The 7 new classifications of religious styles

The Pew Research Center has classified Americans into seven distinct religious types.

Religious typology has never been accurate. The range by which one can claim to be Christian, for example, is much broader than one simple term can encompass. The same holds true for Judaism, Islam, Buddhism — not the umbrella term, per se, but the level of devotion. Religious Buddhists can be as fundamentalist as Evangelicals; they can also be secular and even atheistic.

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Chinese government announces it will begin genetic testing of Olympic hopefuls

The Chinese government announced it will be genetic testing potential Olympic athletes for the 2022 Games. What could possibly go wrong?

For 12 centuries the Olympics was a centerpiece of Greek life. The Games, held in Olympia from the 8th century BCE to the 4th century CE, were both religious (they coincided with ritual sacrifices) and political (religious pilgrims were allowed to pass through warring territories unharmed). There was always controversy, especially as Roman culture moved in. Yet the legacy persists today.

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When and why do people become atheists? New study uncovers important predictors

The less that parents "walk the walk" about religious beliefs, the more likely their children are to walk away.

In 2009, Joseph Henrich, a professor in the Psychology and Economics departments at the University of British Columbia (now at Harvard), proposed the idea of Credibility Enhancing Displays (CREDs). He was looking for a term to signify people that “convey one mental representation but actually believe something else.” At the very least, he continues, they fudge their level of commitment.

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Can the "holy grail" of weight loss medicine fight obesity?

A new study of 12,000 overweight patients shows that lorcaserin does not cause heart problems. But does that mean we should be taking it?

While climate change is the hidden known that many citizens have grown tired of hearing about, obesity faces a similar predicament. It has become so commonplace we rarely raise an eyebrow, even as it destroys us from within. Last year, research showed that more Americans are simply giving up the fight. 

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