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Why Winning the Lottery Is Dangerous

Not long ago, a single ticketholder won the Pennsylvania Powerball jackpot valued at 456.7 million dollars, becoming an instant millionaire like few others in the history of state lotteries. Are you feeling a bit envious? Don’t be. Winning the lottery can be bad for your health, in more ways than …

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You Can Ban All the Symbols, But Without God, There Wouldn’t Be a Classroom

Across the country, school districts are removing symbols of religious belief. In Kenosha Wisconsin, for example, school authorities recently told a fourth-grade teacher to remove any “Christian symbolism” from her classroom, including a picture of the American flag that displayed the words “God Bless America.” In Glendale Arizona, school officials …

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The Shifts Behind the Shootings

During briefings as a patrol officer, I scanned the crime reports from the prior week, looking for patterns, trends and changes. If, for example, I discovered an increase in car burglaries on the west side of town, I would ask the simple question: What shifted in the past few weeks …

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Why We Find Police Cowardice So Offensive

Much has been written about the police officer who allegedly hid behind a concrete column rather than engage the killer at the recent Parkland, Florida school shooting. Further allegations have been levelled against additional officers who failed to enter the school. The first officer in question has been widely criticized …

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Why No One Should Be Surprised That A Killer Is Living Under Their Roof

In a recent interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, James and Kimberly Snead, the couple who took in the Florida school shooter after his own parents had died, said they were baffled and surprised that the high school student who had been living with them for nearly three months …

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What Do Christians Mean When They Say, “God (or Jesus) Spoke to Me”?

I must confess that I empathized with Joy Behar (co-host of ABC’s The View) when she recently expressed concern about a claim that Vice President (and Christian believer) Mike Pence has heard the voice of Jesus on occasion. I didn’t become a Christian until the age of thirty-five, and prior …

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Why the University of Miami’s Chair for Atheism Confirms the Existence of God

Two years ago, the University of Miami established the Appignani Foundation Chair for the Study of Atheism, Humanism, and Secular Ethics. It is the first of its kind, filled this year by a former “professor of metaphysics and the philosophy of science at the University of Notre Dame.” Louis J. …

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Everyone Wants to Be Happy, But Fewer Are Willing to Do What It Takes

The New York Times reported on Yale’s most popular class: Psyc 157 – “Psychology and the Good Life.” The course, taught by Dr. Laurie Santos, “tries to teach students how to lead a happier, more satisfying life.” It “focuses both on positive psychology — the characteristics that allow humans to …

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