The Creationist Freak Out Over The Pope's Evolution Speech Has Begun

In a speech earlier this week, Pope Francis declared evolution and the Big Bang theory to be real. His comments, while not completely unprecedented for the Catholic Church, go against the "pseudo theory" of intelligent design encouraged by his predecessor, Benedict XVI. So, how are creationists responding? Not well. » 10/30/14 8:40am Yesterday 8:40am

Pope Rails Against Intelligent Design, Says God Isn't "A Magician"

Pope Francis has declared evolution and the Big Bang theory to be real, while adding that God isn't "a magician with a magic wand." The comments, while not completely unprecedented for the Catholic Church, goes against the "pseudo theory" of intelligent design encouraged by the previous pope, Benedict XVI. » 10/29/14 6:30am Wednesday 6:30am

How Young-Earth Creationism Fuels Opposition To Gay Marriage

Evolution is an affront to young-Earth creationists because it conflicts with Biblical accounts of the origins of life and suggests that humans are animals, as opposed to beings made in God's divine image. But it's increasingly clear the case against evolution has also become entwined with opposition to gay marriage. » 10/20/14 9:20am 10/20/14 9:20am

Which Religions Would Have The Hardest Time Accepting Alien Life?

The list of known planets beyond our solar system is ever-growing. To many, this suggests the day when scientists detect signs of extraterrestrial life could soon be at hand. When that day comes, which religions will struggle to reconcile such a discovery with their beliefs – and which will adapt in stride? » 10/17/14 3:40pm 10/17/14 3:40pm

High-Speed Internet Is "Un-Islamic," Says A Senior Iranian Ayatollah

Iran's Ministry of Communication recently announced that it will give more mobile providers licenses for high-speed Internet services. But the Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi says authorities should first introduce measures that would prevent access to the "un-Islamic" and "negative features" of the technology. » 10/08/14 9:00am 10/08/14 9:00am

Here's What Happens When Evangelical Christians Debate Science

The stereotype of Evangelical Christians is that they are anti-science, and therefore don't believe in climate change. But in fact, they are deeply divided over environmental issues. A debate over climate change is raging in Evangelical churches, fueled by conflicting interpretations of Biblical scripture. » 10/06/14 11:32am 10/06/14 11:32am

You Wouldn't Want To Be Left Behind With These Idiots

The genius of the Left Behind series is the way it combines Roland Emmerich-style disasters with its Biblical lectures. And the new movie version even stars Nicolas Cage. So it's too bad this new movie fails on the "disaster epic" front, because it's too busy torturing its incredibly clueless characters. » 10/03/14 9:00am 10/03/14 9:00am

What U.S. Religious Groups Really Think About One Another

If you're Jewish, Catholic or Evangelical, you're one of the three most highly regarded religions in the U.S., according to a Pew survey. Atheists and Muslims score considerably lower, while agnostics and atheists rank Buddhists higher than any other group. It's hard to keep track, so here's a scorecard. » 10/01/14 9:25am 10/01/14 9:25am

​For Centuries, This Mystical Jewish Sect Lived Hidden In Plain Sight

New research by an Istanbul-based artist has documented hundreds of haunting, sepia-toned photographs belonging to Turkey's mysterious Dönme community—a once-thriving religious sect that practiced a unique set of beliefs based on Sufi mysticism and Judaism. Today, few remain after their true identity was discovered. » 9/11/14 9:00am 9/11/14 9:00am

This Dinosaur Tricycle Kills State-Funded Religious Education

Artist Markus Moestue made headlines recently by pedaling across Norway's bible belt (a term describing the Southern and Western parts of Norway, apparently) on a hand crafted dino-trike – a tour he undertook in protest "against the dogmatic religious education of children" in state schools. See now this raptor-tastic… » 9/10/14 10:30am 9/10/14 10:30am