America’s Information-Age Coup

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 It appears that Vladimir Putin and like-minded Americans captured the electoral college by manipulating the flow of information and disinformation. Was the U.S. election an information-age coup? In the most familiar kind of traditional coup, members of a minority faction in the military … Continue reading

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If “Nothing Fails Like Prayer,” Why Do People Keep at It?

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“If prayer actually worked, everyone would be a millionaire, nobody would ever get sick and die, and both football teams would always win.” –Ethan Winer The phrase “nothing fails like prayer” was coined in 1976 by secular activist, Ann Nicol … Continue reading

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What the Bible Says about Prayer. Versus Reality.

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The Bible makes some rather bold claims about prayer.  How well do they hold up? (Part 1 of a 4 part series). Does prayer—like it’s taught in biblical Christianity–actually work?  That all depends on what you’re looking for. Prayer can … Continue reading

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Dear Christian, No, I Don’t Hate You. Here is What I do Hate.

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On the important difference between hating bad ideas and hating people. As a former Evangelical Christian, I write critically—even harshly—about biblical Christianity, the kind that treats the Bible as if it were the literally-perfect word of God. I also write … Continue reading

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Southern Poverty Law Center Puts Muslim Reformer and Ex-Muslim Atheist in “Field Guide”

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In a misguided attempt to protect Muslims from bigotry and harm, the venerable Southern Poverty Law Center has gone off the rails—so say former Muslims and moderate Muslims working for reform within their own communities.  The SPLC has a long … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Love and Partnership for Two College-Age Daughters

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A mom, on her 25th anniversary, offers her daughters some scraps of advice. September 1, 2016: I’m sitting at the dining room table wrapped in a too-big fleece that was hanging on my hook in the hall, one that belongs … Continue reading

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Pray Those Abortions Away

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Just imagine if Christians prayed these prayers and God answered. Every fall and spring, anti-abortion activists step up protests during a time that they call 40 Days for Life and clinic staff call 40 Days of Harassment—or simply 40 Days … Continue reading

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