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God Is 'Simply Incredible'

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.07.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Sociologists, psychologists, and religious scholars have pondered, pondered, pondered the reasons why tens of millions of modern Americans and Europea...

Blase Bonpane, A Priest Who Defied The Catholic Church

Robert Scheer | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Rev. Blase Bonpane. (Office of the Americas) The Rev. Blase Bonpane, a Catholic priest and author of the new book, The Nicene Heresy: Christendom and...

Religion Can Light Up The Brain Center That’s Activated By Sex And Drugs

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.02.2016 | Healthy Living

People who have had “a religious experience” often report feelings of joy, peace and warmth, and new research has found that during these experien...

Are You Being True To Yourself?

Catherine Nagle | Posted 12.02.2016 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

"The endless, useless urge to look on life comprehensively, to take a bird's-eye view of ourselves and judge the dimensions of what we have or have no...

God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

As far as I can discover from interviews and from books, there are at least 21 reasons smart people find God unconvincing. Here are the 21 reasons, ex...

Faith = Credulity ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 11.29.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Is faith just a pretty word for credulity? Is a person of deep faith just a deeply credulous person? Is gullibility a mark of religiosity? If someone...

On Trump's Presidential Victory: Losing Graciously and Winning Humbly

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.27.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

If politics were like sports, the losers would take their losses graciously; but Washington politics are not like sports. Some still appear to have ...

The 2016 election and the rise and fall - and rise? - of Christian nationalism

David Briggs | Posted 11.28.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Does the 2016 election portend the rise of Christian nationalism? Only two years ago, the percentage of Americans identifying being a Christian with ...

What #Pet for #Trump's White House?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey Bond between American Presidents and their pets has helped humanize both the Commander in Chief and animal. What though if the President...

A Sermon On Hating A President

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Pastors of America, take the following for your Sunday sermon: "Dearly beloved: Hatred shares some heredity with anger, and anger is one of the seve...

If Trump Doesn't Deliver, Religion Will Take A Big Hit

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.21.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Industrial Robots:Where Have All the Humans Gone? Religion played a mighty role in pushing Donald Trump over the top and into ...

On the 2016 Presidential Election

Pastor Don Mackenzie | Posted 11.21.2016 | Religion
Pastor Don Mackenzie

The recent presidential election invites four key questions. What is the cause of our extreme polarization? What does the Christian faith have to say ...

The Unflinching Gaze

Autumn Detchon | Posted 11.21.2016 | Religion
Autumn Detchon

Medusa is not a bringer of ill omen, but rather a revealer of unpleasant truths.

Religion As A Plurality Of Poets: The Great American Philosopher Richard Rorty's Vision Of Spiritual Life

Mark Schmanko | Posted 11.21.2016 | Religion
Mark Schmanko

The question of the nature and meaning of religion, in many ways, is directly related to larger questions orbiting around the meaning of life and the ...

Evangelical Lips*

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Trump has distilled American Evangelicalism to a vinegary residue. He has stripped it to a hollow husk. An acidic shell is all that remains as The Cyn...

The Zen of Saving the World

Terrie M. Williams | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Terrie M. Williams

A Thanksgiving Message to my Science Team (photos by T.M. Williams) Over the past weeks many of you have asked me, where do we go from here? Why ...

Iran: US is "Great Satan" With or Without Trump

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.21.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei said that the result of the US election made "no difference" to the Islamic republic despite president-elect Donald...

Aid the Immigrants in the Age of Trump

Steve Gertz | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Steve Gertz

There's no doubt about it. The election of Donald Trump as America's president-elect has unleashed a new spate of xenophobia. At the university campus...

My Family Escaped Religious Persecution in Iran; We Need To Defend Religious Freedom Here

Roxana Daneshjou | Posted 11.21.2016 | Religion
Roxana Daneshjou

We are all one human family. As early as I can remember, my parents reinforced this message. I remember my mother sitting by my bed at night, reading ...

To My Friends and Family, Yes, I Am Intolerant

Shea Watts | Posted 11.20.2016 | Religion
Shea Watts

(Photo credit: Common Dreams) After the election, I have been accused of being intolerant. Text messages have poured in and conversations have ensued...

A Note To The Christian Friends I Lost In This Election

Ciarra | Posted 11.19.2016 | Religion

There is a kind of pain that not everyone experiences. The kind of pain that comes from communal abandonment. The kind of pain that maybe you would fe...

Trump's Win Has Turned Me Into An Extremist

Mona Shadia | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics
Mona Shadia

This was my America, the America I unabashedly defended as the beacon of hope. It was never an America that preached and endorsed hate and division. It was never an America that falls backward while marching forward.

Taking Post-Election Comfort From An Unexpected Place

Melody Moezzi | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

Today more than ever, love is in order. As an Iranian-American Muslim woman of color living with a disability, I grieve for our country given the results of the latest presidential election.

Andre Ward And The Fight For Consistency

Andrew Johnson | Posted 11.18.2016 | Religion
Andrew Johnson

"Smokin' Joe", "Iron Mike", "PacMan", "Money", "Macho Camacho", "Real Deal", "Motor City Cobra" ... "The Greatest." Aspiring boxers should choose the...

What Next After 11/9 For The U.S.? Reactions And A Plea For Lessons And Wisdom From Our Friends And Colleagues In Africa

Cecelia Lynch | Posted 11.17.2016 | Politics
Cecelia Lynch

The Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) Blog, at, has as its mission to "transform the phenomenon of aid to Africa into egalitarian and respectful relationships that challenge unequal power relations, paternalism and victimization."