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November 21, 2014

Circuits with Senses

Circuits with Senses

Derek Thompson writing in The Atlantic and John Markoff writing in The New York Times describe new multimedia technologies that are changing the rules for the music industry and the World Wide Web. Downloadable smart phone apps and recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence enable computers to identify songs and describe the content of photographs. Programmers have worked for years to…

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November 21, 2014

The Heart of the Evolution Debate

The Heart of the Evolution Debate

This year a host of voices inside and outside the church have been asking with renewed vigor to what extent Christians can embrace Darwinism, and how best to understand the Bible in light of the scientific consensus around molecules-to-man evolution. But some commentators are suggesting that too many of us are asking the wrong questions, and are proposing alternative ways…

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November 14, 2014

‘Lost Gospel’ Losing Credibility

‘Lost Gospel’ Losing Credibility

Every few months, it seems, the worlds of archeology and religion are treated to yet another installment in the long series of allegedly earth-shattering discoveries about the life and death of Jesus. Several years ago, there was the so-called “Gospel of Judas,” a second-century Gnostic text claiming that Judas and Jesus planned his betrayal and that Judas was, in fact,…

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November 14, 2014

An Atheist’s Dream

An Atheist’s Dream

Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, co-creator of The Unbelievers, a documentary about atheism produced with Richard Dawkins, thinks religion could disappear in a generation. Addressing guests at the Victorian Skeptics Café, Krauss expressed support for the idea of teaching “comparative religion” in schools because he expects it to show students how ridiculous religion is...

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November 14, 2014

America is Pro-life…Sort Of

America is Pro-life…Sort Of

Writing at The Atlantic, Olga Khazan asks why the otherwise successful pro-life movement has consistently failed to pass personhood amendments, even in the most conservative states. The answer, she suggests, comes down to the fact that while a majority of Americans identify as “pro-life,” that identification...

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November 13, 2014

The Hunger For Meaning

The Hunger For Meaning

Read an excerpt from Dr. Jeff Myers’ latest book, 'Grow Together.' The aim of this chapter is to equip mentors to help others find meaning. The hunger for meaning leads Americans to attempt to find satisfaction in the worst of places. But you could change that. Coaching, or mentoring, is one of those life-giving practices that sets Christians apart in…

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November 13, 2014

Summit Alum Fights ACLU and Wins

Summit Alum Fights ACLU and Wins

Summit alum Dick Pence played a vital role when called upon to lead the counter efforts against a non-discrimination ordinance led by the ACLU and other LGBTQ organizations that would effectively limit the free speech of Christian organizations and churches in Billings, Montana.

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November 06, 2014

High School Pornographers

High School Pornographers

“Sexting” is what kids today use to describe text messages containing naked photos. For young people around the country, it’s become a feature of everyday life in the 21st century and the unrestricted access they have to the airwaves and the Internet. But why do they do it? That’s the question Hanna Rosin asks and seeks to answer in a…

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November 06, 2014

Pandora’s Test Tube

Pandora’s Test Tube

Because life begins at conception and human embryos are distinct individuals, experimenting with them, breeding them, and destroying them is in many ways morally equivalent to experimenting with, breeding, and destroying babies. Yet, addressing a House of Commons committee, biologists, embryologists, doctors, and ethicists announced that creating babies with more than two parents is now possible, safe, and ethical.

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November 06, 2014

Terms of Surrender?

Terms of Surrender?

The gay marriage battle is over, and we’ve passed the “point of no return.” That’s according to the former U.S. solicitor general Theodore Olson, the Republican attorney who won the hotly contested 2000 Supreme Court case leading to George W. Bush’s election. Olson says the Court’s recent decision to let lower federal judges’ rulings on gay marriage stand effectively ends…

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October 30, 2014

What Millennials Make of Scripture

What Millennials Make of Scripture

The next generation has adopted famously ambiguous views on the Christian faith, but has that affected their view of Christianity’s normative sacred text, the Bible? Yes, say researchers at the Barna Group— in two surprising ways.

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October 30, 2014

Alright, One More

Alright, One More

China’s widely criticized one-child policy, which recently saw its 34th anniversary, may soon undergo historic revisions. But the news isn’t all good. Yet, it inflicts many of the same social and moral evils on the people of China, and ultimately misses the point: The Chinese people deserve freedom to determine the size of their own families, and Chinese culture and…

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October 30, 2014

Not So “Pro-Choice”

Not So “Pro-Choice”

California may have just become the first state in the nation to mandate churches fund abortion, dismantling the last vestiges of a right to conscientious objection on the issue. In a letter sent to private health care insurers several weeks ago, the California Department of Managed Healthcare (DMHC) announced its new requirement that nearly all insurance plans cover elective abortions.

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October 24, 2014

The State of Our Marriages

The State of Our Marriages

It’s no secret that marriage in America is floundering. Whether it’s divorce, cohabitation, or unfaithfulness, corrosive influences throughout the culture are leaving fewer intact, healthy marriages all the time. But what can couples who’ve already tied the knot or who plan to do to increase their likelihood of success? To answer that, we need to understand how this situation developed.

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October 24, 2014

A Message to the Mayor

A Message to the Mayor

As just the latest in a parade of demands by political officials and courts that Christians set aside their deeply-held beliefs, the skirmish in Houston of the Mayor's threat to subpoena pastors if they fail to turn over their sermons takes on great significance. The legal heat is on, whether it’s judges ordering Christian business owners to celebrate same-sex weddings,…

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