21September2019

“Jesus said to them, my wife.”

Four words on a previously unknown papyrus fragment provide the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus had been married, Harvard Professor Karen King told the 10th International Congress of Coptic Studies, September 18, 2012.
missouri

Antievolution legislation dies in Missouri

When the Missouri legislature adjourned on May 18, 2012, both antievolution bills in the House of Representatives died in committee. House Bill 1276 would have permitted teachers “to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review [...]
alabama

Credit-for-creationism scheme dies in Alabama

When the last day of the regular legislative session of the Alabama legislature ended on May 16, 2012, a bill that would have established a credit-for-creationism scheme died. House Bill 133, if enacted, would have authorized “local boards [...]

D.M. Bennett : The Man Who Went to Jail for Being a Freethinker

DeRobigne Mortimer Bennett is not a name familiar to many, and given how much he fought for freethought, free speech, and a free press, that is unfortunate. Called the “American Voltaire” by friends and the “Devil’s [...]

Ancient city by the sea rises amid Egypt’s resorts

Today, it’s a sprawl of luxury vacation homes where Egypt’s wealthy play on the white beaches of the Mediterranean coast. But 2,000 years ago, this was a thriving Greco-Roman port city, boasting villas of merchants grown rich on [...]

Ahead of his time, Tagore left a legacy for world

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the first Asian author to have won the Nobel Prize in literature, still remains an inspiration around the world. A poet, playwright, performer, musician, essayist, philosopher, and one of the finest storytellers [...]

Nun Excommunicated For Allowing Abortion

Sister Margaret McBride was excommunicated after allowing an abortion to be performed on a woman who doctors say would otherwise have died. Last November, a 27-year-old woman was admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in [...]

Does God exist? He certainly gets a lot of complaints

Advertising Standards Authority reports on a big issue: the atheist-versus-Christian bus poster war A “There definitely is a God” poster displayed on buses triggered more complaints than any other in 2009 and the third highest of [...]

A Nigerian Witch-Hunter Defends Herself

At home in Nigeria, the Pentecostal preacher Helen Ukpabio draws thousands to her revival meetings. Last August, when she had herself consecrated Christendom’s first “lady apostle,” Nigerian politicians and Nollywood actors attended the [...]

It takes faith to have a child, faith in mankind’s purpose

The Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks of Aldgate, warned today that Europe was dying because the growth of secularism had made people too selfish to have children. Its loss of a tolerant religious culture made it vulnerable to the advance of fundamentalism, [...]