Science & Tech

Fundie Fridays, the snarky critic of conservative religious zeal, faces YouTube termination

By Riley Farrell — June 30, 2022
(RNS) — By poking fun at fundamentalists, Jennifer Sutphin and James Bryant stand as symmetrically antithetical to Christian content creators. Thousands of followers worship them for it.

Humanist children’s books translated, available free in Muslim-majority countries

By Kathryn Post — June 9, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The world is a very special place even without magic or the supernatural,’ said Bailey Harris, who began writing her book series at age 8.

The danger of finding our meaning at work

By Kathryn Post — June 8, 2022
(RNS) — In extreme cases, work isn’t just rewarding: It’s religion.

What the Voyager space probes can teach humanity about immortality and legacy as they sail through space for trillions of years

By James Edward Huchingson — June 7, 2022
(The Conversation) — A professor of religion and science explains different views on immortality, from the religious perspective of President Jimmy Carter to the scientific, secular take of Carl Sagan.

American Airlines dubbed most faith-friendly Fortune 500 company

By Kathryn Post — May 23, 2022
(RNS) — 'You just cannot compartmentalize the things that are your core value,' said Greg McBrayer, American Airlines chaplain.

How to know if your practice of Buddhism through listening to podcasts or use of meditation apps is ‘authentic’

By Gregory Grieve — May 22, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of digital religion and Buddhism argues that not all Western Buddhism practice is inauthentic. Here’s a way to know what’s real.

Why the world has a lot to learn about conservation – and trust – from Indigenous societies

By John Ziker — May 13, 2022
(The Conversation) — Traditional ecological knowledge, or TEK, can encompass science, medicine, ecology, religion and culture – and help protect the environment.

Nobel laureate and physicist Wilczek wins Templeton Prize

By Luis Andres Henao — May 11, 2022
(AP) — In a statement, the John Templeton Foundation praised the 70-year-old Wilczek for transforming “our understanding of the forces that govern our universe,”

The climate crisis is increasingly a refugee crisis, faith resettlement groups say

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 22, 2022
(RNS) — For more than 80 years, LIRS has helped resettle refugees — increasingly those refugees have been displaced due to climate disasters.

The scientific meltdown over a controversial discovery of ‘biblical Sodom’

By Jerry Pattengale — April 20, 2022
(RNS) — The remains of a city’s fiery demise near the Dead Sea have archaeologists at odds.

Biology with Tibetan Buddhist monks: What I’m taking back to my college classroom from teaching at a monastery

By Daniel Pierce — April 20, 2022
(The Conversation) — Religious beliefs and modern biology sometimes seem to collide. But exploring those ideas with compassion and an open mind can lead to deeper learning across cultures.

How 5G caused a feud between a small Christian school and T-Mobile

By Bob Smietana — April 13, 2022
(RNS) — A fight over an FCC license has put a small Christian school at odds with a cellphone giant.

Evangelical scientist Katharine Hayhoe finds hope in United Nations’ climate report

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 14, 2022
CHICAGO (RNS) — 'That's how the world changes: When individuals have the courage of their convictions and use their voices to call for change,' the climate scientist told Religion News Service.

Graduate Theological Union’s GTUx is launched to spiritually equip ‘nones,’ activists

By Kathryn Post — March 11, 2022
(RNS) — Their new online learning hub for interreligious activism aims to reach new audiences. 

How Silicon Valley’s ‘Techtopia’ turned work into religion

By Yonat Shimron — March 8, 2022
(RNS) — In her new book, 'Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley,' Carolyn Chen examines how high-skilled workers have disinvested from organized religion and are instead finding belonging, identity, purpose and transcendence at the office.
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