The Student Body President of This Christian University is an Atheist… and No One Seems to Mind

Eric Fromm is the student body president at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon.

And last week, he publicly outed himself as an atheist:

I was an atheist long before I came to NCU. I was baptized Lutheran, and raised Methodist, but as time went on I slowly came to the conclusion that God wasn’t real. For me, church was an empty ritual that I participated in so I could see friends, scripture was largely mythological, and Jesus was a great moral teacher, but he wasn’t God.

Yes, yes, I know: What about the obvious question?

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High School Runner Drops Out of Regional Race After Being Assigned Number ’666′

A student in Whitley County, Kentucky was getting ready to run in the high school regional cross country race when she suddenly decided to drop out.

The reason?

This was her bib number:

Yup. The mark of the beast. (Or at least, one interpretation of it.)

You see, Codie Thacker is a very religious young woman, and she said just the thought of wearing that number made her “sick.”

Along with her coach, Gina Croley, she tried to get a different number, but was turned down by three separate officials.

So, rather than run the race under the number 666, she decided to drop out.

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Why Christian Mission Trips Don’t Actually Help

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses Why Christian mission trips don’t actually help:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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Bad Jesus, No Candy: Illinois School Does About-Face When Student Dresses as Savior for Halloween

If you like comedy, there is much to love about this news story of a teenager who dressed up as Jesus for Halloween — starting with his mom’s penchant for inadvertent punnery.

17-year-old Marshon Sanders stepped into Highland Park High School Thursday morning wearing a white toga, red sash, sandals, a giant cross necklace and a crown of thorns.

He nailed it,” [said] proud mom Angenetta Frison.

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Texas A&M University to Offer New Course Combining Neuroscience with Religion

Texas A&M University is developing a new elective class for biomedical sciences students that will be all about the intersection of religion and science… and it makes no sense at all:

“We explore how neuroscience and religion should inform and enrich each other,” Klemm said. Although the course is based on reading assignments from his textbook, titled “Core Ideas in Neuroscience,” those principles will be accompanied by religious and philosophic perspectives. For example, when discussing evolution of the nervous system, the students will also consider the Biblical book of Genesis and other creation stories. The lesson about action potentials — the cellular process that transmits information within and between neurons — will also include a discussion of Descartes and dualism between mind and brain.

That’s great. So they’ll discuss how our nervous system evolved and then talk about fairy tales that add nothing to their science knowledge. Sounds like 50% of the class would be wasted.

Science and philosophy can go together. So can science and ethics. But science and religion? How would learning what Genesis says about anything help students learn more about neuroscience? We never find out.

The class will be taught by Dr. W.R. Klemm (below) who has a reason he wants to throw religion into the mix:

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