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Can you question the Resurrection and still be a Christian?

(RNS) ``On the third day, he rose again.''     That line, from the Nicene Creed, is the foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It's the h…
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Muslims welcome shuttering of NYPD spying unit

(RNS) Muslim and civil rights groups welcomed the news that the New York City Police Department's Demographics Unit will disband but said they still fear they may be targets of warrantless surveillance.     Muslim Advocates filed a lawsuit in 2012 to stop the program, and t…
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Culture »

Holy Week music sets a high bar, but one church rises to the challenge

PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Think Christmas, and carols come to mind: ``Joy to the World,'' ``Silent Night,'' ``The First Noel.'' But think of the other great Christian season _ Holy Week and Easter _ and most people draw a musical blank.     That's a shame, say church music experts…
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Activists call on British government to deport African exorcist

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A Pentecostal preacher who claims to deliver people from witchcraft is a danger to children and should be deported from England, activists say.     Helen Ukpabio, a woman who wears colorful West African clothes and hats and who calls herself a ``La…
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Culture »

FILM REVIEW: Humor makes `Heaven’ accessible

(RNS) A wide-eyed 4-year-old makes a fairly convincing case for the existence of an afterlife in ``Heaven Is for Real.'' But it's Greg Kinnear, with his characteristic affability, who just about seals the deal.     Humor infuses the film (2 1/2 stars out of 4; rated PG), wh…
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