How Much Warming Is Due to Human Activity?

Is it 25%? 50%? 99%?

The correct answer: More than that.

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Evangelicals' Dream President

Donald Trump is not a popular president. His approval ratings are the lowest for a first-year president in all the time approval ratings have been tracked.

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Weekend Reads 5/27/17

Republicans Are as Tainted by the Russia Scandal as Trump

Unless this story has a second act, McCarthy and Ryan will stick to the explanation that their Putin-paying-Trump speculation was meant to be a joke. But even if that part of the conversation had never happened, the rest of it, and the later briefing with Obama officials, tell a perfectly rounded story of congressional Republicans’ complicity in Russian sabotage of the Clinton campaign.

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The Slippery Slope of Bible Literalism

Gallup polling shows for the first time in 40 years of asking this question that the number of Americans who say the Bible is a book of stories recorded by humans has surpassed the number who believe it is the "word of God to be taken literally".

What the headline doesn't reveal is that a clear plurality still believe the Bible is inspired by God but is not all meant to be taken literally—as has been the case every time Gallup has polled this subject.

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Weekend Reads 5/20/17

What I Learned from Arguing with a Pig Farmer

It seems one of the members of the congregation, who happened to be a pig farmer, was enraged by my message and the pastor thought he was in need of a follow-up–so I gave him a call.

What happened next was perhaps the most formative experience I’ve had to date about how to have a difficult or emotionally-charged conversation with someone you disagree with.

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Is "Hate Speech" Protected by the Constitution?

Last month, former Vermont Governor and former presidential candidate Howard Dean tweeted an astonishing assertion.

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It's Good to Be Left Behind

Fundamentalists say Jesus will come to take them away, to spare them from tribulation. The New Testament says something different.

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Jugo de Piña

It was my third week in Spain, and I still felt hopelessly out of place. I had studied Spanish for three years in school, but when I stepped off the plane in Madrid I was in a completely different world. No amount of classroom work could have prepared me for this.

I struggled even in asking directions. The first person I asked spoke with an accent that left me baffled. I could pick out a few words, but not enough to help me get where I needed to go. When it was clear to him that I wasn't following, he tried his second language—French.

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