Sam Harris’ Waking Up, About Secular Spirituality, Hits New York Times Best Sellers List

Congratulations to Sam Harris, whose new book Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, will enter the New York Times‘ Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers List this weekend at #3:



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How Many People in Each State Have No Religious Affiliation? This Tool Lets Us Know

There’s a new toy online for those of us who enjoy looking at the religious demographics of all the states. It’s called the American Values Atlas. Wanna know what percentage of religious Nones live in each state? Boom:

Nicely done, Oregon and New Hampshire.

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Maybe Joel Osteen Should Open Up That Bible of His…

Pastor Joel Osteen gets a lot of criticism for not using the Bible very much when he preaches — though that’s also part of his appeal. He might want to take a second look at it, though, since a recent Facebook post hinted that he doesn’t know his own biblical history:



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Researchers Who Studied Seeing Jesus in Toast Awarded for Their Work… Sort Of

At yesterday’s annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard, where hilarious-but-very-real research is celebrated, a team of Chinese and Canadian scientists won the neuroscience prize for their work titled “Seeing Jesus in toast: Neural and behavioral correlates of face pareidolia“:



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New Survey Shows That White Evangelicals Prefer Teaching Children Obedience Over Curiosity, Creativity, and Tolerance

The Pew Research Center has released a study examining how political polarization affects the values we want children to learn. For example, “consistently conservative” people believe teaching children to have religious faith is important — no surprise there:

Just to be clear, that says 59% of “consistently conservative” people find religious faith to be the most important thing you can teach a child, while 81% of them find it important, period.

But I want to draw your attention to another part of the survey: What happens when you break people down by religious beliefs? How do their priorities shift?

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