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Bible reading in public schools has been a divisive issue – and could be again
(The Conversation) — A spate of new bills permitting the study of the Bible in classrooms threatens to reignite one of the oldest church-state controversies in U.S. politics.
Yom Kippur: A time for feasting as well as fasting
(The Conversation) — The Jewish practice of abstaining from food on Yom Kippur is out of step with the rest of Jewish tradition, which in its religious and cultural guises has always revolved around food.
Why Native Americans struggle to protect their sacred places
(The Conversation) — Despite the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, passed by the US Congress 40 years ago, Native Americans still struggle to protect public lands where they practice their religions.
Revisiting Jimmy Carter’s truth-telling sermon to Americans
(The Conversation) — At at time when hypernationalism and xenophobia are increasing in the world, Jimmy Carter’s speech — a theological meditation that cautioned against excess, offers a counterexample.
Yoga isn’t timeless: it’s changing to meet contemporary needs
(The Conversation) — Today, part of yoga’s appeal is that it continues to be seen as a mystical, ancient tradition. However, the practice of yoga has gone through some profound shifts.
How Native American food is tied to important sacred stories
(The Conversation) — This latest Supreme Court case coincides with a resurgence of interest among a new generation of scholars and activists who are learning about and reviving indigenous food systems.
Religion is uniquely human, but computer simulations may help us understand religious behavior
(The Conversation) — Human simulation in action is messier than modeling bridges, but it can be a useful way for researchers to understand just why people behave the way they do.
I visited the Rohingya camps in Myanmar, and here is what I saw
(The Conversation) — Myanmar is still not safe for the return of its estimated 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees, who fled to Bangladesh in 2017 to escape an ongoing state-sponsored military campaign and persecution from Buddhist neighbors.
How does Congress have chaplains without violating the separation of church and state?
The present controversy over fired House Chaplain Pat Conroy offers a unique opportunity to ask broader questions about why the U.S. Congress employs chaplains and what they do.
I did research at Rajneeshpuram, and here is what I learned
A scholar visited Rajneeshpuram and met the many highly accomplished men and women who became devotees of the controversial guru whose story is now the subject of the Netflix docu-series “Wild, Wild Country.”