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Sharon Litton of Shreveport, La., is baptized by immersion in the Jordan River, where Jesus is said to have been baptized. Such baptisms are a staple of evangelical tours of Israel. Courtesy of Randy Litton hide caption

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As U.S. Jews Cool To Israel, Evangelicals Flock There As Tourists

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Tourism To Israel Is On The Rise, With More U.S. Evangelical Christians Visiting

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How And Why People Come Up With Conspiracy Theories

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New Poll Shows Young Americans Are Not Especially Knowledgeable About Religion

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Trump's Remarks Against Congresswomen Are Not The Only Example Of The 'Go Back' Taunt

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Church And Clergy Have Fallen Out Of Favor, New Polls Show

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State Department Conference Aims To Identify Victims Of Religious Persecution

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Democrats are hopeful they can mobilize a religious left to counter the religious right. But it's unclear whether that outreach will resonate with voters who make up the religious middle. A-Digit/Getty Images hide caption

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Democrats Have The Religious Left. Can They Win The Religious Middle?

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Ed Rowe (from left), Rebecca Wilson, Robin Hager and Jill Zundel react to the defeat of a proposal that would have allowed LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage within the United Methodist Church, at the denomination's Special Session of the General Conference in February. Sid Hastings/AP hide caption

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After Disagreements Over LGBTQ Clergy, U.S. Methodists Move Closer To Split

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Bishops In Amazon Region To Debate Whether Married Men Might Join Priesthood

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Catholics And Southern Baptists Consider How To Respond To Sex Abuse In The Church

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Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear speaks to the denomination's executive committee in February. Church leaders meet this week to discuss clergy sexual abuse cases. Mark Humphrey/AP hide caption

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Southern Baptists To Confront Sexual Abuse And Role Of Women In The Church

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Darrell Patterson, a devout Seventh Day Adventist, says he was fired after he refused to work on Saturday. Dan Weber/Courtesy General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists hide caption

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How The Fight For Religious Freedom Has Fallen Victim To The Culture Wars

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The Debate Grows Over What Religious Freedom Means

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Federal Commission Challenges Trump To Support Global Religious Freedom

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