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An atheist explains the real consequences of adopting an atheistic worldview

If you love to listen to the Cold Case Christianity podcast, as I do, then you know that in a recent episode, J. Warner Wallace mentioned a blog post …

Human Rights

As A Father's Alzheimer's Progresses, Family Learns To Love Him As He Is

<i>In this installment of NPR's series</i>Inside Alzheimer's, <i>we're sharing a recent video of Greg O'Brien at home on Cape Cod, Mass. A longtime journalist, O'Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2009.</i><p>The first time I interviewed Greg O'Brien, back in January, I asked him what he was …

Alzheimer's Disease

Ben Carson: If You Accept Evolution, "You Dismiss Ethics," Can't Believe In God And Evolution

"You have no reason for things such as selfless love, when a father dives in to save his son from drowning."<p>Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a noted creationist, once said those who believe in evolution "dismiss ethics" and believe you don't have to abide by a …

Is Pope Francis An Atheist and Ten Other Things I Learned From Him

My grandparents were disgusted with me when my first, second, and third girlfriends were Catholics.<p>"What do they cook?" my grandmother asked.<p>Cooking being the great differentiator in religion. She even said, "Goulash?" Like it was a curse.<p>Many years later, after a lot of grief, I sat in St. …

Science and Faith

Recently, we happened to hear, on public radio, a song about evolution by a songwriter named Chris Smither. It was funny, but also made sense in a way the songwriter may not have meant. It's an amusing satire on the notion of intelligent design. In it, Smithers comments sardonically on the …

Why People Have Affairs: Distance and Closeness

Why People Have Affairs: Distance and Closeness<p>Too often, affairs are seen as the outcome of random horniness – or just plain old nastiness.<p>That’s …

12 Quotes That Perfectly Sum Up Stephen Hawking’s Life Philosophy

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Stephen Hawking

'Who's God?'

My observance of Yom Kippur this year was greatly enriched by a recent <i>New Yorker</i> cartoon by Harry Bliss that provided useful entrée to the highly serious matters that occupied Jews for the long day of fasting and prayer.<p>It takes a minute to get the "God" joke: part of its appeal--"Who's God?"--has …

Richard Dawkins on social media: The author of The Selfish Gene and meme is a jerk.

Richard Dawkins is not your garden-variety Internet troll. He’s a retired professor at Oxford University and the author of a number of well-received, …

Social Media

Theoretical astrophysicists have discovered that millions of planets are more habitable than we realized

The hunt for extra-terrestrials has expanded, after theoretical astrophysicists discovered that millions of planets once dismissed as inhospitable could in fact be suitable for alien life.<p>Earth-like planets are the obvious first place to look for life, but a large number of these orbit stars known …

Physics