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S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate

S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate

Technology, tradition and the invention of Christmas in 19th-century New York

By S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate — December 7, 2018
(RNS) — Christmas became a legally recognized holiday in many states only in the mid-19th century. But by then New York City had already given birth to the traditions we know today.

Far from the Museum of the Bible, these artists use the Good Book as their medium

By S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate — November 16, 2017
(RNS) — You could call these artists book lovers, but only in the way that you could call Michelangelo a marble lover or Edward Scissorhands a tree lover. 

The Erie Canal and the birth of American religion

By S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate — June 30, 2017
(RNS) Independence Day marks the 200th anniversary of the Eric Canal, the "psychic highway" that nourished the Mormons, the Adventists, spiritualism, a revived apocalypticism, the Oneida Community, the Amana Colony and the Shakers, among others.
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