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What Ötzi the prehistoric iceman can teach us about the use of tattoos in ceremonial healing or religious rites

By Allison Hawn — September 28, 2021
(The Conversation) — When the 5,300-year-old mummy of Ötzi the Iceman was found 30 years ago, researchers found 61 tattoos on it. A scholar explains how tattoos have been a sacred part of many cultures across the world.
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Five rules for disagreeing with the pope

By Thomas Reese — September 27, 2021
(RNS) — We are all cafeteria Catholics. The real question is how we avoid a food fight in the cafeteria.

How the world’s biggest Islamic organization drives religious reform in Indonesia – and seeks to influence the Muslim world

By Ahmet T. Kuru — September 27, 2021
(The Conversation) — Nahdlatul Ulama is the world’s biggest Islamic organization, initiating a reform movement, which it is calling ‘Humanitarian Islam.’

What Harvard’s humanist chaplain shows about atheism in America

By Wendy Cadge, Penny Edgell — September 27, 2021
(The Conversation) — Americans are getting more comfortable with new forms of spirituality, but their views of atheists are still complicated.

Ken Burns portrays the multitudes of Muhammad Ali

By Eboo Patel — September 24, 2021
(RNS) — A new PBS documentary shows how religion can be a machinery for improvement.

Suicide prevention for our youth is doable: We must act now

By Glen Bloomstrom — September 24, 2021
(RNS) — September is National Suicide Prevention Month. And there is no better time for parents, youth leaders, community leaders and clergy to take the step to be trained in suicide prevention measures.

Gen Z is keeping the faith. Just don’t expect to see them at worship.

By Josh Packard, Casper ter Kuile — September 23, 2021
(RNS) — Young people’s trust in religious institutions is low, but trust in relationships with religious people is still extremely high.

How the Satanic Temple is using ‘abortion rituals’ to claim religious liberty against the Texas’ ‘heartbeat bill’

By Joseph P. Laycock — September 23, 2021
(The Conversation) — The Satanic Temple, a nontheistic group, is invoking the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to challenge Texas’ new anti-abortion law.

When I became Jewishly woke

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 23, 2021
(RNS) — Jewish rights. Human rights. They go together like Russian on corned beef.

White Christian nationalism found fertile soil in post-9/11 America

By Robert P. Jones — September 22, 2021
(RNS) — Since the Bush era, the attitudes of Republicans, including white evangelicals who comprise the party’s base, have increasingly aligned with a worldview rooted in centuries of white supremacist theology.

Pope Francis wants every Catholic to have a say. Why haven’t US Catholics heard about it?

By Phyllis Zagano — September 22, 2021
(RNS) — The nation’s bishops don’t seem to care. 

J.D. Vance channels hate in Ohio Senate primary

By Jacob Lupfer — September 21, 2021
(RNS) — Seeking the Republican nomination, the empathetic author of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ has changed — for the worse. But he won’t become awful enough to win.

In ‘Midnight Mass,’ there is ungodly horror and there are puritanical Christians

By Jillian Cheney — September 21, 2021
(RNS) — Watching the show's Muslim police chief try to convince parents to keep Bible classes out of public schools is like backing a losing sports team.
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