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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 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

Saudi Soccer Fans Are Angry Because a Woman — a Woman! — Was Spotted In a Foreign Stadium

Last week, a Saudi Arabian soccer team lost to rivals from the United Arab Emirates in the Asian Champions League semi-finals.TV footage of the match, now on YouTube, shows something horrific. Here it is: The BBC explains:

Bill Maher the Mother Lode of Lies

Bill Maher is once again on his tirade against Muslims. For a standup comedian who’s made a living out of mocking all things sacred, it’s hard to understand why anyone would believe the misinformation he spreads. His vitriol againstShow More Summary

Christ on the Flat Screen: The Renovation of the Crystal Cathedral, Orange, California

Some time ago, as part of the media buzz surrounding the purchase of the Crystal Cathedral, the Catholic Diocese of Orange opened the floor to online suggestions as to what the new church should be named. I offered that it should beShow More Summary

Lacey Sturm Story

“I became addicted to sadness” ~ Lacey Sturm Sometimes you don’t have to be paying attention to a TV or computer screen to know something special is taking place. That’s how I felt while watching the live feed from the Franklin Graham Festival of Hope in Toronto, only to get interrupted by a phone call. […]

Wednesday Link List

Okay, so this was everywhere online this past week, but if you missed it here’s an explanation of the Biblical phrase Gird Your Loins. (click image to link) Here are the news and opinion pieces from the past week that stood out. The world of Christian publishing: A guide to who owns who, and who […]

Ray Comfort on Stephen Hawking: “The Bible Says He’s a Fool”

Physicist Stephen Hawking recently came out (explicitly) as an atheist, leading Ray Comfort, on his online show, to call him a fool.Let me repeat that: Creationist Ray Comfort thinks one of the most brilliant people to ever live is a "fool"... Show More Summary

Why we all should care about a Muslim prisoner's beard

Opinion by Emily Hardman, special to CNN (CNN) – I’m not a Muslim. I’ve never been imprisoned. And I don’t want to grow a beard. But I’m defending the rights of someone who is and does. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear Holt v. Hobbs, a landmark case cutting to the heart of the […]

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