Archive for Category: "RELIGION"

Creating a More Inclusive Christianity Takes More than Love Alone

Creating a More Inclusive Christianity Takes More than Love Alone

Fostering acceptance of LGBT communities ultimately requires addressing the theological assumptions that undergird how many Christians approach the Bible.

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Navigating the Discussion of Islam in Modern Society

Navigating the Discussion of Islam in Modern Society

Effectively navigating the discussion of Islam in modern society is more difficult than ever, but it is also more important than ever.

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God’s Not Dead is Evangelical Fantasy

God’s Not Dead is Evangelical Fantasy

The sequel to 2014’s evangelical romp doubles down on its themes of persecution, atheist-bashing and tone-deaf proselytizing. Avoid, but only with open eyes.

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When Faith Healers Are Exposed

When Faith Healers Are Exposed

That time James Randi uncovered the deceptions of a famous faith healer.

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‘Sovereign Citizens’ and the Oregon Standoff

‘Sovereign Citizens’ and the Oregon Standoff

A Rachel Maddow segment from last year provides important context for and traces the historical threads that underlie the current standoff in Burns, Oregon.

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Trump Surfaces in Islamist Recruitment Film

Trump Surfaces in Islamist Recruitment Film

Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim hostility is being used for recruitment purposes by Al-Shabab, an Al-Qaeda-aligned Islamist group.

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On School Shootings and School Prayer

On School Shootings and School Prayer

Debunking witless memes is a thankless job, but someone’s got to do it.

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A Tale of Two Interviews: Megan Phelps-Roper and Paul Bloom

A Tale of Two Interviews: Megan Phelps-Roper and Paul Bloom

I highlight two recent podcasts from the Sam Harris catalog: an inspirational chat with an ex-Westboro member, and an unpacking of a psychologist’s controversial take on empathy.

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No, Obama Did Not “Threaten” Christians at DNC Gala

No, Obama Did Not “Threaten” Christians at DNC Gala

Obama’s remarks at a recent LGBT event have ruffled the feathers of the usual suspects, who respond by stoking conservative prejudices with a cargo container of hyperbole.

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On Selective Literalism and Gay Marriage

On Selective Literalism and Gay Marriage

A brief lesson in epistemology illustrates how biblical literalism at best provides non-answers and at worst is self-defeating.

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REVIEW: The Unlikely Disciple

REVIEW: The Unlikely Disciple

Kevin Roose’s sojourn turned memoir is an honest, transparent, balanced look into a cultural divide that seems more unbridgeable by the year.

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After Year Away From Religion, Pastor Loses Belief in God

After Year Away From Religion, Pastor Loses Belief in God

The pastor who tried atheism out for a year has announced his conclusion.

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