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This is how science lost God: Atheism, evolution and the long road to Richard Dawkins’ latest Twitter controversy

The roots of today’s battles over atheism, science, religion and climate change actually date back centuries<p>In the seventeenth century, most natural philosophers believed that every type of living organism on the face of the Earth had always existed, from the very beginning of the Earth’s creation. …

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Christian Violence

Here's an entry from <i>An Opinionated Dictionary of Religion</i>.<p><b>Christian Violence</b>: <i>noun</i>. A mostly overlooked history of harm.<p>It is possible to think only Islam is susceptible to religious violence and forget about centuries of intermittent Christian violence.<p>Ninety-nine percent of Christians have never …

Religion

I am the Fox News atheist: “Some call me a militant atheist. Others call me a dick. I am neither”

I believe that religion poisons everything and I argue for truth and honesty, no matter the audience. It is working<p><i>Once again, abherrant [sic] groups like you and the homosexuals are complaining that you don’t have a golden cup and seat at the table. Listen, in America, you are allowed to exist</i> …

Religion

Pope Francis: atheists who follow their consciences will be welcome in Heaven

The Pope's message, contained in an open letter, is more directed to the faithful than the nonbelievers, and is a repudiation of millennias' worth of …

Christianity

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover just snapped a picture of something that's unlike anything it encountered before

Just in time for the holidays, NASA's Curiosity rover is celebrating Christmas 2015 at a Red Planet Paradise — spectacular "Namib Dune." And she marked the occasion by snapping her first ever color self-portrait with the mast mounted high resolution Mastcam 34 mm camera.<p>Heretofore Curiosity has …

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Religion’s “creative destruction”: Millennials, the new religious “nones,” are experimenting with new forms and rituals

Could spiritual practices like feeding the homeless and fighting injustice take the place of traditional religion?<p>From the recent attack on Planned Parenthood to the shooting in San Bernardino, extremists of all stripes are revealing the ugly side of religion. The confluence of these events and …

Religion

The Top 10 Claims Made by Creationists to Counter Scientific Theories

One of the most challenging tasks for the modern day creationist to is reconcile the belief in a 6,000 year old Earth with the ever-growing mountain …

New study suggests researchers can now test the 'theory of everything'

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers describe how to carry out the first experimental test of string theory in a paper published tomorrow in <i>Physical Review</i> …

This Is How Climate Change Deniers Are Tricking You

If there's one takeaway from this misleading climate change graph shared by the conservative National Review, it's that data visualization is only as honest as the people using it.<p>National Review, a conservative magazine and website that constantly dismisses the threats posed by runaway carbon …

Climate Change

Religious Contradictions: The Deeper Message

<i>The faithful pray to a god of peace for assistance in winning wars. They fear the god who protects them. They seek personal fortune but pray to a god who blesses the poor</i>.<p>Critics have long cited the contradictions of religion as indications of insincerity or possible hypocrisy. Based on my research …

Faith

Can we prove that God exists? Richard Dawkins and the limits of faith and atheism

Atheists sometimes argue the case against God is the same as the case against Santa Claus. Let’s test the logic<p>Our first concern will be Richard Dawkins’s efforts to refute standard arguments for theism. These efforts suffer from a variety of logical mistakes. His critique of the cosmological …

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Everything, Something, Nothing: The Modern Novel and the Departure of God

There is a joke, loved by Flaubert, of the atheist who is out fishing with his believing friend. The atheist casts his net and draws up a stone on …

Literature

The man who made America: Reason, religion and the brilliant mind of John Locke

There will be no lack of odes to colonial America today. Let’s also remember the man whose ideas made it possible<p>After his triumphant return to London, John Locke’s theory of the mind gradually spread, as did his views on the processes of thought, consciousness, delusion, and the capacity of reason …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson's best quotes may make you fall in love with science all over again

But deGrasse Tyson also has a serious side, which he reveals time and again in his books, shows, Twitter page, and popular science articles.<p>Often, deGrasse Tyson's humor strikes a serious chord that not only makes us laugh but also think. As a popular science educator, deGrasse Tyson is out to …

Middle School

The Moon's Two Sides Look So Different Thanks To 4.5 Billion-Year-Old Physics

If you’ve ever looked up at the brightest and closest celestial object in the night sky, our Moon, you’ve probably noticed how <i>different</i> some parts of it appear to be from others. And if you’ve ever taken a look at it through a telescope, especially if it’s not in its full phase, you’ve very likely …

Astronomy

DNA from Inca boy sacrificed 500 years ago shows how humans spread to South America

It sounds like something straight out of a "Hunger Games" novel: The rulers of a sprawling empire select beautiful children from throughout their vast territories and kill them in a ritualistic event to reinforce their power.<p>During the Inca civilization, which thrived in South America before the …

The Best Way to Respond in Times of Doubt

It is a normal day, you answer the phone, and in an instant everything changes.<i>“There’s been an accident,”<br>“it’s malignant,”<br>“I’ve been laid off,”<br>“I’m</i> …

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