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The 25 Best Christmas Movies Ever Made

Am I the only one who finds most Christmas movies hypocritical? They spend tens of millions on lavish productions, recreating Santa's workshop or some such, all to tell us that Christmas is not about material things but about simple pleasures. It's enough to make you long for the homespun, slightly …

The 31 Best TV Shows on Netflix Streaming Right Now

Nothing good on TV? Cut your cable? Thank goodness there's plenty of fantastic TV series on Netflix.<p>Whether you've always meant to catch up with "The Walking Dead" or "Sons of Anarchy," or want to revisit a classic like "Miami Vice" or "Twin Peaks," they're among the many great shows available to …

Scientists discover dogs' preferred bathroom position

Talk about animal magnetism!<p>Scientists discovered that dogs across a variety of breeds align their body axis with the Earth's magnetic field (MF) when relieving themselves.<p>70 dogs out of 37 different breeds -- beagles and dachshunds and Yorkshire terriers, oh my! -- were observed going number two …

Henry V: the cruel king

Few English monarchs enjoy a loftier reputation than the ‘hero’ of Agincourt. Yet, says Ian Mortimer, the real Henry V was a cold, aloof man, prone …

Conspiracies

Logical Fallacies: Begging the Question

<b>Fallacy Name</b>:<br>Begging the Question<p><b>Alternative Names</b>:<br>Petitio Principii<br>Circular Argument<br>Circulus in Probando<br>Circulus in Demonstrando<br>Vicious</b> …

Religion vs. Humanism: Isaac Asimov on Science and Spirituality

Science and religion have a long history of friction as diametric opposites. But some of humanity’s greatest minds have found in science itself a rich source of spirituality, from Albert Einstein’s meditation on whether scientists pray to Richard Feynman’s ode to the universe to Carl Sagan on the …

Christians targeted in Christmas Day bombing at Baghdad church

More than a dozen dead after car bomb explodes outside Christmas Mass<p>A car bomb targeted a church in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday as worshippers left after Christmas Mass, killing at least 14 people, most of them Christians, security officials said.<p>The blast in the Dura area of south Baghdad also …

Extremism

Egypt's Coptic Christians feel vulnerable amid nation's upheaval

KERDASA, Egypt — Three times a week without fail, the sound of ancient chants reverberates from the blackened walls of the Church of the Archangel Michael. Once aglow with precious icons and flickering candlelight, the Coptic church outside Cairo now stands nearly bare, looted and burned by an …

U.S. condemns Christmas attacks that kill 37 Christians in Iraq

WASHINGTON -- The<p>State Departmentcondemned twin Christmas Day attacks on Christians in Iraq that killed at least 37 people.<p>One car bomb, which killed at least 26 people, went off near a church in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad during Christmas Mass. Another bomb exploded in an outdoor market in …

Iran reaches out on Twitter at Christmas

Another sign of new rapprochement with Western culture, or a cynical public relations ploy?<p>Iran's top leaders used Twitter to send Christmas greetings that praised Jesus, continuing a new era of social media outreach by a government previously known for Islamic extremism and political …

Do Scientists Pray? Einstein Answers a Little Girl’s Question about Science vs. Religion

Whether in their inadvertently brilliant reflections on gender politics or in their seemingly simple but profound questions about how the world works, kids have a singular way of stripping the most complex of cultural phenomena down to their bare essence, forcing us to reexamine our layers of …

Mazel Tov, Christians!

Most Jews wish you a Merry Christmas.<p>As a Jew, and a religious one at that, I want to wish my fellow Americans a Merry Christmas.<p>Not “Happy …

Religion

Blasts rock Christian areas in Iraqi Capital

At least 24 people were killed in bomb attacks in Christian areas of Baghdad, including a car bomb that exploded near a church after a Christmas service, police and medics said.<p>A bomb in a parked car went off on Wednesday while worshippers were leaving a church in the Doura district of southern …

Abraham Lincoln’s Program Of Black Resettlement-By Robert Morgan

<b>Many Americans think of Abraham Lincoln, above all, as the president who freed the slaves. Immortalized as the “Great Emancipator,” he is widely regarded as a champion of black freedom who supported social equality of the races, and who fought the American Civil War (1861-1865) to free the slaves.</b><p>While it is true that Lincoln regarded slavery as an evil and harmful institution, it is also true, as this paper will show, that he shared the conviction of most Americans of his time, and of many …

Our Post-Christian Society

Christianity, post-Christianity, and the future of the West<p><i>Editor’s note: The following address was given at</i> <i>the inaugural conference of the</i> …

Religion