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Mormon Church: Joseph Smith Had Up To 40 Wives
Written by laika   
Thursday, 13 November 2014 19:03


In an essay posted without fanfare to its website in late October, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said for the first time that Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, had as many as 40 wives. Some of those women were also married to friends of his. And one was only 14 when she became Smith's wife.

Pope Francis: Evolution is Real
Science, Etc.
Written by Nash Dent   
Monday, 03 November 2014 15:44

At CTVNews:

Pope Francis says the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real, and God did not wave a "magic wand" to create the universe.

Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City on Monday, Pope Francis urged Roman Catholics to embrace current scientific theories as “required” methods to understand existence. The pope’s suggestions fly in the face of more traditional views that read the Bible as a literal record of the creation and development of the world.

Dwindling Southern Evangelicals and the GOP
Written by UpOnBlocks   
Saturday, 18 October 2014 20:00

At The Atlantic:

Midterm elections are all about turning out base constituencies. Over the last few decades, there have been few more reliable voters for Republicans than white evangelical Protestants. This year, however, GOP candidates may be getting less help from this group—not because white evangelical Protestants are becoming less supportive or less motivated, but simply because they are declining as a proportion of the population, even in Southern states.

Mars Hill Megachurch Pastor Resigns
Written by laika   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 16:37


Less than a year ago, Mark Driscoll, an evangelical pastor, was flying high.

His hometown Seattle Seahawks were in the Super Bowl, and the brash pastor scored a big, faith-fueled interview with five of the team's top players, including quarterback Russell Wilson.

But in a remarkably fast fall from grace, Driscoll resigned Tuesday [October 14] as pastor of Mars Hill Church, a congregation he founded 18 years ago and turned into a force in the mostly secular Pacific Northwest.

Is SCOTUS Serious About Religious Freedom?
Law, Etc.
Written by Nash Ripley   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:18

At The Atlantic:

[...]the idea that Hobby Lobby creates robust protections will be credible only if the justices are willing to recognize the religious freedom of marginalized religious minorities—not just the Judeo-Christian tradition. The next religious-freedom case to come before the Court, Holt v. Hobbs, will test whether the Roberts Court’s stance on religious freedom includes a minority faith, Islam, practiced by a disfavored member of our society: a prisoner. At stake are both the state of religious freedom in the country and the Court’s reputation.


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