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Why the legacy of Billy Graham continues to endure: 3 essential reads

By Kalpana Jain — June 12, 2021
(The Conversation) — A PBS documentary has reinitiated conversations about the influence of Billy Graham. Here are three articles that describe the impact and the enduring legacy of the famed preacher.
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If we’re rescinding Southern Baptist history, let’s undo our link to the Confederacy

By Alan Cross — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Before turning back the clock on CRT, let's rescind a May 1861 resolution aligning the SBC with the Confederacy.

The social-media-examined life is not the one that sustains us

By Karen Swallow Prior — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — The public life is not what feeds the desires of the heart.

Catholics are asking for bread. Their bishops are giving stones.

By Marianne Duddy-Burke — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — A push to deny Communion to pro-choice Catholic politicians is symbolic of denial of care in other forms.

The bubbas-that-be in the SBC

By Mark Silk — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — How Russell Moore fell afoul of them.

Lack of burial space is changing age-old funeral practices, and in Japan ‘tree burials’ are gaining in popularity

By Natasha Mikles — June 9, 2021
(The Conversation) — In a Japanese tree burial, cremated remains are placed in the ground and a tree is planted over the ashes to mark the gravesite. Environmental responsibility is part of Buddhism.

How do we talk to young people about Israel and the Palestinians?

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — An Israeli and a Palestinian walk into a Jewish summer camp. No joke.

Confessions of a reluctant Hindu

By Bidisha Biswas — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — Is it possible to be a Hindu and reject caste? For me, the answer is yes. Hinduism is a living religion, and Hindus can reform their religion by the very act of living out the changes we seek.

As Catholic bishops’ Communion war roils June meeting, look what’s not on the agenda

By Thomas Reese — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — It is sad that the U.S. bishops are so focused on the Communion war that they have no energy for anything else.

I Believe! … In QAnon? What nonbelievers don’t get about conspiracy beliefs

By Brad Hirschfield — June 7, 2021
(RNS) — We need to stop asking them to justify their conclusions and try to understand why QAnon works for them.

‘Lady of Guadalupe’ avoids tough truths about the Catholic Church and Indigenous genocide

By Rebecca Janzen — June 7, 2021
(The Conversation) — The latest movie to take on this classic story sentimentalizes history in the name of inspiring religious devotion.

Why it matters that 7 states still have bans on atheists holding office

By Kristina M. Lee — June 6, 2021
(The Conversation) — Anti-atheism is ingrained in American politics. A refusal to remove outdated language from state Constitutions perpetuates this prejudice.

The pandemic has slowed tourism to Thailand’s Buddhist temples, but the impact is more than economic

By Brooke Schedneck — June 5, 2021
(The Conversation) — Thailand's Buddhist temples, important centers of culture and commerce, rely on donations from international visitors. Because of a steep drop in tourism, these temples have been hit hard.
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