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Beyond the Oscars: Religion and Visual Art

It's Oscar season, and the social scene is focused on the accomplishments of screenwriters, directors, actors, and cinematographers. There are, however, multiple visual media by which viewers are lured into new visions, some quite ancient and others very new—paintings and icons, sculpture and bronzes and tapestries; video games, photography, performance art, theater.

Every religious tradition has had occasion to proselytize, inspire, and educate through art. What are the theologies behind artistic representations? In what ways does art persuade, proselytize, or reveal truth? What medium is most conducive to a particular religious tradition and why?

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What Do I Really Believe?

In this series, we ask what people really believe about some of the big questions: What really happens when we die? Does prayer really make a difference? Does it really matter how we act in this life?

Why I Am a ...

Our diverse and faithful contributors answer the question "Why I am a ......." in 200 words or less with compelling summaries on why they follow their particular faith tradition. Enjoy the varying perspectives from this fascinating group.

World Religions: An Introduction to Five Major Traditions

Introduce your students to basic information about the world's largest religions - their origins, history, beliefs, and practices. Use this guide to Patheos' resources as you plan a learning unit around world religions.

Future of Religion: A Symposium

Across the globe, religion remains an influential force, one that impacts how we view ourselves, each other, and the world around us. As new forms of worship and belief continue to evolve in the 21st century, we asked thought leaders from a variety of religious traditions to talk about the future of religion.

Side-by-Side Religion Comparison Tool

The Side by Side Lens allows you to create an easy to read comparison chart for up to three differing religious traditions.

Losing My Religion

Change is hard. Spiritual change comes at all different times in our lives and can be devastating and wonderful.  These are stories from the Patheos community, from writers who have experienced spiritual change in dramatic and simple ways.

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