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Categories: Beliefs

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)


  1. David Thompson

    Every day I read RNS and find it interesting and amusing, but what I am really looking for is that religious article that you feel really makes sense, regardless of what you believe or don’t believe. I am still looking.

    • A big stumbling block to understanding (or making sense) is that words with different meanings are used interchangeably. Faith is what you believe. If you believe that pigs fly and sit at the airport waiting for one to take of that is your faith. It is what you believe. Most of us know the U.N. exists but we do not place much faith in it. Most us believe the bus will eventually get here but not on time. That is our belief; our faith. Religion boils down to tents and practices about faith. If you beat a tom-tom believing it will make the buffalo come to you then that is a religious practice based on what you believe (based on faith .. but a practice or ritual .. hence a rite). Now one person believes you ought to use a large tom-tom and another believes a smaller one is just as effective and portable. So there are two denominations: (a) large-drumists (notice the ism) and (b) any old drumists. Notice how none of this has anything to do with what the buffalo believe. Well then the large-drumist and the any-old-drumists might begin warring and denominating into sub groups. The buffalo may actually hate drums but be curious about the dance steps (left 1-2 right 1-2 cha-cha-cha .. oh that’s catchy..) Who knows for sure? .. so (a) faith (b) rite (c) relationship (d) truth (e) what works in spite of truth (e) close-but-no-ceegar are all different..