Recently Pope Francis said that even atheists receive redemption through Christ as long as they do good. The Pope stressed the importance of doing good over all else as the criterion for redemption. This is a historical new direction for the Catholic Church and the Papacy. This also comes following a slew of traditions that the Pope has already broken. The new Pope has also abandoned the gaudiness and excessive showiness that the Vatican normally portrays (see Pope Francis featured on the right compared to Ratzinger on the left and note the clothing and throne). Continue reading…
91: Mail Discrimination, Top Thinkers Lean Atheist, Unbelievers Documentary, Interview with Matt Besser
By Christopher Thielen on May 10, 2013
Tom and Colin discuss the recent story of mail discrimination for packages containing atheist materials, whether top thinkers tend to be atheists, Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss’ upcoming documentary The Unbelievers, and Colin talks with comedian and Upright Citizens Brigade star Matt Besser about his work and a new CD of atheist comedy.
Sound the alarm! We all know Christianity is under attack in American civil life. But did you know the military wants in on the Christian bashing as well? According to Fox News contributor Todd Starns, Christians in the military face being prosecuted for “sharing” their faith. These allegations aren’t the first anti-Christian charges lodged against the military. The President received much slack after repealing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, Catholics and Protestants were depicted as potential extremists during an Army Reserve presentation and Christians, in the military, were allegedly blocked from accessing a South Baptist Convention’s website. Although the latter two claims were resolved, conservatives still use these occurrences to prove their persecution in the military. Continue reading…
By Tom Beasley on May 7, 2013
A few months back news came out that over 51 percent of Americans support gay marriage. Recently, Rhode Island became the tenth state to legalize same sex marriage. There is a growing trend towards marriage equality in the country, but where is it coming from? Young people seem to share a large part of the blame. Pew Research Center recently released a poll showing that as much as seventy percent of young adults favor same-sex marriage. The young adults in this poll were “Millennials,” or those born after 1980. The report credits the Millennial generation for the overall shift in supporting same-sex marriage. When polled the major factor that led people to change their minds to favor same-sex marriage was knowing someone who is homosexual. The least influential change cited morality or religion for the shift in acceptance.
Age seems to be a strong factor in determining whether or not someone favors same-sex marriage. Noticeably, each generation’s average view on same sex marriage follows a trend, with the older generations disfavoring same-sex marriage with the highest frequency. This is strong motivation to think that same-sex marriage is now inevitable country wide and the question is no longer if, but when. In another poll (LifeWay), 64 percent of those polled agreed that same-sex marriage will become legal across the entire United States. It appears that many times society, unfortunately, progresses one funeral at a time.
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By Christopher Thielen on April 9, 2013
Chris, Robin, and Tom discuss the arguments concerning gay marriage currently before the Supreme Court and we check in with Pope Francis I to see how he’s doing.