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Idaho City Rejects “In God We Trust” Sign to Avoid Alienating Non-Christians

October 7, 2017 by Hemant Mehta<p>The Rexburg City Council in Idaho did something rather surprising this week. Council members were considering putting …

Religion

Pastor Tries To Demonstrate How Jesus Walked On Water, Gets Eaten To Death

A pastor has died after trying to prove one of the more outlandish claims about Jesus – that he could walk on water.<p>Unfortunately Jonathan Mthethwa, …

A Conservative Christian Battle Over Gender

Some communities agree that women shouldn’t be pastors. But their members fiercely debate every other kind of women’s empowerment.<p>For much of her adult Christian life, Christina Edmondson has felt like “a unicorn”: At any given time, she told me, she might be the only black woman present at a …

Feminism

Hundreds of boys physically and sexually abused at famed Catholic choir school: report

BERLIN – At least 547 members of a prestigious Catholic boys’ choir in Germany were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992, according to …

Nero, the Execution of Peter and Paul, and the Biggest Fake News in Early Christian History

Christian tradition maintains that after Rome nearly burned to the ground, Nero engaged in a brutal crackdown on Christians which led to the …

Bible says Canaanites were wiped out by Israelites but scientists just found their descendants living in Lebanon

It is a command that led the leading atheist Richard Dawkins to claim that the God of the Old Testament was “a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic …

Theology

The Fundamentalist Christian Chokehold On America

Why are Americans allowing this to happen?<p>Prior to the 1970s, a person’s faith had little impact on the way they voted. Make no mistake, however, there have always been those who believed religion should play a larger role in American politics. Colonies were often ruled by strict religious …

Religion

Italian man awarded 15,000 euros after affair between wife and Catholic priest

An Italian priest has been forced to resign after a Rome court ordered his alleged lover to pay her estranged husband 15,000 euros (£13,400) for depression he suffered over their affair.<p>The court ruling came at the end of a five-year trial and is the latest in a string of sex scandals to rock the …

Pope Francis

The Woes of the Southern Baptist Convention

<i>Last month, I announced in an Op-Ed that I was leaving the Southern Baptist Convention. I had to. As a black scholar of race and a minister committed to social justice, I could no longer be part of an organization that is blind to its racism.</i><p><i>Some readers questioned my motives. A few black ministers</i> …

Dad ‘undressed daughter and laid her on Catholic altar’

A man laid his naked daughter on a church altar where pedophile priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale sexually assaulted her, a court has heard.<p>Australia’s …

Christian Radio Host Bryan Fischer: Eclipse Is A Sign Of The Work Of Satan

“This is a metaphor, or a sign, of the work of the Prince of Darkness in obscuring the light of God’s truth."<p>Centuries ago, celestial events such as eclipses evoked deep superstition.<p>And they still do for some people, as a Christian radio host claimed that Monday’s total eclipse of the sun may be a …

'Submit to your husbands': Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God

Research shows that the men most likely to abuse their wives are evangelical Christians who attend church sporadically*. Church leaders in Australia …

Domestic Violence

7 Disturbing Netflix Documentaries About Religion and Cults

It's easy to see why people have been sucked into cult logic for hundreds of years.<p>Every person on earth wants to feel like they belong, to feel like …

Religion

US House to vote on banning abortion after 20 weeks

Washington D.C., Sep 27, 2017 / 12:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Micah Pickering was born prematurely at 20 weeks. His eyes were “fused shut,” according to …

Pastor Behind Church “Fight Club” Charged With “Forcible Touching” of Two Women

September 12, 2017 by Hemant Mehta<p>Back in 2014, a documentary film came out all about Victory Church in Rochester, New York. The movie was called</i> …

Military-style Christian sect leader charged in abuse case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A leader of a New Mexico military-style Christian sect is facing dozens of child sexual abuse charges in a case that …

Vatican diplomat recalled amid child porn investigation

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A high-ranking priest working in the Vatican's embassy in Washington has been recalled after U.S. prosecutors asked for him to be …

Christian man sentenced to death in Pakistan over 'blasphemous' WhatsApp message sent to friend

A Christian man has been sentenced to death in Pakistan for insulting the Prophet Muhammad, his lawyer has said.<p>Nadeem James, 35, was said to have …

Pakistan

After accounting for eight out of 10 Americans in 1976, white Christians are now a minority, a study has found. The political implications could be profound<p>America is a Christian nation: this much has always been a political axiom, especially for conservatives. Even someone as godless and immoral …

Religion

Auditor says he was forced to quit Vatican after finding irregularities | Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican’s first auditor-general, who resigned without explanation in June, has broken his silence, saying he was forced to step down with trumped-up accusations after discovering evidence of possible illegal activity.<p>Pope Francis meets Libero Milone (R), the Vatican's …

Air Force chaplain: Don’t let non-Christian service members practice their faith

Military Religious Freedom Foundation says Donald Trump’s election doubled religious discrimination cases<p>Captain Sonny Hernandez, a chaplain at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, has become the subject of a formal complaint after he published an article claiming that Christians …

Tracing the Face and Age of the Placental Mammal Ancestor

A small, furry-tailed, insect-eating creature was the earliest ancestor of placental mammals—a widely diverse group of animals ranging from bats to …

The Trailer for a New Documentary About Jane Goodall Is Here and We’ve Watched It 100 Times (VIDEO)

The trailer for National Geographic’s JANE, a film that centers on iconic British primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall is <i>here</i>! Award-winning …

Jane Goodall

A cautionary tale on reading phylogenetic trees

I have written before about the perils of naive interpretations of phylogenetic trees (“Extant taxa cannot be basal“). Others, notably Krell & …

Biology

At Your Service: Another Way of Quieting Anxiety

<b>The Bully Within and Without</b><p>A young man described his anxiety as being like a gang of bullies surrounding and taunting him with invectives such as, …

Mental Health

Giant wombatlike creatures migrated across Australia 300,000 years ago

About 300,000 years ago, herds of rhino-sized creatures migrated across the floodplains of east-central Australia, mimicking the treks that zebras …

Southern African ancient genomes estimate modern human divergence to 350,000 to 260,000 years ago

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Earth’s Oldest Rocks Are Revealing Life’s Origins, Fueling Controversy

Earth’s first life evolved in hell. The earliest lifeforms emerged at least 3.95 billion years ago, at a time when a near constant barrage of comets …

Hematopoiesis: All you need to know

Hematopoiesis is the production of all of the cellular components of blood and blood plasma. It occurs within the hematopoietic system, which …

Hematopoietic

Fall in Love With This Newly Discovered Giant Island Rat

When mammalogist Tyrone Lavery traveled to the island of Vangunu in 2010 to research the region’s mammals, the last thing he expected was that he’d …