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Dr. Livingstone, I presume? Missionary icon turns 200

(RNS) On the 200th anniversary of David Livingstone's birth, Christians are being reintroduced to one of the greatest missionaries and explorers of the 19th century. A new book, meanwhile, introduces a darker side to Livingstone's globe-trotting career and the corrosive effect it had on his marriage.

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PBS series depicts American abolitionists as fired by faith

(RNS) As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, PBS’ “American Experience” premieres “The Abolitionists,” a three-part series, on Tuesday (Jan. 8). Documentarian Rob Rapley, the writer and director of the series, talked with Religion News Service about the role religion played in the lives of the abolitionists featured in the series. By Adelle M. Banks.