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‘City of Faith’ exhibit celebrates South Asian religion in NYC

By Kathryn Post — March 16, 2023
NEW YORK (RNS) — A new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York suggests the city can’t be understood without religion.
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For FBI legend J. Edgar Hoover, Christian nationalism was the gospel truth, argues new book

By Bob Smietana — March 10, 2023
(RNS)— In 'The Gospel of J. Edgar Hoover,' Stanford professor Lerone Martin details how the longtime FBI director shaped the belief in America as a Christian nation.

Columbus artist’s dreadlocked, tattooed icons offer a fresh take on the saints

By Kathryn Post — March 8, 2023
COLUMBUS, Ohio (RNS) — They were the ‘original social justice warriors,’ says artist Gracie Morbitzer.

‘Resistance’ is not just a buzzword in Kaitlin Curtice’s new book

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 7, 2023
(RNS) — In ‘Living Resistance,’ Curtice shares essays about what resistance can look like, touching on topics such as prayer and protecting the land and even child care.

Cormac McCarthy’s surprising turn to spirituality

By Jacob Lupfer — March 6, 2023
(RNS) — Two unexpected McCarthy novels prove to be his most religious yet.

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’: Ted Neeley on playing Jesus for 50 years

By Kathryn Post — March 3, 2023
(RNS) — Fifty years after being cast in 'Jesus Christ Superstar,' his name is nearly synonymous with Jesus of Nazareth for fans of the 1973 film.

How ‘The Chosen’ star Jonathan Roumie became a poster child for Christian causes

By Kathryn Post and Jack Jenkins — March 3, 2023
(RNS) — 'I'm not the real Jesus. Let's just get that out of the way,' Roumie said in January at the March for Life.

Sage, sacred to Native Americans, is being used in purification rituals, raising issues of cultural appropriation

By Helen A. Berger — March 2, 2023
(The Conversation) — Native Americans are struggling to find sage for their spiritual practices as the plant is being overharvested for sale to the wider public.

Steven Curtis Chapman first contemporary Christian artist to earn 50th No. 1 song

By Adelle M. Banks — February 28, 2023
(RNS) — Chapman’s ‘Don’t Lose Heart’ was released in 2022 as a part of ‘Still,’ his latest album, and addressed the loss and grief his family has experienced.

Roald Dahl doesn’t deserve to be bowdlerized

By Mark Silk — February 28, 2023
(RNS) — The nastiness is a feature of his stories, not a bug.

‘Jesus Revolution’ leaves out the tough stuff but gets the music right

By Leah Payne — February 27, 2023
(RNS) — The new film about the origins of the Jesus People is refracted through Greg Laurie’s memory, which is selective.

Debates over sacred images in the Byzantine Empire show why it’s hard to appease any side

By Paroma Chatterjee — February 23, 2023
(The Conversation) — Fierce debates about visual depictions of the sacred have existed for centuries. An art historian explains the controversies in the Byzantine Empire over images of Christ.

How John and Alice Coltrane’s music inspired a vision for American Hinduism

By Murali Balaji — February 22, 2023
(RNS) — They were two of the religion’s most impactful and unique gurus in its evolution into an American way of life.
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