Orthodox patriarchs urge peace in Ukraine, plan first council in 1,200 years
Tom Heneghan, Reuters

Patriarchs of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians ended a rare summit in Istanbul on Sunday calling for a peaceful end to the crisis in Ukraine and denouncing violence driving Christians out of the Middle East.

Confusions About Totipotency: Stem Cells Are Not Embryos
Maureen L. Condic, Public Discourse

The ability to both produce all cell types and to organize them into a coherent body plan is the defining feature of a human organism. All stem cells lack essential elements supplied by the egg cell and cannot develop into a fetus.

On God as a MacGuffin
James Banks, Humane Pursuits

Religion, as many seminarians and clergy today probably think of it, is merely a catalyst to give moral weight to the cause for social justice. But the social justice party are not the only ones who sometimes make God into a MacGuffin. For a lot of new ministers, it might not be so much about changing the world as surviving in it.

‘Son Of God’ Veers Toward Gnostic Heresy
Joel Gehrke, The Federalist

The film gives oxygen to a claim early church leaders denounced as historically and theologically false.