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December 18, 2014

The Consequences of Putting Off Marriage, for Christians and for Culture

The Consequences of Putting Off Marriage, for Christians and for Culture

More young Americans than ever are kicking cans down the road instead of dragging them from their bumpers. In other words, they’re putting off marriage for ever longer periods of time, creating long-term problems for those who don’t wait to have sex and lengthening temptation for those who do wait, especially 20-something Christians. How can the body of Christ support…

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December 18, 2014

Shortcomings of Bird Evolution Story Come to Roost

Shortcomings of Bird Evolution Story Come to Roost

An unprecedented international project to sequence and compare the genomes of 48 bird species has yielded surprising results, overturning the popular consensus on how birds evolved and stretching the limits of naturalistic explanations for this diverse animal group. What does this reveal in the creation conversation?

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December 18, 2014

Who Won the War on Poverty?

Who Won the War on Poverty?

Jamie Dean at World Magazine writes that policies associated with the “War on Poverty,” declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson 50 years ago, have shown how inadequate government solutions alone are when it comes to combatting the persistent economic hardship faced by nearly one sixth of Americans.

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December 11, 2014

Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

A television advertisement is reminding millions this Christmas season of the peace that news of Jesus’ birth has brought. Although it has received much backlash, it is beautifully produced, and depicts real events. More importantly, it reminds us of the truest meaning of Christmas: not just that a baby was born in Bethlehem but that this baby has become the…

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December 11, 2014

Vinyl Record Religion

Vinyl Record Religion

A new and revealing survey of Millennials finds that they overwhelmingly dislike modern, trendy church buildings, and prefer a classic sanctuary, complete with stained-glass, altar, and traditional worship. But there’s a catch: Young people’s professed preferences and actual behavior don’t match, and it suggests their feelings about Christianity as a whole are inconsistent. What do these trends tell us about…

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December 11, 2014

The Architect of the Virgin Birth

The Architect of the Virgin Birth

Could a virgin birth ever happen? Can science and faith walk hand-in-hand when talking about the virgin birth? To what extent does the word "miracle" play into this crucial part of the Christian faith? As the birth of Jesus Christ is upon us, understanding the supernatural aspect of this historic event can make this Christmas celebration even more special.

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December 10, 2014

Now Hiring: Senior Accountant

Now Hiring: Senior Accountant

Summit Ministries is seeking to hire a Senior Accountant. The Senior Accountant serves Summit Ministries by ensuring the efficient operation of the general accounting functions for all activities associated with the general ledger. This position provides accounting expertise with responsibilities in the areas of journal entries, month-end closing, financial results analysis, budgets and other related duties as assigned.

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December 04, 2014

Abortion Rates at Lowest Level Since Roe

Abortion Rates at Lowest Level Since Roe

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that abortion in the United States is at its lowest level since 1973, when the Supreme Court legalized it. In 2011, the latest year for which statistics are available, 730,322 abortions, or just 16.9 per 1,000 women, were performed. That’s down markedly from 1980, when abortions in the…

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December 04, 2014

God’s Favorite Number

God’s Favorite Number

New research shows just how widespread the number 1.618 is in nature, and just how compelling a case it makes for intelligent design. Its universal use owes to how pleasing it is to the eye. But it turns out this ratio also appears with stunning frequency in nature, where design — at least of the human variety — is absent.

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November 26, 2014

A Golden Opportunity on Black Friday

A Golden Opportunity on Black Friday

Once, Thanksgiving celebrants waited long enough for the tryptophan to wear off and the grandparents to depart before hitting stores for Black Friday sales. Now, many wait just hours and some seem to skip Thanksgiving altogether. But new data lends support to what an equal number of Americans seem to suspect: that trampling over one another in a rush to…

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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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