Iraqi Christians At Odds with World on Kurdish Independence Referendum  [LINK]
Kurds and Christians both want security and autonomy as minorities in Iraq. But one’s dream could dash the other’s. Despite intense opposition, a referendum that could lead to the establis... [Read More]
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'Home Again' Fails to Challenge Shallow Notions of 'Home'  [LINK]
Hallie Meyers-Shyer's directorial debut reveals just how dissatisfying good fortune can be. As far as I’m concerned, the phenomenon of “hate-watching” was invented for women viewing ... [Read More]
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Fake Apocalypse News Shouldn't Eclipse Real Tragedy News  [LINK]
There are real issues that deserve full coverage, not another fake story about the end of the world. The need for good journalism has never been more pressing. Time and time again I have written about... [Read More]
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Kaepernick, Speech, and a Job: The Cleat May Soon be on the Other Foot  [LINK]
Free speech is important, but is it always helpful, and how does it relate to employment? Free speech can be quite controversial. But this shouldn’t be surprising. If we all agreed on everything... [Read More]
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Alan Jacobs: Hating Your Neighbor Will Make You Dumb  [LINK]
How tribalism and culture-warring have ravaged our ability to think. Alan Jacobs’s wonderful new book How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds never mentions the concept of black magic... [Read More]
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Church used unemployment scam to stoke funds, ex-members say  [LINK]
SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — Members of Word of Faith Fellowship say their leader coerced congregants into filing false unemployment claims after the faltering economy threatened weekly tithes from chu... [Read More]
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First Muslim college in US buys Lutheran seminary campus in Berkeley  [LINK]
(RNS) — Berkeley's Zaytuna College will move into Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary's old campus in January. [Read More]
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Orthodox rabbi to host ‘alternative Yom Kippur’ service in beer garden  [LINK]
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Jews are supposed to abstain from food and drink on the most holy day of the Jewish year. So why is this rabbi holding services in a bar? [Read More]
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Hello! Most Mormons actually do drink caffeinated soda  [LINK]
(RNS) — Last week's announcement that caffeinated sodas would be sold at BYU confirmed what we found in the Next Mormons study: Two-thirds of Mormons already imbibe. [Read More]
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Officials: 1 dead, 7 victims hurt in church shooting  [LINK]
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A masked gunman entered a church in Tennessee on Sunday and opened fire, killing at least one person and injuring seven others before apparently shooting himself, an offi... [Read More]
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‘Jesus People’ – a movement born from the ‘Summer of Love’  [LINK]
(The Conversation) — Haight-Ashbury proved to be fertile ground for a startling new combination of the hippie style with conservative evangelical Christianity – the 'Jesus People.' [Read More]
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Conservative theologians accuse pope of spreading heresy  [LINK]
None of them are bishops. But organizers say the initiative reflects a concern among a certain contingent of academics and pastors over Francis' positions. [Read More]
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First beatification Mass for U.S.-born priest and martyr draws thousands  [LINK]
Oklahoma City (RNS) — An estimated 20,000 Catholics attended the special Mass celebrating the Rev. Stanley Francis Rother, who was shot to death during Guatemala’s civil war. [Read More]
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Can ‘Game of Thrones’ teach us about the meaning of life?  [LINK]
(The Conversation) — 'Game of Thrones' storytelling gives its audience the opportunity to contemplate and debate fundamental concerns about the meaning of human life – issues that are cent... [Read More]
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Why it’s offensive to offer a lamb dinner to the Hindu god Ganesha  [LINK]
(The Conversation) — As a scholar of Indic traditions, Jeffery D. Long can see why Hindus are upset. [Read More]
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What the Star Wars franchise can learn from the Roman Catholic Church  [LINK]
(RNS) — With the number of expanded-universe texts multiplying, and even contradicting each other, the Star Wars franchise could learn a lesson or two about authority and canon rule-making.... [Read More]
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Travel ban revisions may add countries, alter court challenge  [LINK]
WASHINGTON (USA Today) — Changes to the system have been under consideration for weeks in preparation for the looming expiration of a 90-day travel ban for countries in the Middle East and ... [Read More]
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LDS church sets record price for a manuscript of the Book of Mormon  [LINK]
(RNS) — For $35 million, the LDS church gets a handwritten copy of its founding text, while the Community of Christ gets a much-needed boost to its bottom line. [Read More]
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The enduring power of Mosul’s rich and diverse past  [LINK]
(The Conversation) Although today Mosul is famous outside of Iraq primarily as a site of conflict, its rich and diverse history forms an important legacy. [Read More]
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