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  • What Science Really Says about Religion

    03/26/2013 8:53:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/26/2013 | Thomas P. Sheahen
    In the March 25 issue of The Weekly Standard, the lead article entitled "The Heretic" deals with philosopher Thomas Nagel, who has abandoned his long-held perspective on philosophy and religion. This has caused consternation and alarm among contemporary philosophy professors, the great majority of whom are strongly committed to an atheistic world-view. A recurring assertion by members of that profession is that they are being very scientific, because science disproves religion. The question arises, "Where did the idea come from that science disproves religion?" It didn't come from within science; rather, it's the province of non-scientists making statements about science....
  • Nothing to Religious ‘Nones,’ Gallup Pollster Says

    03/17/2013 2:47:03 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 7 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 17, 2013 | JP
    Frank Newport, author of the recently published book, “God is Alive and Well,” made a timely appearance this past week at a forum hosted by Concordia University in Southern California. It followed the much-hyped release of a new survey by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Duke University that stated, “Americans and religion increasingly parting ways.” Deliberately misinterpreting data culled from the General Social Survey, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, the researchers claimed that the percentage of Americans “preferring no religion” had risen to 20 percent in 2012, down 12 percentage points from 1990. “We...
  • Americans and religion increasingly parting ways, new survey shows

    03/15/2013 10:01:46 PM PDT · by TBP · 29 replies
    UC Berkeley ^ | March 12, 2013 | Yasmin Anwar
    Religious affiliation in the United States is at its lowest point since it began to be tracked in the 1930s, according to analysis of newly released survey data by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Duke University. Last year, one in five Americans claimed they had no religious preference, more than double the number reported in 1990. Fewer Americans affiliated with an organized religion, survey shows UC Berkeley sociologists Mike Hout and Claude Fischer , along with Mark Chaves of Duke University, analyzed data on religious attitudes as part of the General Social Survey, a highly cited biannual...
  • Conclave: timetable for first days

    03/09/2013 11:56:02 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 9, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) During the course of the briefing for journalists on Saturday in the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, outlined a timetable for the ceremonies and proceedings on the first days of the upcoming Conclave. The times given below are tentative and approximate. Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 (all times Rome local: GMT + 1) 15:45 – Transfer from Domus Sanctae Marthae to Pauline Chapel16:30 – Procession from Pauline Chapel to Sistine Chapel16:45 – Oath administered and Extra omnes! Proclaimed Followed by meditation by Card. Prosper Grech, OPEventual 1st vote 19:15 – Vespers19:30 – Cardinals return...
  • Day Four: The Great Game Begins (Daily Conclave Report)

    03/09/2013 11:37:30 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 9, 2013 | Robert Royal
    So we finally have a starting time. Given the choice among Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week, the assembled cardinals chose to be moderate and pick the date in the middle. I am not boasting when I say that I anticipated this middle-of-the-road move – which my press colleagues here in Rome discounted. It was simply a logical extrapolation: There seems to be an air of caution and moderation in all the events to date. So in many ways, this latest result is the least surprise. There’s still a lot of time between now (Friday evening, as I write)...
  • What have the cardinals been doing? One of them explains.

    03/09/2013 6:37:32 AM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 7, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From New York’s blogging cardinal archbishop, Timothy Dolan: Every day we each begin with the most effective prayer of all, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In our sessions we pray from the Divine Office, begin each meeting with the ancient prayer to the third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, the Veni Sancte Spiritus, and we break at lunch with the beautiful words of the Angelus. Wednesday, we cardinals made a Holy Hour of adoration before Jesus, really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, at the Altar of the Chair in Saint Peter’s Basilica.We’re praying a lot; and,...
  • Oh, My God

    03/09/2013 12:57:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    With the shorthand "OMG" (oh, my God) becoming a huge cliche, it might be worth taking a look at how Americans are seeing the Almighty these days -- that is if they are looking at all. A recent Gallup poll indicates that just 31 percent of Americans worship publicly on a weekly basis, while 43 percent rarely go to a church, synagogue or mosque. Growing up under the heavy hand of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, it was drummed into me that attending weekly Mass was not an option. It was a must to avoid eternal damnation, which...
  • Libertarianism & Christianity

    01/06/2013 3:43:37 PM PST · by grumpa · 69 replies
    Faith Facts Publishing ^ | January 5, 2013 | Faith Facts
    We have noticed many conservative Christians these days claiming to hold to a libertarian political philosophy. Libertarianism is the idea that government should allow complete freedom, except in the case when one person directly harms another. While this often sounds appealing to Christians, we see see a dangerous clash of worldviews in trying to mix Christianity with libertarianism. We think that “Christian libertarians” have been unwittingly duped into adopting a philosophy that has much in common with liberal secularists--and is contrary to the Bible at key points. Libertarianism and Christianity really do not mix like some think. Among the problems...
  • One slap a day... (The Truth Behind the Veil: Islam Enslaves the Hearts of Their Women Video)

    12/30/2012 7:08:20 AM PST · by Magen David · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | Published on Nov 27, 2012 | Nick van Riel
    Where is love and peace in Islam? Does the muslim woman who is flogged for being ‘the victim’ of a rape find the love in Islam? Does the muslim woman who is buried up to her chest and stoned to death find peace in Islam? Does the muslim woman who is acid burned find the love and peace in Islam? Does the muslim woman who is honor killed find the love and peace she seeks? I think not.
  • Does Objective truth exist? If so, why?

    12/15/2012 8:18:27 PM PST · by Zeneta · 70 replies
    unknown | Jonathan Sarfati
    I'd like to share this for those that are interested in seeking truth. The issues run far and wide, however there seems a core to understanding that needs to be examined.
  • Muslims World Failures is not the West's Fault 'Islam Bigger Impact Than Imperlaism'

    11/03/2012 4:46:21 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    You Tube ^ | 26 October 2012 | Niall Ferguson interviewed
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  • Faith and Science

    09/17/2012 12:30:05 PM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 3 replies
    Chuck Morse Speaks ^ | September 18, 2012 | Chuck Morse
    Today is Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and I happened to get a synopsis of a sermon that was delivered by a Rabbi at a Reform synagogue in Seattle. The Rabbi presented what I would describe as a false conflict, a dialectical analysis, and that is the alleged conflicting views of faith and science. Operating on the premise that this conflict exists, the Rabbi suggested, as a solution, that his congregants re-introduce faith into their lives. There is, or course, no contradiction between faith and science as this is one of the great myths that has been promoted by...
  • Afterlife Exists Says Top Brain Surgeon

    10/10/2012 6:43:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 71 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | October 10, 2012 | Mark Hughes
    Dr Eben Alexander, a Harvard-educated neurosurgeon, fell into a coma for seven days in 2008 after contracting meningitis. During his illness Dr Alexander says that the part of his brain which controls human thought and emotion "shut down" and that he then experienced "something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death." In an essay for American magazine Newsweek, which he wrote to promote his book Proof of Heaven, Dr Alexander says he was met by a beautiful blue-eyed woman in a "place of clouds, big fluffy pink-white ones" and "shimmering beings".
  • The Volatile Notion of a Married Jesus (George Stephanopoulos' Mom Objects)

    11/03/2003 8:03:28 PM PST · by Destro · 38 replies · 776+ views
    VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN ^ | November 3, 2003 | VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN
    The Volatile Notion of a Married Jesus By VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN Published: November 3, 2003 Half a dozen religious leaders joined David Westin, the president of ABC News, and others from the network and the press for lunch on the 22nd floor of ABC building on 66th Street in Manhattan late last week. Mr. Westin wore a sharp suit, as did some members of the clergy; others had dressed casually. Many were diffident. Some were quietly furious. Part symposium and part focus group, the meeting had been convened to discuss "Jesus, Mary and da Vinci," tonight's ABC News special; the show...
  • Ancient Text Reveals False Gospel

    09/25/2012 11:44:40 PM PDT · by GeronL · 37 replies
    Associated Posers ^ | 2-26-2012 | geonl
    (Associated Posers) - CAIRO, Egypt - Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, revealed this morning an ancient shred of papyrus. He announced that for the past 6 months this scrap of papyrus has been studied by some of the leading archaeologists. "Due to the controversial nature of the contents, we have been extremely meticulous and we have documented everything" Zahi Hawass said at the press conference held near his office "The paper, the ink and even the writing all point to the same result" Less than a week after another scrap of ancient text was falsely said to have...
  • Why the Singleness of Jesus Makes the Best Sense of the Historical Evidence

    09/23/2012 1:33:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/23/2012 | Timothy Paul Jones
    “It is an embarrassing insight into human nature that the more fantastic the scenario, the more sensational is the promotion it receives and the more intense the faddish interest it attracts,” Roman Catholic scholar Raymond Brown wrote nearly three decades ago. “People who would never bother reading a responsible analysis of the traditions about how Jesus was crucified, died, was buried, and rose from the dead are fascinated by the report of some ‘new insight’ to the effect he was not crucified or did not die, especially if his subsequent career involved running off with Mary Magdalene to India.” This...
  • The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: How a fake Gospel-Fragment was composed

    09/25/2012 5:53:17 PM PDT · by annalex · 27 replies
    markgoodacre.org ^ | 20 September 2012. | Francis Watson
    http://markgoodacre.org/Watson.pdf The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: How a fake Gospel-Fragment was composed FRANCIS WATSON, Durham University, U.K, 20 September 2012. Email francis.watson@dur.ac.uk A gospel or gospel-fragment might be regarded as “fake” whether its author belongs to the ancient or the modern world. In both cases, the aim would be to persuade as many readers as possible to take the new text seriously – as a window onto unknown aspects of Jesus’ life, or how it was perceived by his later followers. In her thorough and helpful analysis of the text that is coming to be known as the Gospel of...
  • The Inside Story of a Controversial New Text About Jesus

    09/20/2012 5:34:56 AM PDT · by OldRanchHand · 40 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | September 20, 2012 | OldRanchHand
    Harvard researcher Karen King today unveiled an ancient papyrus fragment with the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” The text also mentions “Mary,” arguably a reference to Mary Magdalene. The announcement at an academic conference in Rome is sure to send shock waves through the Christian world. The Smithsonian Channel will premiere a special documentary about the discovery on September 30 at 8 p.m. ET. And Smithsonian magazine reporter Ariel Sabar has been covering the story behind the scenes for weeks, tracing King’s steps from when a suspicious e-mail hit her in-box to the nerve-racking moment when she thought...
  • The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship

    09/22/2012 7:35:40 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 45 replies
    http://www.albertmohler.com ^ | September 20, 2012 | Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, declares that the news released Tuesday was “apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship — and beyond.” Really?What was this news? Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced at a conference in Rome that she had identified an ancient papyrus fragment that includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” Within hours, headlines around the world advertised the announcement with headlines like “Ancient Papyrus Could Be Evidence that Jesus Had...
  • The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship

    09/22/2012 12:41:56 PM PDT · by rhema · 48 replies
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | 9/20/12 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, declares that the news released Tuesday was “apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship — and beyond.” Really? What was this news? Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced at a conference in Rome that she had identified an ancient papyrus fragment that includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” Within hours, headlines around the world advertised the announcement with headlines like “Ancient Papyrus Could Be Evidence that Jesus...
  • A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus' Wife

    09/18/2012 2:35:59 PM PDT · by Altariel · 84 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 18, 2012 | Laurie Goodstein
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...’ ” The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, “she will be able to be my disciple.” The...
  • Suggestion of a married Jesus - Ancient papyrus shows that some early Christians believed he wed

    09/18/2012 11:20:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 102 replies
    Harvard Gazette ^ | 09-18-2012 | Staff writer Alvin Powell contributed to this report.
    Four words on a previously unknown papyrus fragment provide the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus had been married, Harvard Professor Karen King told the 10th International Congress of Coptic Studies today. King, the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, announced the existence of the ancient text at the congress’ meeting, held every four years and hosted this year by the Vatican’s Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum in Rome. The four words that appear on the fragment translate to “Jesus said to them, my wife.” The words, written in Coptic, a language of Egyptian Christians, are on a...
  • A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife (Written in Coptic in the fourth century)

    09/18/2012 5:05:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 118 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/18/2012 | Laurie Goodstein
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...’ ” The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, “she will be able to be my disciple.” The...
  • The Inside Story of a Controversial New Text About Jesus (Married!)

    09/19/2012 6:49:40 PM PDT · by Renfield · 80 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 9-18-2012 | Ariel Sabar
    Harvard researcher Karen King today unveiled an ancient papyrus fragment with the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” The text also mentions “Mary,” arguably a reference to Mary Magdalene. The announcement at an academic conference in Rome is sure to send shock waves through the Christian world. The Smithsonian Channel will premiere a special documentary about the discovery on September 30 at 8 p.m. ET. And Smithsonian magazine reporter Ariel Sabar has been covering the story behind the scenes for weeks, tracing King’s steps from when a suspicious e-mail hit her in-box to the nerve-racking moment when she thought...
  • Five big questions about the 'Jesus' wife' papyrus

    09/20/2012 6:02:24 PM PDT · by count-your-change · 87 replies
    Houston Chronicale ^ | Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Alessandro Speciale
    In a surprise announcement that seemed scripted by novelist Dan Brown, a Harvard professor revealed an ancient scrap of papyrus on Tuesday that refers to Jesus' wife. The so-called "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" presents a dialogue between Jesus and his disciples, said Karen King, a respected historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School.
  • Ancient Baby Graveyard Not for Child Sacrifice, Scientists Say

    09/20/2012 1:09:45 PM PDT · by Renfield · 25 replies
    Live Science ^ | 9-19-2012 | Tia Ghose
    A Carthaginian burial site was not for child sacrifice but was instead a graveyard for babies and fetuses, researchers now say. A new study of the ancient North African site offers the latest volley in a debate over the primary purpose of the graveyard, long thought to be a place of sacred sacrifice. "It's all very great, cinematic stuff, but whether that was a constant daily activity ― I think our analysis contradicts that," said study co-author Jeffrey Schwartz of the University of Pittsburgh....
  • US opposes penalty for Russia over historic books

    09/11/2012 3:41:35 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 9-11-12 | FREDERIC J. FROMMER
    The Obama administration is opposing a Jewish group’s bid to have civil fines levied against Russia for failing to obey a court order to return its historic books and documents — a dispute that has halted the loan of Russian art works for exhibit in the United States. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is opposing a Jewish group’s bid to have civil fines levied against Russia for failing to obey a court order to return its historic books and documents — a dispute that has halted the loan of Russian art works for exhibit in the United States. In a...
  • Tutankhamun's death and the birth of monotheism

    09/10/2012 6:16:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 5 September 2012 | Jessica Hamzelou
    ...says Hutan Ashrafian, a surgeon with an interest in medical history at Imperial College London. Tutankhamun died young with a feminised physique, and so did his immediate predecessors. Paintings and sculptures show that Smenkhkare, an enigmatic pharaoh who may have been Tutankhamun's uncle or older brother, and Akhenaten, thought to have been the boy king's father, both had feminised figures, with unusually large breasts and wide hips. Two pharaohs that came before Akhenaten -- Amenhotep III and Tuthmosis IV -- seem to have had similar physiques. All of these kings died young and mysteriously, says Ashrafian. "There are so many...
  • Pew Research Institute Releases Telling Survey of World's Muslims

    08/14/2012 4:14:43 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 25 replies
    radicalislam.org ^ | 14AUG12 | Clare M. Lopez
    Recent results of the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life multi-year survey of beliefs and practices by the world’s Muslims that were published 8 August 2012 are remarkable in a number of respects. First of all, the broad scope of the project—based on 38,000 face-to-face interviews conducted with Muslims in 39 different countries and territories—ensured a wide range of opinions from a diverse sampling of Muslim communities. The results, however, show a high level of agreement about one of the most debated issues concerning Islam: Whether Muslims believe Islamic teaching is subject to various “interpretations” or only...
  • Why Did the Jews Reject Christianity?

    08/12/2012 9:20:00 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 304 replies
    The Yeshiva.net ^ | 8/1/2010 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    A Jewish class on why Jews do not accept Christianity. I post for Jews to self-educate and for Christians to understand the Jewish point of view--not that it matters (that they do.)
  • Rabbi Wolfson: Disaster, Redemption May be Near Esteemed U.S.-based rabbi calls on Jews to wake

    08/06/2012 9:49:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 8/6/12 | Gil Ronen
    Rav Moshe Wolfson of Brooklyn has held an emergency gathering in his community and called upon the members to be strong in Torah and prayer so that the Jewish people will survive the time of tension with Iran. The rabbi noted that the Torah sages predicted that Persia, now called Iran, would one day destroy the world, in the times immediately preceding the Redemption. Rav Wolfson is known as a hassidic "mashpi'a" – literally, an influencer – a title that refers to rabbis who do not head a hassidic dynasty (chatzer) but have influence outside their own communities. "Our Sages...
  • Has the Tenor of Christianity Changed Since the Founding? - [Vanity]

    08/05/2012 8:53:59 AM PDT · by dagogo redux · 29 replies
    8/5/12 | dagogo redux
    If I understand correctly, the ObamaCare Mandate began to take effect on the Catholic Church a few days ago. I only knew this because my wife was listening to EWTN on the car radio - otherwise, it seems not to have made any stir nor garnered any headlines, and was mentioned only in passing even on that station. Although America has been a nation of amazing strength, integrity and vitality, founded by Christians of great fervor who largely came to this land seeking freedom of religion, and although it is still a largely Christian nation, it is now surrendering, without...
  • At least four shot at Sikh Temple, SWAT team helps people out (Oak Creek WI)

    08/05/2012 9:50:55 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 654 replies
    Milkwaukee Wisconsin JS Online ^ | August 5, 2012 | Mike Johnson
    <p>At least four people were shot just after 10 a.m. Sunday at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, and a police SWAT team entered the building before noon and brought uninjured people out of the building at 7512 S. Howell Ave.</p>
  • Buddha tree alive and healthy at age 2,500

    07/22/2012 6:21:13 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    UPI ^ | 07/20/12
    Published: July 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM BODH GAYA, India, July 20 (UPI) -- The 2,500-year-old tree under which Gautama Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment is alive and healthy, Indian scientists said Thursday. The Bodhi tree, a large Sacred Fig (Ficus religiosa,) is in Bodh Gaya in India's eastern state of Bihar, about 60 miles from the state capital of Patna. "The Bodhi tree is fully healthy," Subhash Nautiyal of the Forest Research Institute in India's northern state of Uttarakhand said. Nautiyal and colleagues examined the tree after removing the cement slabs around its base, China's Xinhua News...
  • The 'secretive sect' in charge of Syria

    07/17/2012 4:25:35 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17 May 2012
    Considered by some Muslims a heretic sect, this small Levantine minority have survived persecution and the Crusades to rise to the top and take over the Syrian establishment. Alawite practices, which are said to include celebrating Christmas and the Zoroastrian new year, are little known even to most Muslims. They account for 12% of Syria's population, or just under 3 million people, and yet have been in tight control of a Sunni-majority country, for more than 40 years. After a coup in 1970, led by President Bashar al-Assad's father Hafez, Alawites consolidated power over Syria's main institutions and security apparatus....
  • Alawites in the Muslim World

    07/22/2011 3:04:22 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Muslim Hope ^ | May 2007 | Muslim Hope
    Alawites are an offshoot of Shi'ites. Some other Muslims, particularly in Syria and Lebanon, accept them as Muslims, but others consider themheretics (ghali) and outside of Islam. 'Alawites have seven pillars of Islam, including Jihad and devotion to 'Ali,who is divine. 'Alawites believe in drinking wine, and they have something similar to a communion service. Tens of thousands of 'Alawites have been killed by other Muslims, but today 'Alawites are in control in the country of Syria. Who are these people? What do the following have in common: a persecuted people, wild outlaws, a battery-powered electric messiah, and control of...
  • Relic of Harpocrates, the god of secrecy and silence, found at Silchester

    07/19/2010 6:34:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Friday 16 July 2010 | Maev Kennedy
    Archaeological dig at abandoned Roman city in Hampshire yields earliest representation of an Egyptian deity found in Britain... A battered and corroded thumb -- sized piece of bronze has turned out to be a unique find, the earliest representation of an Egyptian deity from any site in Britain -- and appropriately, after almost 2,000 years hidden in the ground, it is Harpocrates, the god of secrecy and silence. The little figure was found at Silchester, site of an abandoned Roman city in Hampshire, in last summer's excavation, but his identity was only revealed in months of careful conservation work. His...
  • Europe Returning to Pagan Roots

    05/30/2003 9:55:54 PM PDT · by Hugenot · 336 replies · 831+ views
    NewsMax ^ | May 30, 2003 | Fr. Mike Reilly
    NewsMax.com's religion editor, Fr. Mike Reilly, sees a disturbing trend in the latest news from the European Union. Zenit News is reporting on the new Constitution for the European Union and the news is not good. "Drawing inspiration from the cultural, religious and humanist inheritance of Europe, which, nourished first by the civilizations of Greece and Rome, characterized by spiritual impulse always present in its heritage and later by the philosophical currents of the Enlightenment, has embedded within the life of society its perception of the central role of the human person and his inviolable and inalienable rights, and of...
  • Buddha statue from 6th c found in Viking hoard in Helgo, Sweden

    04/26/2005 11:26:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies · 2,840+ views
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | March/April 2005 | "Worldwide" editor
    This fifth or sixth century A.D. statue of the Buddha from northern India was found in a Viking treasure horde on the Swedish island of Helgö. Globalization is clearly not a recent phenomenon... [F]ew people got around as much as the Vikings. From their Scandinavian coves they visited, raided, traded with and settled in lands from Newfoundland to Baghdad. They conquered Britain, terrorized Ireland and France, settled Iceland, raided Spain and ranged throughout the Mediterranean basin. They established a major presence in Russia, the Ukraine and the Crimea, sending their longboats down the Volga into the Black Sea. They raided...
  • Crystal Amulet Poses Question On Early Christianity (Denmark - 100AD)

    03/09/2007 11:37:30 AM PST · by blam · 87 replies · 2,310+ views
    Denmark DK ^ | 3-9-2007
    9 March 2007 Crystal amulet poses question on early Christianity An overlooked crystal amulet in the National Museum suggests new understandings about Christianity's origins in Denmark King Harold Bluetooth brought Christianity to Denmark roughly 1100 years ago. At least that's what he declared on the Jelling Stone located in Jutland: 'King Haraldr ordered this monument made in memory of Gormr, his father, and in memory of Thyrvé, his mother; that Haraldr who won for himself all of Denmark and Norway and made the Danes Christian.' A tiny crystal amulet in the National Museum's archives suggests something quite different though, that...
  • Druids Committed Human Sacrifice, Cannibalism?

    03/20/2009 4:10:41 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 32 replies · 1,711+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | March 20, 2009 | James Owen
    Recent evidence that Druids possibly committed cannibalism and ritual human sacrifice—perhaps on a massive scale—add weight to ancient Roman accounts of Druidic savagery, archaeologists say.After a first century B.C. visit to Britain, the Romans came back with horrific stories about these high-ranking priests of the Celts, who had spread throughout much of Europe over a roughly 2,000-year period.
  • Senua, Britain's Unknown Goddess Unearthed

    09/01/2003 11:00:49 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 401+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-1-2003 | Maev Kennedy
    Senua, Britain's unknown goddess unearthed Clues to catastrophe after rare Roman temple treasure found Maev Kennedy, arts and heritage correspondent Monday September 1, 2003 The Guardian (UK) Sensua - probably an older Celtic goddess, who was then adopted and Romanised. Photo: British Museum She is faceless and armless, but she has a name: Senua. A previously unknown Romano-British goddess has been resurrected at the British Museum, patiently prised from soil-encrusted clumps of gold and corroded silver which have buried her identity for more than 1,600 years. Her name is published for the first time today. The 26 pieces of gold...
  • Faith & Beliefs | How’s your Sanskrit today?

    07/14/2012 7:48:30 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 26 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | July 10, 2012 | Vern Barnet
    You may know more Sanskrit than you realize. In fact, the word know comes from the same Indo-European root for the Sanskrit jnana. A Greek form of the root inflected by Latin gives us the English term gnostic, referring to knowledge of spiritual mysteries. You, faithful reader, know what agnostic means. Have you ever watched or created a video? Again, an IE root is the source of the term. Some scholars think the Sanskrit vidya, another word for knowledge, arose from a lexeme for seeing. With the twists and turns of consonants and vowels as language developed, we have an...
  • Sammy Hagar alien abduction secret disclosed 20 years ago

    03/22/2011 11:42:29 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 103 replies
    examiner ^ | March 21st, 2011 | Jon Kelly
    “I saw a ship and two creatures inside of this ship… And they were connected to me, tapped into my mind through some kind of mysterious wireless connection,” explains Sammy Hagar in his new book, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock. The brief memoir, whose release coincides with "Alien Abduction Day", is not the first instance in which the former Van Halen singer has offered public disclosures of ET contact. A new report from a Vancouver audio lab suggests that Sammy Hagar was covertly communicating about alien abduction as early as 1991.
  • Why psychology isn't science

    07/13/2012 1:03:03 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 107 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7-13-2012 | Alex B. Berezow
    Psychologist Timothy D. Wilson, a professor at the University of Virginia, expressed resentment in his Times Op-Ed article on Thursday over the fact that most scientists don't consider his field a real science. He casts scientists as condescending bullies: "Once, during a meeting at my university, a biologist mentioned that he was the only faculty member present from a science department. When I corrected him, noting that I was from the Department of Psychology, he waved his hand dismissively, as if I were a Little Leaguer telling a member of the New York Yankees that I too played baseball. "There...
  • Twin Research Links Genetics and Adult Spirituality

    03/21/2005 11:57:19 AM PST · by Heartlander · 17 replies · 666+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 21, 2005 | AMANDA ONION
    Twin Research Links Genetics and Adult SpiritualityAs People Enter Adulthood, Religious 'Genes' Kick In, Study Finds By AMANDA ONION March 21, 2005 — The Georgia woman who reportedly convinced an alleged gunman to end his killing spree said she and Brian Nichols talked about their families, the Bible and their faith. "I believe God brought him to my door," Ashley Smith told reporters after calling 911 and alerting police that Nichols, the suspect in the slayings of four people, including an Atlanta judge, was in her apartment. Smith's faith may have led her to believe that Nichols targeted her for...
  • Conscious Mind Could Be An Electromagnetic Field

    06/13/2002 7:25:36 PM PDT · by Scully · 47 replies · 394+ views
    Daily University Science News ^ | 16-May-2002 | Daily University Science News
    Are our thoughts made of the distributed kind of electromagnetic field that permeates space and carries the broadcast signal to the TV or radio. Professor Johnjoe McFadden from the School of Biomedical and Life Sciences at the University of Surrey in the UK believes our conscious mind could be an electromagnetic field. “The theory solves many previously intractable problems of consciousness and could have profound implications for our concepts of mind, free will, spirituality, the design of artificial intelligence, and even life and death,” he said. Most people consider "mind" to be all the conscious things that we are aware...
  • Atheists Complain of "Spirituality" in Army's Mental Health Program

    01/01/2011 2:50:50 PM PST · by wmfights · 172 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | December 31, 2010 | Stephanie Samuel
    Atheist organization Freedom from Religion Foundation demanded the Army halt a spiritual fitness program designed to combat stress because its diagnostic tool allegedly promotes religion. FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor wrote a letter to Army Secretary John McHugh Wednesday to protest the “spiritual fitness” assessment of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program. The co-presidents say statements in the mandatory “spiritual fitness” evaluation tramples on the freedoms of nonbelievers. The spiritual statements include: “I am a spiritual person;” “My life has lasting meaning;” and “I believe there is a purpose for my life.” Barker and Gaylor called the assessment...
  • Study: Language center of the brain is not under the control of subjects who 'speak in tongues'

    10/31/2006 6:56:21 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 16 replies · 528+ views
    EurekAlert! News ^ | October 30, 2006 | Staff
    First neuroimaging examination of participants practicing glossolalia shows decreased cerebral activity, Penn study shows (Philadelphia, PA) - Glossolalia, otherwise referred to as "speaking in tongues," has been around for thousands of years, and references to it can be found in the Old and New Testament. Speaking in tongues is an unusual mental state associated with specific religious traditions. The individual appears to be speaking in an incomprehensible language, yet perceives it to have great personal meaning. Now, in a first of its kind study, scientists are shining the light on this mysterious practice -- attempting to explain what actually happens...
  • 'God gene' discovered by scientist behind gay DNA theory

    11/16/2004 12:32:59 PM PST · by TBP · 17 replies · 636+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/14/2004 | Elizabeth Day
    Religious belief is determined by a person's genetic make-up according to a study by a leading scientist. After comparing more than 2,000 DNA samples, an American molecular geneticist has concluded that a person's capacity to believe in God is linked to brain chemicals. His findings were criticised last night by leading clerics, who challenge the existence of a "god gene" and say that the research undermines a fundamental tenet of faith - that spiritual enlightenment is achieved through divine transformation rather than the brain's electrical impulses. Dr Dean Hamer, the director of the Gene Structure and Regulation Unit at the...