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A Facebook post from “Catholics Online” claimed that Stephen Hawking made a deathbed conversion to Christianity. Image via Wayback Machine

Need to know: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

No deathbed conversion for atheist Stephen Hawking

Supposed deathbed conversions of atheists to Christianity are so common they could be a meme. The British physicist who died last week is just the latest subject of such a claim, which was proved false.

Mosque bombing plot rattles immigrants In Kansas’ ‘meat triangle’

Three militia members are accused in an alleged plot that laid bare tiny pockets of potentially violent racism in a region that's drawn immigrants from across the world to tough meatpacking jobs for decades.

Animist war game ritual lives on on Indonesian Christian island

“In the past, the church has been waging a war towards the traditional religion. This is not the case anymore. Our job as Sumbanese Catholic priests is also to preserve the cultural identity.”

The founder of Christian rock music would’ve hated what it’s become

Larry Norman is one of the fathers of spiritual rock music, “the Forrest Gump of evangelical Christianity”— which puts him on the front lines of America’s culture wars, though on whose side it’s hard to say.

In ‘Godsong,’ a new poem that’s 2,000 years old

Thoreau took the Bhagavad Gita with him to Walden Pond. Himmler carried a copy in his pocket. Gandhi declared it to be his guide — as did his assassin, Nathuram Godse, who carried it with him to the gallows. (Subscription may be required)

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