Humanism Explained in Four Short, Animated Videos

The British Humanist Association has just released a series of cute animations (with narration by Stephen Fry) answering some basic questions about Humanism.



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Watch the Joy of One of the Authors of the Inflationary Universe Theory Finding Out Today’s Discovery

What a great day for science.

In 1980, physicist Alan Guth proposed inflationary theory to modify the current Big Bang theory. Whereas conventional wisdom was that the universe started as a fireball, Guth theorized that it, instead, “inflated extremely rapidly from a tiny piece of space and became exponentially larger in a fraction of a second. ”

Later that decade, Russian physicist Andrei Linde updated Guth’s hypothesis to what became known as “new inflation,” and then again revised it to “eternal chaotic inflation.”

Well, today, it appears that Linde was proven correct — new evidence from the South Pole appears to support his theory:



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This is How Christian Publishers Are Trying to Attract Young Readers?

I know Christian publishers are always looking for new ways to make the Bible relevant and hip and totally awesome for children… but Wacky Bible Gross Outs from Zonderkidz makes me think they’ve jumped the shark:

On the surface, the whole “Let’s talk about gross stuff in the Bible” doesn’t sound too bad… but just look at how they’re marketing this thing:

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When Someone Casts Doubt, Is Death the Appropriate Punishment?

There’s an interesting discussion about Christian forgiveness going on at the Patheos blog Formerly Fundie, in the wake of pastor Mark Driscoll‘s purported apology for being an angry, manipulative dick. After a bit of thread drift occurred, this comment from a Donna L caught my eye:

If I believe that Jesus is the only true pathway to God (and I do), then causing someone to reject Jesus is real hurt. Jesus said it would be better for such a person to have a millstone put around their neck and be cast into the sea.



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Muslim Couple in London Goes to Jail in Incitement Case Against ‘Kaffir’

This case is remarkable in different ways.

A couple were jailed on Friday for glorifying the murder of the soldier Lee Rigby in videos posted on YouTube that were “offensive in the extreme.” Royal Barnes, 23, and his wife Rebekah Dawson, 22, of Hackney, north-east London, recorded and uploaded three videos shortly after the murder in Woolwich, south-east London, last May.

Barnes was jailed for five years and four months at the Old Bailey after admitting three counts of disseminating a terrorist publication and one of inciting murder. Dawson admitted disseminating a terrorist publication and was jailed for 20 months. …

Before sentencing, Judge Brian Barker QC asked Dawson’s lawyer to confirm the defendant was the woman in the dock in the full veil. Earlier this year, Dawson admitted an unrelated charge of witness intimidation, after she waived her right to give evidence in her defense, arguing it was against her religious views to remove her veil.

Barnes has previous convictions for using threatening words or behavior, and one for assault on a security guard at a mosque. He also has a five-year antisocial behavior order for taking part in vigilante patrols of east London promoting sharia law, the court was told.


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