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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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6:22 PM | Pope Francis: ‘I believe in guardian angels.’ Me: ‘Evidence please!’
On the day of the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels on 2 October, the Pope told Catholics to put their faith in their guardian angels – everyone has one. Nah, I prefer to be a grown-up, thanks. Pope Francis: ‘I believe in guardian angels…and everyone should listen to their advice’ – Europe – World –… Source: Doubtful News
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5:30 PM | Why Is Our Urge to Stereotype So Strong?
Bill Maher’s sweeping generalizations abut Islam aren't the first time someone publicly stereotyped an entire religion. Why do we do it?

October 02, 2014

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2:00 PM | What Sea Turtles are Teaching Me About Our Shared Humanity
I first became aware that outer differences do not equal inner differences when I was six. At the time, we attended a local church, and every so often we had special lessons to teach us about different religious practices. I don’t remember what the lesson was on this particular day. I only remember that the […]

September 28, 2014

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6:00 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Numismatic Quilling, Names on Facebook, Atheist Rosh Hashanah, Life Before Disability
Categories: Meta StuffTags: anxietyartatheismbook reviewscollege professorsDBTdisabilityEscepticafacebookfootballgrounded parentsLGBTQMad Art LabMaryam Mirzakhaninamesneil degrasse tysonNFLParentingpersonal storiespseudonamespseudosciencePUAsQueerekaquillingRedefining GirlyReligionRosh Hashanahschool of doubtSkeptabilitysocial skillsteachingTeen SkepchickSunday Funny: Being a woman at an atheist convention. (via Medium) Teen Skepchick The Not So Beautiful Game: In Which Our Intrepid Narrator […]
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12:00 PM | Doomsday Deferred
The history of religious movements seems filled with examples of religious figures proudly proclaiming the imminent coming of God, along with redemption for the faithful and punishment for unbelievers. Many of these religious figures even go so far as to...            Related StoriesThe Jesus Experiment (Part 2 of 2)Sacrificing Edith (Part 2 of 2)"Provocation" Cited in Bizarre UK Domestic Violence Case 

September 27, 2014

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Mars on a Budget, Sharia Law, and The Vatican Arrests a Priest
Categories: Feminism Quickies Religion Science SkepticismINDIA India has succeeded, at their first attempt, to send an operational mission to Mars. The Mangalyaan mission was also really cheap, $74 million. That’s less than what making the ...(Read more...)
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12:30 AM | Congregation appears to drink gasoline, pastor says he’s made it harmless
Megalomaniacal preacher encourages his followers to drink petrol under the guise of a miracle. If it burns, it AIN’T pineapple juice. This guy can’t even do a conjuring trick and may be willingly poisoning people. Pastor’s petrol performance may endanger congregation | The Citizen. During a recent Sunday service at Rabboni Center Ministries in Pretoria,… Source: Doubtful News

September 25, 2014

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12:33 PM | On tribalism
Humans evolved in tribes, our species’ equivalent of the general primate troop structure. This meant that members of the tribe benefited from shared resources, the protection of the group and the inherited knowledge of the tribe. It also meant that we will natively and naively defend our group against others, and demonise the other groups. […]
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