Cynthia B. Astle is a former writer for ThoughtCo. She is a professional journalist and editor whose work in religion writing has won many national and international awards over the past 25 years. Her religion credentials include certification as a lay speaker in The United Methodist Church and membership in the Order of Saint Luke, a dispersed monastic association of men and women devoted to liturgical scholarship and sacramental life.
In addition to a 40-year career traveling the globe to report on religion, Cynthia is the author or editor of four books on faith and religion. She is the Associate Editor of The Progressive Christian, a multimedia forum for socially concerned Christians and other religious leaders.
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