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Evangelical Churn: Evangelicals Struggle With a Tainted Brand

April 19, 2018 by Captain Cassidy<p>Today we have a quick detour because of an important meeting that evangelical leaders are having soon. They want to …

Faith

How important is FFRF’s Morris County victory?

How important is FFRF’s Morris County victory?<p>April 20, 2018 by Andrew Seidel<p><b>By Andrew L. Seidel</b> <b><br>Director of Strategic Response</b> <b><br>Freedom From Religion</b> …

New Jersey

The ‘weird’ fringe is the biggest part of white evangelicalism

The ‘weird’ fringe is the biggest part of white evangelicalism<p>April 23, 2018 by Fred Clark<p>“Never mind Fox,” says the subhed for Ruth Graham’s latest, …

Religion

The 10 Best Places to Retire Abroad

Looking to take a permanent vacation? Here's where to start.<p>Given all the possibilities, one of the biggest challenges in pursuing a life abroad is …

Retirement

5 Things You Should Never Say to a Narcissist

Certain phrases are more than likely to trigger a tantrum.<p>Talking to a narcissist—someone who has an inflated (and immovable) sense of self-worth—is …

Self-help

Study: This is how long it takes adults to make new friends

In a landmark study, a University of Kansas professor now believes he knows why making friends as an adult is just so difficult. Short answer? Time.<p><b>The study:</b> Published in the <i>Journal of Social and Personal Relationships</i>, Associate Professor of Communications Studies, Jeffrey Hall, found that it …

Mathematics

Scientific study on Trump voters confirms what people of color have been saying all along

The Trump voter is often portrayed in media and pop culture as a working-class white person, down on their luck and desperate for change. These …

Race & Ethnicity

8 Ways Childhood Neglect Affected Your Life

Most people have experienced childhood neglect to one degree or another at some point during their lives. Of those, many don’t even recognize it as …

Psychology

5 Ideas for Recovering From Workplace Bullying

Anyone who has been a target of workplace bullying, knows the pain that this type of harassment and humiliation causes. But once the bully has been …

Mental Health

Why were birds the only dinosaurs to survive the mass extinction?

‘Bird brain’ may not be such an insult after all. Avian dinosaurs’ intelligence and small size may have given them the edge in the prehistoric …

Dinosaurs

You Cannot Derive Morality from the Bible Alone

April 22, 2018 by Jonathan MS Pearce<p>A short one tonight, and one that will be no new great idea for you, but I was thinking about this whilst mowing …

Philosophy

Homeopathic and natural remedies aren’t the same thing—and only one of them is total nonsense

Therapies from nature sometimes work, but diluted dog rabies does not.<p>Willow bark has a long and storied history. The Sumerians used it 4,000 years ago to treat pains of all kinds. So did the Egyptians after them, and the Chinese and the Greeks, but it wasn’t until the turn of the 20th century that …

Alternative Medicine

This is what love does to your brain

“It’s really an addiction.”<p>What happens to your brain on love? Is there such a thing as “casual sex”? What do we get wrong about male and female sexuality?<p>These are a few of the questions I put to Helen Fisher in a recent interview.<p>Fisher is a biological anthropologist, the chief scientific adviser …

Relationships

Scientists Tested How Much Know-It-Alls Actually Know, And The Results Speak For Themselves

Some people have what's referred to as "belief superiority".<p>People who think their knowledge and beliefs are superior to others are especially prone …

Psychology

Who Cares If They're Cute? This Zoologist Accepts Animals On Their Own Terms

Zoologist Lucy Cooke says humans have got it all wrong about sloths. "People think that because the animal is slow that it's somehow useless and redundant," she says. But in fact, "they are incredibly successful creatures."<p>Cooke is the founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society and the author of a …

Harvey Weinstein

GOP faces rural rebellion over Trump trade agenda

President Donald Trump's trade policies are confounding Republicans as rural voters — his strongest supporters — stand to get the short end of the stick just months away from the midterms.<p>WASHINGTON — From his dairy farm in southeastern Nebraska, lifelong Republican Ben Steffen believed Donald …

Republicans

The Yellowstone supervolcano is a disaster waiting to happen

Yellowstone National Park sits squarely over a giant, active volcano. This requires attention.<p>Yellowstone has been a national park since 1872, but it was only in the 1960s that scientists realized the scale of the volcano - it's 44 miles across - and not until the 1980s did they grasp that this …

Geology

Navy Official Won’t Remove Bible from Display; It Doesn’t “Promote Religion”

Not all prisoners of war are Christian. Our military needs to recognize that.

Bible

This is why I've stopped saying 'I'm fine, thanks' when people ask how I am

In Britain, there seems to only be one acceptable response to someone asking you how you are. Whether your day has been amazing or terrible, the …

Medicine

Pseudo-Persecuted Christians Now Think There’s an Expiration Date on Their Faith

April 21, 2018 by Hemant Mehta<p><b>Douglas MacKinnon</b>, a former White House and Pentagon official and author of a new book nobody needs to read, asks a …

Religion

'Who We Are and How We Got Here' review: The reshaping of human history

History is no longer what it used to be. Thanks to ancient DNA. Large stretches of our understanding of our own past have been rewritten in the last …

Anthropology

Women Don't Owe Men a Debate About Feminism

That guy sitting on campus with his "change my mind" sign? Let him read a damn book.<p>It has taken me 31 years of life as a woman on this planet, but I’ve reached a point where I no longer feel I owe badly-intentioned men a debate.<p>When I saw pictures of Steven Crowder sitting on campus smugly …

Feminism

A Stanford Study Does Not Show That the Most Religious Kids Do Best In School

The actual paper says something very different from what one conservative website claims.

Teens

CNN's Phil Mudd: Putin sees Trump's obsession with Russian hookers and thinks 'I can work this guy'

CNN counter-terrorism analyst Phil Mudd said on Friday that President Donald Trump’s seeming obsession with talking about Russian hookers shows how …

Donald Trump

Republicans Should Be Panicking About the Blue Surge in the Suburbs

In seven special elections since the 2016 election, Democrats have overperformed in districts and states that Republicans have historically …

Republicans

How long will I be allowed to remain a Christian?

“How long will I be allowed to remain a Christian?”<p>That was the deeply dismaying question posed to me by a friend with four young children as we discussed the plight of the Christian faith in America and around the world.<p>With each passing month, that shocking question becomes more relevant and even …

Religion

16 Of The Dumbest Right-Wing Lies That Americans Believe

Americans are often misinformed, occasionally downright dumb, and easily misled by juicy-sounding rumors. But while the right wing is taking full …

U.S. Politics

Weed beats depression and benefits mental health as long as you puff it properly, scientists reveal

Today, people around the world will be taking the opportunity to blaze a big one in celebration of 420 Day.<p>So we have some good news for people who …

Cannabis

Daniel Dennett and Religion as Belief-in-Belief

April 18, 2018 by Shem the Penman<p>Daniel Dennett’s take on religion is the most nuanced of all the New Atheist critiques.<p>It may not be as popular on …

Religion

I went to college seeking community. Instead I fell into a religious ‘fraternity.’

I attended daily mass at 7 a.m. like it was on my class schedule at Florida State University.<p>The Catholic Church was at the top of the hill across …

Time I