The Power of Symbols: Why People Still Defend The Confederate Flag

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham joined Governor Nikki Haley Monday in calling for the removal of the state capitol’s Confederate flag. They join the growing throng of voices demanding the flag be taken down in the wake of last week’s killings in Charleston. The cases that these voices have presented are… »6/23/15 4:52pm6/23/15 4:52pm

A Guide to Scientology's Most Ostentatious Real Estate

Empire-building has been part of many a religious group’s strategy throughout history. But no one does it better than Scientology. The documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which debuted on HBO last night, offers the first in-depth survey of Scientology’s practices, including its ongoing… »3/29/15 7:00pm3/29/15 7:00pm

These Futuristic Churches Will Fill Even Non-Believers With Awe

Who says churches have to look like monuments to an ancient architectural style? The greatest religious buildings have always reflected the aspirations of the time they were built. And these gorgeously futuristic houses of worship are no exception. Here are some of the most gorgeous futuristic churches in the world. »3/10/15 6:00pm3/10/15 6:00pm

Why Doesn't CS Lewis' Silent Planet Get Compared To Dune Or Foundation?

C.S. Lewis is best known for his Narnia books, and also as one of the most powerful writers of Christian commentary of the 20th century. But he also wrote a beloved space-opera trilogy, beginning with Out of the Silent Planet. And one author argues that this book deserves to be mentioned among the great SF novels. »2/24/15 5:40pm2/24/15 5:40pm

Which Religions Are Prepared to Accept Life in Space?

Assuming we don't blow ourselves up before then, colonizing other planets may be the last hope for the survival of humanity. Most of the preparation for this cosmic expansion has centered around solving the more immediate, physical problems of transporting our bodies into deep space, but what about our culture?… »1/27/15 12:21pm1/27/15 12:21pm