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Edwin Kagin, the ‘Legal Heart of American Atheists’ and Co-Founder of Camp Quest, Is Dead

Edwin Kagin was one of the first atheist leaders I ever had a chance to meet in person. When I was running a Secular Student Alliance group in college, we were very excited that Edwin, the Kentucky State Director of American Atheists at the time, agreed to come to Chicago to debate a Catholic professor about the existence of God. Show More Summary

Why Should Anyone Promote Atheism? Here’s One Professor’s Great Response

Someone asked Philosophy professor Dr. Peter Boghossian, author of A Manual for Creating Atheists, what his goal was in promoting atheism. His response was fantastic (beginning at the 2:18 mark):

Friday 5: Trafficking Survivor Shares her Story to Help Others

Stephanie’s mom worked and went to school full-time. Her stepfather was deployed to Iraq. “So, there really was no one at home,” she told CitizenLink. Her life took a dangerous turn after she met a “nice, cute guy” at a party. Stephanie, now a young woman, was 12 at the time. “He was older, which was exciting,” she said. Show More Summary

Will ‘Noah’ float your boat?

I can’t remember the last time I was behind a velvet rope to cover a star-studded event like the March 26 preview screening of “Noah” in midtown Manhattan with virtually all of the stars and other important personages in the Hollywood firmament. I certainly can’t remember standing behind a rope line like that described above […]

This Augmented Reality of Ours

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It was around four in the morning when I was awakened by a drunken group of weekend party people on the street outside my window singing an off-key rendition of Don’t You Want Me Baby. I was amazed out how a song I’d always loved soShow More Summary

World Vision Opens Doors; Follows Jesus

Three cheers for World Vision! The Christian organization, which works to fight poverty, announced this week they would no longer prohibit open gays and lesbians from being employed. It is what we’d expect from followers of Jesus.

CitizenLink Report: Hobby Lobby is Fighting for Your Freedom

Two Christian families are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to honor the “free exercise of religion” guaranteed in the First Amendment. Tom Minnery explains what it’s about and what’s at stake. Learn more about the Hobby Case here. Learn more about the Conestoga Wood Specialties case here. Enjoy our videos? · Be the first to […]

Why is This Vaccine-Denying Actress a Featured Speaker at the National Science Teachers Association’s Conference?

Last year, at a conference for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, The Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik was a speaker. It made sense, I suppose: She's on a show about nerds and she's a "Brand Ambassador" for Texas Instruments. Show More Summary


Loved this short video from Matt Chandler on sanctification: Filling Life with Joy in Jesus from Desiring God on Vimeo.

The TAM 2013 Interviews Episode 8: Dan Ariely

We're back with another interview from The Amazing Meeting 2013. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics currently teaching at Duke University. I had seen a few of his TED...Show More Summary

Walking in (ancient) Caesaria

On Shabbat morning I woke up in Jerusalem and, with nearly twenty members of my extended family, boarded a bus heading north. The first place we visited together was Caesaria (?????????? / ????????). Before our visit, the name mostly evoked...

The Urban Pulpit: New York City and the Fate of Liberal Evangelicalism (Review)

Paul Putz Those of us interested in the study of American religion in the Progressive Era and early twentieth century have had some fantastic reading material in the past year. I've previously covered two examples in new books from David Burns and Priscilla Pope-Levison. Show More Summary

A ‘Top Ten’ list about Jesus

Unlike David Letterman’s “Top Ten” lists, this list starts with the smallest number and then proceeds from there. The list is from Jesuit Father James Martin, editor at large of America magazine and author of the new book “Jesus: A Pilgrimage,” which documents his own pilgrimage to the Holy Land as part of his preparation […]

Wednesday Link List

This long de-commissioned church photo appeared back in October at the Twitter feed of AbandonedPics. There’s something here for people at every age and every stage, including links to stories of interest to lay people and clergy, liturgists and charismatics. Or at least that’s the theory. The Gideons are no longer welcome at an Alabama […]

Bible Survives New York Gas Explosion and Church Collapse That Killed 8: Some Major News Outlets Declare it a Miracle

Perhaps the New York Daily News needed to fill its daily quota of oy-I'm-kvelling human-interest stories. How else to explain this opening paragraph? It was a gift from above, miraculously recovered from the ruins below. A decades-old...Show More Summary

Debt Free Muslims Podcast – Interview With Shaikh Mirza Yawar Baig Podcast Episode 4 This episode is brought to you by – Because Muslims matter. Our guest for this episode is Shaykh Mirza Yawar Baig. In this episode we cover: Financial issues affecting Muslims in America vs. globally Understanding the concept of rizq (sustenance) in Islam and misconceptions surrounding it The importance of good...

May the Road Rise with You

Ah, St, Patrick’s Day.  Erin go Bragh! When the Irish come to mind, often so does a handful of songs, songs virtually synonymous with the Emerald Isle. One of those tunes is “I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen.”  But this classic “Irish” ballad was actually written (in 1875) by an American, Thomas P. Westendorf, who [...]

Meyer, White, and Women of the Prosperity Gospel

This is an idea that I am playing with for my manuscript on megachurches. Any comments/suggestions/ideas are, of course, welcome. “ It is time for the truth to be told and for people to realize the attack on women is actually from Satan...Show More Summary

When Jesus Thinks You’re Too Fat, It’s Gwen Shamblin To the Rescue

In the just-posted Gwen Shamblin compilation below, the nineties diet guru from Tennessee talks (in multiple inadvertent double entendres) about "how to transfer a relationship with food over to a loving relationship toward God." MyShow More Summary

Dead, Frozen Indian Guru Ashutosh Maharaj Is Just Meditating, Followers Insist

When a man is declared clinically dead and his body subsequently spends six weeks in a freezer, a good guess would be that he's no longer alive. But followers of Ashutosh Maharaj insist that their beloved guru is just in deep meditation (and possibly pining for the fjords).

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