On Thursday, April 3, 2014, the Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, signed into law a measure that allows individuals and organizations to sue the government over laws that they feel obstruct their ability to practice religion.
English comedian Ricky Gervais has caused more upset amongst Christians following his appearance on the front cover of New Humanist magazine. The mastermind of The Office is seen in a Jesus-style pose with the word “atheist” written across his chest.
Baylor University released the results of a study that found sexual misconduct by religious leaders is prevalent. Two-thirds of offenders were married, and the problem is not confined to any one faith.
From identifying the parts of the brain that are activated during mystical experiences to determining how and why humans evolved such a capacity in the first place, the budding field of neurotheology is trying to pin down the neurological bases of religion and spirituality. Progress had been slow because scientists working in the area, also known as biotheology or spiritual neuroscience, needed to develop new tools and interdisciplinary relationships to conduct their work.