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  • We're more likely to believe in the supernatural than God?:..(UK)

    03/27/2014 7:55:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 27, 2014 | Fiona Macrae
    If you believe in ghosts, panic when you break a mirror and would rather walk on to the road than under a ladder, you are not alone. In fact, Britons are more likely to have faith in the supernatural than in God, a survey has found. It showed more than half give credence to the supernatural and superstition – compared with just 49 per cent who believe in God. Similarly, more people believe they have extraordinary powers such as a sixth sense than regularly go to church.
  • The Two Kinds of Faith

    01/31/2014 2:06:06 PM PST · by James R. Aist · 76 replies
    The Christian Post iPost ^ | January 31, 2014 | James R. Aist
    Several years ago I heard someone make the statement that "To help someone accept Christ, just show them that they already use faith in their everyday life, and explain to them that all they have to do is use the same faith to believe in Jesus." Well, I didn't know why at first, but that statement just didn't seem to ring true, especially in light of what the Bible actually says about faith. So, I began to search it out more carefully, and that's how I came to realize that there are actually two kinds of faith, and that they...
  • Evolution is Most Certainly a Matter of Belief... and so is Christianity

    01/15/2014 8:57:46 AM PST · by xzins · 155 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | January 15, 2014 | Albert Mohler
    One of the most misleading headlines imaginable recently appeared over an opinion column published in USA Today. Tom Krattenmaker, a member of the paper’s Board of Contributors, set out to argue that there is no essential conflict between evolution and religious belief because the two are dealing with completely separate modes of knowing. Evolution, he argued, is simply “settled science” that requires no belief. Religion, on the other hand, is a faith system that is based in a totally different way of knowing—a form of knowing that requires belief and faith. The background to the column is the recent data...
  • [CATH/ORTH CAUCUS]Sizing Up a (Silly?) Christian Slogan and Listening to a Very Angry Man

    08/11/2010 3:54:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/10/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    The video at the bottom of this page is a rather angry discourse by a non-believer. Watch it with care and caution as he uses some profanity and a degree of uncharitable discourse, and unfair stereotyping  that is hard to take if you haven’t prayed prior to viewing it. He does disclaim at the beginning that “Not everyone who has religious faith is a complete idiot” but then goes on to so fundamentally attack the very notion of faith that he ends up saying we’re “complete idiots.”I call the video to your attention however because it is valuable at times...
  • When Beliefs are Non-Falsifiable and Infallible

    01/09/2014 10:08:54 PM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Stately McDaniel Manor ^ | 1-5-2014 | Mike McDaniel
    credit: calguns.net Dealing as I do in the fetid fever swamp of politics, I often confront ideologues, people who are absolutely convinced of the supremacy and rightness of their position, no matter what.  My favorite Bookworm recently wrote an informative article on this very subject, via the gun control debate.  If you’ve not read her work, it’s surely worth your time, particularly so because while she still lives in California–Marin particularly–she is a recovering Progressive (she’s recovering nicely, thank you).My former Confederate Yankee co-blogger, Bob Owens, incorporated this observation into the CY masthead: Because liberalism is a persistent vegetative state....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FIDES ECCLESIASTICA, 08-06-12

    08/06/2012 9:08:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-06-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):FIDES ECCLESIASTICA See: THEOLOGICAL NOTES All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What does a conservative believe?

    07/12/2012 12:56:22 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentNetwork · 4 replies
    Tenth Amendment Network ^ | 7/12/2012 | Marc Gindin
    Let's lay out the belief system of a conservative, as applied in the 21st century. If you're a conservative, you believe these things.
  • Belief in Hell Is Associated With Reduced Crime, According to International Data

    06/26/2012 9:04:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 06/19/2012
    Religions are thought to serve as bulwarks against unethical behaviors. However, when it comes to predicting criminal behavior, the specific religious beliefs one holds is the determining factor, says a University of Oregon psychologist. The study, appearing in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS ONE, found that criminal activity is higher in societies where people's religious beliefs contain a strong punitive component than in places where religious beliefs are more benevolent. A country where many more people believe in heaven than in hell, for example, is likely to have a much higher crime rate than one where these beliefs...
  • Which Country Believes in God the Most, Least?

    04/30/2012 2:51:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/30/2012 | By Jeff Schapiro
    A recently released report from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago shows which countries have the most, and the least, belief in God by population percentage. The Philippines, a predominantly Catholic nation, was found to have the highest percentage (84 percent) of people who "know God really exists and ... have no doubts about it," and the lowest percentage (less than one percent) of people who said they "don't believe in God" at all. The report, titled "Beliefs about God across Time and Countries," analyzes 30 countries based on surveys from the International Social Survey Programme...
  • Test of Fire

    04/19/2012 8:33:24 PM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2012 | Various
    This is a video.
  • NPR: The Books And Beliefs Shaping Michele Bachmann (The major influences in her life)

    08/15/2011 12:16:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | 08/15/2011
    Rep. Michele Bachman officially threw her hat into the presidential ring on June 27. Since then, the Minnesota congresswoman has emerged as a Republican front-runner, riding on a wave of Tea Party support and national media appearances. New Yorker Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza spent four days with Bachmann and her staff aboard their campaign jet in mid-June. On Tuesday's Fresh Air, he talks about his unprecedented access to the congresswoman, whom he profiles in the Aug. 15, 2011, edition of The New Yorker. The piece looks at the writers, beliefs and books that Bachmann has specifically mentioned as major influences...
  • What scientists believe (Younger scientists are now more religious than older scientists)

    01/29/2011 12:53:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Cardus ^ | 01/25/2011 | Milton Friesen
    Despite the binary title, Science vs. Religion is about the need for greater nuance, informed communication, and mutual understanding within the complicated intertwining spaces of religious belief and scientific research. Using social science research methods, Ecklund aims to map the contours of religious belief and spirituality in the lives and minds of natural and social scientists at 21 elite research universities in the United States. Her research included 1,700 web and phone surveys and 275 personal interviews (and the survey instruments are included in the book). One of the dominant themes that emerges from this primary research is the extraordinary...
  • Eliminating Randomness Reduces Need For God And Increases Belief In Evolution

    11/12/2010 4:10:37 AM PST · by mattstat · 16 replies
    Caution! The experiment I’m about to explain might increase your belief in God. It should only be attempted by academics who are immune to such deleterious effects. Got a pair of dice? Before you throw them, guess what numbers will show. Obviously, what will happen is random, you have no control over the dice, and chances are you will guess wrongly. This is bad news. Because when you experience the dice’s randomness, you now are more likely to believe in God. Even worse, you might even toss your copy of The Descent of Man into the bin! The result of...
  • A Religious Test-Are we working to the point where only Agnostics will be politically acceptable?

    09/20/2010 12:18:57 PM PDT · by RacLuther · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/17/2010 | Damon Linker
    Fifty years ago, in the midst of his presidential campaign against Richard Nixon, Sen. John F. Kennedy gave a speech to ease voters' concerns about his Catholic faith. Speaking in Houston, Kennedy emphasized that Article VI of the Constitution maintains that no "religious test" may keep a candidate from aspiring to political office. He went further, implying that his Catholicism should be off limits to public scrutiny. To treat a politician's religious beliefs as politically relevant was an affront to America's noblest civic traditions, he declared.
  • Is Believing In God Evolutionarily Advantageous?

    09/01/2010 7:58:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    NPR ^ | 08/31/2010 | Alix Spiegel
    Jesse Bering's mother died of cancer on a Sunday, in her own bed, at 9 o'clock at night. Bering and his siblings closed her door and went downstairs, hoping they might somehow get some sleep. It was a long, hard night, but around 7 a.m., something happened: The wind chimes outside his mother's window started to chime. Bering remembers waking to the tinkle of these bells, a small but distinct sound in an otherwise silent house. And he remembers thinking that those bells carried a very specific message. "It seemed to me ... that she was somehow telling us that...
  • The Rise of Orthopraxy

    03/17/2010 9:05:13 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 2 replies · 151+ views
    The Jewish Press ^ | 3/10/'10 | Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
    A few months ago, football's New York Jets willingly accommodated Jewish fans by moving their home opener from the evening to the early afternoon of the same day. That evening - Yom Kippur - would have presumably found thousands of the Jets faithful in synagogue and not at the Meadowlands or glued to their television sets. This altruistic act - moving the game out of prime time - speaks volumes about the Jets' sensitivity to Jewish sensibilities (perhaps it even propelled them to a successful season), to the influence of politicians and civic leaders to cause a commotion over trivialities,...
  • Climategate: Knowledge, Belief, and Global Warming

    03/15/2010 6:32:12 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 2 replies · 319+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 15, 2010 | Dan Miller
    It is foolish to take inflexible stands on positions of dubious merit. I don’t know whether the Earth is warming, cooling, doing both, or doing neither. Nor, if it is doing one of the first three, do I know whether or to what extent it is caused by changeable human behavior or, if so, what if anything can or should be done about it. The law of unintended consequences suggests that any cure may be worse than the disease, if both the disease and a cure for it actually exist. If the disease does not exist, the results are likely...
  • Poll: US belief in global warming is cooling

    10/22/2009 3:34:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,443+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/22/09 | Dina Cappiello - ap
    WASHINGTON – Americans seem to be cooling toward global warming. Just 57 percent think there is solid evidence the world is getting warmer, down 20 points in just three years, a new poll says. And the share of people who believe pollution caused by humans is causing temperatures to rise has also taken a dip, even as the U.S. and world forums gear up for possible action against climate change. In a poll of 1,500 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, released Thursday, the number of people saying there is strong scientific evidence that...
  • Belief-O-Matic

    10/08/2009 10:14:52 AM PDT · by TBP · 20 replies · 910+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    A quizola to match your religious beliefs to your most comfortable religious expression.
  • What Is the Moral Foundation Of Your Economic Beliefs?

    08/24/2009 7:20:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 1,198+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 8/24/2009 | Bill Frezza
    What is the moral foundation of your economic beliefs? Do economic beliefs even require a moral foundation? Do you find it natural to accept the varied religious beliefs of others even if they contradict your own? On the other hand, are you often at odds with people who espouse different economic beliefs and policies? Why, especially if the former forms the foundation for the latter? Would you ever use the ballot box to force others to practice your religion or make them pay to build you a church? Why do you find it easy to do this with your economic...
  • Section III - Religion and Science - Pew Research Poll 2006

    05/27/2009 6:11:29 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 3 replies · 280+ views
    The Pew Forum ^ | August 24, 2006 | Pew Research
    Section III - Religion and Science Despite recent controversies over issues at the intersection of religion and science, such as evolution and stem cell research, there is broad agreement that scientific advances help mankind. Nearly two-thirds of Americans (65%) take a positive view of scientific advances; just 19% say they harm mankind. Solid majorities in every major religious group say that scientific advances help rather than harm mankind. The view that science is helping mankind varies from 63% among mainline Protestants to 72% among white Catholics. But the issue of evolution and the origins of life remains highly divisive. Specifically,...
  • The Piety of Big League Ballplayers

    05/08/2009 4:43:36 PM PDT · by Misterioso · 4 replies · 309+ views
    Vanity | May 8, 2009 | misterioso
    I'm a dyed in the wool baseball fan and watch a game on TV almost every day. I've noticed that many players, while on the field, cross themselves or point to heaven before and/or after their appearances. It appears to me that this is predominantly a habit with African-Americans and those from Spanish-speaking countries. While white players frequently display crosses around their necks, they seem less apt to signify their faith to other players or to the crowd. Has anyone an opinion on my observation.
  • Defecting to Faith

    05/03/2009 11:50:32 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 20 replies · 642+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 1, 2009 | CHARLES M. BLOW
    “Most people are religious because they’re raised to be. They’re indoctrinated by their parents.” So goes the rationale of my nonreligious friends. Maybe, but a study entitled “Faith in Flux” issued this week by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life questioned nearly 3,000 people and found that most children raised unaffiliated with a religion later chose to join one. Indoctrination be damned. By contrast, only 14 percent of those raised Catholic and 13 percent of those raised Protestant later became unaffiliated. (It should be noted that about a quarter of the unaffiliated identified as atheist or agnostic, and...
  • Coming to terms with doubt: How reporting on religion cost writer his faith

    03/10/2009 8:44:54 PM PDT · by delacoert · 19 replies · 1,006+ views
    The Telegraph Herald ^ | March 7, 2009 | MARY NEVANS-PEDERSON
    It started out as the dream job for a passionate Christian -- reporting about religion for a major newspaper. But writing about other people's religions ended up costing William Lobdell his own. The former Los Angeles Times reporter chronicled his soul-wrenching, emotion-laden journey in the recently released book "Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America -- and Found Unexpected Peace," published by Harper Collins. Lobdell's spiritual journey led him from an uninspired Protestant childhood to agnosticism before he attended a weekend Christian men's retreat where he was "born again." Concerned with what he considered...
  • Upcoming religion speakers debate immigration, belief

    02/28/2009 12:50:08 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 9 replies · 347+ views
    Journalstar.com ^ | 2-28-09 | erin andersen
    Immigration is a hot button political issue. But what is the theological take on immigration? That is the subject of M. Daniel Carroll Rodas’ lecture “Can You Hear Me Now? Ground Rules for a National Conversation on Immigration,” being presented at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Lincoln Berean Church, 6400 S. 70th St. The free lecture is part of The Worldview Lecture Series. “We all get a bit weary of hearing the political rhetoric from both the right and the left on the issue of immigration,” said Mark Mathewson, academic dean at the Christian Leadership College, which is hosting the...
  • George W. Bush’s View Of The Bible Is No Different From Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s!

    01/20/2009 8:32:52 AM PST · by epow · 7 replies · 561+ views
    Vodpod ^ | 12/11/08 | unknown
    Video only, no text. Click on url at title for video.
  • We Believe in God, miracles, ghosts - and UFOs

    12/12/2008 9:36:51 AM PST · by lakeprincess · 5 replies · 479+ views
    The Washington TImes ^ | 12/12,08 | Jennifer Harper
    We believe in God - plus miracles, heaven, the devil and UFOs - but not Darwin so much. It must be true. A poll says so!
  • Following Hard After God (A.W. Tozer)

    07/11/2008 1:32:30 PM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 4 replies · 71+ views
    The Pursuit of God ^ | 1948 | A. W. Tozer
    Following hard after God My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. Ps. 63:8 Christian theology teaches the doctrine of prevenient grace, which briefly stated means this, that before a man can seek God, God must first have sought the man. Before a sinful man can think a right thought of God, there must have been a work of enlightenment done within him; imperfect it may be, but a true work nonetheless, and the secret cause of all desiring and seeking and praying which may follow. We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put...
  • et moi, ŕ quoi je crois? (And me, what do I believe?)

    09/01/2007 4:50:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 333+ views
    Off the Record ^ | September 1, 2007 | Diogenes
    Now this is sad. "Toupie" is a serialized French picture-book ("for ages two through four"), of which I came upon a ten-year-old Christmas-themed issue. One of the vignettes (click here and here) shows a living-room scene with the kitten Pikou cozily enjoying Christmas Eve with Momma and Poppa cat. The following dialogue takes place: -- Why have Grandma and Grandpa gone out tonight? asked Pikou. -- Grandma and Grandpa go to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. -- Why don't we go with them, Momma? -- Because I don't share their religion, said Momma. -- What? There's more than one...
  • US Supreme Court Justice Breyer unhappy with cases last term, strong belief in rule of law

    08/11/2007 7:30:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 1,617+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/11/07 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO - The Supreme Court's most recent term was a difficult one, Justice Stephen Breyer said Saturday, because he found himself on the losing end of several key cases. "I was in dissent quite a lot and I wasn't happy," Breyer said at the American Bar Association's annual meeting. Breyer was one of four liberal justices who dissented in cases involving abortion rights, school integration and pay discrimination. In the school case, in which the court struck down student assignment plans in Louisville, Ky., and Seattle, his frustration bubbled over in a lengthy dissent that was twice as long...
  • Darwin’s God (Explaining God by Evolution)

    03/04/2007 8:44:01 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 13 replies · 623+ views
    New York Times Magazine ^ | 4 March 2004 | ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG
    ...This is different from the scientific assault on religion that has been garnering attention recently, in the form of best-selling books from scientific atheists who see religion as a scourge. In “The God Delusion,” published last year and still on best-seller lists, the Oxford evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins concludes that religion is nothing more than a useless, and sometimes dangerous, evolutionary accident. “Religious behavior may be a misfiring, an unfortunate byproduct of an underlying psychological propensity which in other circumstances is, or once was, useful,” Dawkins wrote. He is joined by two other best-selling authors — Sam Harris, who wrote...
  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....1-23-07....I Believe...

    01/23/2007 6:49:12 AM PST · by DollyCali · 70 replies · 764+ views
    Dolly Howard | January 23, 2007 | DollyCali
    A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.   Over 100,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic, and the forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world. A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in...
  • The Republican Party must get back to basics

    01/13/2007 8:17:01 AM PST · by 13Sisters76 · 31 replies · 633+ views
    Townhall ^ | Jan 12, 2007 | Michael Zak
    The Republican Party must get Back to Basics By Michael Zak Friday, January 12, 2007 As the Republican Party tries to recover from crushing defeat in the mid-term elections, a little historical perspective is in order. Halfway through his second term, an unpopular Republican president saw his party lose its majority in the House of Representatives, ending more than a decade of congressional control, and Republicans wondered why they had lost the “fire in the belly” of just a few years before. I’m referring to President Ulysses Grant and the mid-term elections of 1874. That year, the Republican share of...
  • Why That Ann Althouse Metaphor Is Frightening

    12/28/2006 7:09:09 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 10 replies · 750+ views
    Redstate.com ^ | 28 December 2006 | By .cnI redruM
    On most tours through the blogsphere, a stop by Ann Althouse’s Blog is well worth the mouse-click. She often thinks freely, unfreighted with dogmatic twaddle, and presents the events of the day in an interesting and enlightened perspective that dwarfs the mediocre and mendacious interpretations of them offered up by the likes of The Associated Press. One of her recent posts, however, touched off a firestorm. She compared a group of strongly committed Conservatives and Libertarians to the 9-11 hijackers. I initially chalked the whole thing up as an over the top metaphor and took no real offense. I myself,...
  • Believing All of the Gospel

    08/19/2006 6:48:20 AM PDT · by Rampolla · 7 replies · 259+ views
    If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. St. Augustine of Hippo Sermons?
  • For Almost All Americans, There Is God (CBS Poll: 4/5 believe in God)

    04/17/2006 9:32:56 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 68 replies · 1,350+ views
    CBS ^ | April 13, 2006 | CBS Staff
    (CBS) A new CBS News poll shows that almost all Americans believe in God or some higher power and more than half pray often and consider religion an important component of their daily lives. Eighty-two percent of poll respondents said they believe in God, with nine percent saying they had faith in some sort of higher power or spirit. Doubt about the existence of God was highest in the "young" demographic as well that of political independents, those living in the West, people who live in big cities and men. Fifty-nine percent of Americans indicated that they pray often and...
  • Predicting the Future: How the right belief system will help predict the future.

    01/30/2006 12:08:36 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 4 replies · 682+ views
    Forbes Magazine ^ | Feb .Issue | Rich Karlgaard
      Digital RulesPredicting the Future: Part IIRich Karlgaard, 02.13.06 I graduated from college in 1976. That was 30 years ago, the same 30-year gap experienced by Marty McFly in the movie Back To the Future (see Jan. 30, p. 33). Let's fire up Doc Brown's DeLorean time-traveler and return to 1976. But would we really want to go? We'd be reminded that the prevailing view of the world in 1976 was: • The planet was severely overpopulated and would soon run out of natural resources. • The age of entrepreneurship was dead and was being replaced by the conglomerated...
  • God and the Geese

    12/15/2005 4:31:16 PM PST · by Zacs Mom · 3 replies · 273+ views
    E-mail
    (I received the following in an email and thought some here might enjoy reading this timely little story) "There was once a man who didn't believe in God, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays. His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his disparaging comments.....
  • Ecuadorians flocking to see Jesus' face on tree trunk

    11/04/2005 11:13:37 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 9 replies · 817+ views
    Agencia EFE ^ | Nov. 4, 2005 | Staff
    Quito, Nov 4 (EFE).- Hundreds of Ecuadorians are visiting an area in the southern province of Loja where people say an image of Christ's face is visible on the trunk of a tree. The face was first seen on Oct. 19, and since then hundreds of people have visited the site, located in the village of Zamora Guayco. The Catholic Church has asked several priests to examine the tree trunk privately, the TV channel said. Most of Ecuador's 12.5 million people are Catholic. The face on the tree trunk has aroused much interest and drawn increasingly large crowds to the...
  • Worthy Is the Lamb?

    08/16/2005 7:42:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies · 489+ views
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 08-16-05 | Thomas J. Nash
      by Thomas J. Nash Other Articles by Thomas J. Nash Worthy Is the Lamb? 08/16/05 Even among animals, a lamb is not a likely “leading man” for a Hollywood action-adventure. Mighty Mouse or Underdog could save the day, but not a lamb; lambs are known for needing help in times of trouble. Recall the wandering lamb that had to be rescued (Mt 18:12-13), or other lambs that needed protection from a menacing wolf (Jn 10:11-12). In This Article...An Untimely and Humiliating DeathFollow the LeaderThe Lambs Win in the End An Untimely and Humiliating Death What was God thinking when He...
  • Practide, Man, Practice

    08/10/2005 8:42:32 AM PDT · by TBP · 1 replies · 338+ views
    I AM Spirit ^ | Recently | Tim Phares, RScP
    When I was a boy, my parents used to enjoy a comedian named Ronnie Graham. One of his jokes was, "The other day a cat came up to me and said, 'How do I get to Carnegie Hall?' and I said 'Practice, man, practice.' This other cat came up to me and said, 'Meow.' He was a real cat." We talk a lot in our movement about spiritual practices. I am a Religious Science Practitioner; the root word of Practitioner is practice. But why do we practice? Ernest Holmes said that a central concept of our movement is "Perfect God,...
  • Bono on Conversion

    08/02/2005 5:58:50 PM PDT · by HallowThisGround · 25 replies · 1,111+ views
    Opinion Times ^ | 8/2/05 | Jim Pfaff
    Here's remarkable statement by U2 lead singer, Bono, in which he discusses the difference between Karma and Grace in his new book Bono on Conversion. It’s a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the Universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma. . . . You see, at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in...
  • A Man of Faith:The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush-(totally authentic,unlike his predecessor!)

    07/19/2005 5:56:56 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 736+ views
    TOWNHALL.COM ^ | JULY 19, 2005 | Loredana Vuoto
    David Aikman's recent book, A Man of Faith: The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush, highlights the pivotal role religious faith plays in George W. Bush's life and presidency. The book chronicles Bush's slow ascendancy to his faith, taking note of the key people and seminal events that helped shape his Christian worldview. Aikman, a former senior correspondent for Time magazine, is an open Christian who is sympathetic to Bush's core religious principles. Aikman's work is the second one that touches on Bush's faith. Stephen Mansfield wrote the first, The Faith of George W. Bush, which was released last year,...
  • Back to first principles - (is God gone from Europe? - post 7/7 reflections on looming crisis)

    07/12/2005 9:06:01 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 419+ views
    TOWNHALL.COM ^ | JULY 12, 2005 | BILL MURCHISON
    On Sunday they packed 'em in -- a circumstance you wouldn't have noted for some long while in English churches, which, like European churches in general, seem to resound mainly with historic echoes. But there was praying to be done, and it seemed to the English people meet, right and their bounden duty -- as the Book of Common Prayer would have it -- to lay their sorrows and perplexities before the Lord. And so, three days after the explosions and screams that scarred a London morning, something like the old European civilization popped back into view. I didn't say...
  • Understanding Singer and combating Singerism - ("people of faith" have "psychological needs!")

    07/01/2005 8:37:06 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 552+ views
    TOWNHALL.COM ^ | JUNE 30, 2005 | MARVIN OLASKY
    The column I've written over the past year that attracted the most reader response was one last December about Peter Singer, the Princeton professor of ethics who sees no ethical problem with polyamory, bestiality, necrophilia or some kinds of infanticide. Readers frequently asked questions concerning past and future: How did the individual called by The New Yorker today's "most influential" philosopher develop such beastly positions, and how should conservatives fight his influence? First, the past: Although Singer would like to think that his conclusions are the result of pure intellectual labor, his family history is worth noting. He and President...
  • The (Culture) War of the Word - (chasm between secularists and conservatives;Bible&Torah)

    05/29/2005 3:35:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 27 replies · 950+ views
    LA TIMES.COM ^ | MAY 29, 2005 | DENNIS PRAGER
    A number of years ago I discovered a root cause of America's culture war. It came to me as I debated professor Alan Dershowitz about issues of Jewish concern before a 1,000 Jews at the 92nd Street "Y" in New York City. With the exception of support for Israel, Dershowitz, a Harvard liberal, and I agreed on nothing, political or religious. Toward the end of the evening I came to understand why. "Ladies and gentlemen," I announced, "the major difference between Alan Dershowitz and me is this: When professor Dershowitz differs with the Torah, he assumes that he is right...
  • A Mormon's response to posts on "Religious Declaration of Sexual Morality"

    04/27/2005 6:07:01 PM PDT · by WingedPaladin · 488 replies · 5,322+ views
    It is of much relief to me to see not one single name in the list posted here belonging to a leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormons. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We firmly believe our leaders receive revelation directly from the Lord Jesus Christ and it is through revelation that our church began. We consider our church to be a restoration of the truths and blessings that were lost during the great apostasy that occurred after the apostles and prophets were killed...
  • His Was no "Act" - (Colonel Robert Pappas, USMC (Ret) on Pope John Paul II)

    04/05/2005 8:22:28 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 436+ views
    GULF1.COM ^ | APRIL 5, 2005 | COLONEL ROBERT PAPPAS, USMC (Ret)
    As one who is not a Roman Catholic and for the first four decades of life viewed Catholicism with a jaundiced eye, this writer mourns the death of Pope John Paul II. It wasn't until a midlife crisis that the writer ever looked at religion beyond his conservative Methodist roots. He knew little about them except that other religions existed, and that included Roman Catholicism. In fact, he held many of the same views that condemn Catholics as Pope, statue and Mary worshippers, even toying with the notion, that far from being Jesus' representative with a lineage that began with...
  • Stone Buddhas and the Ten Commandments: Icons or Idols?

    04/05/2005 8:11:14 PM PDT · by xzins · 1 replies · 263+ views
    Orthovox ^ | Apr 05 | Sheila Enstine
    Stone Buddhas and the Ten Commandments: Icons or Idols?   An OrthoVox Exclusive by Sheila Enstine     An icon is a flawed representation of the real thing.  An idol, on the other hand, attempts to replace the real thing.  As author Madeleine L’Engle explains, an idol is an icon of which we have false expectations.   If Afghanistan’s now-defunct Taliban government is any indication, L’Engle’s distinction is too fragile for some people to grasp. Consider the plight of the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Since the fifth century, these two massive statues placidly watched over the southern-most route of the...
  • My Answer to the Tsunami Question

    02/10/2005 2:49:54 AM PST · by James S. Robb · 9 replies · 771+ views
    Skeptics Club ^ | Februrary 7, 2005 | James S. Robb
    I imagine more than a few people will never forgive God for the recent Tsunami. Today I went on Google and typed in, "Why did God allow the tsunami to happen?" The search engine found 108,000 web entries on the subject. Yeah, people are wondering. Just like they wondered why God did nothing to stop the Holocast. Before that, the First World War. Many turned away from God after each of these tragedies. And it's not surprising. When criminals in our society commit gross crimes of willful murder, we execute them. Many people, putting two and two together, figure an...