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  • About those 1st Amendment rights, Doh! (03/01/06)  A survey released Wednesday showcases a bit of data that should surprise nobody: Americans know more about "The Simpsons" than they do about the 1st Amendment.

  • On a New Poll Of U.S. Soldiers During Their Service in Iraq (02/28/06)  A first-ever survey of U.S. troops on the ground fighting a war overseas has revealed surprising findings, not the least of which is that an overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year.

  • The curious rise of anti-religious hysteria (01/23/05)  It is the Anglo-American cultural elites' insecurity about their own values that encourages their frenzied attacks on religion.

  • Getting a Rational Grip on Religion: Is religion a fit subject for scientific scrutiny? (12/26/05)  . . . scientists try to understand what for most of the world's population needs no explanation: why there is this powerful force called religion. It is possible, of course, that the world's faiths are triangulating in on the one true God. But if you forgo that leap, other possibilities arise: Does banding together in groups and acting out certain behaviors confer a reproductive advantage, spreading genes favorable to belief? Or are the seeds of religion more likely to be found among the memes--ideas so powerful that they leap from mind to mind?

  • Wayward Christian Soldiers (01/22/05)  What will it take for American evangelicals to recognize our mistaken loyalty? We have increasingly isolated ourselves from the shared faith of the global Church, and there is no denying that our Faustian bargain for access and power has undermined the credibility of our moral and evangelistic witness in the world.

  • Democrats and Republicans Both Adept at Ignoring Facts, Study Finds (01/24/06)  Democrats and Republicans alike are adept at making decisions without letting the facts get in the way, a new study shows.  And they get quite a rush from ignoring information that's contrary to their point of view.

  • Is This Life? (01/01/06) In the quest to build life, defining success is hard, Libchaber says. Is it success simply to create a cell that functions? Or must it also reproduce? "I think in our case at least, the first step has been achieved." Next, he wants to make them divide, something that's only been done thus far through physical manipulation.

  • At Peace With Its Purpose: 88-Year-Old Quaker Group Takes Aim at War (11/12/05)  When Mary Ellen McNish walks out of the office in her low-slung, understated brick building, she looks up at the peaceful statue atop the tall building down the street. "What other city has William Penn, the great man of peace, atop City Hall? Where else would be a better place to promote peace?"

  • Radical Love (10/06/05) For some reason I have always wanted to distill what was complex into something that was simple—to strip away everything that might distract me from the one thing that was more important than anything else. So naturally I was thrilled to discover Mark 12:28 . . . You would think I had just found a winning lottery ticket.

  • So what do you have to do to find happiness? (10/02/05) Perversely, happiness has a negative image in our culture. Influenced by a sceptical European philosophical outlook, we think of happiness as a trivial pursuit for the Oprah generation, a Shangri-La perpetuated by self-help gurus. Isn't it selfish to try to increase our happiness, while much of the world faces suffering and premature death?

  • FAMILY DEMANDS THE TRUTH: New inquiry may expose events that led to Pat Tillman’s death (09/25/05) Interviews also show a side of Pat Tillman not widely known — a fiercely independent thinker who enlisted, fought and died in service to his country yet was critical of President Bush and opposed the war in Iraq, where he served a tour of duty. He was an avid reader whose interests ranged from history books on World War II and Winston Churchill to works of leftist Noam Chomsky, a favorite author.

  • How to Be Inhuman (09/21/05) Biotechnology holds the promise of some day allowing people to enhance themselves and their children using pharmaceuticals or genetic interventions. This prospect is welcomed by some, but causes a great deal of anxiety in many people: Are there enhancements whose benefits would come at the price of our humanity?

  • 'The Universe in a Single Atom': Reason and Faith  (09/18/05) It's been a brutal season in the culture wars with both the White House and a prominent Catholic cardinal speaking out in favor of creationist superstition, while public schools and even natural history museums shy away from teaching evolutionary science. When I picked up the Dalai Lama's new book, "The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality," I feared that His Holiness, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, was adding to the confusion between reason and faith.
       
  • Getting Religion (09/18/05) One morning this past June I found myself sitting in a coffee shop across from Rockefeller Center, teaching an astonished friend how to sing the old gospel hymn "How Great Thou Art." We had just come from a press conference for the Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade, which we were going to attend that weekend in Queens. My friend . . . thought of me as a secular Manhattan writer, like himself, which I suppose I am. He hadn't quite understood that for me our little trip would also be a kind of homecoming.
     
  • Purgatory without end: (05/26/05) "Why are Americans so keen on arguing about religion? The answer is that America is simultaneously a highly religious culture and a highly secular one."
     
  • On Sartre's God Problem: (05/19/05)  "Something immense may now be stirring, but to meet it we will do better to expect that life will not provide the answers we need so much as it will offer the privilege of improving our questions. It is not moral absolutism but theological relativism we would do well to explore if our real need is for a God with whom we can engage our lives."
     
  • The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience: Why don't Christians live what they preach?: (01/31/05) Whether the issue is divorce, materialism, sexual promiscuity, racism, physical abuse in marriage, or neglect of a biblical worldview, the polling data point to widespread, blatant disobedience of clear biblical moral demands on the part of people who allegedly are evangelical, born-again Christians
     
  • Atheism and children: Natalie Angier lives life without gods.  How does she plan to raise her child as an atheist?
     
  • Counting Sheep? The proselytizing zeal of American missionaries knows no slack even in tsunami aid: (01/28/05) Missionaries offer relief and education to the tsunami's victims while demanding a change of faith.
     
  • The Radical Roots of Peruvian Adventism: (First Published 12/01/90) [The Catholic Bishop of Puno] declared that Protestantism in the highlands boasted a proud tradition of working for the betterment of the Peruvian People.

  • Is a person's spiritual capacity determined by brain chemistry?: (11/27/04) Evangelicals reject the idea that faith might be reduced to chemical reactions in the brain. Humanists refuse to accept that religion is inherent in people's makeup.
     
  • Iraq law Requires Seed Licenses: (11/11/2004) The American Administrator of the Iraqi CPA (Coalition Provisional Authority) government, Paul Bremer, updated Iraq's intellectual property law to 'meet current internationally-recognized standards of protection.'

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