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The Aleppo Codex Mystery, Nuns vs. the Vatican, and More
August 17, 2012
Summary: A Biblical whodunit in search of the most important missing pages in all of Judaism, American nuns respond to the Vatican's rebuke, and two views on homosexuality in Evangelical Christianity.
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A Biblical Whodunit August 17, 2012
The oldest and most perfect version of the Hebrew Bible is known as the Aleppo Codex. For Jews, a 'people of the book,' this was, well, the book. About 50 years ago, nearly half of its pages went missing. Reporter Matti Friedman takes us behind the scenes of his search for the most important lost text in all of Judaism.

Matti Friedman, author of "The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible"
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American Nuns Respond to the Vatican August 17, 2012
This April, the Vatican issued a harsh assessment of America’s nuns. It said that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the group representing about 80% of American nuns, had become radicalized, and was straying from church doctrine.

The Vatican called for reform, and put an archbishop and two bishops in charge of bringing the women into line. In August, the Leadership Conference met to craft a response, which calls for more "dialogue" with the church hierarchy.

Kevin Eckstrom, Editor-in-Chief of Religion News Service
Gay and Evangelical: The Traditional View August 17, 2012
In part seven of our series, "Gay in the Eyes of God," we’re focusing on evangelicals, a diverse group of Christians that make up about a quarter of the American population. Compared with mainliners, Evangelical Christians emphasize a more personal relationship with Jesus, and believe they have a sacred duty to share the gospel message with others. They also believe that the Bible is the inerrant word of God.

But the fact that Evangelicals are committed to the authority of the Bible doesn’t mean they all agree on what different passages mean – and that’s why there’s room for debate on the question of being gay. Rev. Bob Stith shares the conservative view.

Rev. Bob Stith, Southern Baptist Convention’s National Strategist for Gender Issues
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Gay and Evangelical: The Liberal View August 17, 2012
Rev. Richard Cizik says he's undergone an "evolution" about the place of gays and lesbians in Evangelical Christianty - and says that American Evangelicals have become too preoccupied with a handful of culture war issues.

Rev. Richard Cizik, President of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good
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Web Extra: Full Interview of 'The Aleppo Codex' August 17, 2012
Our full interview with Matti Friedman, author of "The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible."