The Southern Baptists claim that the American family is in crisis, and they want women to "submit graciously" to male leadership. Is there any reason to believe that things were better when men had a monopoly on making decisions? Was America a utopia that has been destroyed by women in thirty short years? And has anybody else noticed that most national and world leaders still are men? So how come everybody's talking about how bad things are?
Is there anything which unbelievers should be thankful for, on a day normally associated with giving thanks to God?
July 21, 1999 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Robert G. Ingersoll (b.1833). Called "The Great Agnostic" by newspapers of the day and, by all accounts, the nation's most oft-heard orator, Ingersoll was an enlightened, humane freethinker, a visionary, an advocate for unpopular causes such as womens', childrens', and minority rights, and a combatant against superstition and hypocrisy.
The Pope recently viewed the Shroud of Turin and asked scientists to respect both the "scientific methodology and the sensibility of the faithful." But is there any evidence at all--scientific, historical, or otherwise--which supports the claim that the Shroud of Turin is the authentic burial shroud of Christ?
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