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New biography offers novel approach to life of Muhammad

By Joseph Hammond — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — In his new book, 'Muhammad, the World-Changer: An Intimate Portrait,' biographer Mohamad Jebara takes long-established sources and weaves them together for a fresh telling of a familiar story.
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New teen Bible story book tells the old, old story in a new way

By Kathryn Post — November 10, 2021
(RNS) — The Bible: Enter Here uses irreverent humor to reimagine Bible stories for teens.

Meet the United Methodist pastor featured on HBO’s drag reality show ‘We’re Here’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 9, 2021
(RNS) — Performing in drag was an ‘incredibly wonderful, refreshing, deepening, powerful spiritual experience,’ said Pastor Craig Duke of Newburgh United Methodist Church in Indiana.

Bentleys to Buddhas: Vintage-car shop restores temple statue

By Peter Smith — November 9, 2021
The monks of the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center approached Exoticars, a car restoration shop in Pittsburgh, for the restoration of its outdoor statue of the Buddha.

A controversial take: Proposing grace has a place in today’s toxic discourse

By Scot McKnight — November 9, 2021
(RNS) — CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers’ new book, ‘Saving Grace,’ is not a theological study but instead a personal, social and political proposal on how to take grace into the divisive public square.

Why Black artists are essential freedom fighters

By Andre Henry — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — Art is more than just a companion for activism.

New film offers a portrait of New Orleans, told through its unique jazz funerals

By Mark Silk — November 5, 2021
(RNS) — 'City of a Million Dreams' is based on the book of the same name by renowned New Orlean's journalist Jason Berry.

Marilyn Manson, Ye and the art of the troll

By Ryan Hamm — November 3, 2021
(RNS) — These days, Ye's albums are largely minor blips on the radar. All his press is for the dumb things he does. It’s hard not to think that’s by design.

No, Jewish characters do not require Jewish actors

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 3, 2021
(RNS) — The problem of gentiles playing Jews? Is this really a thing?

Jeff Chu on the daunting charge to finish Rachel Held Evans’ final book

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 2, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The crucial thing to remember is that with God, death is never the end of the story,’ Rachel Held Evans wrote in her final book for adults.

We used to look to the church for truth. It’s no match for Donald Trump’s TRUTH.

By Phyllis Zagano — October 29, 2021
(RNS) — Religious organizations once cornered the market on the platforms where people discussed what mattered in their lives.

God, tattoos and empathy: The art of healing from trauma

By Silma Suba — October 28, 2021
(Interfaith America) — Hundreds of people from around the world find their way to David Allen's tattoo studio every year, especially those who are counting on Allen to help them feel whole.

New ‘Dune’ movie gives us a messiah for uncertain times

By Jillian Cheney — October 27, 2021
(RNS) — Legions of fans of Frank Herbert’s mystical 1965 sci-fi novel have been waiting for someone to get the screen version right. The HBO Max adaptation goes a long way, with a few nods to modern sensibilities.
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