The best predictions for 2013

It’s New Year’s Eve, time for our annual review of the predictions made by the readers of this blog back on the last New Year’s Day.  Check them yourself here.  Though they were mostly wrong, there were some good guesses and some that were right on target.  No one will get stoned for making a mistake, though this is legal now in Colorado and Washington state.

My analysis and the announcement of the big winners after the jump. [Read more...]

How other predictions for 2013 fared

You Cranach readers did much better in your predictions for 2013 than the professionals did.  After the jump, links to what the psychics and the pundits predicted. [Read more...]

The most admired men and women of 2013

Gallup has released its poll results of the top 10 most admired men and women of 2013.  Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton take the top spots.  Some of the others may be surprising or even depressing.  See the lists after the jump.

Who are YOUR most admired men and women of the year?  You are not limited to naming public figures.  [Read more...]

Top religion stories of 2013

After the jump, the top religion news stories of 2013, based on a  poll of the Religion Newswriters Association.  Strangely downplayed or omitted:  the persecution of Christians in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East; the new assaults on religious liberty; the new prominence of aggressive atheism; the rise of the “nones.”

What do you think should be included?  What do you think of this list?  Was 2013 a good year or a bad year for religion? [Read more...]

The myth of the Christmas myth

It’s still Christmas, there being 12 days of that season, so thanks to Truth Unites. . .and Divides for posting in the comments to another thread this video from Rev. Hans Fiene at Lutheran Satire.  You all need to see it:

Most important historical development of 2013

I would say that the most important historical development of 2013, the one that will prove most pivotal and culturally significant , is the Supreme Court decision casting out the Defense of Marriage law, which, along with various other court decisions and state laws, threw the door completely open for same-sex marriage.  Never in all of human history and never in the wide diversity of human cultures, including those that have been most open to homosexuality, have men married men or women married women.  Just as a matter of history and anthropology, the new legal and social acceptance of gay marriage is revolutionary and unprecedented.

What else happened in 2013 that you think historians of the next century will study?  (That will not necessarily be the same as the “top news stories,” since historians are more interested in the big picture.)

 


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