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Is Global Warming Happening Faster Than Expected?

Over the past decade scientists thought they had figured out how to protect humanity from the worst dangers of climate change. Keeping planetary warming below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) would, it was thought, avoid such …

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University withdraws theologian’s invitation after pressure from financial contributors

The University of San Diego has canceled a visiting fellowship for a British theologian less than two weeks before her scheduled arrival at the university because of pressure from financial contributors, according to a letter from the …

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Liberal Mormons: A minority within a minority

ST. GEORGE, Utah (RNS) U.S. Mormons overwhelmingly share the party affiliation of Republican presidential nominee and fellow Mormon Mitt Romney, but there are liberal-leaning members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are finding …

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A Grim Warning from Science

One of the things that makes Sandy different from Katrina is that it’s a relatively clean story. The lessons of Katrina were numerous and painful—they had to do with race, with class, with the willful incompetence of …

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Frontline: In-Depth Investigation into the Climate Denial Industry

Frontline goes inside the groups who shifted the direction of the climate change debate

Watch Climate of Doubt on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE. This story was originally posted on PBS Frontline.

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Evangelical Christian blogger scolded for using word ‘vagina’ in book

Rachel Held Evans doesn’t want to talk about her vagina anymore. “I’m sorry,” said a spokesman for her publisher, Thomas Nelson, in turning down a request for an interview, “she’s a little uncomfortable continuing with this conversation.” …

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Three Blind Mice: GOP Candidates Mourdock, Akin and Walsh

The last 10 weeks of this election season have made me sick and tired of ignorant men pontificating on the reproductive lives of women. And I’m a man! I can only imagine how women feel. Todd Akin …

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Silence on climate change at the debates

Four years ago, when Barack Obama and John McCain met for a town hall debate, they met as two men who each accepted the scientific consensus that fossil fuels were warming our planet. They met as two …

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D’Souza Tries to Explain Himself

Let me just make a few things clear up front: I don’t care that Dinesh D’Souza is engaged to another woman while still legally married to his wife. I recognize that the editor and publisher of WORLD have a history with D’Souza …

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Report | Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues: A Comprehensive Portrait from Recent Research

Catholics are more supportive of legal recognitions of same-sex relationships than members of any other Christian tradition and Americans overall. Nearly three-quarters of Catholics favor either allowing gay and lesbian people to marry (43%) or allowing them to …

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Why a Bible belt conservative spent a year pretending to be gay

Timothy Kurek, a graduate of the evangelical Liberty University, decided to 'walk in the shoes' of a gay man and emerged with his faith strengthened

Timothy Kurek grew up hating homosexuality. As a conservative Christian deep in America’s Bible belt, he had been taught that being gay was an abomination before God. He went to his right-wing church, saw himself as a …

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Why Not Wear Purple on Friday?

Friday, October 19 is a big day for Catholics, especially for Jesuits and their colleagues. It is the Feast of the North American Martyrs, which commemorates such spiritual giants as St. Isaac Jogues, St. Jean de Brébeuf …

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Filmmaker asks whether hell is real, and who goes there

(RNS) It’s something that has haunted Kevin Miller ever since he became a Christian at age 9 at summer camp: hell.   Now 41, Miller says he has no idea what happens to people after death. But …

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Breakaway group offers more progressive form of Catholicism

FAIRFAX, Va. (RNS) About 30 people are gathered in a dark, makeshift sanctuary at St. Anthony of Padua Church as the sun dips into the horizon. The service follows the familiar pattern of a Catholic Mass, but something is …

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Fifty years on, Catholics still debate the meaning of Vatican II

When Pope John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council half a century ago, he said he wanted to “open the windows” of his almost 2,000-year Church to the rapid changes in the modern world. Within a few …

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Californians To Cast A Life Or Death Vote On Prop 34

Above: California voters will make a life or death decision this election, when they vote on Proposition 34. The proposition to repeal the death penalty comes at a time when executions are declining and capital punishment has …

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After Riots, Buddhists Call for Peace

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Anxiety has yet to die down over a week after crowds of Muslims torched more than a dozen temples and scores of houses in southeast Bangladesh, leaving thousands of Buddhists with the unshakeable premonition that …

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Catholic bishops rebuke Biden over contraception mandate claims

WASHINGTON (RNS) In a rare public rebuke, Catholic bishops chided Vice President Joe Biden for saying during Thursday’s vice-presidential debate that Catholic hospitals and institutions will not be forced to provide contraception coverage to employees. Without mentioning …

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