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Pope Francis: Science and faith are not 'inconsistent'

Unlike some American politicians, Pope Francis doesn’t see science as an adversary.<p>In an address at the Vatican on Monday, Francis said scientific …

Pope Rails Against Intelligent Design, Says God Isn't "A Magician"

Pope Francis has declared evolution and the Big Bang theory to be real, while adding that God isn't "a magician with a magic wand." The comments, …

Christianity

Richard Dawkins is wrong: Religion is not inherently violent

<b>Richard Dawkins (Reuters/Chris Keane/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Bestselling author Karen Armstrong’s panoramic survey of the history of faith and war disproves an atheist canard<p>Laura Miller<p>October 26, 2014 9:00pm (UTC)<p>If there's a single historical moment that captures what the author Karen Armstrong …

US to recognize same-sex marriage in 6 more states

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday.<p>Gay marriage recently became legal in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.<p>The …

Nothing Was Banal About Eichmann’s Evil, Says a Scathing New Biography

Bettina Stangneth argues that Hannah Arendt got it all wrong when she argued that Adolf Eichmann epitomized the ‘banality of evil.’ He knew exactly …

Here Are the States Where Gay Couples Can Get Married

<i>Updated Oct. 17, 3:00 pm.</i><p><b>Correction appended Oct. 8</b><p>Wyoming became the latest state to legalize gay marriage Tuesday after state lawyers filed a legal …

LGBTQI

8 Things Your Pastor Will Never Tell You About the Bible

September 29, 2014 by Hemant Mehta<p>This is a guest post written by <b>Richard Hagenston</b>. Hagenston is an ordained United Methodist minister, a former …

Bodyslamming for Jesus: Inside the bizarre world of Christian pro wrestling

<b>(Mitrofanov Alexander via Shutterstock)</b><p>“There’s no drug out there that will give you the high that getting addicted to Christ can be.” Uh, okay!<p>Harmon Leon<p>September 30, 2014 12:29pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The Christian Wrestling Federation bodyslams for Jesus—literally. …

Jonathan Sacks on Richard Dawkins: “New atheists lack a sense of humor”

Noted philosopher tells Salon atheism deserves better than new atheists, and how science and religion can get along<p>Jonathan Sacks rarely goes by more than two titles. This might be taken as a form of modesty, because the man actually has three: one of them academic (a PhD in philosophy), one civil …

Jesus Christ Optical Illusion

Friday is here! The end of the week is finally upon us all, and everyone you know will be in a really good mood because they are about to have two …

Study Suggests That Religion Doesn’t Make People More Moral

Researchers asked 1,252 adults of different religious and political backgrounds in the United States and Canada to record the good and bad deeds they committed, witnessed, learned about or were the target of throughout the day.<p>The goal of the study was to assess how morality plays out in everyday …

Religion