U.S. Religion Survey
June 27, 2008
U.S. Religion Survey
We have an analysis now of the Pew Forum survey on American religious beliefs. As other surveys have also found, including one done by this program in 2002, Pew reported that 70 percent of American religious believers said many religious traditions -- not just their own -- can lead to eternal life.
June 27, 2008
Clergy and Same-Sex Marriage
June 27, 2008
Clergy and Same-Sex Marriage
Clergy are being pressured to perform same-sex weddings and to perform them inside their houses of worship. This is generating new debates because many religious traditions explicitly define marriage as between a man and a woman.
June 27, 2008
Easter East And West
March 14, 2008
Easter East And West
For Western Christians, Sunday (March 16) is Palm Sunday, which begins Holy Week, leading up to Easter (March 23). But Eastern Orthodox Christians have just begun observing their time of Lent. Because of differing church calendars, Western and Eastern Christians usually celebrate the resurrection of ...
March 14, 2008
Tallit Making
February 8, 2008
Tallit Making
Jewish prayer shawls are called tallit. The elaborately braided fringes, the tzitzit, on the four corners of the shawls, represent God's 613 commandments to the Jews. We discovered a synagogue with a class in which boys and girls preparing for their coming of age ceremonies, bar mitzvahs and bat ...
February 8, 2008
U.S. Hispanic Catholics
January 11, 2008
U.S. Hispanic Catholics
The number of Hispanics in the U.S. Catholic Church is growing rapidly. Their devotional practices and fervent style of worship are giving the church a different look, and some observers expect Hispanics to make up half the U.S. church over the next few years.
January 11, 2008
Explaining Islam
October 5, 2007
Explaining Islam
At St. John's University and Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, Benedictine monks and nuns gathered to hear Dr. Ingrid Mattson share her Muslim faith.
October 5, 2007
Children’s Shofar Factory
September 7, 2007
Children’s Shofar Factory
Around the world, there are hundreds of classes to which children come to learn how shofars are made. We joined a group in Brooklyn, New York at a class called the Shofar Factory.
September 7, 2007
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Buddhist Ash Interment
July 20, 2007
Buddhist Ash Interment
In Buddhism we believe that all beings are bound to samsara. Samsara is what non-Buddhists understand as reincarnation. So long as one doesn't achieve spiritual enlightenment, one's continually reborn in samsara, over and over again, and for Buddhist practitioners, the goal is to escape from this ...
July 20, 2007
Latin Mass
July 6, 2007
Latin Mass
Catholics of a certain age grew up hearing the Mass only in Latin. But since the 1960s, priests have been allowed to say the Mass in Latin only with the permission of their bishop. The Vatican is now loosening those restrictions, so the Latin Mass may soon become more widely available.
July 6, 2007
Preparing for Passover
March 30, 2007
Preparing for Passover
Observant Jews prepare for Passover by getting rid of everything in the house that is chametz, or leavened. We visited the Orthodox Jewish family of Ari and Shoshana Lerner to see how they were preparing.
March 30, 2007
Conservative Jews and Gays
February 2, 2007
Conservative Jews and Gays
The question of whether to ordain gay clergy has challenged and divided many denominations, including Conservative Jews. The Orthodox strongly oppose gay ordination, but reform Jews accept it. Now, the Conservative movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards has recommended that Conservative seminaries should be allowed to admit gays.
February 2, 2007
Home Schooling Movement
January 10, 2007
Home Schooling Movement
By some estimates, the number of children in this country being taught at home is well over a million and may be approaching two million. Yet in some states there is very little or no government oversight of what the kids are learning, which is just the way most home school parents want it.
January 10, 2007
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