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Not so long ago, most Americans were wary of yoga, meditation, acupuncture, chiropractic ,and similar practices. Today, complementary and alternative medicine has become so commonplace that many Americans — even evangelical Christians — might be surprised to learn that such practices have close ties to Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, or Western metaphysical religious traditions. Candy Gunther […]


People Trees

April 26, 2013

By David Haberman

On marriage

May 23, 2012

It’s nearly June, the traditional time for weddings galore. But marriage—its legality, longevity, permutations, and failures—seems perennially in the news. Here are some recent views on love and marriage from different corners of the IU Bloomington campus: In an article for the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Winter 2012), Constance Furey, a professor […]


Testing Prayer

April 27, 2012

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When sickness strikes, people around the world pray for healing. Many claim prayer has cured them of blindness, deafness, metastasized cancers. Some believe they have been resurrected from the dead. Can science test such claims? Should it? Science cannot prove prayer’s healing power, but according to Candy Gunther Brown, associate professor of religious studies in […]


The virtue of empathy?

March 5, 2012

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You’ve had a wretched day at work, and things aren’t so hot at home, either. You unload to your best friend or the stranger standing next to you in line, and your confidante responds, “I know how you feel.” Ah, you think, a little empathy at last. Generally speaking, we think of empathy as a […]


Speaking for Buddhas

March 2, 2012

by Richard Nance