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October 30, 2014

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12:51 AM | Pope Francis says Evolution and the Big Bang are Compatible with Catholicism
Pope Francis says Evolution and the Big Bang are Compatible with Catholicism You’ve probably heard, the news. Pope Francis has announced that Big Bang cosmology and evolutionary theory are compatible with Catholicism and “may even be required.” This is, of course, wonderful news. It’s evidence that science and religion are not necessarily … Continue reading → The post Pope Francis says Evolution and the Big Bang are Compatible with Catholicism appeared first […]

October 29, 2014

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6:03 PM | Pope says evolution and Big Bang are A-OK routes when God still drives the bus
Pope Frank breaks with former Pope Benny in embracing scientific concepts of the origin of the universe and the process of evolution as being not inconsistent with faith. Meh. Nothing new. Catholicism is in desperate need to look relevant in the modern world and to distance themselves from clearly wrong and ridiculous ideas about how… Source: Doubtful News
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1:30 PM | Pope Rails Against Intelligent Design, Says God Isn't "A Magician"
Pope Francis has declared evolution and the Big Bang theory to be real, while adding that God isn't "a magician with a magic wand." The comments, while not completely unprecedented for the Catholic Church, goes against the "pseudo theory" of intelligent design encouraged by the previous pope, Benedict XVI. Read more...

October 28, 2014

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5:01 PM | Eric Hovind: What’s the Difference Between God & Santa?
Categories: Religion SkepticismTags: creationismhovindYECSupport more videos like this at Patreon! Eric Hovind’s “challenge” I was tipped off about the new charges by PZ Here’s the indictment info Also there’s this Sort-of transcript: Eric ...(Read more...)

October 27, 2014

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4:07 PM | The psychology of violent extremism - digested
Today the UK and its allies are at war with an extremist group based in Syria and Iraq that calls itself the Islamic State (IS; a name rejected by mainstream Muslim organisations). The group declared a caliphate in June this year and is seeking to expand its territory.Amnesty International has accused IS of war crimes including ethnic cleansing, torture, abductions, sexual violence and the indiscriminate killing of civilians. Prime Minister Cameron has branded the group "evil" and says they […]

October 25, 2014

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5:39 PM | R. Read and N.N. Taleb advocate religion as a risk-management system: I am not convinced.
My difficult relation with N.N. Taleb’s ideas has been the underlying thread of a significant proportion of posts, and I keep hoping this tension will generate useful insights. However sometimes my will to embrace ideological diversity is shaken vigorously… Rupert…Read more ›
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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Bad Judgement, Catholic Antivaxxers, and a Dictator’s Quest for Longevity
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismNIGERIA Dr Adadevoh is being widely praised for helping prevent a more devastating Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, now declared free of the virus. She diagnosed and kept in the hospital ...(Read more...)

October 24, 2014

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12:15 AM | Hawaiian natives protest Mauna Kea telescope
Politics or spiritualism? There remains hostility over the United States’ annexation of Hawaii and an undercurrent feeling of astronomy as an “industry”. Very weird to us but not weird to natives who feel intruded upon. Seeking Stars, Finding Creationism – NYTimes.com. This month a group of Native Hawaiians, playing drums and chanting, blocked the road… Source: Doubtful News

October 21, 2014

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2:00 PM | 6,000-Year-Old Temple with Possible Sacrificial Altars Found
A 6,000-year-old temple holding human-like figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered in Ukraine..
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2:00 PM | 6,000-Year-Old Temple with Possible Sacrificial Altars Found
A 6,000-year-old temple holding human-like figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered in Ukraine..

October 20, 2014

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8:14 PM | Religion and Extraterrestrial life, Is there a Connection?
There are two very popular topics that strike a sensitive cord in thoughts and emotions of human beings. These two topics bring up more questions than answers at times. These popular topics seem to be about extraterrestrial life and religion, if they are real and how they relate to one … READ MORE

October 18, 2014

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6:38 PM | Does Literary Fiction Challenge Racial Stereotypes?
A book is a mirror: if a fool looks in, do not expect an apostle to look out.                                                                Georg Christoph Lichtenberg […]

Johnson, D., Huffman, B. & Jasper, D. (2014). Changing Race Boundary Perception by Reading Narrative Fiction, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36 (1) 83-90. DOI: 10.1080/01973533.2013.856791

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6:27 PM | Buddhist Musings in Ramadan
Ramadan is the month of fasting and a time for spiritual growth among Muslims. The traditionalist approach to "spiritual growth" is for Muslims to complement their fasting with performing additional prayers at night and regular reading of the Quran throughout the month. My own approach is somewhat different, I tend to complement my fasting with the reading of writings and scriptures from other philosophies or faith traditions, including atheist and humanist teachings. This year, I decided […]
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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Witchcraft, Gurus, and #BringBackOurGirls
Categories: Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismNIGERIA Nigeria’s chief of defense announced a ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram and the release of the 200 abducted girls. Not many details have been announced and many Nigerians remain ...(Read more...)

October 17, 2014

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10:40 PM | Which Religions Would Have The Hardest Time Accepting Alien Life?
The list of known planets beyond our solar system is ever-growing . To many, this suggests the day when scientists detect signs of extraterrestrial life could soon be at hand. When that day comes, which religions will struggle to reconcile such a discovery with their beliefs – and which will adapt in stride?Read more...

October 12, 2014

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11:28 PM | Satanic murderer is not “insane,” just a zealot
Is this the act of an insane individual? Most of us would think so – how can a person be of right mind when they attempt to decapitate someone in the hopes of visiting another galaxy. That’s not reality. I don’t think Satan had anything to say about that. Man accused of brutal dual slayings was… Source: Doubtful News
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12:00 PM | Alexander the Corrector (Part Two of Two)
Continued from Part One Though he regarded himself primarily as a Biblical scholar, Alexander Cruden decided that, above all else, the United Kingdom needed a Corrector to deal with the misspellings and grammatical errors that he felt were pervading society....            Related StoriesThe Jesus Experiment (Part 2 of 2)What is Grisi Siknis?Doomsday Deferred 

October 11, 2014

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Blasphemy, Deadly Rituals, and Calling Out Sexism
Categories: Activism Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismUK A couple is sentenced for making fake bomb detectors in their garden shed. They sold them for thousands of dollars. These and other “detectors” are still being used in ...(Read more...)

October 10, 2014

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5:21 PM | Deliberately stoking fears of the ultimate evil in Northern Ireland in the 70s
Sometimes, there really is a government conspiracy. Agents play on the fears and superstitions of the targeted population to gain an advantage. A new study claims that British intelligence officers created a Satanic Panic in Northern Ireland war zones in the 70s. Satanic panic: how British agents stoked supernatural fears in Troubles | UK news… Source: Doubtful News

October 08, 2014

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6:10 PM | Police in U.K. plan to tackle religious-based child abuse
As you may be able to tell if you are a regular reader of Doubtful News, the number of cases of ritualistic or faith-based abuse of children reported to Scotland Yard has risen every year. This response is an update to a story we brought you from August 2012. BBC News – Rise in ‘witchcraft’… Source: Doubtful News

October 07, 2014

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8:48 PM | How Gay-Friendly Does Gordon College Have to Be?
One Christian college in Massachusetts is having a hard time trying to address homosexuality today. The problem is the school's accreditation. According to an article in the Boston Business Journal: The higher education commission of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges met last week and "considered whether Gordon College's traditional inclusion of 'homosexual practice' as a forbidden activity" runs afoul of the commission's standards for accreditation, according to a joint […]
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12:00 PM | What is Grisi Siknis?
The scene awaiting a team of Nicaraguan medics and emergency workers as they reached the remote village of Alal must have seemed like something out of a horror movie. The team had been deployed to a distant village near the...            Related StoriesSleeping Your Way to a Longer LifeThe Jesus Experiment (Part 2 of 2)WHO Releases New Suicide Report 

October 06, 2014

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7:40 PM | That Time Louis Pasteur Won a Giant Prize for Designing a Bottle
Louis Pasteur is well-known for saving lives by pioneering pasteurization and researching bacteria. He's less well-known for collecting a large sum of prize money for a contest that ended in an epic battle of scientific theists.Read more...
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6:32 PM | Here's What Happens When Evangelical Christians Debate Science
The stereotype of Evangelical Christians is that they are anti-science, and therefore don't believe in climate change. But in fact, they are deeply divided over environmental issues. A debate over climate change is raging in Evangelical churches, fueled by conflicting interpretations of Biblical scripture.Read more...

October 05, 2014

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12:00 PM | Alexander the Corrector (Part One of Two)
If you've ever seriously studied the Bible, you have likely heard of Alexander Cruden. Though his Concordance of the Bible has never been out of print since it was first published in 1737, it was the, er, unusual circumstances of...            Related StoriesDoomsday DeferredThe Jesus Experiment (Part 2 of 2)"Provocation" Cited in Bizarre UK Domestic Violence Case 

October 04, 2014

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Zombies, Evil Atheists, and Discriminated Virgos
Categories: Activism Anti-Science Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismMALDIVES The government is trying to “reduce adverse effects on society that could be caused by published literature” by introducing new regulations to ensure “that the works published in the ...(Read more...)
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12:00 PM | Opinion: More Archaeological Finds Coming Through Tech
Is there anything left to discover? Have the most important temples, tombs, pyramids, cities, and civilizations been found?
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12:00 PM | Opinion: More Archaeological Finds Coming Through Tech
Is there anything left to discover? Have the most important temples, tombs, pyramids, cities, and civilizations been found?

October 03, 2014

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7:06 PM | Early Image of Beardless Jesus Found
A glass plate featuring a beardless Jesus is one of the earliest known images of Christ. Continue reading →
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7:06 PM | Early Image of Beardless Jesus Found
A glass plate featuring a beardless Jesus is one of the earliest known images of Christ. Continue reading →
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