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Weekly Wrap 2.7.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Have Choice or Free Will and Neither Do You
Philip Seymour Hoffman died this week after an apparent heroin addiction relapse, leading many to eulogize the renowned actor and comment on the seeming waste of a good life. But this interesting post examines the terrifying lack of free will for addicts, "It is time for all of us who got through unscathed to stop patting ourselves on the back for our genetic good luck, and it is time to stop judging those who were not born with the same good genes as defective."

2. How Evolution Helps Me Trust God
Emily Maynard writes at A Deeper Story about her journey from creationist to evolutionist and how it deepened her faith in God. "I am intrigued by a God who breathes into a process and lets it run wild. I am captivated by the idea of a God who is mysterious and so steady, so enamored by small processes, that it would be worth billions of years of wait for this revelation."

3. Boehner 'Taps Brakes' on Immigration Reform Due to Obama Distrust; Evangelicals Decry Inaction
Evangelicals, business leaders, law enforcement officials, and more are ready for immigration reform, and many are speaking out against a possible roadblock in Congress.

4. Sorry, Canada: The Americas According to Google's Autocomplete
Check out this map of the Americas using Google autocomplete function and the search terms, "Why is [country name] …?" Poor Canada's top autofill: "Why is Canada a country?"  Click to see the U.S. and Latin America's terms.

5. This Is Your Bible on Drugs
Corrie Mitchell writes for OnFaith about the various biblical citations Christians are using to justify their pro- or anti-pot stance.

6. UAE Law Requires Mothers to Breastfeed for First Two Years
According to the World Health Organization's Global Data Bank on Infant and Young Child Feeding, while 93 percent of UAE children have breastfed at some point in their lives, only 29 percent are still breastfeeding at 2 years old. According to the social affairs minister, the new law could mean that husbands could sue wives for not breastfeeding.

7. What MASH Did Not Teach Me About Marriage
Does this sound familiar to your 12-year-old self? "Megan gets married to Jordan and lives in a shack with fifty kids, a Ferrari, vacations in Timbuktu, and is employed as a ditch digger. *Insert wild shrieking.*" Megan Gahan writes for SheLovesMagazine.com on MASH v. reality.

8. 6 New Facts About Facebook for its 10th Birthday
Baby spam? "Which [fill-in-the-blank] character are you" quizzes? FarmVille? Find out the top thing users dislike about Facebook. 

9. How a Poor Theology of the Cross Created America's Broken Justice System
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Our prisons are overflowing. Why? Because our theological framework has told us that justice can only be satisfied when someone has been properly and fully punished, instead of telling us that justice is most fully satisfied when a life has been restored. The justice we seek in society today all gets traced back to how we view the justice of the cross."

10. WATCH: President Obama's Remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast
In a speech highlighting international and domestic religious freedom, President Obama also reflected on his own religious life at the annual Prayer Breakfast. Watch the video here.

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