Here Is The Most Thoughtful And Well-Reasoned Debate On Religion You’ll Ever See

They may not be famous actors or comedians, but these three experts on religion know what they’re talking about. All have degrees in this field and have written multiple books on the subject. Among other things, they take on: (8:20) What is the relationship between religion and history? (12:15) Is it fair to criticize a religion by looking at its most fanatical practitioners? (21:50) Isaac Newton studied the book of Revelation even as he invented calculus. (29:40) Should religious texts be rejected because they are based on moral norms that are thousands of years old? (35:25) Can we blame sociopolitical problems and disasters on religion? (46:15) Is radical Islam a widespread issue? (1:04:40) The relationship between religion and conflict in the Middle East. (1:10:40) Should folks who reject evolution be barred from certain fields or jobs? (1:19:50) Does the experience of religious transcendence validate religion? (1:22:00) What should we do about religious fundamentalism?

The Ben Affleck-Bill Maher shouting match went viral, garnering well over 3 million views, even though that was a "debate" in which neither is even remotely knowledgeable about religion. If you think we should instead make thoughtful conversations between experts go viral, then give this debate a share.

Courtesy of Houseplant.

In America, one dumb mistake can hang over your head forever.

Nearly 30% of the American adult population — about 70 million people — have at least one criminal conviction that can prevent them from being treated equally when it comes to everything from job and housing opportunities to child custody.

Twenty million of these Americans have felony convictions that can destroy their chances of making a comfortable living and prevents them from voting out the lawmakers who imprisoned them.

Many of these convictions are drug-related and stem from the War on Drugs that began in the U.S. '80s. This war has unfairly targeted the minority community, especially African-Americans.

Keep Reading Show less

Climate change is happening because the earth is warming at an accelerated rate, a significant portion of that acceleration is due to human activity, and not taking measures to mitigate it will have disastrous consequences for life as we know it.

In other words: Earth is heating up, it's kinda our fault, and if we don't fix it, we're screwed.

This is the consensus of the vast majority of the world's scientists who study such things for a living. Case closed. End of story.

How do we know this to be true? Because pretty much every reputable scientific organization on the planet has examined and endorsed these conclusions. Thousands of climate studies have been done, and multiple peer-reviewed studies have been done on those studies, showing that somewhere between 84 and 97 percent of active climate science experts support these conclusions. In fact, the majority of those studies put the consensus well above 90%.

Keep Reading Show less
via James Anderson

Two years ago, a tweet featuring the invoice for a fixed boiler went viral because the customer, a 91-year-old woman with leukemia, received the services for free.

"No charge for this lady under any circumstances," the invoice read. "We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible."

The repair was done by James Anderson, 52, a father-of-five from Burnley, England. "James is an absolute star, it was overwhelming to see that it cost nothing," the woman's daughter told CNN.

Keep Reading Show less

I live in a family with various food intolerances. Thankfully, none of them are super serious, but we are familiar with the challenges of finding alternatives to certain foods, constantly checking labels, and asking restaurants about their ingredients.

In our family, if someone accidentally eats something they shouldn't, it's mainly a bit of inconvenient discomfort. For those with truly life-threatening food allergies, the stakes are much higher.

I can't imagine the ongoing stress of deadly allergy, especially for parents trying to keep their little ones safe.

Keep Reading Show less