The oldest known image of the apostles Andrew and John have been discovered in catacombs under the city of Rome, dating back to the 4th century A.D., archaeologists announced Tuesday.
The paintings were found in the same location where the oldest known painting of St. Paul was discovered last year, the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology said Tuesday.
Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.
By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN
While researching my prior post about Nikki Haley coming under attack by her fellow South Carolina Republicans for her Sikh heritage, I came across a local activist, Oran Smith of the Palmetto Family Council, who told CNN, “Most people can’t even pronounce ‘Sikh,’ even the ones that are criticizing her.”
For the record, the word Sikh rhymes with click. But knowing how to pronounce Sikhism won’t take you very far toward understanding whether this religious tradition is something that voters in South Carolina should fear and candidates in South Carolina should flee.
So what are Sikhs and Sikhism all about?
I'm down on the Gulf coast again, my third trip since the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster began on April 20. Driving to our live shot position at the Bridge Side Marina, I was struck by the number of churches along the LA-1, the road into Grand Isle, Louisiana. The small fishing community has been hammered by the oil spill. As you cross the bridge into Grand Isle, you can see the yellow boom fighting the oil from lapping up onto the beaches.
Hindus and Muslims gather in Ahmedabad, India, on Tuesday, June 22, to pray for rain. The western state of Gujarat and other parts of India are waiting for the annual monsoon rains to cool down the triple-digit temperatures.
What I did not say on The Colbert Report last week has at least two Hindus hopping mad.
Depending on which headline you read—and you can now read them by the dozens from Boston to Kathmandu—I told Stephen Colbert either that Hindus are “horrible” or that the “Hindu rebirth doctrine is horrible.” As a result of these slurs on Hindus and/or Hinduism, Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, and Bhavna Shinde of the Forum for Hindu Awakening have reportedly asked for me to apologize.
I am happy to presume that both Zed and Shinde are trying to expose the ignorance about Hinduism among non-Hindus in the West. And as the author of one of the first scholarly articles on "Hinduphobia" in American life, I am happy to admit that such ignorance is rife. In this case, however, there will be no apology–at least not from me–since as anyone who watched the clip with any care can attest, I said nothing against the Hindu tradition.
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