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Non-Catholics less likely to credit Columbus with discovery of America

Is there no end to the things that divide people by religious categories? Here’s a stat for your Columbus Day (Observed) edition: Eighty-seven percent of Roman Catholics credit Christopher Columbus with discovering America, according to a 2010 …

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ENInews suspends service, seeks further funding

 (ENInews). Ecumenical News International announced on 1 October that its ENInews service is suspending operations, effective immediately, as it seeks emergency funding in order to operate for the remainder of 2012. “We regret taking this step, but despite …

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Christianity’s Five Eastern Reformations, 325-1139 CE.

Western Christianity, which is in countries mainly west of Jerusalem in Palestine, has experienced various Protesting and Reforming Movements over its past one thousand years of history. This is mostly in reaction to particular Roman Catholic beliefs …

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David Barton: Falling from Grace?

The publisher of the “least credible history work in print” gets the message and pulls the book

This has been the summer of discontent with David Barton. First, in a poll taken by History News Network, Barton’s newest work, The Jefferson Lies, topped the list of “least credible history works in print.” The same work met a unanimous chorus of refutations from Jefferson …

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A Book Every Progressive Should Read

Want to know why progressives keep losing elections even though the majority of Americans support progressive positions? Read Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln and Lady Gaga, by Joseph Romm.  It is a fascinating study of the …

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American Sikhs a Small, Misunderstood Community

Ever since they arrived in the U.S. as farmers and lumber mill workers in the late 19th century, Sikhs have struggled with how little Americans knew about the faith. In 1907, a mob in Bellingham, Wash., who …

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Religion at the Olympics, from ancient Greece to London

The London Olympics will try to accommodate religious athletes with 193 chaplains, a prayer room in every venue and a multifaith center in the Olympic Village. Athletes at the ancient Olympics believed their training honored the gods, …

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‘Not a Mistake’: NASA in Disbelief over Area of Melting Ice

Greenland ice sheet melted an unprecedented area during July

The Greenland ice sheet on July 8, left, and four days later on the right. An estimated 97% of the ice sheet surface had thawed by July 12. Scientists say there has been a freak event in …

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Survey finds 19% without religious affiliation

Unbelief is on the uptick. People who check

The rapid rise of Nones — including atheists, agnostics and those who say they believe “nothing in particular” — defies the usually glacial rate of change in spiritual identity. Barry Kosmin, co-author of three American Religious Identification …

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Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church: Sex Abuse and the Study of Religion

Over the next several weeks, The Immanent Frame will post remarks from a conference held on the campus of Yale University, “Sex Abuse and the Study of Religion.” That event sought to connect leading scholars in the humanities with the emerging documentary record of the Catholic sex abuse crisis.

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