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Image of dark-skinned Satan has long history

When some people recently started questioning whether the Satan character on The Bible miniseries resembled President Obama, others posed a broader question: Why does Satan need to be dark-skinned at all? Religious experts and historians say the controversy points to a centuries-old tradition where dark is bad, light is good. “It’s just part and parcel […]

Rosa Parks kept faith with AME Church

WASHINGTON—A bronze statue of civil rights heroine Rosa Parks was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 27, a day for members of her African Methodist Episcopal Church to celebrate one of their own. President Obama, capping an hour-long ceremony in Statuary Hall, recalled the desegregation of public buses in Montgomery, Ala., after a yearlong boycott that […]

Q&A: Olympic medalist talks faith, forgiveness, matzo ball soup

Gabrielle Douglas, who walked away with the gymnastic gold at the London Olympics, is out with her first book, Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith (Zondervan). Ms. Douglas, who turns 17 on New Year’s Eve, talked with Adelle M. Banks of Religion News Service about her prayer life, her love of matzo ball […]