Are measles vaccines a ‘religious obligation’?

"I would argue, and most rabbis would argue, that it's not only acceptable to get the MMR vaccine, but a religious obligation..."

Boston University • futurity
May 8, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: religion vaccines measles featured health-and-medicine beliefs laws

An ancient person ate a whole rattlesnake. Why?

An entire rattlesnake turned up in a coprolite, or fossilized feces. Here are two potential explanations.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
April 26, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: archaeology food fossils religion snakes indigenous-people featured society-and-culture feces ancient-history

How Notre Dame’s survival adds to its legacy

After the fire that almost claimed Notre Dame, how will the efforts to rebuild affect the landmark's symbolic and religious significance?

Rebecca Beyer-NYU • futurity
April 22, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: history architecture religion france featured society-and-culture fire

What can we learn from the Notre Dame fire?

After the fire that damaged Notre Dame, an art historian explains what's in store for the cathedral and why neglecting major landmarks is so dire.

Julian Cardillo-Brandeis • futurity
April 17, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: history architecture art religion featured society-and-culture fire

Manuscripts reveal Horn of Africa’s Islamic history

Researchers have discovered and digitally cataloged a huge trove of manuscripts from an understudied area in Islamic studies. See the database for yourself.

Carsten Munk Hansen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Feb. 6, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: africa history religion literature somalia ethiopia islam society-and-culture languages

Were people with leprosy really outcasts in Jesus’s day?

Biblical scholars may want to reevaluate how they interpret Jesus's willingness to touch and interact with lepers, a new paper suggests.

Liz Entman-Vanderbilt • futurity
Jan. 10, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: religion society-and-culture stigma

Ancient Egyptian villa reveals rare family shrine

"It has been more than 80 years since such a shrine for the ancestors was discovered in Egypt…"

Louise Lerner-Chicago • futurity
Jan. 9, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: history archaeology religion egypt featured society-and-culture

45% of UK scientists don’t believe in God

The late Stephen Hawking famously didn't believe in God. Neither does Richard Dawkins. A new study investigates if that's typical for UK scientists.

Amy McCaig-Rice University • futurity
Dec. 20, 2018 ~4 min

Tags: religion scientists society-and-culture beliefs

Hate and violence on the rise: Is history repeating itself?

In this Q&A and podcast episode, experts convene to discuss how the anti-Semitism, violence, and fascist rhetoric of today do—and do not—echo the past.

Jim Ver Steeg • futurity
Dec. 5, 2018 ~1 min

Tags: politics history religion united-states racism featured society-and-culture violence

What should Jewish kids learn about Israel?

"We know an awful lot about how younger kids typically think about subjects like math but when it comes to Israel, we don't really know anything."

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
Nov. 13, 2018 ~1 min

Tags: education children religion israel society-and-culture

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