America’s Best Christian

December 12th, 2013
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You may have heard of Mrs. Betty Bowers, the wealthy, elegantly dressed, neatly coiffured brunette who gives lessons on being a good Christian while browsing the premier designer department at Neiman Marcus. The toffee-nosed ambassador of “godly” virtues routinely skewers … Continue reading

Can God and Aliens Co-Exist?

December 10th, 2013
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“Of course God and aliens can co-exist”, you might say, but there are age-old beliefs predicated on the assumption that humans are the “apple of the divine eye”. Recent research suggests that while most Americans find no conflict between religious … Continue reading

“To Heaven and Back”: Three Powerful Near-Death Experiences

December 5th, 2013
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What does it feel like to die? This was the question explored in Anderson Cooper Special Report: To Heaven and Back, which aired recently on CNN and featured the personal testimony of three individuals who died and came back to … Continue reading

Court Rejects Tax Break on Clergy Housing

December 2nd, 2013
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Should ordained ministers receive tax breaks on housing allowances? No, according to a recent ruling by a United States District Court judge. If the decision goes unchallenged, an Internal Revenue Service exemption for clergy housing allowances would be reversed. Universal … Continue reading

New Series Explores Secrets of the Bible

November 15th, 2013
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The History channel no longer hides the fact that it has done away with history programming in favor of programming on religion and conspiracy theories as well as reality television, earning criticism from scientists, scholars, and skeptics. Earlier this year … Continue reading

Marvel’s New Female Muslim Superhero

November 12th, 2013
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Diversity is not a new concept in the comic book industry. There are characters who are female, non-white, and even LGBT. Characters who represent a combination of these identities are still uncommon, though. This is about to change, however, as … Continue reading

Bullies, Bibles, and Double Standards

November 11th, 2013
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What happens when a high school student rips out pages of the Bible to protest school bullying? Apparently, he gets expelled. This is precisely what happened to 18 year-old Isaiah Smith of Birdville High School, in the Fort Worth, Texas, … Continue reading

Real-Life “Kramer” Performs a Wedding

November 4th, 2013
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You may remember Kenny Kramer, the real-life inspiration behind Seinfeld character Kosmo Kramer who decided to get ordained online and become a minister in the Universal Life Church. The quirky comedian, who leads tours of real New York locations featured … Continue reading

Diwali 2013

October 31st, 2013
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Autumn and winter are a magical time of year in many traditions. Just as Christians celebrate the birth of Christ, Jews remember the re-dedication of the Holy Temple, and Wiccans mark the winter solstice, Hindus commemorate the victory of good … Continue reading

Samhain: Ancient Pagan Roots of Halloween

October 28th, 2013
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The modern-day phenomenon of Halloween is famous for trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and monsters, but its origins lie in one of the most important dates of the Celtic year—Samhain. While children run amok in half-scary costumes hoarding sugary offerings from neighbors, … Continue reading