From Biden’s giant Bible to Christian flags waved by rioters, ‘religion’ means different things to different people and different eras

Jan. 21, 2021

A similar complexity appears in the history of early Christianity in how religion functioned, both in terms of rituals and in the use of the Latin term it derives from.

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In Mike Pence, US evangelicals had their ‘24-karat-gold’ man in the White House. Loyalty may tarnish that legacy

Jan. 6, 2021

Pence’s religious and political biography mirrors key political and religious shifts over the past 40 years.

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COVID-19 has shone a light on the millennia-old balance between public and private worship

Oct. 23, 2020

As religious services went online to protect congregants from the coronavirus, a paradox emerged: Worshipers were connected via the internet to a potentially wide community, but it felt like a more private affair.

People wearing masks and social distancing at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes on May 30, 2020. Laurent Dart/AFP via Getty Images

Online Christian pilgrimage: How a virtual tour to Lourdes follows a tradition of innovation

July 27, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions to many religious activities The Catholic Church held what is being termed as the first online pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. Earlier this spring, for the first time in its 162-year existence the shrine was closed as...

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A justification for unrest? Look no further than the Bible and the Founding Fathers

June 4, 2020

Martin Luther King did not call for violence, but said “peace is not merely the absence of this tension, but the presence of justice"


Mediterranean studies seminar booms despite pandemic

May 21, 2020

After seminar moved online, enrollment more than doubles The pandemic did not cut enrollment in a summer seminar hosted by the CU Mediterranean Studies Group and the Mediterranean Seminar. Quite the opposite, in fact. Brian Catlos The summer skills seminar, held from May 12-14, is dedicated to the study of...

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Virtual Passover? Judaism has a long history of ritual innovation

April 7, 2020

The ability for modern religious communities to adapt and innovate rituals in light of circumstances, then, has deep and very productive roots

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Baptism by Zoom, now taking off, has deep historical roots

March 24, 2020

Faith leaders are coming up with new ways to reach their communities, with many turning to online platforms to perform rituals.


What’s the devil got to do with us today?

Oct. 17, 2019

Plenty, says Princeton University professor, who will discuss Satan’s role in human history at CU Boulder.

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Correcting the record on Mediterranean history

April 11, 2019

Europe is often thought of as a center of cultural and technological advancement. Brian Catlos would tell you that such important advancements actually began centuries ago in the Mediterranean with Islamic culture.