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June 23rd, 2010
05:25 PM ET

Former Live frontman feels reborn with new solo album

Former Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk, shown here singing with the band in 2006, releases a solo album on July 6

Ed Kowalczyk has had quite the spiritual journey in his life. Baptized as a Catholic, he went to Mass and received the sacraments as he grew up in Pennsylvania. But when he reached his late teens, the burgeoning musician needed to explore other paths of faith that included Zen Buddhism.

"I went through a whole seeker's life," Kowalczyk said recently by phone from his home in California.

Now 39, he's come full circle, and calls himself a Christian again. The past few years have also been a period of transition for him as a musician. After being in the band Live since middle school, he is now a solo act with new backing group and a new album.

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Filed under: Buddhism • Christianity • Culture & Science • Music

June 23rd, 2010
03:14 PM ET

Photo spotlight: Jewish settlers in the West Bank

Jewish settlers gathered on Wednesday, June 23, outside the Abraham Mosque or Tomb of the Patriarchs, a holy site for both Muslims and Jews in the West Bank town of Hebron. The settlers are watching a group of visiting left-wing Israeli lawmakers who support Palestinian calls to dismantle two Jewish settlements in Hebron.

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Filed under: Islam • Israel • Judaism • Politics

June 23rd, 2010
10:49 AM ET

Billboard campaign rebuts 'one nation under God'

Religious billboards adorn the highways across the South. But a new billboard campaign in North Carolina deliberately snubs the Almighty.

A coalition of atheists and secular humanists has placed a billboard on Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte that displays an American flag with a few key words from the Pledge of Allegiance: “One Nation Indivisible.”

Notice anything missing? The phrase “under God,” which appears between "One nation" and "indivisible" in the Pledge, is absent on the billboard.

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- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Courts • Culture wars • Politics

June 23rd, 2010
10:09 AM ET

Doubting the apostle images

Writes one reader about yesterday's announcement that archeologists have found the oldest known image of the apostles Andrew and John in Rome:

absolute and utter nonsense. the article is irresponsible in not making clear to the reader that these images were created hundreds of years after the fact by enemies of Christ (Romans) who subsequently saw it as political beneficial to gain political control of the otherwise uncontrollable christian cult for the purpose of expanding the roman empire.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Art • Christianity

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