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Man Shall Not Live on the New Testament Alone

No less than Jesus in the wilderness, we need every word that comes from the mouth of God. What do Christians do with the Old Testament, with its …

The polygamous town facing genetic disaster

In a remote region of the US, a town is struggling with a chilling health crisis caused by a recessive gene. The reason? Here, polygamy is still practised.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2017” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>“We are to gird up our loins and fulfil this, just …

Mormonism

Authorities to investigate Jay Sekulow nonprofit after 'troubling' revelations

• Attorney generals of North Carolina and New York to examine Case’s filings<br>• ‘The reports I’ve read are troubling. My office is looking into this matter’<br>• Trump lawyer’s firm steered millions in donations to relatives, files show<p>Authorities in two states are looking into a nonprofit led by an attorney …

Puerto Rico votes again on statehood but US not ready to put 51st star on the flag

The US territory is voting once more on whether to become America’s 51st state – but many islanders are questioning the timing of the referendum, and the cost<p>The hall is a sea of pink and white. About 350 Puerto Ricans, mostly women, have come to hear their First Lady speak in what they hope will …

Republicans who voted against internet privacy got paid out

Cash rules everything around D.C.<p>That's hardly a new revelation, but it's worth revisiting after Congress recently voted (twice) to gut important …

This Is What It’s Like to Read Fake News For Two Weeks

I lived Michael Flynn Jr.'s media diet so you wouldn’t have to.<p>A few weeks ago, perplexed by the persistence of fake news, I attempted to think like someone I wasn’t. On December 13, I created a dummy Twitter account. More of a clone, actually. I chose to emulate Michael Flynn Jr., the 33-year-old …

Can someone who doubts the literal truth of the resurrection be called a Christian?

<i>What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st century? Can one be a Christian and yet doubt the virgin birth or the Resurrection? I put these</i> …

Progressive Christian Unapologetics

When it comes to doctrine, we progressive Christians have nothing for which to apologize. We don't believe the old dogma that gets in the way of kindness, inclusion, science, and common sense. No wonder, then, that few of us know much about "apologetics", a major preoccupation of evangelical and …

Faith

Wombats have buns of steel – and they might literally be deadly

By Jason Bittel<p>If you know anything of the wombat, it's probably that the Australian marsupials poop in cubes (because okay, that’s pretty memorable). But listen up: the butts that produce those fecal oddities are pretty dang interesting in their own right.<p>Wombats are epic burrowers. Their warrens …

Ten years on from that book of atheistic faith, the God Delusion

It has been 10 years since the publication of Richard Dawkins’ bestselling book ‘The God Delusion’.<p>It has been 10 years since the first publication …

I’m an RNC delegate who opposed Trump at the convention. It was a scary experience.

It’s hard to pinpoint the moment at which I realized Ted Cruz was about to drop a giant bomb in the middle of the Republican National Convention. I heard chanting coming from the New York delegation, and I slowly realized what they were saying: "Say his name! Say his name!"<p>You could write a whole …

The bicycle problem that nearly broke mathematics

Jim Papadopoulos has spent a lifetime pondering the maths of bikes in motion. Now his work has found fresh momentum.

Sorry, But We Won’t Rewrite the Bible for Gays and Lesbians

First, what Scripture says on homosexual practice is not negotiable, and no amount of new books or videos or personal stories will change that.<p>As I …

Sorry, But We Won’t Rewrite the Bible for Gays and Lesbians

In response to my open letter to Isaac Archuleta, who describes himself as a bisexual Christian, Richard S. posted a lengthy comment on my personal …

Say Farewell to Pedaling With This Electric Bike Wheel

Hills? Electric wheel. Snow? Electric wheel. Literally anything? Electric wheel.<p>Cycling is one of the best ways you can exercise. But... what if it wasn't? What if you didn't need to exercise or even exert physical energy to ride a bike? That dream/nightmare is coming closer to reality thanks to a …

The Only Two Good Arguments for Atheism

Recently there has been a flurry of books from the "New Atheists." Such figures as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher …

Atheism

What if Trump and Sanders Both Ran as 3rd Party Candidates?

A friend asked me, what would happen if Clinton and Rubio win the primaries, but Trump AND Sanders both run as 3rd party candidates? We haven't seen an election with four legitimate (in that they each would have large followings and a chance to win) candidates for president in the last hundred …

Will your driverless car kill you so others may live?

It's 2025. You and your daughter are riding in a driverless car along the Pacific Coast Highway. The autonomous vehicle rounds a corner and detects a crosswalk full of children. It brakes, but your lane is unexpectedly full of sand from a recent rock slide. It can't get traction. Your car does some …

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From One Another

Everyone knows Americans don't agree on pronunciations.<p>That's great, because regional accents are a major part of what makes American English so interesting.<p>Joshua Katz, a Ph.D. student of statistics at North Carolina State University, published a group of awesome visualizations of professor Bert …

Branding

APOSTASY - How Suppression of Truth about God led to Depravity and Supression of Truth about Marriage and Family

<i>Don Pietro Leone, a priest who celebrates the Traditional Mass exclusively in an Italian diocese, and who has sent so many gifts to Rorate readers,</i> …

For novice restaurateurs, risk of failure is high

Ari Taymor's 3-year-old restaurant Alma basks in the kind of acclaim most young chefs can barely begin to fathom.<p>Within a year of opening, when Taymor and business partner Ashleigh Parsons were just 26 years old, the downtown Los Angeles eatery was crowned the best in the country by Bon Appetit …

Los Angeles

Another Day, Another Deepdream

Dreamscope web app lets you choose your nightmare<p>Instagram meets DeepDream.<p>A web app called Dreamscope developed by Lambda Labs allows users to upload an image and apply different filters, including ones inspired by the computerized nightmares “dreamed” up by Google’s artificial neural networks. …

Exquisite Pen Drawings Created with Thousands of Tiny Dots

Using thousands upon thousands of tiny dots, Spider Money produces gorgeous artworks that are awe-inspiring in their detail. The Bangkok-based creative wields a mighty Micron pen and draws fancy flourishes with photo-realistic depictions of eyes, noses, and lips. It's in these facial features that …

Pumpkin geometry: stunning shadow sculptures that illuminate an ancient mathematical technique | Alex Bellos

Photograph: Saul Schleimer<p>The red line shows a straight line from the North Pole through New York and on to the flat map of the world, analogous to the path of light from a source at N. Illustration: Henry …

Nissan Announces 400-HP, 88-Pound Turbo I-3 for ZEOD RC Racer

Four-hundred horsepower used to be a figure reserved for big-displacement V-8s and high-boost four- or six-cylinder engines. To reach that number with its latest racing engine, though, Nissan only needed three cylinders. Plus one big turbocharger. The automaker has announced specs on its new …

Huge Alien Object Spotted on Moon via NASA Imaging? (+Photos)

Google Moon shows what appears to be a massive alien spacecraft on the moon. It is L-shaped with what appears to be seven lights dotting its edge. …

Literally no suspects after Los Santos crime skyrockets 150,000% in one week

“Aw, come on!” he cried after the thief. “That’s the second time this week!” He proceeded to chase him for a minute or two, before going back to the …