Reza Aslan, author of the controversial nonfiction work Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, said in a recent column that atheist public figures like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Bill Maher don't accurately represent atheism.
Known as the "New Atheists," Aslan argued in a Salon column published Friday that these public figures "do not speak for the majority of atheists."
"I had an abortion. I was not in a libertine college-girl phase, although frankly it's none of your business. I was already a mother of two, which puts me in the majority of American women who have abortions. Six out of 10 are mothers, which makes sense, because a mother could not fool herself into believing that having another baby was no big deal."
So opens a recent post by journalist Hanna Rosin on Slate.com's infamous XX Blog. This opening salvo, meant to shock us even though she goes on to tell us we shouldn't be shocked at all, is the introduction to her review of a book entitled Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights. The author, Katha Pollitt, is apparently disgusted by the way the nefarious pro-life movement has successfully perpetuated the stigmatization of abortion. Her book encourages women to claim with pride the sacred right that's theirs and theirs alone: the right to kill their unborn child for any reason they deem suitable. Her book, according to Rosin (full disclosure, I have not read this book and so my response is based solely on Ms. Rosin's summary of Pollitt's main points) not only defends abortion as a woman's right, but venerates it as a social and moral good.
And Rosin apparently agrees with her. It's ridiculous, she tells us, that in 2014 anyone is still shocked by the fact of abortion. "[A]ny woman who's reading this piece and has had an abortion," she writes, "or any man who has supported one, should go in the comments section and [say so], until there are so many accounts that the statement loses its shock value. . . . We shouldn't need a book explaining why abortion rights are important. We should be over that by now." Get that, America? Moral outrage over abortion is like, sooooo forty years ago. Lots and lots of women have abortions. And these women don't think there's anything wrong with it, so it must be okay. more >>
Nick Vujicic, the Christian motivational speaker known as the "limbless evangelist," tells of his journey to finding true love in the new book, Love Without Limits, and the challenges he and his wife, Kanae have faced on their journey to marriage, and beyond.
Being born with tetra-amelia syndrome (without limbs), since his youth Nick had been plagued with the fear that "no woman would ever love me or want to marry me," the Australian-born Serbian evangelist writes in Love With Limbs: A Remarkable Story of True Love Conquering All. "I had many doubts about my fitness as both a husband and a father."
But, as many of Nick's supporters and admirers know, he had nothing to worry about. more >>
A photographer based in California has sought to translate the Holy Bible into quite possibly the newest language known to mankind: emoticons.
Kamran Kastle wants the Good Book, which has been translated into thousands of languages over the generations, to be available in emoticon form, also known as "Emojis."
"Kamran also volunteers his time at a charity that teaches filmmaking to underprivileged schoolchildren - Los Angeles Film Society (losangelesfilmsociety.org). After administering a Movie Screening of 'Ben-Hur' (1959) a good number of the inner city students sitting before him expressed never having read the Bible," reads a Kickstarter crowd-funding page that explains his reasoning for the emoticon Bible. more >>
A school board in Florida is moving to ban the distribution of Bibles and other Christian materials after a satanist group requested to distribute its literature.
Orange County Public Schools decided last week to adjust its "passive distribution policy" so that no religious materials, Christian or satanic, can be put in public schools.
Shari Bobinski, senior specialist of media relations forOrange County Public Schools, provided The Christian Post with a statement from the school district on the matter. more >>
Instead of complicating Bible study by expecting a revelation with each read, author and women's Bible studies teacher Jen Wilkin says that what we learned in our high school English class could help us receive the reward of a better understanding from God's word.
"Bible study feels really overwhelming to the average person," Wilkin explains in a video of her discussing the topic posted on the Desiring God blog. "They feel like there's some secret sauce that they are not aware of and they feel like 'maybe I was supposed to go to seminary' or 'maybe I don't hear the Holy Spirit like other people do because I feel like I should be able to just open this up and it should speak to me.'
"What I try to reassure people of is that if you have been in high school English you have some really usable tools that you could be employing." more >>