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Michael Bird: how a zealous atheist became a highly recognized Christian scholar

Throughout the month of February, this column will be featuring stories of noted atheists who experienced dramatic shifts in their views, eventually …

Recommended Reading: The brilliance of David Bowie

<b>'Heroes,' Heavenly Bodies and David Bowie's Untouchable Brilliance</b><br>Bomani Jones, Playboy<p>I've followed the work of ESPN's Bomani Jones long enough to know that when he writes about music, you should pay attention. After David Bowie passed away earlier this week, he penned a piece for <i>Playboy</i> on music …

David Bowie

Rams launch 2016 season-ticket deposits today

Fans waiting for a chance to become<p>NFLseason-ticket holders in Los Angeles got their first opportunity in more than two decades Monday.<p>The<p>Ramsbegan taking $100 deposits for a spot on the waiting list to purchase season tickets for the 2016 season. The process continues indefinitely at the website …

Why ‘Mein Kampf’ Is a Must-Read Now

Now in the public domain, Hitler’s infamous book has been republished in a scholarly edition. It’s time to confront it head on.<p>One of the welcome …

ALL WHITE ON GRAMMYS NIGHT!

The duo are nominated in four categories...<p>White Stripes will be appearing onstage at this year’s GRAMMY AWARDS whether they win in any of their four …

Palestine-Israel: Europe Drowning in America's Failures

<i>Co-authored by Mousa Jiryis</i><p>On Monday, January 18, 2016, the monthly meeting of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels is expected to discuss and decide on next steps to be adopted by the EU on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Policy-makers in Israel are worried as they fear an …

When Schools Overlook Introverts

As the focus on group work and collaboration increases, classrooms are neglecting the needs of students who work better in quiet settings.<p>When Susan Cain published <i>Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking</i> nearly four years ago, it was immediately met with acclaim. The book …

Teaching

How to train your brain by thinking like an expert

Gary Klein is one of most influential psychologists today. In his 2013 book, "Seeing What Others Don't", he postulated a model categorising all types …

Entrepreneurship

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Where is God?

Where is God?<p>It seems like a child's question, a theological query during bedtime prayers or following a holy day at church or synagogue. Usually, the first answer we learned was simple, certain, and reliable: God is in heaven.<p>But "Where is God?" is not really a child's question. It is a question …

Barack Obama just gave the most important racial justice speech of his presidency. Here’s why

<b>(AP/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>Over the weekend, the president gave an unprecedented speech addressing the plight of black women<p>Brittney Cooper<p>September 23, 2015 9:58am (UTC)<p>On Saturday, President Obama gave an unprecedented speech focused exclusively on the social plight of Black women and girls at the …

Feminism

50 apps to improve your smartphone

A recent study by market research firm Nielsen claimed that the average person uses 27 apps a month, which sounds like very few considering that Apple and Google’s app stores both have more than 1m apps available. The key, of course, is that the 27 apps can be almost entirely different, depending …

Apps

5 Need to Know Picasso Paintings

Creating over 1,880 paintings over the course of his lifetime, Pablo Picasso produced no shortage of masterpieces. Here are 5 essential paintings worth understanding by Picasso:<p>1. Girl Before a Mirror<p>Picasso painted <i>Girl Before A Mirror</i> during his cubism period in March 1932. The young girl was …

Ancient Greek palace unearthed near Sparta dates back to 17th century BC

Archaeologists in Greece have discovered the ruins of an ancient palace with important archaic inscriptions dating back to the Mycenaean age, the culture ministry said Tuesday.<p>The palace, likely built around the 17th-16th centuries BC, had around 10 rooms and was discovered near Sparta in southern …

Archaeology

Best bookstores in Chicago

Let's face it. Online shopping can't buy you the feeling of skimming a great new or used paperback in a cozy nook. The best bookstores in Chicago …

The Italian Way To Identify Good Coffee

<i>Image by David Joyce via Flickr</i><p>Coffee to Italy is what wine is to France or what a good cup of tea is to England. It's a drink that's taken seriously and you'll find it almost anywhere in Italy, whether in a busy café or in your sweet and delicious tiramisu. Basically, the Italians know coffee and …

Latvian Artist Carves Wood Cabinet In Shape Of Giant Beetle

Alder wood cabinet made in a shape of beetle by a Latvian artist and designer Janis Straupe. This is a sculpture with function, in its own style that …

Art

How diplomats learn so many new languages in a short amount of time

<i>Shawn Kobb has been with the U.S. Foreign Service for nearly 8 years and has served in Ukraine, The Bahamas, Washington DC, Afghanistan, and soon Austria.</i><p><i>He maintains the blog www.ForeignServiceTest.com which aims to help people pass the notoriously difficult entrance test to the Foreign …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

<b>1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)</b><p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.<p><b>2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)</b><p>By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had …

Literature

6 Important Traits Shared by Creative Photographers

There are countless ways of expressing creativity. Some write, some draw, some make photographs, others create sculptures out of bubble gum. Each of …

Creativity

Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Tells The Epic Story Of Hip-Hop And N.W.A

In the late 1980s, Los Angeles hip-hop group N.W.A created a sensation and controversy with their music, which was labeled gangsta rap. Like the group's story, the making of their much-anticipated biopic, <i>Straight Outta Compton,</i> is filled with drama.<p>From the jump, the movie is a raw look at the rise …

Refugees Land on Greek Island of Kos

Arabs harass US congressmen during visit to Temple Mount

Rep Franks: Lack of resolve in protecting religious freedoms emboldens those who have no compunction suppressing it.<p>><br>• ><br>• ><p>(L to R): Mark Murray, Rep. …

Doctors refuse to force feed fasting Palestinian prisoner

Israeli physicians instructed by their professional governing body against feeding Mohammed Allaan against his will on grounds that it would amount to "torture"<p>Doctors have refused to force feed a gravely ill Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike in defiance of a new Israeli law allowing …

Israel

Baseless Hatred: The Summer of the Jewish Communal Civil War

This has been the summer of the brewing Jewish communal civil war, many years in development but catalyzed by the Israeli government's unprecedented direct interference into domestic American politics this spring and summer. As many of you know, the Obama administration, as part of the P5+1 (which …

Jewish Talmudic Law: Israeli Jew Jailed 6 Months For Burning Baby And Father to Death, Palestinians Jailed 20 Years for Throwing Stones - Vanguard News Network Forum

Editor’s note: this ‘crackdown’ includes recent laws that sees Palestinians face 20 years jail for throwing stones and follows Israelis being found …

Israel

3 Strange But True Reasons Why God Doesn’t Feed All the Starving Children in The World

Every once in a while, I’ll get a question on Twitter that <b>many Christians struggle to answer.</b>The answer to this question usually leads to arguments …

Transgender Israeli Man Living as a Religious Jew Points to the Bible as a Model

A transgender Israeli man living as a religious Jewish male says that the biblical figure of Adam is a model for how he lives his life, because the concept of male and female emerged from Adam, as told in Genesis.<p>In an interview to Israel Channel 2, Liam Rubin was asked how he views Judaism’s …