13.7: Cosmos And Culture Commentary On Science And Society

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Fire breathing only makes it harder to talk: An activist with the Science and Rationalists' Association of India demonstrates against the claim that Mother Teresa performed a miracle in Calcutta. Deshakalyan Chowdhury/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A man reaches for a wooden cross in the sea during an Epiphany ceremony in the Greek port of Thessaloniki on January 6, 2011. Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Must religion be embodied in a god or gods, such as Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture? Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Is there an inherent contradiction in the lives of people who accept and rely on the complexity of modern technology, yet place their ultimate faith in a black-and-white view of the universe based on their religious faith? Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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