From Newtopia, Brian Griffith on the trouble with Gnostics. Most religions teach that after death, a soul within us leaves the body and lives on for eternity — many people assume it is also a biblical belief, but is it? Donald Prothero reviews The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood by David R. Montgomery. Joel Stephen Williams reviews Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reason by Russell Pregeant. How did people know about God before the Bible came into being? Ann Naffziger answers. Was Jesus a drama king? Peter Wallace on six ways Jesus was emotionally real — and why it matters. Does the Christian church damage women by idolizing virginity? David Sessions on what it will really take to bring down the cult of virginity. Brian D. Earp on why it's OK to criticize religious practices. Dan Delzell on why it feels natural to criticize Christians.