WEEK IN RELIGION
The Vatican’s official newspaper denounced Muhammad cartoons earlier this month, calling depictions of Islam’s prophet “blasphemy.” The Vatican’s remarks came just days after a policeman in Garland, Texas, shot and killed two would-be attackers at an exhibit depicting cartoonish depictions of Muhammad. The event was organized by Pamela Geller, a blogger known for her anti-Islam views, and it also included a number of conservative European politicians.
According to a recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, religious people are increasingly coming around on the gay marriage issue. In 2003 — the year that Massachusetts became the first state to allow gay marriage — less than 30 percent of religiously affiliated American supported gay marriage, while in 2014, that percentage climbed to 47 percent.
‘The Ransom of the Soul’ by Peter Brown
Marking a departure in our understanding of Christian views of the afterlife from 250 to 650 C.E., “The Ransom of the Soul” explores a revolutionary shift in thinking about the fate of the soul that occurred around the time of Rome’s fall. Peter Brown describes how this shift transformed the Church’s institutional relationship to money and set the stage for its domination of medieval society in the West.
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Star of David: A six-pointed star that is a symbol of Judaism and of Israel. The Hebrew term for it is Magen David, which translates as “shield of David.”
RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of the Netherlands is:
• Roman Catholic: 28 percent
• Protestant: 19 percent
• Other: 1 percent
• None: 42 percent
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WEEK IN RELIGION