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Vatican II: Looking Back Can Help Us Move Forward

Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council out of a conviction that the Catholic Church needed to recognize that the world is not a hostile place and the church... read more >


Religious undertones in "Downton Abbey"

The British television series Downton Abbey “captures the complexity of human life in all its richness,” according to the Rev. Ian Markham, dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary, in... read more >


Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: 45 Years Translating the Talmud

Historically, the Jewish Talmud – a compilation of rabbinic commentary on the Torah – had to be read and studied in its original languages: ancient Hebrew and Aramaic. Now, thanks... read more >


How Hollywood Embraces the Holy

The 2010 Academy Awards featured a bumper crop of 2009 films built around spiritual and religious themes. In 2007, a range of movies adapted comic book superheroes for the silver... read more >


Christian Insight and Art

Historically, art has intentionally interpreted biblical passages in light of a particular culture and according to a particular religious worldview. In a new art concordance, catalogued by theme, lectionary date... read more >


Christian Insight and Movies

Films can help us understand perspectives on biblical themes we might not otherwise have noticed; sometimes they help open up new avenues for understanding, preaching and living the text within... read more >


The Passion of the Christ

The movie by Mel Gibson was the focus of considerable attention by supporters and critics when it was released in 2004. In addition, Gibson’s own public behavior has contributed to... read more >


Schools Required To Teach Bible-Based Origin Theories

Several state legislatures have introduced or will soon introduce laws requiring schools to teach Bible-based theories of the origin of the world. Surveys show that a significant portion of the American... read more >


Understanding people of other faiths: Tools to help

Insights Into Religion has compiled these resources to help faith communities understand one another and reach across cultural, racial, ethnic and faith divides, with an emphasis on the Muslim-Christian dynamic.


Practicing faith in Everyday Life: some spiritual tools to help

Insights Into Religion offers the following resources and tools for congregations to help their members learn to think theologically, develop patterns of worship and practice spiritual disciplines.





Explorer of the Universe, Stephen Hawkings Dies

  "Unlike me, Prof. Hawking did his best to stare into the far reaches of the universe. If anyone could have...

Philanthropy That Thinks Deeply About Rural Community

Based in Indianapolis, the Lilly Endowment is perhaps best known for its grants to strengthen pastoral leaders and...

Grappling with Questions of Belonging, Unity, and Faith

Years ago, against the advice of colleagues, Amanda Parrish Morgan taught Marilynne Robinson's debut novel,...

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