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Replay: Waking up Together on Valentine’s Day

In their book, Waking up Together: Intimate Partnership on the Spiritual Path, Ellen and Charles Birx (Radford University) explores how a spiritual practice can enhance intimacy and partnership. As they …

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Little Big Minds

Marietta McCarty (Piedmont Virginia Community College) has written a new guide book for parents and educators who want to share the enduring ideas of the “biggest minds”—thinkers like Plato, the Dalai Lama, …

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Old World Beat

Klezmer music, once rooted in the Jewish religious tradition, is now being played on festival stages, nightclubs and concert halls throughout the world. Many of the roots of American Jazz …

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Replay: Why We Do Good

What makes ordinary people do “good deeds” without expecting anything in return? Why do people give money to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts but far less to earthquake victims in Pakistan? …

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Waking up Together on Valentine’s Day

In their new book, Waking Up Together: Intimate Partnership on the Spiritual Path, Ellen and Charles Birx (Radford University) explore how Zen practice can enhance intimacy and partnership. As they say in the first chapter: “In …

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Why We Do Good

What makes ordinary people do “good deeds” without expecting anything in return? Why do people give money to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts but far less to earthquake victims in Pakistan? …

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Monticello’s Jewish Hero

Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jewish American to reach that rank in the United States Navy, is an unsung hero of American history. According to Melvin Urofsky (Virginia Commonwealth University), not …

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Replay: The Problem of Evil

Americans of all political and religious stripes agree the attacks of September 11, 2001 were acts of evil. But many of us disagree about what the word “evil” represents. Is …

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The Problem of Evil

Americans of all political and religious stripes agree the attacks of September 11, 2001 were acts of evil. But many of us disagree about what the word “evil” represents. Is …

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Histories of Hate and Reconciliation

Does religion have a role to play in racial reconciliation? Religion Professor Charles Marsh (University of Virgini) thinks so. His recent book, The Last Days: A Son’s Story of Sin and Segregation at …

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The War That Wasn’t: Hitler’s Mistakes

Most of us credit the defeat of Adolf Hitler to the Allies’ massive forces and well-crafted tactics. But how much was Adolf Hitler his own worst enemy? What if the …

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Why Religion?

Karl Marx considered it the “opiate of the masses.” But for countless others it is a source of strength and lends a dignity to otherwise impoverished lives. Religion professor Susan Kwilecki …

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