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A new rain (reign?) of faith in Europe

St Andrews Church

Has the demise of Christianity in Europe been greatly exaggerated? There are some encouraging signs of life. It’s become customary to refer to Europe as “post-Christian.” But this is an overstatement—and it obscures large differences in religious practices across the …

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The rest of the Jackie Robinson Story | ‘42 Faith’

Major league baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on the day before Easter. It’s a fitting coincidence. April 15th marked the seventieth anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s breaking the color line in major league baseball. Very few, if any, sporting events have …

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The dark side of mindfulness

public school

If you have not noticed the term “mindfulness” popping up everywhere over the past few years in America, perhaps you have not been paying attention. Mindfulness is all the rage in healthcare and education, among other areas. But what is …

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The seven last sayings of Jesus

seven last sayings of Jesus

In 2012, the English poet Ruth Padel accepted a commission from Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra to write poems that would be read between the movements of Joseph Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross.” Writing about her …

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Religion and Inequality | What the secularists are missing

Churchgoing kids are less prone to risky behaviour.

Religion is good for you: emotionally, physically, and economically. Who knew? Not the secularists. In 2000, Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam published his groundbreaking book, “Bowling Alone.” Putnam argued that Americans’ reduced interest in civic engagement—by which he meant not only …

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