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How a new Mormon apostle is chosen  
06-02-2015
By PEGGY FLETCHER STACK | SALT LAKE CITY There’s no telling when LDS authorities will fill the void left by longtime Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry who died Saturday (May 30). But that it will happen is a...

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Can there be an ‘atheist vote’? Nonreligious set sights on 2016  
05-29-2015
By KIMBERLY WINSTON (RNS) A few years ago, when atheist activists asked U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, to tone down a Christian-oriented message to voters, they were told, “There ...

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Author Phyllis Tickle faces death just as she enjoyed life: ‘The dying is my next career’  
05-26-2015
By DAVID GIBSON | LUCY, Tenn. (RNS) Over the past generation, no one has written more deeply and spoken more widely about the contours of American faith and spirituality than Phyllis Tickle. And now, at ...

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Q&A with Charles Manson’s prison chaplain  
05-21-2015
By JONATHAN MERRITT (RNS) After a judge sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings, religious leaders in that city found themselves on both sides of the issue. Lawmaker...

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In Thomas Merton, conference panelists see a model for racial justice and healing  
05-20-2015
By RENEE K. GADOUA | LOUISVILLE, Ky. (RNS) If the influential Catholic writer Thomas Merton were alive today, he would likely have strong words about police brutality and racial profiling. Back in 1963, ...

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Christians lose ground, ‘nones’ soar in new portrait of US religion  
05-12-2015
By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN | WASHINGTON (RNS) The United States is a significantly less Christian country than it was seven years ago. That’s the top finding — one that will ricochet through Amer...

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Can you be a Christian without believing in Christ? (COMMENTARY)  
05-12-2015
By TREVIN WAX (RNS) The rise of the “nones” — Americans who no longer check a religious affiliation on demographic surveys — has stirred up interesting conversations among church lead...

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