Notre Dame has shaped the intellectual life of Paris for eight centuries

Professional mountain climbers installing synthetic, waterproof tarps over the gutted, exposed exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral. AP Photo/Thibault Camus The burning wreckage of the 12th-century Notre-Dame de Paris led to an immediate outpouring of grief over the damage to its irreplaceable architecture and works of art. But as a scholar of medieval religious history, I […]

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What Leonardo’s depiction of Virgin Mary and Jesus tells us about his religious beliefs

Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks. National Gallery London On the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, Italian academic Francesco Caglioti’s recent claim that a sculpture held at a London museum bears close similarities with the work of the Renaissance genius has opened up a fresh discussion. The Victoria and Albert Museum in […]

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Why Pete Buttigieg may be reviving progressive ideals of the Social Gospel Movement

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announces that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination. AP Photo/Darron Cummings In recent weeks, Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has captured wide media attention. One reason is that Buttigieg is the first openly gay presidential candidate. Another is that he has been unguarded in speaking about his religious beliefs, […]

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The Mormon Church still doesn’t accept same-sex couples – even if it no longer bars their children

President Russell M. Nelson, center, during the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conference on April 6, 2019. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer Top leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have reversed a policy that prevented minor children of same-sex married couples from joining the church and participating in its sacred […]

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Muslims arrived in America 400 years as part of the slave trade and today are vastly diverse

An attorney for the Muslim enclave of Islamberg prays in a mosque in Tompkins, New York. American Muslims have a history going back 400 years. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Most Americans say they don’t know a Muslim and that much of what they understand about Islam is from the media. It’s not surprising then to see […]

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Muslims arrived in America 400 years ago as part of the slave trade and today are vastly diverse

An attorney for the Muslim enclave of Islamberg prays in a mosque in Tompkins, New York. American Muslims have a history going back 400 years. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Most Americans say they don’t know a Muslim and that much of what they understand about Islam is from the media. It’s not surprising then to see […]

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