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  • Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe At Death

    01/17/2014 7:43:11 PM PST · by DaveMSmith · 250 replies
    A book titled “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe“ has stirred up the Internet, because it contained a notion that life does not end when the body dies, and it can last forever. The author of this publication, scientist Dr. Robert Lanza who was voted the 3rd most important scientist alive by the NY Times, has no doubts that this is possible.[...]The theory implies that death of consciousness simply does not exist. It only exists as a thought because people identify themselves with their body. They believe that the body is...
  • Three Major Faith and Culture Trends for 2014

    01/22/2014 7:35:33 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 15 replies
    https://www.barna.org ^ | 01/21/2014 | Barna Group, 2014
    January 21, 2014 - In the not-so distant past, institutions were trusted and valued as important parts of a functioning society—from government, corporations and schools to marriage and even organized religion. Yet trust in institutions is quickly giving way to a nation of cynics. New Barna research reports that Americans are ranking their confidence in institutions at abysmal levels. And this institutional skepticism comprises a significant backdrop for the major faith and culture trends of 2014... During 2013 alone, citizens lamented the failure of their leaders and institutions. From the government shutdown to Pope Francis' public callout of the Vatican...
  • My Wife and I are Atheists, but Our Daughter Wants to be Baptised Catholic

    01/14/2014 8:25:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 95 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1/14/14 | James Harrington
    I'm proud of my daughter, but I can't deny that she stopped us in our religiously disinterested, bleeding-heart liberal tracksFor decades, god and religion have played no part in my life. I was baptised as a baby, but didn't make it as far as first communion. That may officially make me a Catholic in the broadest sense, but if it does, I'm one who's not so much "lapsed" as "stalled before I started". Apart from morning assemblies and weekly hymn practices at primary school, followed by a couple of years of religious education classes at comprehensive (which I dropped as...
  • Why Copts celebrate Christmas on 7 January

    01/06/2014 7:07:12 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Ahram ^ | Monday 6 Jan 2014 | Sherry El-Gergawi
    On Tuesday 7 January, Coptic Orthodox Christians – who comprise 90 percent of Egypt's Christians – will break their 43-day fast and celebrate Christmas. The festival comes almost two weeks after most Western denominations, including Catholics and Protestants, held their celebrations on 25 December. Ahram Online asked Bishop Abram of the Fayoum Diocese to explain why there was a difference in the dates; he stressed that the difference in fact results from the use of different calendars, not from any underlying theological dispute. Although the exact date of Jesus' birth was -- and remains -- unknown, within the first few...
  • Sacred Art Class at The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

    01/04/2014 4:41:23 PM PST · by annalex · 10 replies
    The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts ^ | DECEMBER 30, 2013 | David Clayton
    Sacred Art Class at TMC by David Clayton on December 30, 2013 A chance to learn sacred art whatever your level, and to subsidise TMC students so that they can attend for free. I will teach this and it is offered free to Thomas More College students (who have to pay just the standard weekly charge for room and board in the dorm. Even though I am Artist in Residence at the college it is difficult for the students to get intensive tuition. To learn art properly needs blocks of time and this is difficult to organise in the packed...
  • The Bible is Wrong!!! (Grammatically)

    12/28/2013 7:17:56 PM PST · by Phinneous · 85 replies
    SimpleToRemember.com Judaism Online ^ | Circa 2011 | Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen
    How can this thing be divine?!? The Pentateuch, if divine, is full of mistakes from the very first word (we're talking Hebrew here...the basis of the Greek/Latin/English translations everyone in the world uses.) How could that be? Example: In the beginning G-d created, in the Hebrew version, is actually literally "In the beginning OF... G-d created" There are thousands of examples of the Pentateuch making no sense in its grammar or syntax. So how do we know how to interpret it even on a literal level? Well... behold, the Oral Torah... The link is to an hour-long class (in English...
  • Archaeologists Uncover Earliest Evidence of Birth of Buddha

    11/28/2013 6:37:27 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Mon, Nov 25, 2013 | probably National Geographic
    Scientists excavating within the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, Nepal, have unearthed a timber structure that they date to the sixth century BCE. It is situated within and underlies a temple that is considered sacred to many as the birthplace of Siddhārtha Gautama, or Buddha. Until now, there has been no archaeological evidence supporting a date any earlier than the third century BCE for Buddha's life. Some historians have suggested the death of Buddha took place sometime in the late 4th century or early 3rd century BCE, although there are a number of traditions...
  • Earliest shrine' uncovered at Buddha's birthplace

    11/26/2013 3:47:06 PM PST · by ThanhPhero · 20 replies
    BBC News and Environment ^ | 25 November 2013 | James Morgan
    They unearthed a 6th Century BC timber structure buried within the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini in Nepal. The shrine appears to have housed a tree. This links to the Buddha nativity story - his mother gave birth to him while holding on to a tree branch. Its discovery may settle the dispute over the birth date of the Buddha, the team reports in the journal Antiquity. Radiocarbon Every year thousands of Buddhists make a holy pilgrimage to Lumbini - long identified as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Buddha. Continue reading the main story Lumbini Located in...
  • Watch how the major religions have conquered the entire world over 5,000 years - in 90 seconds

    11/22/2013 7:56:40 PM PST · by Kip Russell · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Nov 22, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Religion is one of the most divisive forces in the world's history. Maps of War is a website that creates fascinating visuals of the world to show how movements spread, wars begin and civilizations fall. They have turned their expertise to religion, focusing on five major faiths to see how they have spread and how wars have determined the influence and stronghold of various religions in a 90-second video. Beginning with the birth of Krishna, the time-lapse video covers 5,000 years of religion. The map slows down for the births of key religious figures and major wars, showing the decline...
  • Quantum physics proves that there IS an afterlife, claims scientist

    11/15/2013 9:33:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:47 EST, 14 November 2013 | Victoria Woollaston
    Most scientists would probably say that the concept of an afterlife is either nonsense, or at the very least unprovable. Yet one expert claims he has evidence to confirm an existence beyond the grave—and it lies in quantum physics. Professor Robert Lanza claims the theory of biocentrism teaches that death as we know it is an illusion created by our consciousness. … Biocentrism is classed as the theory of everything and comes from the Greek for “life center”. It is the believe that life and biology are central to reality and that life creates the universe, not the other way...
  • Oprah and the Atheists

    11/03/2013 8:42:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    CatholicAnswers ^ | October 23, 2013 | Trent Horn
    Oprah and the AtheistsTrent Horn October 23, 2013 | Members of the atheist community are outraged, but not at their usual targets, such as conservative politicians or pastors. Instead, they have set their sights on Oprah Winfrey.This past weekend on her show Super Soul Sunday, Oprah interviewed Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old marathon swimmer, to discuss her amazing feat of swimming from Cuba to Florida in 53 hours. During the course of the interview the following exchange occurred:Nyad: I can stand at the beach’s edge with the most devout Christian, Jew, Buddhist, go on down the line, and weep with the...
  • Holy Logic: Computer Scientists 'Prove' God Exists

    10/24/2013 5:12:05 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | 10/22/2013 | David Knight
    As headlines go, it's certainly an eye-catching one. "Scientists Prove Existence of God," German daily Die Welt wrote last week. But unsurprisingly, there is a rather significant caveat to that claim. In fact, what the researchers in question say they have actually proven is a theorem put forward by renowned Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel -- and the real news isn't about a Supreme Being, but rather what can now be achieved in scientific fields using superior technology. When Gödel died in 1978, he left behind a tantalizing theory based on principles of modal logic -- that a higher being must...
  • Nobel-Winning Physicist Rebukes Atheist Extremists

    10/13/2013 11:40:21 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 18 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 13, 2013 | JP
    The atheist community hailed last year’s scientific confirmation of the existence of the Higgs boson, for which the British theoretical physicist Peter Higgs was co-recipient this past week of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Higgs had theorized, all the way back in 1964, that there must be something that gives subatomic particles their mass, which enables them to form atoms, which, in turn, form molecules, all of which is integral to creation as we know it. That something turned out to be the Higgs boson. And its discovery, declared Dan Barker, co-president of the so-called Freedom From Religion Foundation, an...
  • Atheists Skeptical of Atwill’s Claim of a ‘Fabricated Jesus’

    10/11/2013 9:31:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Las Vegas Guardian Express ^ | October 10, 2013 | Rebecca Savastio
    Self-proclaimed Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill has written a book in which he claims that Jesus was fabricated by a little-known group called the Flavians. He also claims he has some sort of “smoking gun” type of “confession” from these ancient people that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that they entered into a conspiracy with the Roman government of the time to fabricate a character called Jesus as a “gentle Messiah” figure to wage psychological warfare on, and control, the masses so they would pay Caesar taxes without complaining. He is apparently going to present this evidence at a...
  • Finds in Israel add weight to theory God “had wife”

    09/18/2013 12:19:58 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 108 replies
    Yahoo News UK ^ | 18th September 2013 | Rob Waugh
    'Female figurines and inscribed prayers to a "divine couple" found in temples in Israel suggest that the “one God” of the Bible may not have been entirely alone. A recent excavation in Tel Motza, not far from Jerusalem, found what archaeologists believe to have been a ritual building - with clay figures of animals and men from the time of the First Temple, according to Israel's Haaretz news site. The find suggests that Iron Age religion in the area around Jerusalem may not have been monotheistic just before the time the Hebrew Bible – the basis of the Old Testament...
  • Study reveals newborns recall words heard in utero

    08/28/2013 4:54:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 8-28-13 | Thomas Llifson
    The little human being living inside a pregnant mother turns out to be a lot more capable than previously known. Kathy Drummond describes the research that led to the startling finding that newborns can recall words they heard in the womb in The Verge: ...new research offers provocative evidence that an unborn fetus can not only hear sounds from the outside world, but is actually capable of recalling specific words in the days following birth. In a study out of the University of Helsinki that builds on previous investigations, a team used EEG scans on 33 newborn babies to reach...
  • Electrical signatures of consciousness in the dying brain

    08/26/2013 5:09:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    e! Science News ^ | August 12, 2013 | NA
    The "near-death experience" reported by cardiac arrest survivors worldwide may be grounded in science, according to research at the University of Michigan Health System. Whether and how the dying brain is capable of generating conscious activity has been vigorously debated. But in this week's PNAS Early Edition, a U-M study shows shortly after clinical death, in which the heart stops beating and blood stops flowing to the brain, rats display brain activity patterns characteristic of conscious perception. "This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain," says lead study...
  • Dead Sea Scrolls to Hit the Internet

    08/27/2008 11:52:42 AM PDT · by Sopater · 10 replies · 169+ views
    Fox News ^ | Wednesday, August 27, 2008 | Associated Press
    <p>JERUSALEM — Scientists using American space technology have started a huge project to digitally photograph the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known version of the Hebrew Bible, and post it on the Internet for all to see, Israeli authorities said Wednesday.</p>
  • Indian anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar shot dead

    08/23/2013 8:03:26 PM PDT · by Kip Russell · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug 20, 2013 | Maseeh Rahman
    Campaigner who urged state of Maharashtra to pass anti-black magic bill killed by motorbike assailants in Pune A prominent campaigner against religious superstition has been shot and killed while out for a morning walk in the western Indian city of Pune. Narendra Dabholkar was at the forefront of a long-running campaign to ban superstitious religious practices by getting the state of Maharashtra to pass an anti black-magic bill. He died on Tuesday after being shot by two gunmen riding a motorcycle. Police said four shots were fired at Dabholkar from close range as the rider slowed behind him on a...
  • US Memory Loss Man Wakes Up Speaking Swedish

    08/22/2013 3:17:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 August 2013 | 22 August 2013
    An American man, who woke up speaking Swedish but with no idea of his identity, has travelled to Sweden in the hope of restoring his memory. Michael Boatwright was discovered unconscious in a motel room in Palm Springs, California, in February.