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Better to unload the gun than shoot at a bulletproof vest – Redditors endorse birth control for men.

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Locker room bluster? No thanks. This high school student wants to hear what you really think. Last summer high school junior William Trinh landed a coveted internship funded by the National Institutes of Health. He showed up at the University … Continue reading

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Should Atheists Pray?

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Secular communities must offer humanity a real alternative to tired dogmas and text worship—possibly including some forms of prayer. My relationship with prayer has evolved over the years. When I attended Child Evangelism camp as a child, first as a … Continue reading

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Why It’s Time to Call Bullshit on Prayer Requests

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Asking God for help is not as harmless as it seems. Around the world and across America, people ask God for favors large and small, and praying gives them comfort. People pray over dying pets, dying parents, wars, forest fires, … Continue reading

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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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