10 Reasons Popular Versions of Christian Heaven Would be Hell

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Maybe descriptions of Hell are so horrific to keep people from thinking about how hellish popular versions of the Christian Heaven would be—even without Pat Robertson in the mix. Most Westerners are at least vaguely familiar with the popular Christian … Continue reading

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Death With Dignity vs. “Redemptive Suffering” – Robb Miller on Catholic Healthcare and the Legacy of Brittany Maynard

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 In the fall of 2014, a young dying woman, Brittany Maynard, captured the hearts of millions around the world. Now her husband and mother have teamed up with a national advocacy group, Compassion & Choices to honor her final wish—that … Continue reading

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Religion’s Dirty Dozen—12 Really Bad Religious Ideas That Have Made the World Worse

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Some of humanity’s technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend to develop ideas or concepts rather than technologies, but like every other … Continue reading

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How Religion Can Loose Humanity’s Violent Impulses

Religion is just one part of the lethal cocktail, but it is a powerful intoxicant. The year 2015 has opened to slaughter in the name of gods.  In Paris, two Islamist brothers executed Charlie Hebdo cartoonists “in defense of the Prophet,” … Continue reading

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Who Aborts the Most Fertilized Eggs? Families Like the Duggars

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A woman who values fertilized eggs or who believes her deity does should use the most highly effective contraceptive available. Most fertilized eggs spontaneously abort during the first weeks of life. Estimates of death before implantation range as high as … Continue reading

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Who, When, Why –10 Times the Bible Says Torture is OK

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When conservative Christians claim that the Bible God condones torture, they’re not making it up. A close look at the good book reveals why so many Christians past and present have adopted an Iron Age attitude toward brutality. The first … Continue reading

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Life in the Crosshairs—How Some Public Feminists, Atheists and Other Activists Cope with Death Threats

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More than twenty years have passed, but Jonathan Hutson still vividly remembers one specific day during his stint as editor of a New Hampshire weekly. [I was] writing a series on the titans of trash — about racketeering by the … Continue reading

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