December 20, 2011 Stories on the new Catholic liturgy prompted complaints that Catholicism is over-covered. Islam, Judaism and Christianity were in fact mentioned much more this year. A monthly average of three stories mentioning the denomination practiced by a quarter of all Americans doesn't seem out of line.
Dexter at work
October 28, 2011 In the Showtime series Dexter, an atheist serial killer confronts other killers who believe themselves to be following God's plan. In the midst of much blood, the plot offers a meditation on science and religion.
July 12, 2011 India's gurus are often compared to America's televangelists, as they adopt electronic media to widen their base of followers and build a powerful organization. For instance, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's TV broadcasts reportedly draw audiences of some 30 million.
Faith-based groups that share health-care expenses struggle with the question of how much of the burden to share.
April 26, 2011 Members of health care sharing ministries pay monthly shares and pool their money to cover each others' expenses. Under the new health law, ministry members are exempt from the mandate to buy individual coverage. But they may not be covered for expensive pre-existing conditions.
A pair of Christmas booties. Using the word "booty" to mean "plunder" has become impractical, as other connotations have overtaken its original meaning, religious scholars say.
March 2, 2011 The Old Testament will have a new look in the next edition of the New American Bible, one of the most popular English-language Bibles. And it'll also have some big changes — in many cases, words like "booty" and "virgin" are removed in the new translation.
January 10, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, Arizonans talk about trying to make sense of Saturday’s tragedy. In the second hour, 12 steps to compassion, and Guantanamo Bay on the opinion page.
During meditation, activity in the brain -- specifically the parietal lobe is decreased. This area of the brain is responsible for giving us a sense of our orientation in space and time.
Dr. Andrew Newberg/andrewnewberg.com
December 15, 2010 Doctors now study the effects of religion on the brain -- an area called neurotheology. Researchers, such as Andrew Newberg, author of "Principles of Neurotheology," discovered that parts of the brain act differently when people meditate or pray.
August 19, 2010 Obama 'Obviously A Christian:' White House Flak
October 10, 2008 Racial tones become louder in presidential race.
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