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iPhone 6, flat
The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was made available for pre-order sales around the world this weekend, and despite their worryingly massive 4.7- and 5.5-inch diagonal measurements, they have proceeded to sell out almost everywhere. According to an official statement from Apple, more than four million iPhones (6 and 6 Plus combined) were...
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New forms of ecumenical formation, as well as ways of enhancing ecumenical contributions from young people in churches and societies, were discussed by fifteen young theologians in a meeting convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC).

The meeting, held from 7 to 10 September in Geneva, Switzerland, brought together participants who previously

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Athenagoras INI was reading the Early Christians Apologists the other day and came across Athenagoras the Athenian, about whom I know almost nothing. I am, apparently, not alone in this, since nobody seems to know much about him except that he was born ca. 133, perhaps in Athens, and died in ca. 190, again probably in Athens. He appears to have been very...

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The end of  risk-on  cannot be prettily managed.


In ancient Roman religion and myth,  Janus  is the god of transitions --beginnings and endings of conflict, war and peace, journeys, trades and eras. Janus has two faces, as befits a god that looks both to the future and to the past.

In our era of omnipotent central banks...
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Advanced Manufacturing: Incubating Innovation | MIT Technology Review

Visitors to the Crosspointe Rolls-Royce facility in Prince George County, Virginia, have to don safety glasses and steel-tipped shoes, just as they would at any traditional factory. But then things start to look different. Past the cubicles filled with programmers and support staff sits a

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Fried-chicken wars: How much should Christianity mix with commerce?

MICHAEL-ANN ASKS:

Businesses like Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A overtly follow Christian principles and thus promote Christianity. Is it profitable for them to have this ‘brand,’ or do you think the CEOs have some deeper evangelical goal?

THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS:

These two remarkable corporations are the largest in the U.S. that operate on an...

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BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) “We are starting to see a significant disconnect between what the church is telling people to believe about same-sex marriage and homosexuality and what people actually believe and accept,” said LGBT activist John Gustav-Wrathall. “I think the Internet has a lot to do with that."...

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Dear Reader,

We got hundreds of responses to our Hold, Fold, Bold survey—our thanks to all who participated.

I’m very pleased to report that, despite the grueling time we’ve had over the last couple years, only 4.1% of respondents said they were ready to fold.

As you might have guessed, the bulk of respondents are holding: 55.3%. This number was

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Monday, 15 September 2014 |

Digital Wallets

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Interesting op-ed on digital wallets by Edward Castronova and Joshua Fairfield in the NYT. I'm a little more skeptical. Thoughts follow the break.

(1) We already live in a world of digital currency.

Thanks to fractional reserve banking and electronic records, most currency and transactions are electronic now, not cash. Most money is already

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