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How to Respond to Online Religious Wars
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

There is a religious war being waged online, but love will win. For the religious, this is Good News indeed. The history of religious wars in human civilization is a tragic commen ...

Report: Internet Hate Speech Can Lead to Acts of Violence
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Anti-Muslim hate speech on the Internet is commonplace and can motivate some people to commit acts of violence against Muslims, according to a report released Tuesday by Muslim Advocates, a legal and advocacy ...

Listen to the Silence: Thoughts on World Vision and the Pitfalls of Modern Communcation
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

When it comes to issues so central to the Christian life, faithfulness requires thoughtful dialogue, tenacious endurance, and meaningful change from the bottom up. These are impor ...

The Dead Don’t Die; They Just Reboot
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Blog

It seems like the stuff of science fiction, to consider the possibility of people uploading the entirety of their life experience, or even some iteration of what we understand to be their consciousness, to a n ...

Two World-Class Libraries Launch Online Archive of Ancient Scriptures
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Two of the world’s great libraries — the Vatican Library in Rome and the Bodleian Library at Oxford University — have scanned and loaded the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient Hebrew, Greek, and early Chris ...

Virtual Vices Show Shift in American Morality
Originally Posted: 01/10/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride still attract a lot of attention. But as the Internet and other media invade American life, our vices have also gone virtual, according to a new study. ...

Religious Groups Vie for Internet Space in Domain Name Grab
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

Religious groups have long vied for prime parcels of land, planting churches on town squares and monasteries amid isolated mountains. But now they’re targeting real estate in a less tangible sphere: cyberspace ...

Mourning 2.0
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

This is Mourning 2.0. Technological advances have dramatically altered how we grieve for and memorialize the dead.In this new era, the bereaved readily share their sorrow via Facebook comments. They light virt ...

Not Worth the Gamble
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 8:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Phil Blackwell Internet sales of lottery tickets are shortsighted and wrong. PEOPLE GAMBLE—always have, and a ...

Whenever Two or More Are Gathered...Online
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

“There is no distance in the Spirit.” After 30 years as a believer, I experienced the truth of that statement — powerfully and indelibly — in an unlikely place: online. “There ...