Alexis Tsipras, who was sworn in earlier this week as the new Prime Minister of Greece, has become his country's first openly atheist leader. A survey noted that atheist leaders in Europe are becoming more prominent, with France and Croatia also being led by non-religious figures.
Tsipras was sworn in on Monday after his Syriza party won the elections in Greece, but he chose not to take a religious oath at the ceremony. Reuters noted that Tsipras, whose left-wing party has opposed austerity measures, broke from tradition when he decided to take a civil, rather than a biblical oath.
Quartz analyzed public statements from European leaders and identified at least two others who have also said that they are atheists — French President Francois Hollande and Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanović. more >>
A self-described atheist psychiatrist has recently argued that being a nonbeliever does not hinder her ability to counsel Christian patients.
Jean Kim, a psychiatrist with the US Department of State, recently penned a perspective piece for The Washington Post regarding the subject of counseling believing patients.
"My religious friend once asked me point-blank, 'if you don't believe in God, how can you see someone who does as anything but delusional? As a mental health professional, how do you counsel such a person?'," wrote Kim. more >>
As various companies develop goggles that can project holographic text and images, some believe that the next version of the Good Book might be a hologram.
A blog entry posted last week on openbible.info noted that Microsoft recently released the product "Hololens", which allows for images and texts to be placed onto real world backgrounds.
Sitting as a celebrity judge on Sunday night's 2015 Miss Universe beauty pageant in Miami, world-renowned Filipino, Christian boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao asked Miss USA what she would say if she was given the opportunity to speak with "global terrorists."
As the final five contestants in the pageant were tasked with answering a question from a celebrity judge, whose name they picked randomly out of a hat, Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, went first and selected Pacquiao's name from the hat.
Most questions at beauty pageants ask what contestants think about world hunger, education and other pressing humanitarian issues, and in that vein, Pacquiao questioned Miss USA on one of the biggest underlying global threats to civil society. more >>
While Mexico's attorney general said that he has proof that the 43 students who were taken by a cartel in September have been killed, parents said that they will not be giving up hope that their children are alive until there is hard evidence to the contrary.
Jesus Murillo Karam, the attorney general, said that his team has interviewed 99 different people, including members of the criminal gang who are believed to have killed the students, and said that he can confirm the murders, BBC News reported.
"The evidence allows us to determine that the students were kidnapped, killed, burned and thrown in the river," Karam said. more >>
XXXChurch.com founder Craig Gross is on a mission to help married Christian couples break the silence and work on improving their sex lives.
"When you come into marriage, there still seems to be this off-limits talk about sex where I haven't told my wife this is what I like or I like to do this," Gross described.
The porn addiction ministry leader believes the church has made the topic of sex "dirty" and "gross." However he explained that "Without [sex] I think you're just selling your marriage short. You're missing out on not just a physical element, but something that I think is going to connect you like nothing else." more >>