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Activist protest against ‘love jihad’ laws being proposed in India. Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty Images

The problem with India’s ‘love jihad’ laws

India's most populous state has brought in a law to police interreligious marriages, known as the 'love jihad' law. Here is what that means.
Not flagging, merely changing stripes. The Washington Post via Getty Images

Think US evangelicals are dying out? Well, define evangelicalism …

The number of self-described evangelicals as a share of US population has held steady for the past decade. What is different is that they appear to identify less with church and more with politics.
Vice President Kamala Harris swears in Sen. Raphael Warnock and Sen. Jon Ossoff on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Television via AP

Sen. Ossoff was sworn in on pioneering Atlanta rabbi’s Bible – a nod to historic role of American Jews in civil rights struggle

In choosing a Hebrew Bible belonging to a civil rights leader, Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, Sen. Jon Ossoff appeared to be sending out a message on the strong historic ties between Black people and Jews.
Jill Biden holds the Bible as Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2021. Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP

From Biden’s giant Bible to Christian flags waved by rioters, ‘religion’ means different things to different people and different eras

From the oath-taking on the Bible during the presidential swearing-in ceremony to the 'awe' and 'restraint' of the early Christian world, the meaning of 'religion' has gone through a long journey.
How do we find hope when times are bleak? Peter Muhly/AFP via Getty Images

5 strategies for cultivating hope this year

A year of social disconnections, deaths, job losses and political violence may lead some people to feel overwhelmed and sad. A psychologist suggests ways to find and sustain hope.
In a divided nation, a little empathy goes a long way. Brent Stirton/Getty Images

The morality of feeling equal empathy for strangers and family alike

Feelings of empathy for others may be plentiful in a year of suffering. But is feeling more empathy to loved ones than strangers morally right? A research team sought to find out.

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