religion http://wnpr.org en Church Of England Will Allow Women To Serve As Bishops http://wnpr.org/post/church-england-will-allow-women-serve-bishops The Church of England voted Monday to ordain women as bishops.<p>Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the church's spiritual leader, said before the vote that the public would find it "almost incomprehensible" if the church's General Synod did not approve the change.<p>A similar proposal was narrowly defeated in 2012. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:58:00 +0000 editor 25256 at http://wnpr.org Church Of England Will Allow Women To Serve As Bishops ISIS Declares Caliphate As Iraq Fights To Retake Tikrit http://wnpr.org/post/isis-declares-caliphate-iraq-fights-retake-tikrit Extremist Sunni group ISIS has announced a plan to rule the territory it has carved out of Iraq and Syria in recent months, in a declaration that touches on public services, salaries and compensation for damages from the violence.<p>The plan was unveiled as Iraq's central Shiite government tries to retake the city of Tikrit, in its first major operation against the insurgents.<p>And it precedes by one day the Iraqi Parliament's first meeting since its April 30 elections; Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has been widely criticized during this crisis, has resisted calls to form a unity govern Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:32:26 +0000 Bill Chappell 24502 at http://wnpr.org ISIS Declares Caliphate As Iraq Fights To Retake Tikrit It's Not a Good Idea to Mention Your Religion on Your Resume http://wnpr.org/post/its-not-good-idea-mention-your-religion-your-resume <p>Researchers at the University of Connecticut find that employers are less likely to respond to a job application if a resume mentions an applicant’s religion.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:44:35 +0000 Diane Orson 23982 at http://wnpr.org It's Not a Good Idea to Mention Your Religion on Your Resume A Christian Climate Scientist's Mission To Convert Nonbelievers http://wnpr.org/post/christian-climate-scientists-mission-convert-non-believers <em>Each week, </em>Weekend Edition Sunday<em> brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.</em><p>Last week, the Obama administration announced historic regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions. Policies to address climate change have been a tough sell among some Republicans on Capitol Hill, but also in many Christian congregations around the country.<p>Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 15:46:00 +0000 NPR Staff 23263 at http://wnpr.org A Christian Climate Scientist's Mission To Convert Nonbelievers Dan Brown on Overpopulation, God, and Global Warming http://wnpr.org/post/dan-brown-overpopulation-god-and-global-warming <p>Dan Brown does a lot of complicated historical research for his novels like <em>The Da Vinci Code</em> and <em>The Lost Symbol. S</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ometimes, a simple raw number just jumps out at him, and onto the page.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"A couple years ago," </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he told me on WNPR's&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/conversation-dan-brown-charles-w-morgan-sets-sail-history-ham-radio" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Where We Live</a>, "</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I heard a statistic that just </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">sort of</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;floored me: In the last 80 years, the population on the planet Earth has tripled. I thought, 'That can't be right.'"</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:01:50 +0000 John Dankosky 23124 at http://wnpr.org Dan Brown on Overpopulation, God, and Global Warming Most Americans See Bible As Word Of God, Gallup Says http://wnpr.org/post/most-americans-see-bible-word-god-gallup-says Three out of four Americans believe the Bible is the word of God, according to a <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/170834/three-four-bible-word-god.aspx">new Gallup poll</a>; some say the literal word, others that a supreme being inspired the text. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:04:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 23088 at http://wnpr.org Most Americans See Bible As Word Of God, Gallup Says Revelation http://wnpr.org/post/revelation <p>His T-shirt says, “I am God”.<br />I think - My lucky day!<br />I’ll run over,<br />shake his hand,<br />ask for an autograph.<br />I might never have this chance again.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:21:28 +0000 Elizabeth Thomas 22977 at http://wnpr.org Revelation Connecticut Faith Leaders Press Gun Manufacturers On Safety and Weapons Distribution http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-faith-leaders-press-gun-manufacturers-safety-and-weapons-distribution <p>Following the recent mass killing in California, faith leaders in Connecticut gathered on&nbsp;Monday to call on gun manufacturers to take steps aimed at reducing gun violence.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 00:36:41 +0000 Diane Orson & Heather Brandon 22903 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Faith Leaders Press Gun Manufacturers On Safety and Weapons Distribution A Conversation with Dan Brown; the Charles W. Morgan Sets Sail; the History of Ham Radio http://wnpr.org/post/conversation-dan-brown-charles-w-morgan-sets-sail-history-ham-radio <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Author Dan Brown has written some of the biggest blockbuster books, from </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Da Vinci Code</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to his latest book</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">, Inferno</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He’s coming to Hartford next month to talk with John </span>Dankosky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the </span>Bushnell<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. This hour, he joins us for a preview of that conversation.</span></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 22386 at http://wnpr.org A Conversation with Dan Brown; the Charles W. Morgan Sets Sail; the History of Ham Radio Jazz Goes to Church In Its Sunday Best http://wnpr.org/post/jazz-goes-church-its-sunday-best <p>Long a welcoming haven for jazz, <a href="http://www.ahcc.org/" target="_blank">Asylum Hill Congregational Church</a> embraces Duke Ellington’s sacred music Sunday, May 18, at 4:00 pm as it presents "The Best of the Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts" with full-scale, soulful re-creations blessed with four mighty choirs singing, a powerhouse jazz band swinging, and a tap dancer tapping in the historic Hartford church’s majestic sanctuary.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 18:48:06 +0000 Owen McNally 21755 at http://wnpr.org Jazz Goes to Church In Its Sunday Best Re-Enactment Of Satanic Mass Planned At Harvard Causes Uproar http://wnpr.org/post/re-enactment-satanic-mass-planned-harvard-causes-uproar Harvard University Extension School's Cultural Studies Club has ignited a maelstrom of criticism over its plans to reenact a black mass on Monday.<p>The university and the Catholic Church have condemned it, but the club says the Satanic mass is simply for educational purposes.<p><a href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/05/09/church-condemns-planned-satanic-mass-harvard/jQjsH7935RloW1r2dsJicK/story.html">The AP reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The club said in a statement 'the performance is part of a larger effort to explore the religious facets that continue to influence con Mon, 12 May 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 21723 at http://wnpr.org Re-Enactment Of Satanic Mass Planned At Harvard Causes Uproar Boko Haram Says Video Shows Missing Nigerian Girls http://wnpr.org/post/boko-haram-says-video-shows-missing-nigerian-girls The group that took more than 200 girls from a Nigerian school last month released what it says is a video of the girls, along with demands that the government release militants from prison. The group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, says the video shows around 130 of the girls.<p>In the undated video released Monday, a crowd of girls is seen outdoors, arranged as if for a class photo. Mon, 12 May 2014 11:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21679 at http://wnpr.org Boko Haram Says Video Shows Missing Nigerian Girls One of Those Comparisons Neither Side Would Relish http://wnpr.org/post/one-those-comparisons-neither-side-would-relish <p>To whom might one compare Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints? <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/murder-joseph-smith?nopop=1" target="_blank">Reading the new book by Alex Beam,</a> I found myself thinking about Bill Clinton.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 19:21:10 +0000 Colin McEnroe 21575 at http://wnpr.org One of Those Comparisons Neither Side Would Relish The Murder of Joseph Smith http://wnpr.org/post/murder-joseph-smith <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is the religious version of recession food. Since the end of the Civil War, the Mormon membership numbers have grown every single year, and quite often they've grown at an astonishing pace. &nbsp;In the late 1970's and 80's, they added members at a rate of 5-6% a year. Today, their worldwide membership is around 15 million.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 21406 at http://wnpr.org The Murder of Joseph Smith Salon.com's Editor-in-Chief Scrambles With Colin McEnroe http://wnpr.org/post/saloncoms-editor-chief-scrambles-colin-mcenroe <p>We cover a lot of ground on this hour's Scramble. We begin with the editor of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.salon.com" target="_blank">Salon.com</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">a conversation about a story that dominated the headlines this weekend, </span><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/alleged-donald-sterling-recording-is-the-latest-in-series-of-incidents-involving-clippers-owner/2014/04/27/c6fc2cc8-ce5c-11e3-937f-d3026234b51c_story.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">the racist remarks attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dave Daley sees Sterling and Nevada rancher </span>Cliven<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bundy as part of a pattern. I don't. Not exactly, anyway. Dave also talks about </span><a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/charlemagne/2014/04/thomas-piketty" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Thomas Piketty</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the first rock star economist in, well, a really long time.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 20807 at http://wnpr.org Salon.com's Editor-in-Chief Scrambles With Colin McEnroe America's Less Religious: Study Puts Some Blame On The Internet http://wnpr.org/post/americas-less-religious-study-puts-some-blame-internet America is less religious than ever before. The number of Americans who reported no religious affiliation <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/2012/10/09/nones-on-the-rise/">has been growing rapidly</a>, doubling since 1990. That kind of rapid change matches another societal trend — growth in Internet use. The percentage of Americans who say they used the Internet went from nearly zero in 1990 to <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/02/27/summary-of-findings-3/">87 percent this year</a>. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:19:00 +0000 Elise Hu 20508 at http://wnpr.org America's Less Religious: Study Puts Some Blame On The Internet NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims http://wnpr.org/post/nypd-shuts-down-controversial-unit-spied-muslims The New York Police Department said Tuesday it would disband a special unit charged with detecting possible terrorist threats by carrying out secret surveillance of Muslim groups.<p>The squad that conducted the surveillance, known as the Demographics Unit, was formed in 2003. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:06:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20214 at http://wnpr.org NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims Pope Francis Poses For Selfies With Crowd At St. Peter's http://wnpr.org/post/pope-francis-poses-selfies-crowd-st-peters After speaking to a crowd that was estimated at 100,000 people Sunday, Pope Francis moved through the audience in his popemobile — and then delighted some of those in attendance by getting out of the vehicle and posing for photos with them.<p>Francis posed for photos several times during his circuit through St. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:43:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 20077 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Replaces Colbert, Marries Jesus, and Has No Love For the Gov http://wnpr.org/post/nose-replaces-colbert-marries-jesus-and-has-no-love-gov <p>Scientists say the papyrus that mentions<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/science/scrap-of-papyrus-referring-to-jesus-wife-is-likely-to-be-ancient-scientists-say.html?hp" target="_blank"> a wife of Jesus</a> is not a forgery. Stephen Colbert will take over when Letterman leaves. I'm not saying the two things are connected, but maybe our weekly culture roundtable The Nose will find a common thread.</p><p>It might seem like a small thing - the departure of Stephen Colbert from his late night role in which he depicts a strutting, preening, right-wing media star. In the last analysis, who cares who takes over the Letterman show? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19927 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Replaces Colbert, Marries Jesus, and Has No Love For the Gov Thomas Moore on "A Religion of One's Own" http://wnpr.org/post/thomas-moore-religion-ones-own <p>Thomas Moore was, for 13 years, a Servite monk. In 1992, he burst onto the national scene with "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Care-Soul-Cultivating-Sacredness-Everyday/dp/0060922249" target="_blank">Care of the Soul</a>", which combined the psychotherapeutic of Jung and James Hillman with ancient and contemporary religious and spiritual ideas. It was number 1 on the New York Times best seller list, and stayed on the list for a year.</p><p>Moore's central premise is that part of ourselves cannot be fully nourished through purely rational modern thought. We have needs that cannot be met by science and social theory. His new book is kind of a toolkit for people who have that sense - that they need something they're not getting. They may not be comfortable sitting in a pew to get it, so can they make it themselves?</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19808 at http://wnpr.org Thomas Moore on "A Religion of One's Own" The Nose Enjoys Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos on the Rocks http://wnpr.org/post/nose-enjoys-neil-degrasse-tysons-cosmos-rocks <p>The original <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBA8DC67D52968201" target="_blank">Carl Sagan "Cosmos"</a> was at least&nbsp; partly a response to the Cold War. Its message: "We're such little specks, can we embrace our common destiny and get along?"</p><p>You could look at the movie "Noah" and the remake of "Cosmos" as two manifestations of an odd phenomenon.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 19548 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Enjoys Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos on the Rocks 'I'm A Great Admirer,' Obama Tells Pope Francis http://wnpr.org/post/im-great-admirer-obama-tells-pope-francis One leader whose <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2014/03/26/obama-pope-francis-poll-saint-leo-university-polling-institute/6915419/" target="_blank">popularity around the world has been eclipsed by the other</a> met for the first time Thursday when President Obama visited Pope Francis at the Vatican.<p>Obama, who has seen his approval numbers decline since he took office in 2009, met for about 50 minutes with the pope, who has become one of the world's most popular leaders since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic Church a year ago.<p>"It is a great honor. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:15:46 +0000 Mark Memmott 19125 at http://wnpr.org 'I'm A Great Admirer,' Obama Tells Pope Francis Hearing Voices http://wnpr.org/post/hearing-voices <p></p><p>Teresa of Avila very unambiguously reported hearing voices. She's a saint. John Forbes Nash heard voices. He won a Nobel prize. Robert Schumann heard voices that spurred him to write great music.</p><p>Philip K. Dick was guided by one inner voice, specifically female, that he would hear for much of his life. He probably holds the record for most film adaptations for words written of any author ever.</p><p>Mahatma&nbsp;Gandhi&nbsp;described a voice he could hear; not a metaphorical inner conversation, but a voice.</p><p>I could go on. Hearing voices is not that unusual.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:38:40 +0000 Betsy Kaplan, Chion Wolf & Colin McEnroe 18996 at http://wnpr.org Hearing Voices Jimmy Carter Issues 'Call To Action' Against Subjugation Of Women http://wnpr.org/post/jimmy-carter-issues-call-action-against-subjugation-women <em>Editor's note: To hear our full interview with Jimmy Carter, tune into </em>Weekend Edition<em> on Sunday, March 23.</em><p>President Jimmy Carter has written more than two dozen books over the course of his career, about everything from the art of aging to how to achieve peace in the Middle East. All his writing is anchored by a deep-seated belief in the equality of all people.<p>In his new book, <em>A Call To Action</em>, Carter tackles a fundamental question of equality head-on: the subjugation of women in cultures around the world. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:44:00 +0000 NPR Staff 18869 at http://wnpr.org Jimmy Carter Issues 'Call To Action' Against Subjugation Of Women WARNING: The Nose May Contain Trigger Warnings http://wnpr.org/post/warning-nose-may-contain-trigger-warnings <p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:30:29 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18813 at http://wnpr.org WARNING: The Nose May Contain Trigger Warnings The Scramble on Agunuah, Vaccinations, and More http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-agunuah-vaccinations-and-more <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://markoppenheimer.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mark Oppenheimer&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">writes about religion and a whole bunch of other things. Today, he'll be talking about the difficulty&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/516/stuck-in-the-middle?act=2" style="line-height: 1.5;">Orthodox Jewish women</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;face in obtaining a certain form of cooperation from their husbands and how that difficulty spawned a black market in coercion and violence.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:44:30 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 18551 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble on Agunuah, Vaccinations, and More One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing http://wnpr.org/post/one-year-later-pope-all-keeps-catholics-guessing A year ago today, the world's 1.2 billion Catholics got their first Jesuit pope and the first from the global south. Taking the name Francis, he soon became one of the world's most popular newsmakers.<p>Following two doctrinally conservative leaders, the Argentine-born pope's pastoral approach has given the Catholic Church a new glow — less judgmental, more merciful.<p>Like many others in the big Sunday crowd in St. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 18345 at http://wnpr.org One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing Church Trial of Former Yale Dean is Dismissed http://wnpr.org/post/church-trial-former-yale-dean-dismissed <p>The New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church has announced that the case against the Reverend Dr. Thomas Ogletree is dismissed.</p><p>Dr. Ogletree, a Connecticut resident and former dean of Yale Divinity School was to have faced a church trial for officiating at the same-sex wedding of his son.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:59:56 +0000 Diane Orson 18221 at http://wnpr.org Church Trial of Former Yale Dean is Dismissed Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom http://wnpr.org/post/anti-muslim-video-still-stirring-controversy-courtroom Google intends to fight a court order to remove a controversial anti-Muslim video from YouTube in the U.S.<p>The company plans to file for a hearing before a full nine-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after two of three judges on a smaller panel forced the company to take down the film, <em>Innocence of Muslims</em>, which <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/09/21/161528858/more-protests-in-muslim-nations-some-violence">caused uproar</a> in the Islamic world in 2012.<p>The battle in the U.S. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:04:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 17967 at http://wnpr.org Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom Alveda King: Abortion Is a Civil Rights Issue http://wnpr.org/post/alveda-king-abortion-civil-rights-issue <p>Dr. Alveda King has taken up the civil rights mantle of her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But her driving issue <span style="line-height: 1.5;">is abortion, and she has a vehemently&nbsp;pro-life stance. She says her uncle would agree with her.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:59:15 +0000 Catie Talarski & John Dankosky 17524 at http://wnpr.org Alveda King: Abortion Is a Civil Rights Issue