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John Oliver Destroys Donald Trump: ‘You Are Either a Racist or You Are Pretending to Be’

The host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight finally unloaded on the GOP presidential frontrunner, dismantling his claims about his toughness, wealth, and …

Donald Trump Embodies What's Wrong with American Religion

America is, in many ways, a religious experiment gone very, very right. By embracing the fact of religious diversity and pluralism from the get go--in reality, primarily among Protestant denominations in early America, but also in theory among the world religions--the framers of the Constitution …

Religion

Will Jesus Watch the Super Bowl?

This Sunday tens of thousands of Christians will gather in church basements and living rooms across America for an evening of fun, fellowship and football. "Super Bowl Sunday" is perhaps the nation's most widely observed and passionately celebrated day of the year, and Christians across the land …

Here's What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them

The original genetic modification.<p>Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: these familiar fruits and veggies …

Forestry

When It Comes to Religion, Do You Even Want to Know the Truth?

January 25, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>Here’s an interesting thought experiment: If you could push a button that would definitively tell you whether or not …

Four Things You Should Know Before Reading The Bible

The other day my doctor found out that I attended seminary, she was ecstatic telling me that she had a secret passion for theology and religious …

Theology

If there is a creator He/She/It must hate fundamentalist religion

The deluded religious belief that any people or nation or church is a “chosen” people is the root of almost all our troubles. So is the lunacy of …

Religion

Country's Jesus-and-partying crew cheapen both the faith and the music

The tension between hard partying and a yearning for piety has remained a common thread in country music for decades – but religious angst has been replaced by bland tokenism<p>There’s an old adage that’s popular among Christian pastors: “If you’re going to sin, sin boldly.” The saying is, in fact, a …

Sex Abuse & Gay Conversion Therapy: The Dark Past of Justin Bieber’s Megachurch Hillsong

Hillsong is the church of “cool Jesus” and Hollywood—but under the facade is an ultraconservative stance on gays and a pedophilia scandal involving …

The first 14 apps you should download on your new Android phone

You can do anything with your new Android phone. So many apps. So many possibilities. But where to begin?<p>Here's a list of 15 apps that should get you started:

Apps

Inside Hillsong, the Church of Choice for Justin Bieber and Kevin Durant

It’s the church of choice for Bieber and Durant. It’s where the cool kids spend Sunday morning after Saturday night at the club. For ye of little faith, it’s hard to make sense out of Hillsong. Is it legit? Is it a hipster cult? And why’s everyone wearing Saint Laurent? GQ’s Taffy Brodesser-Akner …

Hung Up

San Bernardino shooting victim 'had argued with killer about Islam'

Nicholas Thalasinos was a colleague of gunman Syed Farook, and wrote fiery posts online denouncing Muslims<p>Friends and family have described Nicholas Thalasinos, one of the 14 people slaughtered in San Bernardino, as a devoted father, husband and colleague, a dedicated health inspector, colourful …

Religion

Pranksters fool people by reading morbid and misogynist bible verses, telling them it’s the Koran

Share Email Comments<p><b>Conservative Christians</b>, as well as atheists in the U.S., like to point out the Koran’s barbarism and misogyny. But unlike …

Religion

The Purpose-Driven Life? No Thanks!

A lot of people these last few thousand years seem to be obsessed with something called "purpose" --especially with people having a purpose, actions having a purpose, life having a purpose.<p>Why does everyone care so much about having purpose?<p>Because the idea of purpose is part of the definition of …

Does Being Christian Make Any Difference At All?

With the holiday season approaching, many Christians feel under attack again. After all, Starbucks abandoned snowflakes and reindeer on its seasonal red cup, apparently negating the sacredness of the season. Other Christians in the US also feel under attack. Some Catholic sisters believe it's an …

Faith

The tragically short half-life of online empathy

Everything’s accelerated these days, and the same must be said for grief online. The Internet cycles through all five stages in as many tweets. We find it hurtling toward us: unavoidable, wall-to-wall.<p>And then, before we’ve processed it, the grief’s already gone.<p>In the four days since extremists …

Social Media

30 chords acoustic guitar players need to know

Introduction<p><b>ACOUSTIC WEEK</b><b>: If there’s one thing guaranteed to take your songwriting skills to new heights, it’s arming yourself with a bunch of new</b> …

Electric Guitar