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Conspiracy theories and the ‘American Madness’ that gripped the Capitol

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 12, 2021

(RNS) — Author Tea Krulos talked to Religion News Service about how conspiracy theories have spread, how religion plays a role and how to talk to friends and family who believe them.

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Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors helps launch #PrayforLA to honor COVID-19 deaths

By Alejandra Molina — January 4, 2021

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Cullors is encouraging people to share photos, artwork, a prayer or meditation of loved ones lost to COVID-19, even as the virus continues to spread and fill up hospital beds across Los Angeles County.

Revisiting ‘The Last Battle’: C.S. Lewis’ Narnia tale for our times

By Bob Smietana — December 31, 2020

(RNS) — C.S. Lewis’ often overlooked final chapter of the Chronicles of Narnia still speaks to us today.

5 ‘in real life’ religion and pop culture clashes from 2020

By Roxanne Stone, Emily McFarlan Miller — December 30, 2020

(RNS) — Kanye ran for president. Rihanna faced backlash from Muslims. A French-language film caused many conservative religious people to #CancelNetflix.

The most intriguing books on religion we read this year

By RNS staff — December 23, 2020

(RNS) — Our reading list this year, like the rest of our lives, was colored by the triple whammy of 2020: the pandemic, the racial justice protests and the presidential election.

Taylor Swift’s ‘witchy’ new album fuels speculation about her interest in the craft

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 22, 2020

(RNS) — It’s unclear if Swift’s most recent references to witchcraft are simply part of the ‘cottagecore’ aesthetic of her 2020 twin albums or more personal commentary on her spirituality.

Does anyone ‘own’ the Holocaust? An Orlando controversy inflames the issue

By Mark I. Pinsky — December 21, 2020

ORLANDO (RNS) — A Holocaust memorial center in Florida sparks controversy for an exhibit on modern racism, with many saying it diminishes the reality of anti-Semitism and the atrocities of the Holocaust.

Lauren Daigle responds, wants out of Sean Feucht, ‘New Years Rockin’ Eve’ controversy

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 17, 2020

(RNS) — After speaking with Daigle, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser has said the whole thing is a misunderstanding, according to local media reports.

‘The Mandalorian’ is an indictment of holy wars, and a celebration of pluralism

By Jack Jenkins — December 4, 2020

(RNS) — Religion is a constant in the galaxy far, far away….

The COVID-19 books have arrived: From Pope Francis, John Piper, N.T. Wright and more

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Adelle M. Banks — December 3, 2020

(RNS) — Some prominent Christians have sought to offer comfort or answers to life’s biggest questions in new books published since the coronavirus first upended life last spring.

Sony Pictures to acquire evangelical Christian streaming service Pure Flix

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 13, 2020

(RNS) — The video-streaming service launched in 2015 as a family-friendly competitor to Netflix.

5 faith facts about Whitney Houston, set to be inducted in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

By Adelle M. Banks — November 6, 2020

(RNS) — ‘On any stage that I stand on I praise the Lord; I claim him everywhere I go,’ Houston said at the 1998 Dove Awards.

Conservative Catholics, Trump and the existential longing to be the ‘heroes’ of our age

By Tara Isabella Burton — November 3, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — In Will Arbery’s Pulitzer-nominated play, ‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning,’ the only thing worse than our present age being the harbinger of the end of the world is the notion that it doesn’t matter at all.

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