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The Transformation of the Virgin Mary: How a Jewish Girl From Nazareth Became a Christian Icon

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.24.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Rest on the Flight into Egypt with Saint John the Baptist (c.1509) by Fra Bartolommeo--wikimeda.org The four Gospels--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John-...

Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: The Virgin Mary in the New Testament and Qur'an

Christopher Rollston | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Christopher Rollston

The Qur'an consists of 114 surahs ("chapters"). Every surah has a title (based on its content), but only one surah is named after a woman: the Virgin Mary.

Advent: God's Redemption Plan is the Story of Women

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

Christmas is coming. We are in the season of advent, a time of waiting. Advent is the story of women. It is the story of infertility, long awaited hop...

Three Words That Change Everything

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

It's hard to imagine what was going through Mary's head when receiving word she was to bear the Divine within her. Here you have one of the most insignificant individuals, in one of the most insignificant ethnic groups, in one of the most insignificant parts of the world at the time.

The Season of Mary, Spotless Mother of God

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

Advent is the season of Mary, when we wait with her as the child forming in her womb readies for his unveiling. And each year a number of questions come up, such as: Is Mary the mother of God? Is she without sin?

The Virgin of Guadalupe: 10 Fascinating Facts

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

I've always been fascinated by the most important advocation of the Virgin Mary in terms of both territorial coverage and number of devotees.

Let Muslims Wish You a Merry Christmas

Steve Gertz | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
Steve Gertz

As we draw this study to a close, we see both the promise and the limits of the Christmas Christians and Muslims share. Clearly, Muslims and Christians do not understand Christmas in the same way. But it's a place to begin, and for that I am grateful.

Sunday Dinner with Pope Francis

Julie Byrne | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Julie Byrne

It's not an unusual profile of a Catholic family in the U.S. these days. A Pew survey on the eve of the pope's visit confirms that one in four Americans raised Catholic are now "ex." Millions more are somewhere between "in" and "out."

The Extraordinary Sacred Sites Where People Have Seen Visions Of The Virgin Mary

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion

Sightings of the Virgin Mary can happen in the unlikeliest places. Some people encounter her high in the mountains of the French Alps, while others fi...

Conservative Pundit Praises Democrat Morgan Carroll

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.15.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Last week on Colorado Public Television's Colorado Inside Out, Dave Kopel showed real independence, not allegiance to the ideology of the right-leaning Independence Institute, where he works, when he called Democrat Morgan Carroll a "really excellent" candidate.

Cana: Ballyhoo for a Miracle in Israel

Bob Schulman | Posted 07.03.2016 | Travel
Bob Schulman

This town in northern Israel has everything but circus barkers touting its main product. Storefronts are alive with oversize signs all telling the same story: This is the spot where Jesus Christ performed the first of some three dozen miracles.

Why The 'Apparitions' Of The Virgin Mary In This Small Bosnian Town Are So Controversial

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion

The Vatican will soon rule on the validity of a series of alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje, Pope Francis annou...

An Atheist in Athos - Part 1: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.14.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Overwhelmed by the savagely wild beauty of its forested mountains, precipitously rugged cliffs and plunging emerald valleys, she asked her son, who just happened to be God, to make it her garden which, true to filial piety, he did.

Bruce Jenner and the Virgin Mary Show Why Privacy Is Good for You

John Backman | Posted 05.11.2016 | Religion
John Backman

If we maintain an interior life--a heart in which we can treasure things, shielded from public view--it gives us a place to figure things out. We can get used to the changes that keep coming at us.

This Is How Many Words Are Spoken By Women In The Bible

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion

There are 93 women who speak in the Bible, 49 of whom are named. These women speak a total of 14,056 words collectively -- roughly 1.1 percent of the ...

Can You Question The Virgin Birth And Still Be A Christian?

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) It’s a tough sell: A young, unmarried teenager gets pregnant, but the father isn’t a man but God himself. And the girl is a virgin — and (...

Dozens Of Mexican Clowns Make A Religious Pilgrimage

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion

Dozens of professional clowns took the streets of Mexico City on Tuesday to express devotion for their country’s patron saint, the Lady of Guadalupe...

Atlanta's Mo'Dest Volgare Serves the Most Offensive Holiday Drag Performance (NSFW VIDEO)

Matthew Terrell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Terrell

At the season finale of Dragnificent, Atlanta's premier drag competition, I saw the most offensive number I believe exists. Celeste Holmes, host of Dragnificent, introduced the performer by telling the audience, "You are not prepared for this." Celeste was right.

If Only You'll Believe In Miracles, So Would I....

Charlie Carillo | Posted 01.22.2015 | Parents
Charlie Carillo

The bride wants children right away, and the groom is on the same page. That's how they feel about it. You get married, you have kids. Why wait? Let...

If Time Were an Ocean

Broderick Greer | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Broderick Greer

Michael Brown and I are the same, because if I had been walking down Canfield Drive on August 9, I probably would have been shot dead as well. Because that is the story of our nation

Exhibit Explores Womanhood Through The Figure Of Jesus' Mother

Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion

The Virgin Mary has played a central role in Christian art throughout the centuries, most often depicted as a holy mother with the infant Jesus. Now a...

Daily Meditation: Balulalow

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

7 Sacred Mothers To Celebrate Mother's Day

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.09.2014 | Religion

Mother's Day offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate mother goddesses and sacred mothers from different faiths. These holy and divine figures capt...

Daily Meditation: Ave Maria

Posted 03.22.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Where Wishes Come True

Findery | Posted 03.09.2014 | Travel
Findery

Make a wish and blow out your birthday candles. See a shooting star, stop what you are doing, and offer your longings to the universe. These are wish-making tactics for wherever you may be, but what of the places that have a strong history of wish lore?