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Why Young Ex-Christians Are Ex-Christians, According to the Latest Research

A new, 2018 Pew Research Center Report polled a growing group in America: “religious nones.” This group describes themselves as “nothing in particular” when asked if they identify with a specific religious group. The vast majority are ex-Christians, and most are under the age of thirty-five. Pew asked a representative …

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The Latest Discovery About the Universe Points to an Even Greater Mystery

A new study published in the Astrophysical Journal has created a controversy of sorts among cosmologists and astrophysicists. New observations suggest that the rate at which the universe is expanding may be different depending on how far back we look at distant stars and galaxies. Two contradictory sets of data …

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There Are Still Good Reasons to Celebrate Father’s Day, Even Though Fewer Do

Fewer people celebrated Father’s Day than ever before, a fact that may have less to do with the nature of the holiday than it does with the nature of American families. A recent U.S. census found that the percentage of children living in single parent households increased from 12% in …

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Why We’re Probably Alone in the Universe, Despite the Latest Planet Discovery

Recently, science journalists reported on the discovery of a “nearby alien planet” that might be “capable of supporting life.” Ross 128b lies approximately 11 light-years from earth and, according to a new study, “is likely a rocky and temperate world” that “could potentially have liquid water on its surface.” Ross …

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Why Religious People Live Longer Than Everyone Else

The Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science (SPPS) recently released a study demonstrating that religious people live longer. The study observed that “self-reported religious service attendance has been linked with longevity,” and confirmed this by examining obituaries from 43 U.S. cities. Researchers found that religiously affiliated people lived between 5.64 …

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Why Most of Us Think It’s Silly to Remove Wilder’s Name from A Children’s Literature Award

Recently, the Association for Library Service to Children renamed the award it gives authors or illustrators whose books “have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.” This award used to be called the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, but the association’s board decided …

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