A new study purports to show that those who hold traditional views about marriage are psychotic. Will studies like this lead to more Christians being punished for their views?
The study by Giancomo Ciocca et. al., "Psychoticism, Immature Defense Mechanisms and a Fearful Attachment Style are Associated with a Higher Homophobic Attitude," was published in the September 2015 issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
It claims to find that "homophobia" is associated with psychosis and other forms of mental illness. more >>
A supermoon lunar eclipse will make a rare appearance on Sunday night to make a spectacular sky show for those living in the Western Hemisphere.
On the night of Sept. 27, the moon will appear 14 percent larger and will be red-tinged during the rare eclipse. The "Blood Moon" eclipse, which last occurred in 1982, will happen again in 2033, according to Live Science.
The reddish color of the moon is the effect of refracted light from sunsets and sunrises, NASA explains. Those located in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and some parts of eastern Pacific and western Asia will be treated to a clear view of the rare sky show on Sunday night, the report details. more >>
More scientific progress? In the wake of news videos about slicing up and testing the remains of aborted babies, leave it to leading scientific researchers to continue to push the envelope.
The Hinxton group (a group of stem cell researchers, policy wonks, and bioethicists) is calling for reopening the debate over altering the DNA of embryos. They stop short of advocating tweaking children before birth, but only just barely. In fact, scientist and Hinxton member Robin Lovell-Badge argued for allowing even this direct genetic tinkering with our children:
"By [banning genetic modification], you make people who are doing stuff that's relevant, do so behind closed doors.... You could think about making disease resistance for a variety of infectious diseases, even influenza.... When you talk to people and say, 'Would you like to have children who are resistant to a range of different diseases,' most people would think, 'Well maybe that's not such a bad idea.' That's the acceptable form of enhancement." more >>
Salem Lutheran Church of Austin, Texas, a congregation long-known for its emphasis on inclusiveness regarding its worshipers, was abuzz with excitement over some unwanted guests.
A member of the theologically liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Salem's website includes a lengthy welcome statement for "all national backgrounds, all economic levels, all educational levels, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all political leanings, all differently-abled people in mind and in body," among others.
But when it comes to those who inhabit its edifice, Salem Lutheran recently had to draw the line. In September, church leadership decided to remove approximately one million bees from within the structure. more >>
A group of 30 political experts from diverse ideological backgrounds have ranked Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina number one among the crowded GOP field.
The "On Politics" blog of USA Today placed Fiorina in the number one slot this week, up from number three in the previous week.
Paul Singer of the "On Politics" blog wrote Tuesday morning that Fiorina's rise in the rankings had to do with her debate performances thus far. more >>
Famed atheist writer and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has clarified statements he recently made about a Muslim teen in Texas who was arrested for bringing a clock he built to school.
Dawkins, who had previously expressed skepticism about the official story of Ahmed Mohamed and his arrest, stressed on Twitter that he agreed it was wrong to arrest and handcuff the student.