While the rate of cosmic movement is now being debated within the scientific community, one fact is clear, and this simple truth has profound implications: The universe is expanding. As astronomers and cosmologists imagine rewinding the cosmic clock, the most reasonable inference is that the expansion of the universe (like the expansion of the balloon) had a beginning.
Science journalists reported on the discovery of a "nearby alien planet" that might be "capable of supporting life." Should this latest discovery provide real hope that we aren't alone in the universe? Probably not.
Research revealed that Christians fear death far less than atheists, Hindus or Buddhists. Why? It comes down to a concept described as the "continuity of self," also defined as a belief in a "persisting self."
As an atheist, I can remember saying something similar to a Christian co-worker. But that all changed as I began to investigate the Bible using the skills I had developed as a detective. I've now come to appreciate the Bible above all other texts (religious or otherwise), largely because the editors of GQ are wrong.
The Guinness Book of World Records recently identified Masazo Nonakaas of Japan as the oldest living man. He is over 112 years old. Some contribute this longevity to a Japanese concept known as "Ikigai." The principles described in "Ikigai" are ancient Judeo-Christian values.
School districts are removing symbols of religious belief at a feverish pace. As they freely remove these symbols of God from the classroom, let's remind them that their ability to do so required God's gift of free agency.
Why do we react so quickly to any possibility of police cowardice in the face of danger?
How was it possible that these killers were able to live amongst us without detection? How were they able to deceive the people around them?
The University of Miami established the Appignani Foundation Chair for the Study of Atheism, Humanism and Secular Ethics and discovered something else - that there is a God.
It's no wonder that American regulators are cautious about rushing into full Crispr-Cas9 trials with humans.
The most recent surveys reveal the number of self-proclaimed Christians to be shrinking dramatically at about one percent a year.
When trying to answer the critical question, "What is a fetus, and when (if ever) is it human?" Science can now help provide us with an answer, using many of the same categories of forensic technology I've used at crime scenes.
First responders understand how to navigate the tension between separation and engagement. We must resist the temptation to embrace one over the other; instead we must allow one to shape the other.
In the midst of this reported carnage, Scott Simon, the host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, posted an article describing the difficulty he had trying to explain the events to his own children.
Easter Season is approaching and it's time for another round of television shows, magazine covers and newspaper articles casting doubt on the historicity of Jesus or the reliability of the New Testament.
In a recent article posted on the National Public Radio (NPR) website, Tom Gjelten wrote about the "collision of two core American values — freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination," and predicted this collision would prompt a "showdown in legislatures and courts across the country.