Why Christians Should Support Interfaith Dialogue

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Why should a Christian support interfaith dialogue? After all, isn’t faithfulness to Christ the central commandment of individuals who say that they are Christian? How can one be faithful to Christ while respecting other religious traditions and spiritualities? Few questions are more important for Christians in the United States at this time of growing pluralism. Since the 1960s, the percentage of Americans who have faith or spiritual identities other than Christianity has grown substantially. In…

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Art is…

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Coloring books are making a come back and I am so happy they are. There are  cool “adult” coloring books on the market that can provide great stress relief, an easy meditation aid, or just a pretty way to procrastinate. They have made it easy to be creative, and have inspired people of all ages to tap into their creative side.  Crafting and creating has been one of my main hobbies for as long as I…

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An Undead Review

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Today, readers of Dracula are placed in the unusual position of knowing the book’s framework before even picking it up. Since the publication of Bram Stoker’s work, the public has familiarized itself with many of its core elements simply through pop-culture references. Halloween costumes alluding to “Count Dracula” disguise their wearers as vampires complete with pointy, blood-stained teeth; movies like Hotel Transylvania remind spectators that vampires can turn into bats but shy away from sunshine;…

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“We Ain’t so Different, You and Me:” How an Interest in the Humanities Led to a Career in the Social Sciences

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It is difficult in the instant to identify life’s pivotal moments, but in hindsight, things become clearer. When I was 8, I read a children’s biography of John F. Kennedy and became hooked on the humanities—namely, history.[1] My interest in presidents led naturally to an interest in politics and two years later was fixed when a friend, whose father was in the Missouri House of Representatives, invited me to Jefferson City to see politics up…

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