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Archaeologists unearthed new details about the lives and cultures of slaves

In his eloquent autobiographies, abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass described the cruelty he experienced as an African-American slave in Maryland during the early 19th century. But Douglass’ descriptions may have been missing some important details about the richness of slave culture at the time.

In a greenhouse on a centuries-old estate where Douglass lived as a young boy, archaeologists have dug up a variety of both mundane objects and strategically placed symbols of spirituality. These artifacts show for the first time that slaves lived in the greenhouse and that they sustained African religious traditions, even as they probably outwardly practiced Christianity.

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Spirituality or religion?

A new poll from LifeWay Research found that 72 percent of Millennials — those 18 to 29 years old — call themselves spiritual but not religious. And while 65 percent of those surveyed called themselves Christians, they rarely pray, read the Bible or go to church.