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Friday, September 26, 2008 - 15:41

Our managing producer takes a sharp look at our journalistic profession's cultural appropriation of stereotypes in the political season.

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 12:03

Krista reflects on a recent trip she took to Oxford, Mississippi — the setting for the first 2008 U.S. presidential debate.

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 11:54

An excellent reflection on the playlist for "Days of Awe."

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 16:04

In this TED talk, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt breaks down human moral values into five basic elements, then shows how an individual's placement on the liberal-conservative spectrum is determined by how much emphasis that person puts on each of these values.

Monday, September 22, 2008 - 10:57

This SOF video captures the international flavor of the Azusa Street Centennial in song by a couple from Zimbabwe.

Friday, September 19, 2008 - 14:49

View a couple of campaign commercials in which presidential candidates wear their religion on their sleeves.

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Friday, September 19, 2008 - 12:26

A collection of photos documenting the Islamic holy month.

Friday, September 19, 2008 - 09:03

I wanted to share a tremendously informative piece of writing that came into my inbox yesterday — an essay by Omer M. Mozaffar about the passing of Warith Deen (often referred to as W.Deen) Mohammed titled “American Islam Enters its Next Phase.” Mohammed was a gentle but towering figure in the history of Islam in the U.S., yet remains little known in the culture at large.

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 12:02

With all the press given to Gov. Palin's Pentecostal past, many forgot the Democratic Party has its own share of influential Pentecostals running the show.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 12:40

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