Dogs can become as close to you as any other person – but are they ‘legal persons’?
Most Americans identify as animal lovers and support either full or partial legal rights for animals.
There are many myths associated with St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. But Patrick's own writings and early biographies reveal the person behind the legend.
Pope Francis will not ordain women to priesthood.
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The Catholic Church has historically been unwilling to extend full priesthood to women. However, Pope Francis could take the lead in ordaining women to become deacons, a scholar says.
Several thousand people gather at a rally in Washington in 1952 to hear Evangelist Billy Graham preach.
Current trends suggest that evangelicalism is out of step with younger Americans. But, a scholar says, evangelicalism has been here before.
How should you communicate?
From asking a partner to pick up dinner on the way home to checking in on a neighbor with health problems, we frequently face the question, 'What's the best way to communicate?'
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.
Immigrants and activists demonstrate in front of the Republican Party headquarters in Washington.
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Conservatives on migration claim that allowing the DACA recipients to stay shows disrespect for the law. The moral principles that underlie the American legal system, however, tell a different story.
When should you ask your doctor for opioids?
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A scholar explains why there is no one answer. Some pain is devastating, and sometimes such pain responds well to opioids. On the other hand, there is evidence that some physicians overprescribe.
Evangelist Billy Graham.
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In the 1950s, religious language found its way into government and politics, due in no small part to Billy Graham.
The Supreme Court overturned the corruption conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
A legal scholar looks at the new and narrowed definition of bribery by the US Supreme Court. In the future, will politicians doing favors for donors and friends ever be prosecuted for corruption?
Worshippers at Ash Wednesday mass.
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Churches started to use ashes early as the ninth century as a symbol of repentance. In 1091, Pope Urban II ritualized their use to mark the beginning of Lent. Today, churches provide 'ashes to go.'
Relics of St. Valentine of Terni at the basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin.
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Valentine's Day originated as a feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr, or perhaps two. So how did the day become a celebration of love?
The wife and daughters of Mark Twain.
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It was aboard a steamship that Mark Twain first laid eyes on a photograph of Olivia Langdon, known as Livy. It was love at first sight. In their marriage of 34 years, they remained deeply devoted.
Loneliness (feeling alone) and solitude (being alone) are not the same thing.
The long, dark days of winter can be a particularly lonely time for some people. But hermits, in many religious traditions, often found joy in being alone.
‘In God we Trust’ on dollar bills.
President Trump claims that America is a nation based in faith. A scholar says, it's more complicated.
Mahesh Yogi (seated in front) who gained a following in the United States with musicians and artists.
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In the 1960s many Americans may have only known Hinduism through meditation, but the story of this country's relationship with Hinduism is much longer and more complex.
Samuel Brownback appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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America has been promoting religious liberty abroad since its founding, but there has always been disagreement on what exactly it means.
What does it mean when public figures say sorry?
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Public apologies are a type of performance before a larger audience, and they are to be understood in terms that are different from a private apology.
How many times do we wonder, ‘what’s the right thing to do’?
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A scholar suggests a few approaches that have withstood the test of time.
What is the future of Rohingya refugees?
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The way Bangladesh has taken in Rohingyas stands in stark contrast to Europe, which faced an influx of Syrian refugees in similar numbers. I saw how refugee camps were being run in an efficient manner.
Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, Seattle, Washington.
Only a few parts of Buddhism's much larger practice were transplanted into American soil in the late 19th century. Here's how Buddhism changed when it migrated.
Should we be more patient with those we view as distracted?
We disapprove of distraction and consider attention as being valuable. What if they were, in fact, morally charged words, referring to the same behavior? Here's what early Christian monks thought.
The tomb of Abelard and Héloise.
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An affair between a philosophy professor and his teenage student became the subject of ballads in the streets of Paris in the 12th century. A scholar asks: Why wasn't it called sexual harassment?
A protestor holds a sign with a quote from civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. at the South Carolina Statehouse.
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King led one of the most successful resistance movements in American history. A scholar explains King's strategies in resistance.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , chats with African-Americans during a door-to-door campaign in 1964.
African-American minister, theologian and mystic, Howard Thurman, left a profound influence on Martin Luther King Jr.