Topic: Belief and Practice

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    A Christmas pageant, says Calvin College professor of music and worship John Witvliet, is one of the best places in modern culture to witness “a genuine sense of mystery and even solemnity.” More

    December 9, 2011 | Comments

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    “Pilgrimages are undertaken because people want to move beyond their normal, mundane life,” says Virginia Raguin, a professor at the College of the Holy Cross. Raguin is also the curator of a traveling exhibit on pilgrimages in Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. More

    November 4, 2011 | Comments

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    Many Latinos observe what they call the Day of the Dead, when it’s believed the spirits of the departed return to Earth. There are different traditions for this across Latin America, and Hispanics in the U.S. are celebrating as well. More

    October 28, 2011 | Comments

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    As the world celebrates the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, is its voice receding in American culture? More

    September 20, 2011 | Comments

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    “When Muslims want to respectfully dispose of a text of the Qur’an that is no longer usable, we will burn it,” says Imam Jihad Turk, director of religious affairs at the Islamic Center of Southern California. More

    September 16, 2011 | Comments

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    Hindus honor thousands of deities, and every Hindu has a favorite god, but Ganesha is “a god that is chosen by almost everybody because he is the remover of obstacles,” says Professor S. N. Shridhar. More

    August 31, 2011 | Comments

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    “He is the maintainer, the preserver, the one who saves the earth over and over again, “ says Joan Cummins, curator of the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition “Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior.” More

    August 18, 2011 | Comments

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    It was the Bible of the speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., says author Jon Sweeney. “It’s the basis of cultural identity in the United States more than any other book.” More

    August 5, 2011 | Comments

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    Watch more about the history surrounding the 1611 publication of the King James Version of the Bible. More

    August 5, 2011 | Comments

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    “Ramadan is that really intense, focused way of fasting and working on our own selves,” says Rahima Ullah, “and then working on our relationships to others and ultimately to God.” More

    July 29, 2011 | Comments

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