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    The US is the only Western democracy that still sentences youthful offenders to life in prison without parole for serious crimes. But there is growing resistance to that.

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    They were legendary warriors, and martial discipline or "action meditation" is their path to spiritual enlightenment.

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    Religion figures prominently in the novels, stories, poems, and essays of the writer some have described as "the last great American man of letters." Read our 2004 piece on John Updike and religion.

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    Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly managing editor Kim Lawton discusses the selection of Joshua DuBois to head the White House Council of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, reaction to his selection, and challenges the council will face.

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    President Barack Obama has selected Joshua DuBois to head the White House Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Watch DuBois talk about Obama's faith outreach from interviews during the campaign season.

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    What do religious leaders most hope for in the first 100 days of the Obama administration?

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  • Christian and Jewish ethicists gathered recently for their annual meeting, and the discussions ranged from Wall Street ethics and sexual ethics to environmental ethics and the ethics of eating. Read R & E correspondent Judy Valente's report.

    January 29, 2009 | Comments (1)

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    President Obama discusses his plans and hopes for the American religious community. More

    January 23, 2009 | Comments (10)

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    Alzheimer’s disease gets progressively worse and there is no known cure. After a certain point, should an Alzheimer’s patient be kept alive with a feeding tube? Many family members say, of course: they should do everything possible to prolong a loved one’s life. But some doctors say inserting a feeding tube is inhumane, because it can just prolong a vegetative state for years. More

    January 23, 2009 | Comments (22)