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Religious Listen to Audio:  A newly discovered letter written by Galileo Galilei to a friend has shed light on the Italian scientist’s famous feud with the Catholic Church. Galileo (1564-1642) made the first complete astronomical telescope and used it to gather evidence that the Earth revolved around the sun, adopting the heliocentric model suggested decades earlier by Nicolaus Copernicus. Church teachings at the time had placed Earth at the center of the universe. He tried to alter some of his language in []

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Religious Listen to audio  What’s in the Dead Sea Scrolls? The scrolls, which date from the third century B.C.E. to the first century C.E., mostly contain Jewish religious texts.  About 40 percent of the manuscript fragments consist of texts from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).  Pseudepigraphal texts — that is, religious texts that did not make it into the Hebrew Bible — from the Second Temple period (c. 530 B.C.E.-70 C.E.) comprise another 30 percent. The final 30 percent consists of texts written []

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PBI News Listen to audio  PBI Annual Report and Financial Statement The financial report of the Pastoral Bible Institute (PBI) for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2018, appears below this year-end summary of activities. The primary activity of the Institute is the publication of The Herald of Christ’s Kingdom. Published continuously since 1918, the magazine is targeted primarily to consecrated Christians who long for the promised kingdom of Christ on earth (Matthew 6:10), and who have dedicated their lives to its []

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Listen to audio  Religious Around 260 million people in the world today identify themselves as Christian Orthodox, double the number registered a century ago, according to a report from the Pew Research Center. Russia alone has more than 100 million followers, while more than 95 percent of people in predominantly Orthodox countries such as Moldova, Georgia, Romania and Greece report keeping icons at home. Yet, as popular as Orthodoxy is in Eastern Europe, this branch of Christianity seems to be losing ground in []

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Religious Listen to the audio:  A new Pew Research Center survey finds that most U.S. adults believe the religious aspects of Christmas are emphasized less now than in the past — even as relatively few Americans are bothered by this trend. Compared with five years ago, a growing share of Americans say it does not matter to them how they are greeted in stores and businesses during the holiday season — whether with “Merry Christmas” or a less-religious greeting like “happy holidays.” Currently, 55% []