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Joanne Pierce

Joanne Pierce is an author at Religion News Service.

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What are the origins of Lent?

February 22, 2021

(The Conversation) — The word “Lent” has Germanic roots referring to springtime. But not much is known about its origins as the religious observance.

What is hell?

April 18, 2018

(The Conversation) — The Christian belief in hell has developed over the centuries, influenced by both Jewish and Greek ideas of the afterlife.

Why the legacy of Shakers will endure

January 18, 2017

Marked as it may be by sadness, perhaps their inevitable individual “death” is necessary in order to reach their fullest bloom and bear their richest fruit within the culture that survives them.

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