Charlie Van Dyke
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Women’s rights activists greeted with delight signs the Church of England is poised to relent and allow women to be consecrated as bishops.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will preside over a historic General Synod meeting at the University of York when a make-or-break vote on the subject is expected Monday (July 14... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican conceded Thursday that most Catholics reject its teachings on sex and contraception as intrusive and irrelevant and officials pledged not to "close our eyes to anything" when it opens a two-year debate on some of the thorniest issues facing the church.

Core church doctrine on th... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
(CNN) – How many ways are there to disbelieve in God?

At least six, according to a new study.

Two researchers at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga found that atheists and agnostics run the range from vocally anti-religious activists to nonbelievers who still observe some religious traditions.

“The main observation is that nonbelief is an on... read more
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By Carly Hillos

Until I was 20 years old, I attended a Christian Science Sunday School and heard about people in the Bible. Sure, I liked Jesus, but he wasn’t exactly the be-all-end-all. In fact, to me, he rated somewhere behind Ruth, a working woman I could really look up to. Nowadays, with every "Praise Jesus" and "Thank you, Jesus" at my lively... read more
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By Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) - Caste. Cows. Karma.

Suhag Shukla knows that’s how some people outside Hinduism see her religion. As the head of the Hindu American Foundation, Shukla, 42, clarifies misconceptions all the time.

Hinduism is ancient, though there is no specific date for when it was formed. The name is a Sanskrit word; Hinduism and Hindu ... read more
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