What role, if any, should the church play in combating climate change?
It was this kind of question former Vice President Al Gore answered over two decades ago when he wrote that men should harness religion as a political tool. "The fate of mankind," he wrote, "as well as of religion, depends upon the emergence of a new faith in the future. Armed with such a faith, we might find it possible to resanctify the Earth."
This recent human-caused climate change is cursing the Earth, because today, the only endemic mammal species in the Great Barrier Reef has succumbed into extinction. The species called Bramble Cay melomys are rodents that live on an island in the eastern Torres Strait. They are said to have been completely wipe out from their habitat.
This is the first recorded extinction of a mammal due to man-made climate change. Despite environmentalists' concern, the melomys will not be the last to die off if humans keep on with their destructive ways.
What are Bamble Cray Melomys? more >>
When Bill Maher claimed yet again on his HBO show "Real Time" that conservatives deny science more than liberals, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who was one of the panelists, quickly corrected him, saying the liberal left is not any different either.
"Let's not pretend that Democrats and Republicans equally deny science," the political comedian said on his show "Real Time With Bill Maher" Friday night.
Tyson, one of the panelists along with Reason magazine editor-in-chief Matt Welch, Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon and restaurateur Eddie Huang, responded by saying, "Don't be too high and mighty there because there are certain aspects of science denials that are squarely in the liberal left." more >>
Is your Bible good enough to eat? This strange question occurred to me when I heard an interesting conversation between a student and her teacher.
The young girl questioned the teacher about the famous clock in London.
"You must mean, 'Big Ben'," said the teacher. more >>
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — President Obama sought on Wednesday to ease growing Asian worries about the raucous election campaign to succeed him which has been dominated by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
"I think other people sometimes look at our election system and say 'what a mess,'" Obama told a townhall meeting with young leaders in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon.
"But usually we end up doing okay because the American people are good people. ... Sometimes our politics doesn't express all the goodness of the people," he said, without referring specifically to any of the presidential candidates. more >>
Recently, I wrote an article about a presentation at the White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia last month. In response to that piece, I was accused of setting up a straw man and then attacking same.
The speaker in question, Paul Kivel, is the founder of "the Challenging Christian Hegemony Project."
While Kivel in his talk apparently issued a wide-ranging indictment of Christianity's influence, perhaps it was an overstatement to say that he "blamed Christianity for everything bad in the world" — although he indeed blames institutional Christianity for much of it. more >>