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21 minutes agoReligion / Judaism : Velveteen Rabbi

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before. [Source] If you're...

Neo-Atheism Attacks: Thoughts on Cenk Uygur / Sam Harris Discussion on Religious Violence in Islam

Background The latest round of neo-atheist criticisms leveled at our faith that have gone viral in past weeks have come from comedian Bill Maher and neuroscientist Sam Harris while the most prominent responses have come from Reza Aslan,...Show More Summary

Mark Driscoll, top megachurch pastor, resigns

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) – Less than a year ago, Mark Driscoll, an evangelical pastor, was flying high. His hometown Seattle Seahawks were in the Super Bowl, and the brash pastor scored a big, faith-fueled interview with five of the team's top players, including quarterback Russell Wilson. But in a remarkably fast […]

Ottawa Shootings: Time to Reexamine The Collective Muslim Psyche

Canadians are still recovering from the horrific shootings which took place in Parliament Hill last week. There's a lot that can be discussed as we try to make sense of this tragedy; much has already been said: the potential motivesShow More Summary

Wednesday Link List

Our graphic image theme this week is parody. The upper one is a supplement to the Orange Curriculum, a weekend service Christian education experience for children. You can click on the image and then surf the rest of the web page to learn more. A bumper harvest this week; get coffee first. The downside of […]

Kirpan Controversy: Why Jerry Coyne Is Right and Hemant Is Wrong — Sikh Daggers Have No Place in Public Schools

Hemant wrote an eye-popping post yesterday in response to an article by Jerry Coyne about Sikh pupils habitually carrying ceremonial daggers called kirpans into U.S. public schools. My friend/colleague/boss argued that Coyne was wrong to object. Show More Summary

This Video, Drawing on Pew Research Data, Claims That the “Tiny Minority” of Radical Muslims Is Actually a Majority

Ben Shapiro probably isn't Ben Affleck's favorite person, but that's OK -- the feeling is mutual.Shapiro, who co-founded the conservative media-watchdog group TruthRevolt, put together a video in which he painstakingly tallies (using...Show More Summary

Is It the Year 2014 A.D. or 2014 C.E.? One Hard-to-Offend Atheist Offers an Alternative (of Sorts)

When I say that we all have gaps in our knowledge, of course that's meant to make my knowledge deficits sound no worse than yours. But sometimes I wonder.A few weeks ago, I beheld the term C.E. (coupled with a four-digit calendar year) for the first time. Show More Summary

This Porn Star Became a Christian Evangelist After Reaching Real Ecstasy With Jesus

She had sex on-camera with a hundred women (not all at once, I think) and appeared with barely a shred of clothing in Hustler and Penthouse.These days, using the title "Porn Again Christian," Teresa Carey sells wet dreams of a different kind, preaching religious surrender and salvation to audiences that include church groups and student gatherings.

“I’m Not a Scientist” Is Not an Excuse to Believe in Nonsense

David Shiffman, a University of Miami Ph.D. Student, has an article up on Slate about the "I'm not a scientist" line, and it's very much worth reading.As you're most likely aware, "I'm not a scientist" is something politicians often say when they're asked for their positions on topics like climate change, evolution, etc. Show More Summary

Six Reasons the PhotoMath App Isn’t As Cool As You Think It Is

By now, you've probably seen the amazing video about an app called PhotoMath. Once you download it, you can take a picture of a math problem with your phone... and the app not only solves the problem, it shows you how to do it step-by-step. Everyone seems to be talking about it. How cool is that?!Not very, actually... and here's why:

Populus Summorum Pontificum - Vespers at Ss.ma Trinità dei Pellegrini

For the opening of the Populus Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage, His Grace Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, presided over the celebration of a Votive Vespers of St Raphael the Archangel, one of the patrons of pilgrims and travelers. Show More Summary

The 1990s in American Religious History: One Narrative Approach

Charles McCraryWhat is the place of the 1990s in American religious history? Another way to put it: what happened in the 90s that should be included in large narratives of American religious history? By now most of our students (and some of their instructors) were born in the 90s and have little to no recollection of the decade. Show More Summary

Turning the Uyghur East

Umar Farooq reports from Pakistan and China on the history and present of Uyghur Muslims.

The Bill Nye Event at Vanderbilt Was Even Better Than I Expected

Bill Nye smiled and waved to the row of people seated along the outside of Langford Auditorium at Nashville's Vanderbilt University last week. Bow-tie wearers down and around the corner were hopping to their feet with excitement; you could sense they were almost willing to lose their spot in line to run to him. Show More Summary

“Psychic” Sally Morgan Fires Family Members After Video Surfaces of Them Threatening a Skeptic Outside Her Show

Just a couple of days ago, I posted about how people close to Sally Morgan (a.k.a. Psychic Sally) threatened a skeptic who was warning people about how her tricks work outside her shows. To recap, she is one of those people who claims to have the ability to speak to the dead (a la John [Read More...]

Salman Rushdie, in Speech, Assails “New Age of Religious Mayhem”

Novelist Salman Rushdie picked up another major literary award (the PEN Pinter Prize) the other day and minced no words about the Islamist ideology that has literally threatened his life for the last quarter-century.It's pretty brave, if you ask me. Show More Summary

Pastor Jim Garlow Endorses Political Candidate at Church, Then Tells IRS, “Sue Me”

Last week, I posted about "Pulpit Freedom Sunday," an event where church pastors defy the law by endorsing political candidates from the pulpits of their tax-exempt churches. (The law basically says that non-profit groups, includingShow More Summary

Outside “Psychic” Sally Morgan’s Show, a Skeptic Warns the Audience About the Deception and Gets Threatened

Sally Morgan (a.k.a. Psychic Sally) is a British entertainer who claims to have the ability to speak to the dead (a la John Edward). As you might imagine, a lot of gullible people are willing to spend a lot of money for the chance to...Show More Summary

The Streaming Roundup: All the Scary Movies and Kid Flicks

Plus, keep up with The Flash and find Forrester. Online streaming services are in full swing for October, also known on the Internet as a whole month of Halloween. Both Netflix and Amazon Prime have loaded up on horror movies, including the Scream series, the 2013 remake of Carrie, and the most recent seasons of Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries. Show More Summary

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