God and Country Music: 5 Christmas Country Songs That Aren’t Awful

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As much as I love Country music—even the bad stuff—when Christmas comes around, Country music seems to spit out some really bad tracks (it’s not that I don’t think Alan Jackon’s Christmas album isn’t very good it’s just… okay, it’s exactly that). But I want you know that it doesn’t have to be this way! There is some wonderful Christmas music that has that high and lonesome sound—you’ve just got to look for it.Christmas albums are by nature somewhat stale. It takes real talent to make a beauti … [Read more...]

Popular Science Disproves Virgin Birth with #SCIENCE!!!

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Popular Science wants you to know that a human virgin birth (or, more properly 'virginal conception', not 'immaculate conception', which is something entirely different) is pretty impossible. While "parthenogenesis" has been known to happen in non-mammalian species, there are a couple of obstacles to that happening for us: So what stands in the way? First, a mammal’s egg cell usually won’t divide until it receives a signal from the sperm. Second, most mammalian eggs have only half the number of … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Jesus is having a moment in literary fiction

Many hands have wrung recently over an apparent dearth of writers of faith in the world of letters. While that charge is disputable, it is certainly not disputable that Jesus has been getting a lot of literary attention in recent months. An article in the Guardian aggregates these additions to the long history of fictional riffing on the life of Christ. One of the novels mentioned, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary, is on this year's shortlist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. … [Read more...]

Studios are Selling Man of Steel, But Should Churches Be Buying?

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 While Man of Steel producers are hoping that they've got another blockbuster on their hands, apparently they've been pitching to one somewhat surprising audience in particular. CNN's Eric Marrapodi reports: Warner Bros. Studios is aggressively marketing "Man of Steel" to Christian pastors, inviting them to early screenings, creating Father’s Day discussion guides and producing special film trailers that focus on the faith-friendly angles of the movie. It seems they're not just trying … [Read more...]


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