Richard Dawkins, Oprah, immortality tech: The Intersect

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BEYOND WORDS

Richard Dawkins wonders if we could “overcome our taboo against cannibalism.” The atheist ringleader made controversial comments about lab-grown human ‘meat.’

An Episcopal diocese voted to stop using masculine pronouns for God. If your view of God forbids you from referring to him the way that Jesus did, then you’re viewing an altogether different God.

No Joke: Facebook threatened Christian satire site The Babylon Bee after fact checkers at Snopes reported that one of the site’s humor articles was “false.”

FAMILY MATTERS

So did Disney botch ‘A Wrinkle in Time’? The studio’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s fantasy classic (Oprah included) hits theaters today. Does the movie strip away the Christian core of the story?

Where fantasy meets faith: Here’s how Madeleine L’Engle, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis told stories that captured readers’ imaginations and fueled their interest in the eternal.

A Muslim teacher tried to recruit an “army of children” to launch terror attacks in London. Here’s how he radicalized vulnerable children from the ages of 11 to 14.

S.O.S.

Baby boomers seeking “immortality” are considering young blood transfusions. Still scientifically unfounded (and expensive), the theory hasn’t prevented this lofty promise: “Technology will advance to the point where death is rather optional.”

Modern medicine can’t reassign sex physically. Sex changes are physically impossible, psychosocially unhelpful, and philosophically misguided. Here’s the evidence.

Twitter is asking the public to help measure how toxic it is. Seemingly oblivious to the human condition, the company admitted it didn’t foresee the negative consequences of its platform’s misuse and is seeking an outside fix.

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