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History of Religion

A Yogi Embraces Pope Francis

Sister Jenna | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Sister Jenna

As I approach my upcoming birthday, I am drawn to remember Pope Francis. There are moments that touch our lives and I remember where I was on March...

Ritual Is Power: Religion As Revolutionary Concept Or Evolutionary Advantage?

American Anthropological Association | Posted 12.24.2012 | Religion
American Anthropological Association

Since the Age of Enlightenment leading social scientists have proposed that symbolic rituals, sacred practices and theological treatises are products of the past. However, one must only look at a news headline to realize that the modern world is as religious as it ever was.

The Religious And The Secular In The Modern World

Arvind Sharma | Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion
Arvind Sharma

When the relationship between the religious and the secular is such as involves the complete dominance of one over the other, then it results in the curtailment of both religious and political freedoms.

International Cyrus The Great Day: Common Ground For World Religions?

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

There is one day each year when a civil conversation between our countries and religions could take place: Oct. 29, a day commemorating the founder of the Persian Empire.

A Letter To My Grandson, Alexander, About Religion

Locke Rush | Posted 11.15.2011 | Religion
Locke Rush

It is said that God sent different men of wisdom to earth. These men of God came only to bring truth to man. They did not come to establish religions. That was man's work, not God's.

Rethinking Christian History: Understanding Christopher Columbus And Martin Luther

Lee Palmer Wandel | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
Lee Palmer Wandel

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In 1517, Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses. So began two stories that have shaped the West since the 16th century. But what happens if we link the two?

An Age of Radical Seeking (Part One)

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

The end of the 19th century and onward was a significant period in the rise of spiritualism and mediums, general interest in esoteric matters, and the public emergence of occult movements.

Is Western Christianity Suffering From Spiritual Amnesia?

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

At the present juncture of history, Western Christianity is suffering from a bad case of spiritual amnesia. Even those who claim to be devout or conservative often know little about the history of their faith traditions.

Can Science Explain Religion?

The New York Review of Books | H. Allen Orr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

H. Allen Orr The New York Review of Books The Evolution of God by Robert Wright Little, Brown, 567 pp., $25.99 1. Robert Wright is not afr...