The Bible has been crowned the book "most valuable to humanity," beating out Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species and George Orwell's 1984.
In a survey of 2,044 British adults, 37 percent of respondents named the Bible most valuable, versus 35 percent for Origin of Species.
Conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Folio Society, other literary works ranked included Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time (17 percent), Albert Einstein's Relativity (15 percent), Orwell's 1984 (14 percent) and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird (10 percent). more >>
A recently released study has shown that there is a connection between marijuana usage and the volume of gray matter a person may have.
Published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study was overseen by researchers from the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas, The Mind Research Network of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the University of New Mexico, and Advance MRI, LLC of Frisco, Texas.
"…we measured gray matter (GM) volume via structural MRI across the whole brain by using voxel-based morphology, synchrony among abnormal GM regions during resting state via functional connectivity MRI, and white matter integrity (i.e., structural connectivity) between the abnormal GM regions via diffusion tensor imaging in 48 marijuana users and 62 age- and sex-matched nonusing controls," read the abstract. more >>
In an effort to prevent what happened last Christmas season to a first grader at a California school who was stopped by his teacher from passing out candy canes with a Christian message to his classmates, religious freedom lawyers have filed a request for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Last year, when Isaiah Martinez brought his Christmas gifts to Merced Elementary in the West Covina Unified School District, his teacher took possession of the candy canes. At the direction of the school principal, the teacher instructed Isaiah that "Jesus is not allowed in school" and she removed the candy cane messages from each candy cane, threw the messages in the trash, and handed the candy canes back to Isaiah for delivery to his classmates, according to Advocates for Faith & Freedom.
Isaiah then "nervously handed the candy canes to his classmates in fear that he was in trouble for trying to bring a little Christmas cheer and 'good tidings' to class," AFF stated. The canes no longer had a message attached that recited the legend of a candy maker who created the candy cane to symbolize the life of Jesus Christ. more >>
Pastor T.D. Jakes has stepped up to tell the story of two men who were brought together and reformed the education system in Los Angeles.
Where a Man Stands: Two Different Worlds, an Impossible Situation, and the Unexpected Friendship That Changed Everything was a best-selling book written by Carter Paysinger and Steve Fenton, lifelong friends who came together during school days at Beverly Hills High. Paysinger went on to become the first African-American principal in the same school's 80-year history. He and Fenton then worked together to improve the school and surrounding community.
The book was only published on Nov. 4 but already gained attention from Hollywood elite wanting to tell the tale on the big screen. Pastor T.D. Jakes was able to score the rights to the story and will produce the film. more >>
Chase Windebank, a senior at Pine Creek High School, is the plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by legal ministry Alliance Defending Freedom against his Colorado Springs school for allegedly barring him and other students from meeting together during their free time to pray, sing hymns and discuss various subjects.
"Religious speech is expressly protected by the First Amendment, and public schools have no business stopping students from praying together during their free time," ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp said in a statement posted on the ADF website.
According to court documents filed last Friday, Windebank and his friends used free time allotted to students during the school day to discuss religious matters in an unoccupied room for the past three years. On Sept. 29 an assistant principal told Windebank and the other students they could only participate in religious activity such as singing and praying before or after school. more >>
The hugely popular YouVersion Bible App recently hit the 1,000 mark in terms of number of Bible translations, with over 700 languages available, and creator Bobby Gruenewald said he hopes the milestone will help draw attention to the amount of dedication and effort it takes to translate the Bible into native languages.
"One of the things I'm excited about in celebrating this milestone of 1,000 versions is that for a lot of people it's going to bring an awareness to the translation effort that's underway by a number of partners, including Wycliffe and the Bible Society, and various other translation groups that are making Bible text available to the Bible App," Gruenewald, the Innovation Pastor of LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma, told The Christian Post.
"What I did not appreciate or fully understand when we first started the process was that each of these translations that are done, they often times take decades to complete. It involves people that have invested, in some cases, their entire ministry life working on developing a translation for a new language." more >>