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New biography offers novel approach to life of Muhammad

By Joseph Hammond — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — In his new book, 'Muhammad, the World-Changer: An Intimate Portrait,' biographer Mohamad Jebara takes long-established sources and weaves them together for a fresh telling of a familiar story.

Bobbie Kirkhart, who fostered atheist community, dies at 78

By Heather Morrison — November 10, 2021
(RNS) — She was a pioneer who championed atheism not as merely nonbelief but a force in its own right and a critique of religion’s sway over society.

Priest gets life term in child porn, exploitation case

By Associated Press — November 10, 2021
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Rev. Robert McWilliams was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Akron in front of an overflow gallery filled with the family of three victims.

Franklin Graham undergoes heart surgery, expects full recovery

By Yonat Shimron — November 9, 2021
(RNS) — In a statement, his spokesman said the surgery involved removing the pericardium, a membrane, or sac, that surrounds the heart.

Kate Bowler wants to take down the self-help enterprise

By Yonat Shimron — November 4, 2021
(RNS) — Her new book, ‘No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear),’ is a broadside against a culture obsessed with the power of positive thinking.

Marilyn Manson, Ye and the art of the troll

By Ryan Hamm — November 3, 2021
(RNS) — These days, Ye's albums are largely minor blips on the radar. All his press is for the dumb things he does. It’s hard not to think that’s by design.

Coach Mark Richt in conversation with Maina Mwaura

By Maina Mwaura — October 28, 2021
(RNS) — Former college football coach Mark Richt talks with Maina Mwaura about his Parkinson’s diagnosis; his new book, ‘Make the Call’; and how his faith has shaped his decisions on and off the field.

For Rabbi Earl Grollman, death was the classroom

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 20, 2021
(RNS) — Rabbi Earl Grollman has died. His books taught us how to cope with that.

Nun imprisoned over peace activism, Megan Rice, dies at 91

By Associated Press — October 18, 2021
(AP) — 'I had to do it,' Rice once said of her decision to break the law. 'My guilt is that I waited 70 years to be able to speak what I knew in my conscience.'

The last casualty of 9/11: Speaking up for Muslim political prisoners

By Omar Suleiman — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — For two decades, Muslims' will to seek justice for political prisoners has been muted.

Michigan attorney is first Muslim Arab American woman to stand before Supreme Court

By Joseph Hammond — October 8, 2021
(RNS) — Fadwa Hammoud’s appearance at the Supreme Court is one of several important firsts for Muslims in the American legal system in recent months.

Biden to nominate Joseph Donnelly as Vatican ambassador

By Jack Jenkins — October 8, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Donnelly, a Catholic lawyer and anti-abortion Democrat, served as one of Indiana’s U.S. senators from 2013 to 2019 and as a House member from 2007 to 2013.

Pat Robertson steps down from ‘700 Club’

By Yonat Shimron — October 1, 2021
(RNS) — The 91-year-old televangelist, pioneer Christian media mogul and one-time Republican presidential candidate made the announcement Friday (Oct. 1) on the 60th anniversary of CBN’s first broadcast.

Randall Balmer on why racism, not abortion, birthed the religious right

By Yonat Shimron — September 22, 2021
(RNS) — In his new book, he shows it was government interference in ‘segregation academies’ such as Bob Jones University that sparked the growth of the religious right. Opposition to abortion was an afterthought.

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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