Julia Duin

Julia Duin

I'm a journalist and blogger.

Features, all varieties of religion, biographies, travel, Alaska/Arctic issues, culture wars issues (abortion, euthanasia, etc.), breaking news, education, foreign policy issues, climate change

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The Washington Post

This 414-mile road to the Arctic Ocean is one of the world’s most remote highways

Alaska’s Dalton Highway is the last frontier of the Last Frontier....

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The Washington Post

What’s this Washington insider and billionaire’s wife doing in Alaska?

She has become a news mogul in the 49th state, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg....

The Washington Post

Gov. Robert Bentley: What Baptists thought - OnFaith

January 20, 2011 by Julia Duin. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) probably didn't plan to kick off his inaugural term with a religious quarrel but he fostered one when he informed non-Chris...

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The Washington Post

Serpent-handling pastor profiled earlier in Washington Post dies from rattlesnake bite

Mack Wolford, a flamboyant Pentecostal pastor from West Virginia whose serpent-handling talents were profiled last November in The Washington Post Magazine , hoped the outdoor service he had planned......

The Washington Post

In W.Va., snake handling is still considered a sign of faith

When Randy “Mack” Wolford rrives in his pickuppulls up/pickup echo? PULLS UP IN HIS TRUCK? CHECK W JULIA/fx toat a small West Virginia church, evening shadows are falling across the steep green hills......

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The Washington Post

Metropolitan Jonah goes to Washington


The Washington Post

How 'scandalous' is Ted Haggard now? - OnFaith

January 17, 2011 by Julia Duin. It used to be when pastors were disgraced, they simply left town, changed occupations and otherwise made sure they were never heard from again. These days,...

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The Washington Post

Canada’s grand western loop around British Columbia is prime for a road trip

From the coastal range to the Cariboo: A 12-day jaunt with an 11-year-old in tow....

The Washington Post

Who owns the word 'Adventist,' or 'Catholic'? - OnFaith

January 30, 2011 by Julia Duin. By Julia Duin Do religious groups have the right to sue you if you use their name, logo or so-called branding color? Maybe so. On Monday, this blog ran a r...

The Washington Post

Chinese Christians aim to evangelize Muslim world - OnFaith

February 3, 2011 by Julia Duin. By Julia Duin Although today is the dawn of the Chinese New Year, most people are unaware that Chinese Christians are gearing up to be the world's most pot...

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The Wall Street Journal

‘Snake Salvation’: Inside the World of Christian Serpent Handlers

The National Geographic Channel is exploring the world of Pentecostal snake-handling families in “Snake Salvation." A behind-the-scenes look at what they found....

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The Wall Street Journal

Reviving Faith by 'Taking Up Serpents'

Since he opened its doors last fall, Mr. Hamblin's small Pentecostal church, the Tabernacle Church of God in La Follette, Tenn., has grown to almost 50 members. Part of his strategy for expansion has been to use Facebook to publicize the daredevil spiritual exploits—"shouting, dancing, speaking in tongues, serpent handling...

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The Wall Street Journal

Reality TV Bites As ‘Snake Salvation’ Case Heads to Grand Jury

Andrew Hamblin, whose starring role in the recent reality TV show “Snake Salvation” got him in trouble with the law in November, will now have to face a grand jury next month....

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The Wall Street Journal

Serpents, God and the Law Clash in ‘Snake Salvation’ Case

Andrew Hamblin, one of the stars in National Geographic’s series “Snake Salvation” about Pentecostal snake handlers, has been swept up in a case involving reality TV, God and the law....

The Washington Times

DUIN: New Anglicans split on women

Last week’s birth of a new Anglican province in the dusty plains of north-central Texas left the question of women’s ordination dangling in the air....