Stephen Hawking says afterlife is a fairy story

A belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a “fairy story” for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said. In a dismissal that underlines his firm rejection of religious comforts, Britain’s most eminent scientist [...]

Another Baba leaves the Scene

This morning, the world of woo-woo was buzzing with the news that Sri Satya Sai Baba, India’s very favorite claimant to miraculous powers, had died in hospital at age 84. I’ll not shed any tears at his death. This fumbling sleight-of-hand [...]

HC strikes down PIL against astrology

The Bombay high court dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking action against bogus astrologers, tantriks, vaastu shastra practitioners and the like on Thursday. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S J Vajifdar [...]

Is Sabarimala ‘divine flame’ lit by humans?

Millions of devotees believe the fire they sight in Sabarimala is a divine manifestation, but a newspaper now concludes, after interviewing those associated with the temple, that it is lit by humans. The fire appears on Makara Sankranti day [...]

4-Year-Old’s Out-of-Body Experience: Religion or Science?

Several years ago, when Colton Burpo was 4 years old, he underwent cardiac arrest and was resuscitated during emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix. Four months later, Colton started saying strange things to his father, a Nebraskan pastor [...]

Religious leaders hit back at Hawking

Religious leaders in Britain on Friday hit back at claims by leading physicist Stephen Hawking that God had no role in the creation of the universe. STORY HIGHLIGHTS * Hawking: “Given existence of gravity the universe can and will create [...]

God did not create the universe, says Hawking

God did not create the universe and the “Big Bang” was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book. There is no place for God in theories on the [...]

Atheist billboard defaced on N.C.’s Billy Graham Parkway

Unknown vandals unhappy about atheists’ billboard in Charlotte, N.C., spray-painted “Under God” on the ad, the city’s atheist association discovered Monday. The defaced message will remain in place until after July 4, [...]

Godless Billboard Goes Up on I-35 in Austin

“Don’t believe in God? Join the club.” These words are part of a prominent billboard in Austin, Texas, slated to appear today on the east side of I-35, north of Grand Avenue Parkway, facing north. Being placed by the Austin [...]

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 [...]