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Religious History

Whose God Is the One True God?

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
Ronald Tiersky

The potential for religious war was transformed by the advent of monotheism, the belief that there is only One Almighty God that characterizes the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Do Symbols Matter?

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

Words only have meaning if they are put into action, and their transforming power is realized. The Bible is truly sacred, but if all we do is carry it around, it becomes just another book.

Kate Cooper Introduces Early Christian Women

Greg Carey | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

Why is it that so many women, especially elite women, chose to pursue monastic lives?

The Birth of Baha'u'llah

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

From the perspective of a statistician, how would you explain that someone who lived in Arabia in the sixth century still has such a profound influence over the lives of a billion of the world's people fourteen centuries later?

God's Guidance of the Ethical Evolution of our Species

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Here's an excerpt from my new book And God Said, "Billy!" One may nurture, respect and love tradition and yet grow in the light of the logic of our ...

Islam or Christianity? 'True' or 'Truthy' Jesus? How Much Does Any of It Matter?

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

I've actually put a lot of thought into my chosen religion: in Islam -- among other things -- I think I'm looking to the most authentic representation of the person of Jesus, for myriad robust and scripturally based reasons.

Possessed: Voodoo's Origins and Influence from the Blues to Britney

Debra Devi | Posted 05.16.2012 | Home
Debra Devi

This was the religion of many slaves brought from West Africa to the Americas and the Caribbean. Vodun was brutally repressed by slave-owners, yet its powerful beats, ethics and aesthetics endured. We owe our concepts of cool, soul and rock and roll to it.

Dirty Words and Gender Switching in the Blues

Debra Devi | Posted 05.22.2012 | Arts
Debra Devi

Africans may have arrived here with nothing, but they enriched and vitalized American language and culture beyond measure. Africans in the Americas became masters of metaphor and euphemism.

7 Facts You're Not Supposed To Know About Religion

Daniele Bolelli | Posted 03.19.2012 | Books
Daniele Bolelli

If you feel like taking a weird, dangerous journey through world religions and running into some of the very odd characters populating them--if you have a taste for paradox and think that questioning authority should be an Olympic sport--then hop on board.

Digging For Truth: How Deep Are You Willing to Go?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 10.10.2011 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

As archaeologists dig deeper into the earth to uncover new truths about the past, their findings have the potential to upend our understanding of religion and the role of God in its unfolding.

'History Centrism': A Challenge To Abrahamic Faiths

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 09.13.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

So what of the Abrahamic emphasis on prophetic history? Is it possible to accept the teachings of a prophet (or set of prophets) without focusing on prophetic history?

July 9, 1850: The Martyrdom of the Bab

Jonathan Gandomi | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Gandomi

Each year on July 9, members of the Baha'i Faith commemorate the Martyrdom of the Báb, an event which -- according to Baha'is -- witnessed the execution of one of God's divine messengers to humanity.

Three Religions, One God

Jacob Neusner | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Jacob Neusner

We cannot point to any three other religions that form so intimate a narrative relationship as do the successive revelations of monotheism -- Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

INTERNATIONAL ART: King Henri IV's Head Identified And Sent Back To Crypt, After Two Centuries

France24 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

AFP - He was one of France's most adored kings, a monarch known as "le bon roi Henri" (good king Henri), who promoted religious tolerance, was a hit w...

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.

Highlights in the History of a 'Christian Nation'

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kenneth C. Davis

Calling America a "Christian Nation" is simply another myth. History and Christianity deserve the truth -- which after all, the Bible tells us, "will set you free."