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Childhood pretend play connected to religious switching, study finds

A child's imagination during pretend play can take them from a walk around Mars to a picnic in Neverland. However, his or her travels don't stop there. Pretend play may also lead them on a religious journey in his or her adult life.

July 27, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith

Cosmic humility: The spiritual side effects of viewing Earth from outer space

Writing in Medium about a new image of Earth released July 20 by NASA scientists and dubbed the "new Blue Marble," astronaut Scott Kelly said, "There's something remarkable about a single snapshot of Earth — an intact view of our planet in its entirety, hanging in space."

July 27, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith

Do contraceptive rules make religious groups 'complicit in evil?'

Does requiring a group of Roman Catholic nuns to sign a piece of paper stating their objection to providing contraception coverage make them complicit in an evil act? One group says it does, and the question might soon find a nonreligious referee in the Supreme Court.

July 27, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith

Evangelicals and Muslims together denounce Franklin Graham’s anti-Muslim remarks

WASHINGTON — An evangelical pastor from Texas joined American Muslim leaders Thursday in denouncing recent anti-Muslim comments by evangelist Franklin Graham as they announced upcoming efforts to build bridges between their religious communities.

July 26, 2015 | Sara Weissman Deseret News | Faith

Improve others' perception of us

The other day, I was talking to a neighbor whom I hadn't spoken to for a while. I asked her if she had been walking lately in this heat, and she responded with a statement that surprised me: She made a remark about me always being out there running rather than walking.

July 25, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith

Times may change; God doesn't

Ten years ago, this week my family moved to Pembroke. I began my job as the pastor at First Baptist Church in Pembroke, and my wife started only a week or so later as the choral music teacher at Richmond Hill Middle School. Our youngest son enrolled as a student at Richmond Hill High School, while our oldest enrolled at Georgia Southern University.

July 24, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith

School district and secularists settle school prayer lawsuit

A federal lawsuit filed against a school district in Georgia for allegedly violating First Amendment rights by allowing football coaches to lead students in prayers and include Bible passages in team materials has been settled.

July 24, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith

Do God's will to obtain eternal life

Jesus said, "Not everyone that saith unto me 'Lord, Lord' shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father, which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils?

July 23, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith

New film profiles little-known Jewish philanthropist who built African-American schools

Although credited with establishing Sears, Roebuck & Company as a leading American retailer, Julius Rosenwald's name has largely been unremembered in the decades since he died in 1932.

July 23, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith

Christian schools take stance on homosexuality policies

With same-sex marriage now legal across the country, the question has surfaced about whether religious-affiliated schools will accommodate gay or lesbian students, staff and faculty who are married.

July 22, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith

Pope Francis taps media-savvy priest for key Los Angeles role

Father Robert Barron may be ready for his close-up. The media-savvy Roman Catholic priest whose public television series "Catholicism" drew wide acclaim, has been named one of three new auxiliary bishops for Los Angeles, arguably the world's media capital.

July 22, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith

The title of Harper Lee’s new book comes from the Bible

Last Tuesday, book readers and literature enthusiasts alike celebrated across the country as “Go Set a Watchman” — the sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” — hit bookshelves and was made available to the public.

July 21, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith

Jesus is best hope in world for Christians

What is hope? In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it is defined as "a confident expectation that a desire will be fulfilled; wishful trust; something which one longs to see realized"

July 20, 2015 | By Pastor Douglas Harn Columnist | Faith

Religious freedom experts worry about their First Amendment rights after marriage ruling

Long-held American views of religious liberty may be rapidly shifting in the wake of a June 26 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.

July 19, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith

Is religion failing? The Dalai Lama has a surprising answer

It isn't just American demographers and church planters who are concerned about the rise of the "nones," or the spiritually unaffiliated. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, isn't happy about it, either.

July 19, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith

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Q&A: The spiritual revolution taking place away from church pews

Americans' search for the divine is alive and well, although it looks different than it has in the past, according to Diana Butler Bass, a ...

October 06, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith

Awake to righteousness through God

"Awake to righteousness and do not sin, for some do not have the knowledge of God." - 1 Corinthians 15:34

October 05, 2015 | By Pastor Israel Aaron Cowart Columnist | Faith

The religious groups with the most available scholarship money

Your religion could help you earn money for college, depending on which religious group you associate with.

October 03, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith

Does the environment have a right to be protected? Pope Francis thinks so

In his speech to world leaders at the U.N. last week, Pope Francis made his boldest claim yet about the environment, detailing the earth ...

October 03, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith

You get what you pay (pray) for

Through personal experience I have learned that, for the most part, you get what you pay for.

October 03, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith

Place your trust in the one Father

My son is coming to visit this weekend! We talk often, but we live almost four hours apart. When we visit him, or he visits ...

October 02, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler Pembroke First Baptist Church | Faith

What happens when I die?

Being a minister of the Gospel of Christ, I have been present when people died.

October 01, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith

Pope meeting with Kim Davis sparks surprise and disappointment

Pope Francis counseled bishops during his recent tour of the United States to "not pick fights that would turn more people off than they would ...

October 01, 2015 | Matthew Brown Deseret News | Faith

10 quotes on God and faith from Justin Bieber

Ever since Justin Bieber skyrocketed up the pop music charts in 2010, religion has followed him. His fans call themselves beliebers, his mother is well-known ...

October 01, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith

Meet the Muslim model who is the first woman to wear a hijab for H&M

Mariah Idrissi was skeptical at first about becoming a model for H&M’s latest ad campaign.

October 01, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith

Check out the 3,000-year-old discovery that dates back to the days of King David and Solomon

A rare 3,000-year-old seal from the times of King David and Solomon has been discovered by a 10-year-old Russian volunteer as a part of ...

September 27, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith

As world reacts to Hajj stampede, public health officials work to make pilgrimages safer

For many public health officials, the news of the deaths of more than 700 Muslim pilgrims near Mecca on Thursday was tragic but unsurprising.

September 26, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith

Celebrate the new season

As I walked out of my home Wednesday morning, I was met with the crisp, cool autumn air.

September 26, 2015 | By the Rev. Ashley Morris Pastor's Corner | Faith

Darsey is enjoying honors and growth in his church

Another year, another accolade.

September 26, 2015 | By Edith Anderson In the Pulpit | Faith

Ben Carson, Donald Trump and the GOP problem with Muslims

Within the last week, two 2016 Republican presidential nominees have caused controversy over comments they made about Muslims, which may indicate the political party has ...

September 23, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith

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