Cake debate, Eisenhower’s faith, ‘Spiritual’ machines: The Intersect

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WEDDINGS & WITCHES

In a strong 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips and religious freedom on Monday. But the scope of the ruling is limited – so who wins in future?

The royal wedding has come and gone, but everyone’s still talking about that sermon. Passionate, inspiring, divisive… vacuous? Here’s how its reception demonstrates the lost soul of western civilization.

Belief in God is declining, and belief in ghosts and witches is rising. Why do people who abandon religion embrace superstition?

LEGACIES

With Wednesday marking D-Day’s anniversary, here’s the surprising truth of how the Bible shaped the life and leadership of Dwight D. Eisenhower in wartime.

How Tolkien created Middle-earth: “He spoke about sub-creation… God is the one creator, and what we do is in imitation of that. Tolkien was a very humble man.” Inside a rare exhibition on the man behind the myth.

With the Mr. Rogers movie hitting theaters today, here’s a timely read: The Mr. Rogers-ification of Christianity.

[UN]BELIEVERS

Something you don’t see everyday: A defense of the concept of original sin from a purely secular standpoint – in The New York Times.

Pew Research’s latest study had a striking result: “American ‘nones’ are as religious as—or even more religious than—Christians in several European countries, including France, Germany, and the UK.” Here’s why.

Can machines be spiritual? The answer may seem obvious, but it throws materialist philosophers into an ethical quandary.

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