A new Pew survey shows that Americans who were raised in church but left their faith sometimes cite a belief in science and a corresponding disbelief in miracles, but some scholars are saying that those things are not mutually exclusive.
Pew Research asked 5,000 of the original 35,071 people from their 2014 Religious Landscape Study a set of follow-up questions earlier this year. Conducted via telephone interview from mid-March to early May, respondents who self-identified as "nones" — those with no religious affiliation — were asked to explain why they left their faith.
In results published on Tuesday, nearly 80 percent of those who identified as "nones" were raised in a religion of some kind before shedding it in their adult years. Many types of replies emerged from the questions, but a common response that appeared was one of no longer believing in their faith because of lack of evidence paired with a newfound belief in "science." more >>
Well-kept Tyrannosaurus Rex fossils were discovered by two paleontology volunteers, Luke Tufts and Jason Love, while scouting for some artifacts around the Hell Creek Formation, hence its differing but cute name "Tufts-Love Rex."
They learned about the existence of the rare T. Rex remains when they noticed bones and a dinosaur's tooth obtruding the surface. Using axes, jackhammers, and shovels, a team of eight to ten people dug into the area for over two weeks to uncover the then-assumed remains. They had to take out a portion of the hillside which is 16 feet wide made up mostly of rock materials. When the first signs of the remains slowly appeared, they used smaller tools to carefully take out and not to cause any injury to the rest of the artifact.
Immediately upon recovery, the team concealed the gigantic skull into a plaster cast, hauled it up onto a truck and sent it to Seattle, with the support of several local Montana ranchers. more >>
The recently discovered ruins of a first century synagogue in Israel confirm historic accounts of Jesus' life found in the New Testament.
Located near Mount Tabor in the Nahal Tavor Nature Reserve in the lower Galilee at a site called Tel Rechesh, the synagogue ruins date back to the time of the Second Temple period, which ended in 70AD when the Romans attacked Jerusalem.
Motti Aviam, a senior researcher at the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, explained in a statement the significance of the Tel Rechesh excavation find. more >>
WASHINGTON D.C. — What if there were a place that contained nearly every facet of the Bible under one roof? An edifice where visitors could see authentic ancient biblical artifacts and even learn about the Bible in their native tongue? The forthcoming Museum of the Bible plans to be that place.
With 430,000 square feet of exhibit space, the museum — which will have been in the works for an estimated five years from land acquisition to completion — is set to open its doors to visitors on Nov. 17, 2017.
The museum will offer guests an unprecedented Bible experience complete with interactive exhibits and translations into an impressive 1,007 languages through its partnership with the YouVersion Bible App. more >>
The small number of differences within various ancient copies of the Holy Bible do not change the truth of the Gospel message, says Pastor John Piper.
In a recent podcast posted to Piper's website desiringgod.com, the theologian and author was asked about verses known to have been added to the Bible later on.
If you want an accurate picture of life in the first century AD, archaeology shows us that you can't do much better than the book of Acts.
Acts 19 starts with Paul leaving Apollos in charge of the church in Corinth while he continues his missionary journey. It ends with Paul's encounter with an angry mob.
And, as a recent article in Biblical Archaeological Review tells us, it's a very reliable depiction of life in the Roman world. more >>