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Why We Should Stop Calling Kim Davis a Hypocrite

"To insist that we only affirm standards that we can achieve with perfect consistency is, in effect, to drastically lower those standards... It's a license for us to go easy on ourselves: to aim low and succeed. In such a world, we might all respect each other's rights, but no one would strive to accomplish great, rare, exacting moral deeds. I'd much rather live in a world filled with hypocrites. " [Read Article]
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A Dad’s Wedding Letter to His Daughter with Down’s Syndrome

"Do you remember all the stuff they said you’d never do? ...You wouldn’t ride a two-wheeler or play sports. You wouldn’t go to college. You certainly wouldn’t get married. Now… look at you... Someone who is able to live a life of empathy and sympathy, and without agendas or guile, is someone we all want to know. It worked out for you, because of the person you are." [Read Article]
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Is Christian Teaching on Sexuality Psychologically Harmful?

"Savin-Williams explains that teens who come out to their Christian parents are generally treated just as well, if not better, than kids who come out to other types of parents. In fact, he finds that it is often parents’ Christian theology that contributes to a caring—though often difficult and awkward—interaction and navigation through this news... [T]here is typically a promise of unconditional love and comfort for the child, even while the parents themselves wobble through coming to terms with this startling news." [Read Article]
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Charlotte Bronte’s Response to an Atheist was Right On

Was Charlotte's Bronte's instinctual response to atheism naive? Maria Popova thinks so. She's wrong: "It is the first exposition of avowed atheism and materialism I have ever read... one would wish entirely to put aside the sort of instinctive horror they awaken, and to consider them in an impartial spirit and collected mood. This I find difficult to do. The strangest thing is, that we are called on to rejoice over this hopeless blank — to receive this bitter bereavement as great gain — to welcome this unutterable desolation as a state of pleasant freedom. Who could do this if he would? Who would do this if he could?" [Read Article]
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Why Depression Needs A New Definition

“'When you do a clinical trial, you’re getting a bunch of people who are ‘depressed,’ but they’re actually very different. It’s like comparing apples, pears, and tangerines... Our current concept of depression is left over from times when we didn’t really understand it very much. We know so much more about it now—physically, genetically, neurochemically—and we should be using that.'” [Read Article]
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8 Movies That Powerfully Depict Living With Mental Illness

Depictions of living with mental illness in movies are a mixed bag. For every portrait of depression that's nuanced and realistic, there's Glenn Close boiling a bunny in Fatal Attraction... That's what makes the movies that get it right all the more valuable. They're neither wholly positive or negative, just as living with mental illness has ebbs and flows. They're striking portraits, and examples of what we need more of in Hollywood. Here are eight that stand out as exemplary of their form. [Read Article]
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Crying Out in Anger and Hope

"As followers of Christ, we must have a distinct voice, one that does not cry out only in  anger, but also with hope and forgiveness... At the same time that the Gospel calls unethical exploiters to justice, it also offers forgiveness and redemption to these same people who have committed such atrocities against humanity. Judging the world with self-righteousness is an empty endeavor; we must confront such evils with the full power of the Gospel." [Read Article]
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The Phrase That Helps Couples Heal After a Fight

" ... this time when she said, 'I love you,' the words stung. Not because they weren’t true and not because I don’t like hearing them. It’s just that, I know my wife loves me. What I really need to know is that she likes me. I need to know that she enjoys, respects, admires, and appreciates me. And I need her to know that I enjoy, respect, admire, and appreciate her." [Read Article]
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Near Death Experiences, Explained

"The scientific NDE studies performed over the past decades indicate that heightened mental functions can be experienced independently of the body at a time when brain activity is greatly impaired or seemingly absent (such as during cardiac arrest). ... These findings strongly challenge the mainstream neuroscientific view that mind and consciousness result solely from brain activity... Needless to say, this view is utterly incompatible with the belief of many materialists that the material world is the only reality." [Read Article]