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Sony: Did we say we weren’t releasing The Interview? We meant we are releasing it. We are. Really. Hehehe. Ahem.
For what it’s worth, we at CFI, who offered our HQ to screen it, are glad to see Sony change its mind. Ron Lindsay told Buffalo Business First, “Whether it’s shown at Center for Inquiry or other places, we’d be happy either way.” Now we can all go back to focusing on how bad the movie probably is.
Tom Flynn firmly refutes David Brooks’ assertions of faith as a universally-shared experience.
I have never had a religious experience. I have never felt oceanic oneness with the cosmos. No wordless mystery has ever struggled to reach me.
Imma be honest. David Brooks? I don’t wanna know about any of your “subtle sensations.” Keep those to yourself, please.
Ron Lindsay’s piece on how we talk about Islam and violent extremism is published at Huffington Post.
CFI’s David Koepsell makes a bold, bold claim: “I and my whole family are Kirk Cameron’s worst nightmare.”
Dennis Overbye at NYT explains the back-and-forth over whether Jesus died for the sins of Earthlings only, or for all of the universe’s entities:
This has engendered a sort of how-many-angels-can-dance-on-the-head-of-a-pin argument about whether Christ died for the entire cosmos, or whether the son of God or the metaphysical equivalent has to be born and die on every populated planet. Each alternative sounds ridiculous on the face of it.
I’m going to bet that they sound ridiculous on all of its body parts.
Ben Radford muses on the value of responding to inquiries from the public on matters of the supernatural and paranormal, especially for children:
Whether some young kid, or someone in prison, famous or anonymous, you never know what effect a small act of kindness and compassion, or a few minutes of your time, may have on someone.
Ben also reports on the recent mass-debunking of Dr. Oz.
Ross Pomeroy at RealClearScience remembers the admirable way Carl Sagan faced death:
Sagan knew that death represents the final brushstroke of a glorious painting. During our limited time in the universe, we get to style the work of art that is our life as we see fit. What an opportunity that is!
Kimberly Winston explores the question of whether Christians need to believe in the Virgin Birth:
Gay Byron, a Presbyterian minister and a New Testament professor at Howard University, said one reason some Christians question the Virgin Birth is the church has done a generally poor job of explaining it.
Yeah, I don’t think that’s the problem.
It’s official: Cory Booker is incapable of feeling silly. Even I can’t mention HumanLight without a small snicker.
There’s a great deal of consternation in India as a Hindu nationalist group (which once included the new prime minister) attempts to mass-convert Christians and Muslims.
What better way to spend Valentine’s Day in Texas than by becoming a CFI Secular Celebrant? There is none better. None more better.
The FCC rules that “Redskins” isn’t technically a dirty word.
A state court in California meddles in a Sikh Temple’s internal squabbles.
A self-described “Catholic warrior” attacks the holiday display of the Satanic Temple in the Florida Capitol. Lady, they’re not even really serious.
And I’m pretty sure this isn’t the true meaning of Hanukkah, but it’s pretty awesome anyway.
This dude is making a warp drive in his garage.
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