Christianity’s Painfully Mixed Track Record on Slavery

Taken as a package, the Bible sends mixed messages about slavery, which is why Christian leaders used the Good Book on both sides—including in the lead up to the American civil war. Should a person be able to own another … Continue reading

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Activist Publishes Book of Hate Mail from Bible Believing Christians, Bible Believers Respond By—You Guessed It

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When devout fundamentalist Christians find their evangelism thwarted, all hell can break loose—along with some surprisingly nasty language. Bonnie Weinstein is married to Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which brings a special set … Continue reading

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The Risky Mix of Aging, Public Visibility and Social Media

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Tweeting, like driving, creates perils that become more dangerous as we age, and the more stature or visibility people attain, the more they have to lose. In history books, Oxford zoologist Richard Dawkins will be known for his contributions to … Continue reading

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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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