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What the Show Cosmos Gets Wrong about Religion—and Science

In its third episode, titled “When Knowledge Conquered Fear,” the new Cosmos reboot, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, tells the story of the discovery …

By Elizabeth Yale

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Contraception v. Religious Freedom: Hobby Lobby Heads to the Supreme Court

On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two religious exemption cases, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialty Store …

By Tracy Fessenden

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Uganda’s President Will Sign Anti-Gay Bill. How Did the Nation Get to this Point?

On February 14, news reports began to surface that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni planned to sign into law the nation’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, often referred …

By Jason Bruner

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On Compromise and Congressional Brinkmanship

When President Obama gives his State of the Union address tonight, the problem of congressional gridlock will likely be a major theme. Partisanship in Washington …

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Letters from a Georgia Jail: Anti-Nuclear Activists Await Sentencing

We are truly human when we act responsibly to restore harmony and act with love and compassion to restore truth, transparency and the equitable distribution …

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Texas Textbooks: A Case Study for Creationism’s Staying Power

The Texas textbook wars have finally yielded a win for the Enlightenment. In November, the state school board delayed final approval of a biology textbook …

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In Remembrance: Reading the Christmas Letters of Jean Bethke Elshtain (1941-2013)

This time of year is, for many, a season of hopefulness—of anticipation and celebration of joyous things to come. Yet, as the cards and letters …

By John D. Carlson

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A Judge Weakened Utah’s Anti-Polygamy Law. What Does This Say About Sex, Race, and Religion?

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An Evolving Mormon Church Finally Addresses a Racist Past

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Concerning “Goodbye Christ”: Langston Hughes, Political Poetry, and African American Religion

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Should we teach religion in public schools? And if so, how?

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