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The Dying of DNA Pioneer Francis Crick: Dealing With Death When You Don’t Believe in an Afterlife

Ten summers ago, Francis Crick, the famed molecular biologist and neuroscientist who won a Nobel Prize for co-discovering DNA, died after a years-long battle with colon cancer. One of his closest friends and collaborators, Kristof Koch,...Show More Summary

Why Our Kids Aren’t Going to Church Dances

Earlier this month, blogger and concerned mother Becky Blackburn published a post in the Deseret News (I was hoping it was the Dessert News, but we can't always get what we want, can we?) called "Why aren't our kids going to church dances?"...Show More Summary

Can I Be Happy for an Annoying Politician?

2 months agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

On Election Day, I was doing a practice of mudita, appreciative or empathetic joy. Like in metta practice, you choose a neutral person, a loved one, and an irritating person. In this case, you look to feel happiness in their happiness, taking joy in their joy. For my irritating person, I chose a politician, not one whose election would bring me joy. read more

Pastor Won’t Swallow Starbucks’ Gay Propaganda, Spits That Its Lattes Contain the “Semen of Sodomites”

We've met Harlem Pastor James David Manning before, back when he warned African-American women that "white homos" will take their men, and when he wished cancer, syphilis, HIV, and hellfire on gay-rights supporters.Manning still isn't taking his meds, I guess. Show More Summary

High School Football Player Celebrates Touchdown with Brief Prayer… and Gets Penalized for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

On Friday night, when Sam Turner caught a touchdown pass for Fort Myers High School, he celebrated with an end zone prayer -- and was quickly flagged with a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct:

This Little Girl Shouting Down a Street Preacher is the Greatest Thing You’ll See All Day

I'm usually not a fan of people out-obnoxious-ing street preachers in order to get them to stop... but somehow, when this little girl does it, I can't stop watching:

Wednesday Link List

Places to go; people to meet! It’s hard to begin a list like this without mentioning the events of last Friday, but if you missed it, Mars Hill Church in Seattle is breaking up and the organization will cease to exist as presently structured. Christianity Today had the story; we had the various social media […]

Chaplains of the Spiritual

I've recently had a chance to start working my way through Winnifred Sullivan’s new book, Ministries of Presence: Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care, and the Law (Chicago, 2014). It’s a thought-provoking project, and I wanted to offer some early reflections. Show More Summary

Author at Christian Post Warns That Secularists Are Waging War on Religion… and Offers Four Piss-Poor Examples

Apparently, if you're an evangelical Christian,You have been marked, and you have been classified as a dangerous extremist.Don't look now, but there's the Christian persecution complex rearing its head again.Under the headline "Secularism...Show More Summary

Arch of Titus video

KHAN ACADEMY: Relief from the Arch of Titus, showing The Spoils of Jerusalem being brought into Rome. Narrated by Dr. Steven Fine and Dr. Beth Harris.HT reader Yehoshua Rabinowitz. Lots more on the Arch of Titus here (scroll down) and links.

What Bill Maher and ISIS Have in Common

Unfortunately, this is all pretty routine by now: Islam’s critics accuse Muslims of not being liberal enough while Muslims bend over backwards to prove just how liberal and, hence, acceptable they are. The post What Bill Maher and ISIS Have in Common appeared first on MuslimMatters.org.

In New Book, Russell Brand Says Richard Dawkins Is Proponent of “Atheistic Tyranny” For Rejecting the Supernatural

Last year, the comedy actor and activist Russell Brand did an eleven-minute interview with BBC Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman that was a bit of Rorschach test of one's political sensibilities. Brand had full-scale political revolution onShow More Summary

The Wages of Tolerance: Atheist Gadfly Theo van Gogh, a Foe of Islam, Was Assassinated Ten Years Ago Today

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the brutal murder of Dutch writer, filmmaker, and free-speech advocate Theo van Gogh. He died at the hands of a Muslim fundamentalist, Mohammed Bouyeri, who silenced Theo's criticism of Islam with...Show More Summary

Bill Maher Speaks About the Berkeley Controversy, Then Gets Berated by Panelist for His Comments About Islam

On last night's episode of Real Time, Bill Maher addressed the controversy at UC Berkeley in which he was invited as a commencement speaker, only to have students protest his invitation, calling him a "blatant bigot and racist." (Berkeley officials said they would not rescind his invitation.)

On boldly going

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

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