Can churches engage transhumanism, which may very well be the next big science vs. religion battle, positively or should they absolutely resist this movement, an academic institution in Alabama asked during a multi-day event focused on whether Christianity and Transhumanism could co-exist.
Samford University's Center for Science and Religion held the event, titled "Transhumanism and the Church," which took place from Sept. 24-26 and featured 27 presentations with approximately 120 attendees for the opening lecture alone.
Transhumanism is the theory that science and technology can be used to advance the evolution of human beings beyond current physical and mental limitations. more >>
ORLANDO, Fla. — The degradation of black women has long been promoted in the porn industry and dehumanizes people of color, says Carolyn West, associate professor at University of Washington.
During the second annual Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit held last month, West explained that words used by the sexual entertainment industry bonds African-American women to derogatory terms such as "hood rats," "ghetto freaks," and "hooker."
"In the 1990s we saw hip-hop and porn brought together in one place. Hip-hop almost became indistinguishable from pornography," West asserted. "They are pushing the message of minors, teens being pimped out ... that's pseudo child porn to me. They promote messages that portray them as 'screaming wild animals' that further dehumanizes them as well." more >>
Believers in Hollywood are still some what of a rarity despite a growing consumer appetite for faith-based entertainment, but many continue to find mainstream success. An upcoming TV special, "Believers in Hollywood," shines a spotlight on Christians in showbiz and their values-based contributions to the industry.
Best-selling author and inspirational speaker, Sheri Dew, interviewed three prominent Hollywood figures who shared how they proclaim their faith in an industry that some critics say is at times hostile toward Christians.
Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Randall Wallace ("Braveheart" and "Pearl Harbor"), along with producer Micheael Flaherty ("The Chronicles of Narnia"), and Broadway star Laura Osnes are all featured on the BYUtv special "Sheri Dew Presents: Believers in Hollywood" on Saturday. more >>
The U.S. government will continue to provide military assistance to four African nations that were recently found to be actively recruiting child soldiers in their national militaries. Child protection experts condemned the decision.
The White House announced Tuesday that at least half of the countries listed on its Child Soldiers Prevention Protection list would receive national interest waivers and subsequently would not lose military assistance despite the Child Soldier Prevention Act, which was passed in 2008. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan will continue to receive millions of dollars in U.S. military assistance and arms sales.
CSPA was enacted by Congress to restrict U.S. military support to governments that recruit children or people younger than 18 in their armed forces; however, the United States has taken to using waivers for select nations considered to be critical partners in countering terrorism. Other nations on the list are Myanmar (formerly Burma), Sudan, Syria and Yemen. more >>
The beginning of American law, the concepts of independence and freedom, is rooted in the belief that moral absolutes exist within a universal standard of justice independent from political rulers. The Judeo-Christian faith is not separate from but foundational to just and fair public policies that encourage human flourishing.
More than 2,000 Bible verses teach civics, providing examples of good and evil rulers, judges, and political authorities. These instructions on civics are informed by approximately 500 verses on salvation, 400 on hell, and 250 on Heaven — with the overall foundation that right living best leads to a peaceful, thriving society.
Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, has commented on the recent NASA discovery that suggests there might be flowing water on Mars, by stating that finding alien life could paint a different picture to who God is for Christians.
"The important thing is to recognize that the universe is created by God, and however God did it tells us something about God's personality," Consolmagno said, according to Vatican Radio.
"If God chose to make a universe where we are the only creatures, that is interesting, that tells us something about God and us," he added. more >>