John Burnett

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'Saint Death' Now Revered On Both Sides Of U.S.-Mexico Frontier

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The intrepid tourist who visits the market in the border city of Matamoros will find her between the onyx chess sets and Yucateca hammocks. She looks like a statue of the Grim Reaper dressed in a flowing gown. She is Santa Muerte, or Saint Death.

Originally revered as an underground ...

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For An Ex-Christian Rocker, Faith Lost Is A Following Gained

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Taylor Muse is the 31-year-old bandleader and songwriter of Quiet Company, an indie-rock band from Austin. A native of East Texas raised in a Southern Baptist church, he now reluctantly carries the banner of "that atheist rocker from Austin."

"Every band that I was in up until college ...

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Drilling For Oil, Based On The Bible: Do Oil And Religion Mix?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

They say an oilman has to be a gambler, but can he be a prophet?

Zion Oil & Gas, based in Dallas, is a publicly traded company that believes it is commanded by the Bible to search for oil in Israel, both to help the Holy Land and ...

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Across America, Voices Rise To Reinvent India

Thursday, November 07, 2013

When I visit Kanniks Kannikeswaran on a weekday evening, he is warming up his choir in the meeting room of a civic center in suburban Cincinnati.

"Breathe in the cosmic energy," he says to the choir. The response is a collective "Ommmmmm ..."

The people in this room ...

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To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer

Sunday, November 03, 2013

With mainline religious congregations dwindling across America, a scattering of churches is trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community. They are gathering around craft beer.

Some church groups are brewing it themselves, while others are bring the Holy Mysteries to a taproom. The result ...

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Deep-Fry Chefs Keep It Hot And Poppin' In Texas

Monday, September 02, 2013

Every year, the State Fair of Texas awards the most original food that is battered and plunged into a vat of boiling oil.

And it gets weirder every year. The obvious choices came and went in previous competitions — concoctions such as fried ice cream, fried cookie dough and chicken-fried ...

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Cowboy Church: With Rodeo Arena, They 'Do Church Different'

Sunday, September 01, 2013

It's Sunday morning at the Cowboy Church of Santa Fe County, N.M. You know you're there because of the chuck wagon parked by the highway.

You couldn't find a more nonreligious-looking building. The church is a charmless metal warehouse on a concrete slab. Inside, the altar is decorated like a ...

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Sufi Mystics Get A Modern Soundtrack

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sufism is the mystical path of Islam. It is the inner, meditative branch of the religion that's found in many different forms, in many different countries, and seldom makes news like its Sunni and Shiite counterparts. The ancient spiritual practice of Sufism incorporates all kinds of activities to achieve a ...

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Life As Prayer: The Singing Nuns Of Ann Arbor

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

In the cloistered world of classical music recordings, there is great interest in choral music by Catholic nuns these days. In the past year, two separate albums by a group of monastic nuns shot to the top of the classical charts.

Now comes the Dominican Sisters of Mary, ...

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Should Military Chaplains Have To Believe In God?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The United States military chaplaincy program has a proud heritage that stretches all the way back to the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

"They are rabbis, ministers, imams and priests who serve our nation's heroes and their families as committed members of the U.S. Army," according to one ...

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In Hollywood, The Actor Who Gives The Call To Prayer

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

For the next year, NPR will take a musical journey across America, which is one of the most religiously diverse countries on earth. We want to discover and celebrate the many ways in which people make spiritual music — individually and collectively, inside and outside houses of worship.

It is ...

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Shout Bands Stir Up Tubular Fervor In Charlotte

Monday, July 15, 2013

For the next year, NPR will take a musical journey across America, which is one of the most religiously diverse countries on earth. We want to discover and celebrate the many ways in which people make spiritual music — individually and collectively, inside and outside houses of worship.

In the ...

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Abortion Rights Activists Plan Challenge To Texas Measure

Saturday, July 13, 2013

In a major victory for the anti-abortion movement, the Texas state Senate passed a sweeping bill early Saturday that has become a flashpoint in the national abortion debate. Gov. Rick Perry is expected to sign it in short order.

But the fight is not over. Abortion rights supporters say that ...

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Why Catastrophic Airline Crashes Have Become More Survivable

Monday, July 08, 2013

The Boeing 777 that crash-landed in San Francisco has one of the best safety records in the industry. In addition to the plane's solid reputation, many other factors helped save lives in Saturday's crash — from fire-rescue training to aircraft design.

If you look at pictures of the gutted, charred ...

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