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The Weird Reason This Store Doesn't Have Mannequins

Refinery29 | Posted 02.17.2017 | Style

Do you ever find yourself startled by the often-haunting presence (and sometimes awkward positioning) of store mannequins? One second, you're intently...

The Protest Of Protestants Is Justified

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 02.02.2017 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

Nearly five-hundred years after Martin Luther awakened Protestantism with ninety-five theses, once again some are seeking to justify an influential tr...

German Evangelical Church Renounces Anti-Semitic Mission To Convert Jews

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.18.2016 | Religion

The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) has officially renounced its mission to evangelize and convert Jews. The EKD’s annual synod, a central decis...

The Prostitute and the Pope in Germany's Lake Constance History

Christine Negroni | Posted 07.06.2016 | Travel
Christine Negroni

She is thirty feet high and weighs 36 thousand pounds and every inch of her voluptuous and barely-concealed anatomy is alluring - except perhaps for the two naked and wizened old men who sit in the palms of each of her upraised hands, one a pope the other an emperor.

Muslim Reformation Will Vanquish Terrorism

Hossein Askari | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
Hossein Askari

While the recent pushback against ISIS is welcome, it is only small victory in the war against terrorism and with disturbing fallouts.

Christmas Story, Christian Story

Lee Palmer Wandel | Posted 12.29.2016 | Religion
Lee Palmer Wandel

Christians share a story of a refugee family, but when they come to speak of the communities of faith in which they now live and practice their belief, they speak of Churches - of buildings, of stone and wood and glass, not refugees.

2017 - Reformation Year?

Lee Palmer Wandel | Posted 12.06.2016 | Religion
Lee Palmer Wandel

Churches and communities on both sides of the Atlantic have begun preparations to mark "Reformation Year," the quincentennial of the day that Martin L...

Millennials and Spirituality: The Religion Professor as Secret Agent, a.k.a. Danger Man

John Stroup | Posted 12.01.2016 | College
John Stroup

Welcome to Christianity in the Ivory Tower, or a guide to the inner knowledge and folk wisdom of The Village. For starters: the more Americans, espe...

The Church We Want: A Communion of Love

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 10.13.2016 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

Christianity is about witnessing in our daily lives and replicating in our daily choices the priorities and practices of Jesus Christ so that God's will may be done on earth as it is done in heaven. But when it comes to how to live like Jesus in the world today, we are faced with many contending options.

Home Sweet Home Run!

Rick Steves | Posted 09.02.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

I also enjoyed researching and updating our guidebooks (in Greece, Rome, Florence, Tuscany, South France, and South England), which helped me scout new TV episodes (for Tuscany and South England) and refine our newest Rick Steves Europe Tours Villages of South England itinerary.

Germany's Complex, Tumultuous History

Rick Steves | Posted 08.28.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm just wrapping up three weeks of filming in Germany, and I'm impressed by the souvenirs of its tumultuous history. Doing TV shows on Frankfurt, Nürnberg, Dresden, Leipzig, and Hamburg, you can't avoid the flip side of Germany's greatness.

Documentary Style à la Ken Burns

Rick Steves | Posted 07.15.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Ken Burns can enthrall me for hours on end with lavishly filmed, edited and narrated history. It's my hope that our hour-long special on Luther and the Reformation will be enthralling too.

Reformation Shoot

Rick Steves | Posted 07.13.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

We're in Germany filming a one-hour special about Martin Luther and the Reformation which will be released in a year for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Martin Luther's Been Kidnapped!

Rick Steves | Posted 07.09.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

We've begun a twelve-day TV shoot in Germany for a public television special celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (due out in late 2016). Perhaps you don't know yet how exciting this is.

Islam 2.0

Sudhir Gadh | Posted 06.12.2016 | Religion
Sudhir Gadh

At a time of conflict and division it is more important than ever to combine our competence, courage and compassion to address global shortages of each.

A Model for Moderate Muslims

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.11.2016 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Continuing terrorism by Islamist radicals in the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S has led numerous commentators to argue for solutions that nearly always involve revision of the foundations of the religion, especially the Quran.

The Quest for Islamic 'Reformation'

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Saleem H. Ali

As a Muslim, who has followed this polarization of narratives, I am convinced that all opinions deserve to be heard and not just marginalized as either "Islamophobia" or "Jihadism," albeit with caution. Prejudice is a common human failing which people of all faiths are capable of.

Coming in 2017: Rick Steves Public Television Special About Martin Luther and the Reformation

Rick Steves | Posted 06.03.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

In 1510, a young monk from Germany named Martin Luther walked 700 miles to Rome on a pilgrimage. He returned home disillusioned, and in 1517, he raised 95 difficult theological questions at the university where he taught -- and kicked off the Protestant Reformation.

Pope Francis: The Reformer

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Stan Chu Ilo

While he has not substantially altered the content of that message which is often seen as conservative, Eurocentric, and resistant to the exigencies of history and social change, he is chipping away at its foundations through a new hermeneutic of multiplicity and inclusion.

The Islamic State, The Münster Rebellion, And the Apocalypse

Boria Sax | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Boria Sax

The crisis of Islam today, as it fragments into antagonistic factions, bears some resemblance to that of Christianity in the sixteenth century. Yet even detailed historical patterns can be like faces that we see in clouds, landscapes that we see in agate, or prophesies of the Delphic oracle.

Islam Needs Reformation from Within

Raza Rumi | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Raza Rumi

By brutally killing staffers of Charlie Hebdo magazine, the violent extremists have offended their faith far more than the perceived blasphemy of the magazine. Theirs is a political ideology -- of using terror as a weapon -- to avenge a history, to settle grievances and to assert power through violence.

7 Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands to Rock Now!

Susan Holmes-McKagan | Posted 12.07.2014 | Style
Susan Holmes-McKagan

There are a myriad of choices of course, but why not narrow them down with style AND sensibility that also happens to leave a lighter footprint? Here are a few that seem to finesse being sustainable while fashionably chic.

Apostle Paul and the Bible: Fundamentalism = Anti-Intellectualism

Robert Orlando | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Inerrancy, literalism, or unexamined belief in the Bible, why does Fundamentalism still have a strong hold on so many Christians today?

October's Lesser-Known Holiday (The Most Important of Them All)

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
D. Michael Lindsay

How should the Christian community as a whole proceed into the coming centuries, in light of where it's been? I would suggest, and I certainly dare to hope, that we are entering into an era of invigorated ecumenism.

10 Reasons The Reformation Project Is Amazing

Nick Norton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nick Norton

Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, KS Something out of the ordinary happened at the end of September in a small church just outside of...