In the grim struggles of prehistory, early religion may have provided humans a way to relate to each other and the world around them, offering significant survival and reproductive advantages.
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Christmas is a season of spiritual wonder. We know that prayer works, but going to church?

A new study strongly suggests that regular attendance at religious services reduces the risk of death by approximately 20%. And new archeological findings have unearthed evidence that over a thousand years ago, people believed that the soul was separate from the body.
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UPDATE from Marla Frees! – Many people think that Jesus was the author of “the golden rule,” but he was actually demonstrating his scholarship by quoting Rabbi Hillel. But is this a good rule to live by? Only if by “doing unto others,” you’re talking about POSITIVE things.

Psychologists have discovered that, in everyday social exchanges, being mean to people has a lot more impact than being nice, which may be why people in power, such as movie and TV executives, act the way they do.
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When Anne Strieber lived among fundamentalists, she was appalled at their ignorance about what’s actually in the Bible. On this week’s Dreamland, popular authors William Henry and Laurence Gardner have a lively discussion about the recent TV documentary The Lost Tomb of Jesus. Whitley’s response to the TV show is an incredible journal on this topic. Meanwhile, we seem to be in the middle of an ancient religious war. Are Americans incredibly ignorant about religion?
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