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Don't Just Question the 10 Commandments; Question the Entire Bible

Steve Siebold | Posted 12.24.2014 | Science
Steve Siebold

Most people are familiar with the story of the Ten Commandments. The short version is that God called Moses to Mount Sinai where he gave him two tablets of stone that contained the Ten Commandments.

Wealth Inequality: Trickle-Down or a Sinking Ship?

Misha Pinkhasov | Posted 12.25.2014 | Money
Misha Pinkhasov

Three makes a pattern so, with inequality at the top of the news - be it about champagne wars at the House of Lords or the inherent privilege of white males on the streets of America - it is time to have a conversation about the difference between privilege and patronage.

In Elizabeth Warren We Trust

Bob Burnett | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The negotiations over Cromnibus show why Americans don't trust the government in Washington. While no sensible citizen wants the Federal government to shut down, most of us are sick of special-interest giveaways. Someone has to stop them.

73 Percent Of Americans Believe Jesus Was Born To A Virgin

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

A full 65 percent of American adults believe in the four of primary elements of the Christmas story -- the virgin birth, an angel announcing the birth...

Americans Believe The Internet Has Made Them Better Informed

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.09.2014 | Media

The majority of Americans believe access to the Internet has made them better informed and "improved their ability to learn new things," the Pew Resea...

This Might Be The Reason Your Adult Kid Still Lives At Home

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.14.2014 | Fifty

More than 92 million Americans -- 37 percent of the civilian population who are 16 and older -- are not only not working, but they aren't really even ...

Mythbusters: Bill Maher Edition

Omar Sarwar | Posted 11.06.2014 | Religion
Omar Sarwar

Since his highly controversial exchange with Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof on October 3rd, Bill Maher has insisted that he's simply stating the unpleasant facts about the Muslim world. But there are two particularly noxious myths that need to be debunked.

Americans Twice As Likely To Express Religion In Person Than Online: Report

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.06.2014 | Religion

Americans use social media and the Internet for nearly everything, including their faith, and a newly released Pew Research Center report reveals just...

Brittany Maynard: A Tragedy, But Not a Controversy

Margie Omero | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Margie Omero

Death with dignity is an issue with consistent majority support that somehow endures being described as "controversial." But a vocal minority has been given a disproportionately outsized platform.

Are You About to Get Dumped by a Liberal Friend?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 10.30.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

A Pew Center's stunning new report reveals that liberals are more prone to dropping friends who spout conservative dogma than the other way around.

Why the UN Rejected Turkey's Bid for a Security Council Seat?

Harut Sassounian | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Harut Sassounian

By ignoring all these legitimate reasons for Turkey's failure to win the Security Council seat, Foreign Minister Cavusoglu falsely attributed his country's defeat to its reluctance to abandon "its values for the sake of getting more votes."

Facebook Friend... Or Foe?

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Sybil Adelman Sage

Humor helps me cope with negative feelings. That led to my Breaking News Series, mosaics that comment on America's political, social and economic problems.

26 Percent Of Young Women Report That They Have Been Stalked Online

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Technology

If you look at mild forms of online harassment these days (like name-calling), you'll find that young men and women actually suffer at roughly similar...

Conservatives, Liberals Still Split Over Which Media Source They Trust

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 12.21.2014 | Media

NEW YORK (AP) — Conservatives and liberals not only have different political views, they diverge sharply on what news sources they rely upon and tru...

Americans Believe Inequality Is The World's Greatest Threat. Other Countries Think Differently

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.20.2014 | World

Surveyors from the Pew Research Center asked thousands of participants in more than 40 countries to select what posed the "greatest threat to the worl...

Stunning 85% Of Young Catholics Support Gay Equality

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.17.2014 | Religion

While the Vatican vacillates over whether to welcome gays into the church, the new kids in the flock seem to have no qualms about the subject. Clos...

Lies, Damned Lies, and Bill Maher's Statistics

Timothy E. Kaldas | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Timothy E. Kaldas

What Bill Maher, Sam Harris and many others like them fail to realize is that religion as it is practiced is a product of a wide array of factors, the official texts being only one of them. People of any faith are more shaped by the norms of their cultural context, interpreting their religious texts to comport with those norms rather than the other way around.

Answering the Pew

Dan Ross | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Dan Ross

Our current data is of course limited by survey's methods, which were good at collecting the information that we thought we wanted, like intermarriage rates and the ascendance of "Jews of no religion."

Are Accurate Polls Really Accurate?

John Garrett | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
John Garrett

Regardless of how they choose to, pollsters are going to be forced to innovate if they want to continue providing accurate advice to their candidates and campaigns.

Pseudo-Events Clash

Martin Marty | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

More than a half century ago, historian Daniel J. Boorstin -- a Ph.D. dissertation-adviser of mine -- taught us to distinguish between events and pseudo-events.

Waning Influence of Religion in America

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

On Monday of this past week, the Pew Research Center released the results of a poll taken earlier this month about religion, with this heading, "Public Sees Religion's Influence Waning." The survey addressed a wide range of religious topics relating to life in America.

These Are The Religious Denominations That Ordain Women

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion

The stained glass ceiling is proving hard to crack--but women are refusing to give up. Although studies have shown that women are more religious ...

New Survey Sheds Light On What People Really Want In A Spouse

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 09.25.2014 | Weddings

For the first time in America, single adults outnumber the married. However, despite the decline in marriage rates, new data from the Pew Research...

The Future of Getting Lost

Mark Fallows | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Fallows

As controllers of technology, individually and collectively, we must balance technological connection with disconnection, have the discipline to lose ourselves in our unconscious minds, and have the focus to listen to our souls.

A Surprise Dip In Support For Gay Marriage Nationwide

Reuters | Posted 11.22.2014 | Gay Voices

Sept 22 (Reuters) - Support for gay marriage among Americans has dipped slightly below 50 percent, the Pew Research Center found in a survey release...