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Graduate Student’s Iraq Research Leads to Human Rights Advocacy

When he set out to do research in Iraq last June, Matthew Barber was not expecting a front-row seat for a humanitarian crisis. A doctoral student in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Barber intended to study Kurdish and pursue his interest in the Yazidis, a Kurdish-speaking religious minority group.

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Successful Collaboration to Transform At-Risk West Dallas Could Serve as a National Model for Communities Fighting Urban Blight

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A new model of ministry that empowers residents in at-risk West Dallas to transform their communities has resulted in crime reduction, better meeting of health needs, obtaining jobs and improved student academic performance, according to a study by Baylor University.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Halloween: GW’s Medical, Marketing, Urban Development and Religion Experts Available

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Students’ Religiosity More Influential Than Education in Views on Evolution

College students’ views on evolution are shaped significantly more by religiosity than education, according to a survey of Southern students.

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Jewish Persecution's Economic Effects Linger, Study Finds

The effects of discrimination are long-lasting, both for the aggressor and the persecuted — passed through the years, consciously or not. Previous research has shown a striking historical persistence of anti-Semitic views, and, according to new research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, areas in which Jewish people historically were persecuted have lower stock market participation today.

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Are the World’s Religions Ready for E.T.?

Astronomer David Weintraub’s new book, Religions & Extraterrestrial Life, explores the question of what the world’s various religions have to say about the existence of extraterrestrial life.

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Reports of Religion’s Decline in America Are "Misleading, Inaccurate and Biased," Baylor Researcher Says

Reports of religion’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, says Byron Johnson, Ph.D., co-director of Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. Close examination of data from the General Social Survey and other data sources show that across 40 years, church attendance has varied only slightly, Johnson wrote in the recently published 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity: The Social and Economic Trends that Shape America.

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Religious Youths Are Less Likely to Experiment with Drugs and Alcohol, Baylor Study Finds

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Young people who regularly attend religious services and describe themselves as religious are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, according to a new study.

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Seminaries Do Very Little to Train Pastors How to Help Mentally Ill Congregants

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People struggling with mental illness often turn to pastors for help, but seminaries do very little to train ministers how to recognize serious psychological distress and when to refer someone to a doctor or psychologist, Baylor research shows.

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Virginity Pledges for Men Can Lead to Sexual Confusion — Even After the Wedding Day

Young men receiving support after they pledge to abstain from sex until marriage, can find themselves without advisors and help once they do marry.

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