Syrian Christians and Muslims offer prayers for nuns held by rebels, at the Greek Orthodox Mariamiya Church in Damascus, Syria, in 2013.
For many centuries, Syrian society has included people of many faiths – Sunni and Shi'i Muslims, Christians and Druze. This past is important to know to understand the present.
Why do so many state constitutions have provisions precluding funding for religious schools?
A number of state constitutions have clauses restricting state funding for religious schools. Some of these go back to an amendment proposed in 1875, known as the Blaine Amendment. What is it?
Jehovah’s Witnesses pray during a regional congress of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Minsk, Belarus in 2015.
There are over eight million Jehovah's Witnesses in 240 countries worldwide. They have no political affiliations and they renounce violence. However, they have been easy targets for many governments.
President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka walk to board Marine One.
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Conflict of interest laws are often not cut and dried. They involve interpretation by lawyers within the Justice Department and judges.
Leo Frank, 1884-1915.
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Fake news has been used in the past to feed into people's fears and prejudices. A particularly poignant story from 1913 relates to the wrongful conviction of an innocent man named Leo Frank.
The Multi-faith Chapel at Hebrew Senior Life / Newbridge On The Charles, Dedham, Massachusetts.
Even as congregations decline, chapels, meditation and prayer rooms are evolving as spaces of multi-faith worship and quiet reflection.
A Bible study group for school students in Oklahoma.
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In the early 19th century Catholics were persecuted for refusing to participate in Protestant Bible reading in schools. In many schools, those opting out of Bible classes are harassed, even today.
Mormon missionaries pray before the start of a class in Mandarin Chinese language at the Missionary Training Center, in Provo, Utah.
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Mormons today are highly diverse community. Of the 15.6 million members in 2016, only 6.5 million were in America. Church materials are published in 188 languages. What are the challenges?
A Christian movement led by popular independent religious entrepreneurs, often referred to as 'apostles,' is changing the religious landscape of America.
Basilica of San Vitale, a church in Ravenna, Italy,
The movie 'The Case for Christ' is released this weekend. A scholar takes a close look at the claims for the historicity of Jesus' resurrection.
Despite promises to rural working class, a philosopher argues, the Republican Party is still under the influence of the elitism of novelist Ayn Rand.
More than 100 headstones were vandalized at the Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia in Feb. 2017.
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The U.S. saw an increase in anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant sentiments in the period between World War I and World War II. Here's why it matters to know that history today.
Can moral sentiments be measured?
Asking people about morality and empathy may not yield sincere answers. Moral sentiments, can, indeed, be measured.
A March 21, 1965 file photo shows Martin Luther King Jr. and his civil rights marchers.
Martin Luther King Jr. led one of the most successful, nonviolent resistance movements in American history. Here's a roundup of key coverage from our archive.