One of the more amusing aspects of the Mozilla affair has been watching writers trying to justify their intolerance through the use of allegedly universally applicable norms. Thanks to Conor Friedersdorf, I ran across this example from Slate's Will Oremus. Despite supporting Eich's ouster, Oremus assures us that he's
Over the past few years, the number of Christian elementary schools in Norway has doubled. This increase is believed to be a popular reaction to Norwegian society becoming more secular and multiethnic.
Evangelicalism is a Protestant movement embraced within a variety of Christian denominations, based on the idea that religious salvation can be achieved through adherence to the word of God as delivered through the Bible.
A demographic analysis by Pew Research Center explores the world's biggest religious groups, and finds that the number of Christians in Europe is falling.
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A scholar visited a dozen churches to learn why some religious folks oppose same-sex marriage. He discovered it's not a simple case of homophobia.
Four words that reveal what his followers really believe.
Republicans love to flaunt their religion, but only if it conforms to their politics. Francis just made that harder
Pope Francis reminds us that our relationship to the natural world is about love, not just goods and services
By JACK JENKINS & EMILY ATKIN, reviewing a draft of the coming papal letter on climate change: "The likely encyclical draft - entitled "Laudato Si" or "Praised Be," from a prayer by St. Francis of Assisi - directly addressed the old biblical claim that because God gave humanity "dominion" over the earth in Genesis, humanity... Continue reading ...
A THOUSAND years ago, Baghdad presented an extraordinary scene: a city of a million people, the centre of a Muslim realm which stretched from Spain to Central Asia, and an intellectual market-place where people of different philosophical and religious schools met and debated, with unpredictable results.
We often hear from atheists how religion is dying out as mankind comes to see the clear light of reason. Atheist "intellectuals" speak disparagingly about religion and predict that mankind is on the cusp of a new age in which religion will simply disappear as science, technology and reason are in the ascendant. The
A new Pew report predicts what the world's religious composition will look like in 2050.
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A few years ago, computer science whiz Chris Harrison created a beautiful visualization linking up every cross reference in the Bible. So, for example, if a verse in the New Testament referred back to a verse in the Old Testament, there was an arc drawn between the two chapters they were in (the vertical lines at the bottom represent the number of verses in that chapter): Amazing! Turns out there are 63,779 cross references in the Bible (and that many arcs in the image)! If it's any indication of how complex this image is, the high-resolution version is more than 100MB large. ... Now, computer programmer Daniel G. Taylor has taken all that data and turned it into a visual masterpiece. [Click headline for more...]
It was Patriarch Bartholomew who broke the news: On his return from Jerusalem, where the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople had prayed with Pope Francis at the Holy Sepulchre, the Patriarch revealed plans for a Catholic-Orthodox get-together in Nicaea in 2025. The meeting in Jerusalem of the Roman Catholic
If you want a classic example of political Christianism - and its active hostility to spiritual Christianity - it's hard to beat Sarah Palin's remarks yesterday. I offered a brief response last night, but this obscenity needs to be unpacked some more. And the first thing to say is that a former US vice-presidential candidate
To my evangelical friends, I admire you. I really do. And you might be surprised that many other Catholics admire you, too. We admire your knowledge of Scripture and your Bible studies. We admire y
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