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December 7th, 2010
04:51 PM ET

Evangelicals, Roman Catholic bishops urge New START ratification

By the CNN Wire Staff

Two key religious organizations in the United States called on Congress Tuesday to ratify the new nuclear arms reduction treaty signed by U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in April.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted for ratification of the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) in September, but a vote from the full Senate has not materialized.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals want to see the treaty ratified.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Evangelical • Faith Now • Foreign policy • Politics

December 7th, 2010
03:55 PM ET

Abrahamic leaders unite against a common enemy

By Gabe La Monica, CNN

On the first night of Hanukkah last Wednesday, three wise men (or at least influential ones) met inside the Washington residence of Indonesian Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal under brightly lit chandeliers.

Ambassador Djalal introduced the panel of grey-suited religious leaders as “the people of the book,” gathered together “to promote harmony and unity.”

Their common bond: Abraham, a central figure in Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

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Filed under: Christianity • Faith Now • Interfaith issues • Islam • Judaism

Why religion breeds happiness: Friends
December 7th, 2010
03:52 PM ET

Why religion breeds happiness: Friends

As important as your religious beliefs may be to you, they don't necessarily make you happier, a new study in the American Sociological Review finds. What does make you more satisfied with your life, the study finds, is having friends at your congregation and a strong religious identity.

"Those are the people who give you the sense of belonging," said lead study author Chaeyoon Lim, of the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Lim conducted the study with Robert Putnam, author of "Bowling Alone" and "American Grace."

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Faith

My Take: Who owns Jesus? Who owns yoga?
December 7th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

My Take: Who owns Jesus? Who owns yoga?

Editor's Note: 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

The recent scuffle over Christianity and yoga, initiated by remarks of the head of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Albert Mohler and picked up in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and here at CNN, has raised a series of questions far broader than whether Christian faith and yoga practice are compatible.

The most intriguing of these questions is: Who owns the stuff of a religion? When my Christian and Jewish friends adopt and adapt yoga postures are they stealing something? Who owns Christmas? Who owns the Buddha? Who owns Jesus?

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- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Christianity • Faith Now • Hinduism • Opinion

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke and Eric Marrapodi with daily contributions from CNN's worldwide newsgathering team.

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