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In Boston, engaging both sides of the church’s debate on gays (ANALYSIS)

BOSTON (RNS) Only a few dozen worshippers attend Boston’s Tremont Temple Baptist Church on a typical Sunday, but the historic church was once so prominent that legendary preacher Dwight L. Moody called it “America’s pulpit.” This week, Tremont’s massive auditorium played h…
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Genocides and Holocausts: Never again (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) One hundred years ago, in April 1915 as World War I raged across Europe, the government of the Ottoman Empire attacked its Armenian citizens. Over the next several years, it is estimated that as many as 1.5 million Armenians died. Able-bodied men were murdered or ensla…
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Vatican standoff with France tests pope’s ‘Who am I to judge?’ stance

PARIS (RNS) Pope Francis has been hailed for his forward thinking, but — at least according to French news reports — the pontiff has put on the brakes when it comes to a gay French ambassador at the Vatican. In January, French President Francois Hollande nominated his prot…
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What’s your ‘cosmic identity’? Philosopher says you have one

WASHINGTON (RNS) When she was a teen, Nancy Ellen Abrams told her rabbi that humanity created God. She’s still at it. And according to her new book — “A God that Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science and the Future of Our Planet” —  this God emerges from us, not the other…
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Faith leaders call for religious protections ahead of gay marriage hearing

(RNS) As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on Tuesday (April 28) that could wind up legalizing gay marriage nationwide, dozens of Christian leaders have issued a call to civil authorities to preserve “the unique meaning of marriage in the law” — but also to “…
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