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New Survey Shows The World's Most And Least Religious Places

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sixty-three percent of people who took part in a global survey of religious attitudes say they are religious, according to WIN/Gallup International, the organization that carried out the polling.

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Are Scientific And Religious Explanations Incompatible?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Commentator Tania Lombrozo says the answer to whether scientific and religious explanations are fundamentally at odds isn't a simple "yes" or "no" when it comes to explaining the world around us.

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Morning Edition

Armenian 'Genocide' Remarks By Pope Francis Spark Row With Turkey

Monday, April 13, 2015

The pope continues his theme of outspoken criticism against the complicity of silence of today's world community against the persecution of Christians and other minorities by Islamic extremists.

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Pope's Remarks On Armenian 'Genocide' Spark Row With Turkey

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Francis, marking the 100th anniversary of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I, described the deaths as a "genocide," causing Turkey to recall its Vatican ambassador.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Meet a Medieval Warrior-Girl: Nicola Griffith's "Hild"

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Nicola Griffith set her award-winning historical novel, "Hild," in seventh-century Britain. It's based on the real life of the fierce young girl who eventually became one of the most powerful women of her day -- St. Hilda of Whitby.

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Specials

Confronting Hatred: 70 Years After the Holocaust

Thursday, April 09, 2015

We examine the ways in which the Holocaust continues to inform contemporary discussions about hate speech, propaganda, and human rights in this new special narrated by Morgan Freeman.

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All Things Considered

Christians Debate Sinfulness Of Servicing Same-Sex Weddings

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Christian conservatives who say that servicing a same-sex wedding violates their religious beliefs cite New Testament verses that suggest it is sinful not only to engage in homosexual behavior, but also to "approve" of it. Moderate theologians say such a literalist reading takes the lessons of the Bible out of context.

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All Things Considered

Community Takes Passover Tradition Back To The Desert Wilderness

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Wilderness Torah celebrates the holiday in a setting rooted in heritage. Participants immerse in Jewish culture but also find meaningful personal connections from isolation not felt in everyday life.

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In Easter Address, Pope Condemns Violence Against Christians

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Francis, in his annual Urbi et Orbi message, decried the bloodshed in Africa and the Middle East. He also expressed hope for the framework deal on Iran's nuclear program.

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Will New Zealand Rebuild The Cathedral My Forefather Erected?

Sunday, April 05, 2015

NPR's Philip Reeves recently visited the earthquake-battered cathedral in New Zealand built by a 19th-century ancestor. He found his family history entwined in a fierce contemporary controversy.

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Author: Ancient Texts Argue For An Islamic Feminist Movement

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Journalist Carla Power has been studying the Koran. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with her about her book, If Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran.

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Movies Explore The Intersection Of Religion And Violence

Saturday, April 04, 2015

There has been a spate of religious movies and documentaries from Killing Jesus to Going Clear. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Rev. Gary Hall of the National Cathedral in Washington.

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In Freedom Seder, Jews And African-Americans Built A Tradition Together

Saturday, April 04, 2015

More than 40 years ago, the communities wove together their stories of enslavement and liberation to create a new Passover ritual.

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All Things Considered

California Faith Groups Divided Over Right-To-Die Bill

Friday, April 03, 2015

Many Christian denominations officially oppose legislation that would legalize medically assisted suicide. But some individual churches, pastors and congregants are lending support to the cause.

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Mixed Reaction To Changes In States 'Religious Freedom' Bills

Friday, April 03, 2015

Revisions to the measures in Indiana and Arkansas were prompted by a loud backlash from opponents who said the laws were meant to condone discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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Vatican? More Like Vatican't! Eat Spaghetti, That Is

Friday, April 03, 2015

Pope Francis' doctors are telling him to lay off pasta and get more exercise. But Francis, who reportedly eats a plate of spaghetti every day, has not taken well to the suggestions.

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Morning Edition

National Outrage Pushes Indiana To Tweak Religious Freedom Law

Friday, April 03, 2015

A week after signing a religious freedom bill into law, Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a new bill — one aimed at quelling the firestorm of controversy that erupted over the original.

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Morning Edition

Indiana Church Opposed State's Earlier Religious Liberty Law

Friday, April 03, 2015

Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) talks to Steve Inskeep about why she and other religious leaders could not support Indiana's original religious freedom law.

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Money Talking

Why Walmart Fought for LGBT Rights

Friday, April 03, 2015

CEOs from Fortune 500 companies were among the first to denounce recent religious freedom laws.

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All Things Considered

Muslims Will Outnumber Christians This Century, Pew Says

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A Pew study released this week says that by the middle of the century there will be about 2.8 billion Muslims worldwide. Within that period, Muslims will outnumber Jews in the United States.

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