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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Time magazine has named Pope Francis as its Person of the Year. The magazine cited Francis' willingness to take on thorny issues such as homosexuality, the role of women in the church, poverty and the nature of capitalism. At the same time, the pontiff has done so while projecting an air of humility and compassion, which has captured the world's attention in just nine months.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Can non-belief in God become a belief system itself? NPR's John Burnett has the story of the Texas indie band Quiet Company, who made a splash with a surprisingly positive album about frontman Taylor Muse's crisis of faith.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Televangelist Paul Crouch, co-founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, died Saturday at the age of 79. The Pentecostal minister's broadcasting network came to be the world's largest Christian television system with Praise-a-Thon fundraising efforts that brought in as much as $90 million a year in mostly small donations.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The born-again head of Zion Oil believes the Old Testament and an office full of geologists will lead him to oil deposits in Israel. So far, the company has spent $130 million and only hit dry holes.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Kanniks Kannikeswaran writes groundbreaking Hindu sacred music and forms community choirs to perform it. "When a group of about 20 strangers get together and sing raga-based music with choral harmony for the first time," he says, "something magical begins to happen."
Sunday, November 03, 2013
As a way to bring new people to the chuch, a few mainline churches are experimenting with informal services centered around craft beer. The result is not sloshed congregants; rather, it's an attempt to do church differently.
Monday, September 02, 2013
You might think that there ain't much that hasn't hit the fry grease at the State Fair of Texas. And yet, every year, fry masters come up with something new to batter and deep fry.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
A new Christian movement is growing in the American South and Southwest. "Cowboy church" pastors say their simple services, Western decor and adjacent rodeo arenas are bringing in worshipers who thought they didn't like church.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
The ancient spiritual practice of Sufism incorporates all kinds of activities, including music, to achieve a state in which the practitioner loses the ego. Riad Abdel-Gawad creates new Sufi music by translating sacred chants to the violin.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
In the cloistered world of classical music recordings, there is great interest in choral music by Catholic nuns these days. On Mater Eucharistiae, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, are "able to bring other people into that space of prayer when we're singing."
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
An Oxford-trained theologian named Jason Heap, who doesn't believe in God, wants to become the first humanist chaplain in the U.S. Navy. That's sparked a backlash, though there are 13,000 active duty service members who identify as atheists or agnostics.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The adhan is not music, per se — music is not allowed in the mosque — but the five-times-daily call to prayer can be musical, and quite beautiful. For Ben Youcef, it's a matter of harmonizing his life as a devout Muslim, a muezzin and an actor who sometimes plays Islamic extremists.
Monday, July 15, 2013
In the Bible, Psalm 150 tells the faithful to praise the Lord with trumpet, harp, tambourine, stringed instrument and cymbal. In the United House of Prayer for All People, it's all about the trombones. No one knows exactly how trombones ended up in church, but it's an intensely vocal sound.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
As soon as Texas Gov. Rick Perry signs the sweeping, omnibus abortion bill into law, lawyers with the abortion-rights movement are poised to challenge it in federal courts. Their problem will be the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most conservative in the country.
Monday, July 08, 2013
Boeing's 777 has one of the industry's best safety records. One of those planes crash-landed in San Francisco on Saturday, killing two people and injuring scores more. In addition to the plane's solid reputation, many other factors helped save lives — from fire and rescue training to aircraft design.
Monday, July 01, 2013
The Texas state legislature convenes Monday to start a special legislative session. Governor Rick Perry called for the session following last week's dramatic Democratic filibuster that derailed proposed abortion legislation.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Suppose you own a bakery or a flower shop, or rent out your hall for wedding receptions, and you oppose same-sex marriage. Should you be required to serve gay couples? Most state public accommodation laws require businesses to serve everyone. But some vendors who oppose gay marriage on religious grounds say accommodating gay weddings would violate their religious beliefs. As gay marriage becomes more widespread, these conflicts between religious and civil rights are growing.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
The fight over abortion rights has heated up in Texas. A dramatic late night filibuster session derailed the passage of new abortion restrictions on Tuesday night. The next day, Gov. Rick Perry, an abortion rights opponent, called for a special legislative session to start July, 1, to reintroduce the legislation.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
We talk to religious conservatives about their response to Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8.
Friday, June 21, 2013
The new Superman movie features startlingly overt Christ-like images. Warner Brothers has encouraged the comparisons with a distinctive PR campaign targeting Christian audiences, all the way down to a website where pastors can crib a sermon that likens Superman to Jesus Christ: How might the story of Superman awaken our passion for the original superhero who ever lived and died and rose again?