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John Brown, the head of Zion Oil & Gas, believes the Bible will help him find oil in Israel. The company, which is listed on Nasdaq, has so far spent $130 million and drilled four dry holes. Brown is shown here at one of the company's drilling rigs in Israel. Courtesy of Zion Oil hide caption

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Drilling For Oil, Based On The Bible: Do Oil And Religion Mix?

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Kanniks Kannikeswaran leads the Greater Cincinnati Indian Community Choir in 2012, as it competes at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati. Courtesy of Kanniks Kannikeswaran hide caption

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Todd Fadel, at piano, leads singers at a recent gathering of Beer & Hymns at First Christian Church Portland. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer

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Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis performs his Abyssinian Mass in 2008. Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

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Pastor Jamie Coots holds a snake at Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church of Middlesboro, Ky. NGO hide caption

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Church elder Elwood Cornett preaches at a recent reunion of Old Regular Baptists. Brother Don Pratt is seated behind him in a blue shirt and tie. Cindy Johnston/NPR hide caption

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Andrew Hamblin preaches while holding a snake above his head, LaFollette, Tenn. Ciaran Flannery/NGT hide caption

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Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About 'Takin' Up Serpents'

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Butch Benavides — a Mexican food restaurateur turned fry-master — shows off his Texas fried fireball. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Deep-Fry Chefs Keep It Hot And Poppin' In Texas

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A Western motif greets visitors to the Cowboy Church of Ellis County, in Waxahachie, Texas. About 1,700 people attend the church on Sundays. Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

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Cowboy Church: With Rodeo Arena, They 'Do Church Different'

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Riad Abdel-Gawad creates new Sufi music by translating sacred chants to the violin. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sufi Mystics Get A Modern Soundtrack

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Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz (right), vicaress general and music director for Dominican Sisters of Mary. On the group's new album, she plays organ and composed three selections. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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There has been a recent push for humanist chaplains in the United States military. Around 13,000 active service members are atheist or agnostic. Here, U.S. Army soldiers bow their heads in prayer during Easter sunrise service at Camp Liberty in Iraq, in 2009. Marko Drobnjakovic/AP hide caption

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Ben Youcef leads the call to prayer for an interfaith service at The Guibord Center in Los Angeles. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cedric Mangum (left) leads the shout band as a junior member looks on. Daniel Coston for NPR hide caption

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