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A journey to the afterlife…

With a fair balance of a scientist’s skepticism and curiosity, Roach seeks answers to questions about the afterlife from a variety of respected and quirky sources. The answer may be no more concrete than ghosts, but they’re just as thought-provoking and fun.

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NPR
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Religion & Spirituality

Brother Ali Spits Divine Flows On 'Never Learn'

Brother Ali is a prophet, plain and simple. Even if you're unmoved by his life story — being a legally-blind albino rejected by society who found identity through hip-hop and the Muslim faith — his music most certainly will move you. And on the second single from his forthcoming album, All the Beauty in This Whole Life, he flexes his own divine prowess. "Never Learn" finds Ali contemplating spiritual manifestation with an ounce of metaphysical swag. Like the song, the video, directed by Kron, is a beautiful testament. It was shot at Dar Al Islam, a Muslim-built worship and healing center in Ne
NPR
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Religion & Spirituality

Why Religion Is More Durable Than We Thought In Modern Society

Here is a proposition that may seem self-evident to many people: As societies become more modern, religion loses its grip. Superstition inevitably gives way to rationality. A belief in magic is replaced by a belief in science. Sociologists call it the "secularization thesis." In 1822, Thomas Jefferson suggested an early version of it, predicting that Unitarianism "will, ere long, be the religion of the majority from north to south." Some data from modern countries support the thesis. Fifty years ago, about four of ten children in England attended Sunday school. Today, it's only about ten perce
The Atlantic
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Religion & Spirituality

A Graphic Novel About 17th-Century Philosophy

Dark spots across the sun, men burned at the stake, an all-powerful church that brooks no idea outside its dogma—there is no subject so imbued with drama, intrigue, and fast-paced action as 17th-century Western philosophy. And thus no medium does it justice like the graphic novel. No, really. Heretics!, a graphic novel by Steven and Ben Nadler, introduces readers to what is arguably the most interesting, important, and consequential period in the history of Western philosophy. While respecting recent scholarship on 17th-century thought, the Nadlers sought to make these stories and ideas as ac