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Tammy Faye, a double whammy of Christian love, wins in the end

By Leah Payne — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — A new film captures her interior world but doesn’t fully explain her ingenuity and power.
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An animated film to chronicle life of ‘Sikh Captain America’ in aftermath of 9/11

By Alejandra Molina — September 13, 2021
(RNS) — 'There is not a lot of representation of people who look like me in the American entertainment landscape. Because that story hasn’t been told, it leads to a persistent level of ignorance,' Vishavjit Singh said.

The painting behind Taliban fighters in Kabul presidential palace is worth a thousand words

By Menachem Wecker — September 9, 2021
(RNS) — The scene depicted in the enormous painting represents something of a mixed symbolic bag for the Taliban foot soldiers posed before it.

Twenty years later, ‘In Christ Alone’ still inspires millions to sing

By Bob Smietana — September 9, 2021
(RNS) — The popular hymn prompted a movement to revive congregational singing and launched the careers of Keith and Kristyn Getty.

‘I never thought it would be a campaign’: Muslim artist’s work builds bridges in Pittsburgh

By Kathryn Post — September 7, 2021
PITTSBURGH (RNS) — Ebtehal Badawi’s painting has been used to promote racial and religious unity across the city.

‘A burden of beauty’: Five religious artisans on finding inspiration in faith

By Renée Roden — September 7, 2021
(RNS) — Forbidden images, illuminated manuscripts and even maps testify to the creativity humans bring to the project of making the transcendent tangible.

On Kanye West’s ‘Donda,’ faith is the message — or a metaphor

By Jillian Cheney — August 31, 2021
(RNS) — Critics have called the album unfocused and rambling, but fans are raving about the surprise release.

First Nations Version translates the New Testament for Native American readers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 31, 2021
(RNS) — 'We believe it's a gift not only to our Native people, (but) from our Native people to the dominant culture,' said Terry Wildman, the lead translator and project manager of the First Nations Version.

Britney Spears: An icon for purity culture’s wounded women

By Renée Roden — August 27, 2021
(RNS) — The trajectory of Spears' career and public persona can be understood, some scholars of evangelicalism argue, through the rise and decline of the evangelical purity movement. 

In the beginning, there was reggae

By Andre Henry — August 26, 2021
(RNS) — Reggae music encapsulates the prophetic spirituality I looked to embody when I was an evangelical Christian but could never find.

Tom Flynn, Free Inquiry editor, author and secular humanist leader, dies at 66

By Bob Smietana — August 23, 2021
(RNS) — A prolific writer, Flynn was known for his passion for big ideas and his sense of humor.

New Mormon YA novel explores both faith and feminism

By Jana Riess — August 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I wanted to write a story that allowed for some degree of comfort with having questions,’ said novelist Rosalyn Eves.

Treasury Department to release impounded religious tiles

By Associated Press — August 18, 2021
WASHINGTON (AP) — A letter from Customs and Border Protection had initially informed the mosque that the tiles must be shipped back to Iran or destroyed.
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