Religion and crime

The worst criminals tend to be very religious.  In fact, they often use religion to rationalize their misdeeds.  Of course, in doing so, their theology is horrendous.  Nicholas C. DiDonato reports on some research that studied  How criminals use religion to justify their crimes.  Details after the jump. [Read more…]

The Surveillance State

The federal government has been monitoring the phone calls of some 10 million Verizon subscribers (nearly 10% of them), thanks to a secret court order that initiated what is being called the largest and most open-ended surveillance effort ever and a grave assault on civil liberties. [Read more…]

The biggest bestseller in Norway is the Bible

Norway is considered a hyper-secularized country, but its biggest bestselling book today is a new translation of the Bible. [Read more…]

Update on “Why Calvinist Baptists but not Lutheran Baptists?”

That post we had the other day about why there can be Calvinist Baptists but not Lutheran Baptists turned out to be part of a very interesting discussion in the Christian blogosphere.  Superblogger Joe Carter wrote a post summarizing the various points in the debate.  (He scored us the winner.) [Read more…]

Cicadas and Resurrection

Our pastor had some good reflections in our church newsletter on the 17-year locusts (a.k.a. “cicadas”) coming out of the ground around these parts.  He manages to connect cicadas to people, sin, the church, death, resurrection, and baptism! [Read more…]

How Gallup blew the presidential election polling

On the eve of the last election, the venerable polling firm Gallup predicted that Mitt Romney would beat Obama 49% to 48%.  Actually, Obama won, 52%-48%.  The company has been studying what went wrong.  Despite Republican complaints that pollsters were using methods that were undercounting conservatives, in fact, Gallup, at least, was over-counting them.  After the jump, the mistakes Gallup researchers have identified. [Read more…]


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