2014.
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A valedictorian at Brigham Young University came out in his address as a 'gay son of God.' And his admission met with loud applause. An expert explains how big a change this is for the Mormon Church.
What is the origin of Easter eggs?
A scholar explains the rich historical roots of Easter and how it has evolved over the centuries.
Flames and smoke rise as fire rages in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
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The Notre Dame Cathedral was long a powerful symbol of church authority - but it wasn't static. The design kept changing to keep up with the changing times.
President Russell M. Nelson, center, during the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conference on April 6, 2019.
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In 2015, the Mormon Church barred children from same-sex marriage from the church. An expert explains why this policy was tied to a larger conservative battle against gay rights.
A group of millennials are working to bring Catholic religious practice to American college campuses.
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
Many young Catholics are moving away from their faith and joining the growing number of the religiously unaffiliated. The missionary group FOCUS is evangelizing on campuses, though there are concerns.
Human beings want more even if it comes at the expense of others.
Some parents were recently charged with paying bribes for their children's admission to top colleges. Religious thought can help us understand what drives such greed and also provide ethical guidance.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announces that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination.
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Pete Buttigieg's recent comments on Christian values, have drawn much attention. They might be quite similar to the ideals espoused by the Midwestern progressive Social Gospel Movement.
Does a microchip implant have a deeper meaning?
Tiny electronic items can identify pets, clothes and even people. Evangelical Christians aren't the only people worried about what this technology might mean.
What can philosophers tell you about paying taxes?
Many Americans are fretting over paying their taxes. A philosopher says the moral question isn't as much about a duty toward the government, but being fair to fellow tax-paying citizens.