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A Scholar's View on Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Sociologist Christopher Bail studies how anti-Muslim organizations use social media.

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Daughters of Interracial Parents More Likely Than Sons to Identify as Multiracial

Daughters of interracial parents are more likely than sons to identify as multiracial, and this is especially true for children of black-white couples, according to a new study in the February issue of the American Sociological Review.

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Maya Healers’ Conception of Cancer May Help Bridge Gap in Multicultural Settings Care

Understanding and integrating patients’ cultural beliefs into cancer treatment plans may help improve their acceptance of and adherence to treatment in multicultural settings. Researchers examined traditional Maya healers’ understanding of cancer and published their findings online today in the Journal of Global Oncology.

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Religious Beliefs Don’t Always Lead to Violence

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Study shows thinking from God’s perspective can reduce bias against others.

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Faith-Based Community Organizations Can Boost Muslim Civic Engagement, Quality of Life

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Faith-based community organizing coalitions can provide a pathway to greater civic engagement by Muslim Americans, according to a recent study by an Indiana University researcher.

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University of Haifa Excavations Uncover Unique Hebrew Inscription Showing Existence of a Jewish Village at Kursi

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This first evidence of a Jewish village on the site strengthens the hypothesis, that until now was no more than folklore, that this is the “Kursi” mentioned in the New Testament as one of the sites where Jesus performed his miracles

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University at Buffalo Announces New Department of Jewish Thought

The University at Buffalo will launch a new department at the end of the current semester dedicated to the academic study of the Jewish intellectual tradition in the development of Western civilization.

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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Gonzaga Receives $294,415 Lilly Endowment Grant to Encourage High Schoolers to Explore Theology

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SPOKANE, Wash. – A $294,415 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will establish the Gonzaga University Theology Institute for High School Youth. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.

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Donkeys and Cattle at Jesus’ Birth? Only in a ‘Lost Gospel,’ Not the New Testament, Baylor Historian of Religion Says

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The old Christmas carol “Good Christian Men, Rejoice” makes the scenario clear in its telling of Jesus’ birth: “Ox and ass before Him bow; and He is in the manger now.”

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Top Stories 11 Dec 2015; New Forensic Science Breakthroughs, Breast Cancer Treatment Difference by Age, Racial Disparities in Dialysis, and More...

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The P.O.W.E.R. To Avoid Weight Politics Over the Holidays

Stacey Cahn, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, offers tips to avoid awkward conversations about weight this holiday season.

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WashU Expert: 'Thoughts and Prayers' for San Bernardino Highlight Our Deep Differences

Article Body 2010It's a response made all too often by politicians in the wake of a mass shooting or violent act of terrorism: Keeping all in "thoughts and prayers." This week, in the wake of the Dec. 2 shooting incident in San Bernardino, Calif., that sentiment seemed to reached a breaking point and shed light on the wide political and rhetorical chasm dividing the country, said an expert on law and religion at Washington University in St.

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Rome Conference to Explore Christian Response to Persecution

How are Christians responding to persecution in Iraq, Syria, China, India and elsewhere around the world? An international conference to be held in Rome Dec. 10-12 will explore this question, at a time when violence against Christians around the world has increased sharply. The conference is the peak event of a three-year project studying Christian responses to persecution, where researchers will share their findings.

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Lutherans, Catholics Taking More Steps in Ecumenical Dialogue

As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaches, Lutherans and Catholics are seeking common ground and ecumenical touchstones to widen understandings of the historical Church, its ministry, and the Eucharist.

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ND Expert: Pope's visit to Africa significant for Catholics and non-Catholics

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What Is Confident Pluralism?

Even a cursory glance at today’s headlines reveals a deep inability to get along. From politics, to religion, to social issues, extreme positions may play well with a political base, but do little to further substantive conversation and real change. How do we get back to forming meaningful relationships that can move toward common ground despite our deep ideological differences? The answer lies in a confident pluralism, said an expert on law and religion at Washington University in St. Louis

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Fundamentalist Christian Protests More Likely to Draw Police Attention

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Police are less likely to show up at protests involving religious actors or organizations — unless the protesters are fundamentalist Christians, according to a new study. Notre Dame researchers found fundamentalist Christian groups attracted more police attention than either secular or other Christian groups.

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Religious Upbringing Associated with Less Altruism, Study Finds

Children from religious families were less likely to share with others than were children from non-religious families. A religious upbringing also was associated with more punitive tendencies in response to anti-social behavior.

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Higher ‘Spiritual Capital’ Can Boost Business Success, Innovation in Developing Countries

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Higher levels of spiritual capital – the motivation, energy and work ethic one gets from a relationship with God – have a positive effect on business success, employment and innovation in developing countries, according to new research from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.