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  • Leap of faith, Life With The Samaritans

    10/29/2006 8:10:09 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 5 replies · 463+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Cheshvan 5, 5767 (October 27, 2006) | Lily Galili
    Imagine the following scene: Amid the pristine views from Mount Gerizim, in the heart of the small Samaritan community, as if it were a matter of course, two women who could be straight out of a different story are roaming around - Shura, who came from Ukraine and Lena, who arrived here from the plains of Siberia. Both are married to Samaritans. Shura is the daughter-in-law of the sect's high priest, Elazar Ben Tzadka, and is married to his son, Yair. A beautiful, blond Samaritan princess imported from the city of Kherson, in Ukraine. The two women's stories are told...
  • New Mexico's Mystery Stone

    01/09/2006 6:45:23 PM PST · by Muleteam1 · 134 replies · 6,467+ views
    New Mexico State Land Office website ^ | Unknown | New Mexico State Land Office
    It is a mystery in the desert hills near Los Lunas, New Mexico. It has puzzled experts for more than 50 years. It has been referred to by many different names -- Ten Commandments Rock, Mystery Rock, The Los Lunas Decalogue Stone. It is most commonly known as the Mystery Stone. Mystery Stone is located at the base of Hidden Mountain, on New Mexico state trust land, about 16 miles west of Los Lunas. It is a boulder weighing an estimated 80 to 100 tons and is about eight meters in length. Nine rows of 216 characters were chiseled at...
  • Obama administration deletes religious service for student loan forgiveness

    02/16/2012 9:30:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2/15/12 | Audrey Hudson
    The federal government will no longer forgive student loans in exchange for public service if that service is related to religion, according to a new Education Department rule from the Obama administration. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program announced the change Jan. 31 with little fanfare, while most of Washington was focused on the new ObamaCare rule requiring religious organizations to provide free birth control through health insurance. “Generally, the type or nature of employment with the organization does not matter for PSLF purposes,” reads the new language. “However, if you work for a nonprofit organization, your employment will...
  • Sacrificial Ritual Site With Machetes, Animal Remains, Human Skull Found in NW Miami-Dade

    04/11/2012 8:21:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 | Hank Tester
    It's a site for rituals performed by practitioners of the Palo Mayombe religion, Richard Couto saysThe curious are beginning to seek out a bizarre site that sits nestled up against a major roadway in northwest Miami-Dade. The ground is littered with pots full of small tools, machetes, the remains of animals – and, before the police arrived, human bones and a skull. Richard Couto explains that it is a site for sacrificial rituals performed by practitioners of the Palo Mayombe religion. "They often use human remains in their ceremonial sites and that is exactly what we found at the bottom...
  • The suicide forest of Japan: Mount Fuji beauty spot where up to 100 bodies are found every year

    04/10/2012 8:12:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 4/10/2012 | Lyle Brennan
    The Aokigahara Forest is a lonely place to die. So dense is the vegetation at the foot of Japan's Mount Fuji, it is all too easy to disappear among the evergreens and never be seen again. Each year the authorities remove as many as 100 bodies found hanging at the country's suicide hotspot - but others can lie undiscovered for years. Exactly why so many choose to end their lives in the forest remains something of a mystery, though it has been suggested that the first among them were inspired by a novel set there. Azusa Hayano has studied and...
  • Opinion versus Fact: Why Opposing Beliefs Leave No Room for Compromise...

    03/12/2012 9:46:04 AM PDT · by MV=PY · 17 replies
    A Voice of Sanity ^ | 3/12/12 | Robert Ringer
    Opinion versus Fact: Why Opposing Beliefs Leave No Room for Compromise Between Republicans and Democrats In Senator Jim DeMint’s new book, Now or Never, he boldly states, “The differences between the Democratic and Republican Parties are irreconcilable: there can be no compromise between collectivism and freedom.” How refreshing that someone in the U.S. Senate has the courage to speak the truth. I totally concur with Senator DeMint’s position. The vast majority of Democrats are not interested in truth. They are not interested in logic. They are not interested in helping others. And they certainly are not interested in upholding and...
  • Conservative Author David Barton Says Obama Is Most Biblically Hostile US President

    03/12/2012 9:46:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/12/2012 | Paul Stanley
    David Barton, an influential conservative activist promoting America's Judeo-Christian heritage, has joined a long list of critics of President Obama's contraceptive mandate and its impact on religious liberties. But Barton has taken his criticism one step further in a recent blog post by claiming that the Obama administration is the most Biblically hostile in U.S. history. The Texas-based evangelical author and self-taught historian wrote in his latest WallBuilders post: "So perhaps the most accurate description of his (President Obama) antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-Biblical. And then when his...
  • 1500 year-old ‘ Syriac ‘ Bible found in Ankara, Turkey

    02/23/2012 2:20:02 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 3+ views
    National Turk ^ | February 23, 2012
    Ancient Bible in Aramaic dialected Syriac rediscovered in Turkey The relic was ‘rediscovered’ in the depositum of Ankaran Justice Palace, the ancient version of bible is believed to be written in Syriac, a dialect of the native language of Jesus. Ankara / Turkey – The bible was already in custody of Turkish authorities after having been seized in 2000 in an operation in Mediterranean area in Turkey. The gang of smugglers had been charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives and went to trial. Turkish police testified in a court hearing they believe the manuscript...
  • Secret Ł14million Bible in which 'Jesus predicts coming of Prophet Muhammad' unearthed in Turkey

    02/25/2012 11:40:31 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 66 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/25/2012 | Daily Mail
    A secret Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of the Prophet Muhammad to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI is claimed to want to see the 1,500-year-old book, which many say is the Gospel of Barnabas, that has been hidden by the Turkish state for the last 12 years. The Ł14million handwritten gold lettered tome, penned in Jesus' native Aramaic language, is said to contain his early teachings and a prediction of the Prophet's coming.
  • Reincarnated! Our son is a World War II pilot come back to life

    08/29/2009 12:07:45 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 202 replies · 3,864+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | August 29, 2009 | Zoe Brennan
    It sounds totally beyond belief. But read the tantalising evidence from this boy's family and you may start to wonder... The agonised screams pierced the air. 'Plane on fire! Airplane crash.' In the dark, a two-year-old boy was just visible, writhing on his bed in the grip of horror. 'He was lying there on his back, kicking and clawing at the covers like he was trying to kick his way out of a coffin,' remembers the boy's father. 'I thought, this looks like The Exorcist. I half expected his head to spin around like that little girl in the movie....
  • Parents think Boy is Reincarnated WW2 Pilot (weird story as seen on "Prime Time")

    07/05/2005 3:17:28 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 98 replies · 3,070+ views
    abc.com ^ | 6-30-05 | abc new
    Six decades ago, a 21-year-old Navy fighter pilot on a mission over the Pacific was shot down by Japanese artillery. His name might have been forgotten, were it not for 6-year-old James Leininger. Quite a few people — including those who knew the fighter pilot — think James is the pilot, reincarnated. James' parents, Andrea and Bruce, a highly educated, modern couple, say they are "probably the people least likely to have a scenario like this pop up in their lives." But over time, they have become convinced their little son has had a former life. From an early age,...
  • Could a Little Boy Be Proof of Reincarnation?

    04/24/2004 11:35:11 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 255 replies · 1,124+ views
    ABC News ^ | April 20, 04 | ABC News
    Nearly six decades ago, a 21-year-old Navy fighter pilot on a mission over the Pacific was shot down by Japanese artillery. His name might have been forgotten, were it not for 6-year-old James Leininger. Quite a few people — including those who knew the fighter pilot — think James is the pilot, reincarnated. James' parents, Andrea and Bruce, a highly educated, modern couple, say they are "probably the people least likely to have a scenario like this pop up in their lives." But over time, they have become convinced their little son has had a former life. From an early...
  • Real-life couple from 'The Vow' says it 'would have been nice' to see Christian references in film

    02/17/2012 7:04:17 AM PST · by I still care · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 16, 2012 | Jo Piazza
    Based on the love story of two devout Christians, the movie version of "The Vow," starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, strips the tale of its overt religious themes, which has some Christian reviewers concerned. The film is based on the true life story and book, “The Vow” by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, which draws heavily on that couple’s Christian beliefs and the power of God to heal and shepherd a marriage through difficult times.
  • Am I the Only One, Who Thinks That Mormonism is As Strange As Hinduism?

    01/28/2012 9:20:46 AM PST · by pinochet · 111 replies · 2+ views
    Almost all Christian denominations can be traced to 3 main traditions - the Catholic, the Protestant, and the Eastern Orthodox traditions. All three traditions are based on the Bible. Mormonism is a religion that has a heritage that is very different from traditional Christianity, and is based on the Book of Mormon. The theological differences that separate a Baptist from a Catholic, are not the same as those which separate a Baptist from a Mormon, or a Catholic from a Mormon. In a dispute between a Baptist and a Catholic, they will argue over whether Church tradition prevails over scripture...
  • Pope: Other Christian Denominations Not True Churches

    01/02/2012 3:13:39 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 331 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 10, 2007 | associated press
    LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy — For the second time in a week, Pope Benedict XVI has corrected what he says are erroneous interpretations of the Second Vatican Council, reasserting the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church and saying other Christian communities were either defective or not true churches.
  • Deciphered Ancient Tablet Reveals Curse of Greengrocer

    12/24/2011 9:37:45 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Wednesday, December 21, 2011 | Owen Jarus
    Written in Greek, the tablet holding the curse was dropped into a well in Antioch, then one of the Roman Empire's biggest cities in the East, today part of southeast Turkey, near the border with Syria. The curse calls upon Iao, the Greek name for Yahweh, the god of the Old Testament, to afflict a man named Babylas who is identified as being a greengrocer. The tablet lists his mother's name as Dionysia, "also known as Hesykhia" it reads. The text was translated by Alexander Hollmann of the University of Washington. The artifact, which is now in the Princeton University...
  • {Kurdistan Worker's Party}PKK and Zoroastrianism

    12/22/2011 6:43:15 AM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Rudaw.net ^ | 17 Dec 2011 | WLADIMIR van WILGENBURG
    Some Middle Eastern governments often use religion as a tool to attack their opponents. In Turkey, the authorities have for long tried to portray the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as non-Muslims in order to delegitimize their movement among Muslim Kurds and Turks. Charging the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and the PKK with promoting Zoroastrianism is yet another campaign by Turkey against the Kurdish rebel group. The idea that Kurds are actually Zoroastrians is not something new. Kurdish nationalists such as the Bedirkhan brothers tried to revive Zoroastrianism and Yezidism as the original religion of the Kurds in the 1920s...
  • AIA Remembers Christopher Hitchens

    12/16/2011 9:28:58 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 2, 2004 | Sean Grindlay
    A noted left-wing author who teaches at a bastion of so-called progressive education recently delivered a surprising defense of Western civilization—and an attack on prevailing academic attitudes towards it. Unfortunately, Christopher Hitchens said, confidence in the superiority of the West has been eroded in recent decades. Hitchens teaches at the New School in New York City. Hitchens criticized those Americans (on both the Left and the Right) who responded to the September 11 attacks by asking what America had done to deserve them—a question belonging to a mindset he called “moral suicide.” Such relativism, Hitchens said, is the result of...
  • Hitchens Was Not Great

    12/17/2011 5:32:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 83 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2011 | John Ransom
    When Christopher Hitchens died this week, I trust that after he did so, something miraculous happened. That’s what my faith tells me. It’s not in good taste to speak ill of someone recently deceased. But in this case, I think Hitchens would approve, or at least shrug it off with indifference, many of the screeds written for or against him. But, while reading the eulogies about Hitchens I get the feeling, more than anything else, of a life wasted on unbelief. Everyone dies, and then…that’s it… or is it? Is all that’s left behind for a writer like Hitchens a...
  • Hindu theory of World Cycles

    12/15/2011 1:27:56 AM PST · by Cronos · 36 replies
    Baharna.com ^ | 2009 | Baharna
    THE HINDU THEORY OF WORLD CYCLES In the Light of Modern Science Traditional Hindu scriptures view history as cyclical in character, with vast repeating series of ages. Each age has its own particular qualities. Interestingly, this system seems to be taken literally by modern Yoga masters such as Swami Muktananda, Baba Hari Dass, Swami Vishnu Tirtha, and so on. As a Western devotee, I found myself wondering exactly what the full system of Hindu cycles is, and how it relates to the findings of modern science. Following is my attempt to explain what I found out. Traditional Puranic Model...
  • I am not a Christian, and considerable drivel about my reasoning on this

    04/21/2010 7:43:38 PM PDT · by West Texas Chuck · 136 replies · 2,014+ views
    Me
    OK, a lot of y'all will freak on this, but I am not a Christian. Not that I have any problem at all with His teachings, but I decided a long time ago I didn't want Jesus to die on that cross to expunge my sins. I'll take the hit to my own Karma. Laugh if you want, but this is what I believe: Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism. I was raised Southern Baptist. My grandfather was a deacon in the church in Shawnee, Oklahoma. I remember unlocking the church with him before the sun came up, and going to Sunday School....
  • Rick Warren Teams up with Swedenborg Cult Follower Dr. Oz

    01/21/2011 4:08:13 PM PST · by Gamecock · 60 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | Jan. 13, 2011 | Steve McConkey
    On January 15, Rick Warren will kick-off a 52-week Daniel Plan to become healthier with Dr. Mehmet Oz, a follower of cult leader Emmanuel Swedenborg. According to Warren's website, his church will host a 52-week course to stress losing weight and becoming healthier. The kick-off event will include Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Mark Hyman. All three have Eastern spiritual connections. Dr. Mehmert Oz is a follower of Emmanuel Swedenborg according to The New Church website. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and is Professor of Cardiac Surgery at Columbia University. He is inspired by...
  • EEG finds consciousness in people in vegetative state

    11/11/2011 4:34:27 PM PST · by wagglebee · 62 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 11/10/11 | Chelsea Whyte
    Signs of consciousness have been detected in three people previously thought to be in a vegetative state, with the help of a cheap, portable device that can be used at the bedside. "There's a man here who technically meets all the internationally agreed criteria for being in a vegetative state, yet he can generate 200 responses [to direct commands] with his brain," says Adrian Owen of the University of Western Ontario. "Clearly this guy is not in a true vegetative state. He's probably as conscious as you or I are." In 2005, Owen's team, used functional MRI to show consciousness...
  • The Budist is a Christian. Y

    11/07/2011 12:51:06 AM PST · by Love Wisdom Truth · 64 replies
    The Budist is a Christian. You won't find much difference in Budism with that of Christianity. Buda preached accepting sufferings calmly, so did Christ. That's what Beinsa Douno said in regards to Budism. Any budists coming here on this forum?
  • Steve Jobs' Sister Reveals CEO's Final Words

    10/30/2011 8:11:56 PM PDT · by Raymann · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 30, 2011 | Fox News
    Mona Simpson, an author and biological sister of Steve Jobs, said her brother’s final words were “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow,” in an Oct. 16 eulogy she delivered that was published Sunday in The New York Times. Simpson remembered the man she first learned about when she was 25, living in New York and working at a small literary magazine. A lawyer had informed her that she had a rich and famous long-lost brother.
  • A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs

    10/30/2011 8:09:41 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/30/11 | Mona Simpson
    I grew up as an only child, with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif. I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives (and our not yet furnished apartment) and help us. Later, after I’d met my father, I tried to believe he’d changed his number and left no forwarding address because he was an idealistic revolutionary, plotting a new world for the Arab people. Related Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for...
  • Egypt: Coptic Bishop: “Christians are currently experiencing their worst time in recent centuries"

    10/30/2011 5:58:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    ACN News ^ | 31st October 2011
    Bishop Anba Stephanos (Orthodox Coptic) of Beba and Elfashn Christians in Egypt are currently experiencing their worst time in recent centuries. This statement was made by the Coptic Orthodox Bishop Stephanos of Beba and Elfashn to the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Christians are being violently killed under the eyes of the international media. Also, for the first time in many years, churches are being systematically burned and destroyed. The police are taking no action and nobody is punished for it. In the Egyptian media, “the facts are systematically covered up in order to...
  • Islamism and Sadism

    10/30/2011 12:49:37 PM PDT · by American in Israel · 9 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | October 28 2011 | Amil Imani
    It is not about God or love, it is about control and domination—just as sadism is not about human intercourse or love; it is about control, torture, punishment and domination. Why else name a so-called religion "submission?" Islam’s provisions are intended to dominate every waking moment in the life of a believer. Islam seeks nothing less than a total global domination. There is no room for being a half-hearted Muslim and no toleration of watering down its invocations. How do the Islamists prey upon their victims? For one, Islam is stamped on the impressionable mind of the child from birth....
  • ‘I Was Dead For 4 Minutes’ (near death experience in MD)

    10/19/2011 6:03:15 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 72 replies
    BelAirPatch ^ | October 18, 2011 | Brad Gerick
    Abingdon resident Michael Solano describes his "spiritual awakening" after suffering a stroke while nearly choking to death at a crab cake eating contest in Timonium. Abingdon resident Michael Solano says he no longer fears death after a harrowing experience that nearly cost him his life. “I can tell anybody who's willing to listen what it’s like to die,” he said. “I’m very respectful of death. I’m not trying to want it or have it bestowed upon me, but when it happens, I’m not going to be afraid.”
  • World's Largest-ever Study Of Near-Death Experiences

    09/11/2008 7:45:51 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 16 replies · 229+ views
    www.sciencedaily.com ^ | Sep. 10, 2008 | N/A
    World's Largest-ever Study Of Near-Death Experiences ScienceDaily (Sep. 10, 2008) — The University of Southampton is launching the world's largest-ever study of near-death experiences this week. The AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) study is to be launched by the Human Consciousness Project of the University of Southampton - an international collaboration of scientists and physicians who have joined forces to study the human brain, consciousness and clinical death. The study is led by Dr Sam Parnia, an expert in the field of consciousness during clinical death, together with Dr Peter Fenwick and Professors Stephen Holgate and Robert Peveler of the University...
  • Near-Death Experiences: 30 Years of Research

    09/17/2011 3:16:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 95 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | September 13, 2011 | Stephanie Lam
    Bruce Greyson thinks that research has only scratched the surface of the near-death experience phenomenon, and that there is a great prospect for future studies. (Stephanie Lam/The Epoch Times) DURHAM, N.C.—Grandma was just resuscitated. She wakes up and tells you a bizarre story of coming out of her body and going to heaven. Has she developed psychosis? Was her brain damaged from the lack of oxygen? After over 30 years of research, scientists have concluded that this is not the case. Instead, they think that this phenomenon is something today’s science is yet to understand, and that it is an...
  • Near-Death Experiences: 30 Years of Research - A neurosurgeon’s perspective

    10/16/2011 1:19:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 113 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | October 16, 2011 | Stephanie Lam
    DURHAM, N.C.—Eben Alexander was your typical neurosurgeon. A firm believer of scientific reductionism, he thought that all thoughts originate from the brain. But this changed in 2008 when he encountered a case of near-death experience (NDE). As much as it was the complete opposite of his previous views, he couldn’t dismiss or avoid the case—it was none other than his own experience, and he had to face it and search for an explanation. Having contracted acute bacterial meningitis, which damages the neocortex—the part of the brain that is thought to involve complex cognitive functions like conscious thought—Alexander went into a...
  • Franky Schaeffer Derides Christianity as “Stupid”

    10/07/2011 1:10:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Institute on Religion and Democracy ^ | 10/07/2011 | Kristin Rudolph
    Once a self-identified founding member of the American “religious right,” Franky Schaeffer now says that “religion is dumb” and “man made.” Although Schaeffer grew up among some of the most influential evangelicals of the twentieth century, and worked as one of them during much of his adult life, he now believes the Bible is a fraud and that Christianity teaches “misogynistic” practices. Schaeffer, the son of the late evangelical theologian, philosopher, and founder of the L’Abri Fellowship, Francis Schaeffer, discussed his newest book at the Kansas City Public Library on September 27, 2011. His recent book, Sex, Mom, and God:...
  • Quantum life: The weirdness inside us

    10/08/2011 11:36:11 AM PDT · by Reeses · 30 replies
    NewScientist ^ | October 6, 2011 | Michael Brooks
    Ever felt a little incoherent? Or maybe you've been in two minds about something, or even in a bit of delicate state. Well, here's your excuse: perhaps you are in thrall to the strange rules of quantum mechanics. We tend to think that the interaction between quantum physics and biology stops with Schrödinger's cat. Not that Erwin Schrödinger intended his unfortunate feline - suspended thanks to quantum rules in a simultaneous state of being both dead and alive - to be anything more than a metaphor. Indeed, when he wrote his 1944 book What is Life?, he speculated that living...
  • Vatican asks bishops to create ministry roles for priests who left to marry (Catholic Caucus)

    10/08/2011 2:09:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Beliefnet ^ | October 7, 2011 | Rob Kerby
    Facing a growing shortage of priests, the Roman Catholic Church is turning to former priests who left their callings to get married.While the “dispensed” priests won’t be allowed to take confessions or celebrate mass — they will be asked to serve as teachers and lay workers in such roles as helping serve communion to the congregation, roles already filled by lay members of local congregations.“The Vatican has appealed to diocesan bishops to encourage priests who have left ministry in order to get married to play a more active role in parish life,” reports Catholic Herald magazine, which reports that Cardinal...
  • The End of Evil? Neuroscientists suggest there is no such thing. Are they right?

    10/07/2011 8:13:12 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 44 replies
    Slate ^ | Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, | Ron Rosenbaum
    Is evil over? Has science finally driven a stake through its dark heart? Or at least emptied the word of useful meaning, reduced the notion of a numinous nonmaterial malevolent force to a glitch in a tangled cluster of neurons, the brain? Yes, according to many neuroscientists, who are emerging as the new high priests of the secrets of the psyche, explainers of human behavior in general. A phenomenon attested to by a recent torrent of pop-sci brain books with titles like Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. Not secret in most of these works is the disdain for...
  • Not Madonna's Kabbalah

    09/04/2011 9:41:44 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 37 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 9/4/2011 | Tzvi Frieeman
    Inside your body breathes a person—a soul. Inside the body of Jewish practice breathes an inner wisdom—the soul of Judaism. We often call it “Kabbalah”, meaning “receiving.” Just as Jewish practice is received through an unbroken, ancient tradition from the revelation at Sinai, so is its soul. Kabbalah, then, is the received wisdom, the native theology and cosmology of Judaism.
  • Legendary flower of Buddhist yore blooms at a Mapo convenience store

    09/01/2011 2:30:03 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/01/11 | Staff
    Korean news outlets are reporting that an udumbara -- a legendary flower in Buddhist literature believed to bloom once every 3,000 years -- has sprouted at a humble Family Mart. Store manager Kim Jong-woo was cleaning when he spotted the 17 tiny flowers growing on the window. He recognized the flowers, he said, from images on television.
  • The Major Religions of the World ....Revisited: The Significance of Mecca

    08/29/2011 5:03:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 66 replies
    Major Religions dot com ^ | 2008 | Robert Fawcett
    It needs to be noted that Arabs had been making the pilgrimage to Mecca-to the enormous granite Ka'aba, the old shrine at the center of the city-for hundreds, possibly thousands of years, before Islam to pay tribute to these 360 gods represented inside the Ka'aba's walls. Muhammad destroyed all but two -- that of the Virgin Mary, and that of Christ. However, even those representations would eventually be banned under Islam's subsequent prohibition of images. This prohibition was not endorsed by the Prophet. Controversies have exploded over images depicting the Prophet Muhammad, namely his depiction as a turbaned terrorist in...
  • Mahavira (“The Great Hero”) is largely Unknown in the West

    08/24/2011 10:29:16 PM PDT · by Brian_Baldwin · 10 replies · 3+ views
    opinion | 08/24/2011 | brianbaldwin
    The “founder” of the Jains religion which is primarily in India is called Mahavira, which mean “The Great Hero” (maha – great, vira – hero). He lived thousands of years ago, and there is ample evidence that not only was he a near contemporary of the “Buddha”, the Buddha or “Intellectual” (buddhi – mind, Budd – intellect, Buddha – the Intellectual) who was a Prince of Nepal called Siddhartha, there is evidence and I personally believe that Mahavira had taught or strongly influenced the “Buddha” in religion and yoga. Mahavira is largely unknown in the West, but that is not...
  • Chinese Jews Face Existential Questions (Diminished: In Eyes of Judaism as Well as Beijing)

    08/21/2011 11:42:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies · 3+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/19/2011 | Bob Davis
    KAIFENG, China—Zhang Xinwang, a moon-faced Chinese man with a spiky beard, calls himself "Moishe." "So do you think I look Jewish?" he asks. For much of the past millennium, Jews in Kaifeng— descendants of merchants who arrived here from Persia, probably around the 11th century—have been struggling with an existential question: What does it mean to be Jewish? The handful of Kaifengers who go to Israel are sometimes floored to discover they need to go through a rabbi-certified conversion to be accepted as Jews, while the ones staying home squabble over which of them are really Jewish. The question has...
  • Scholars Seek to Correct 'Mistakes' in Bible

    08/17/2011 6:40:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 8/12/11 | Matti Friedeman
    Experts say they're looking to publish the authoritative edition of the Old TestamentBible Project, center, Dr. Rafael Zer, editorial coordinator, left, and Efrat Leibowitz, graduate research assistant, confer in their office at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on Wednesday. The ongoing work of these academic detectives shows that this foundation text of Western civilization has always been more fluid than many people's strongly held beliefs would suggest.JERUSALEM — A dull-looking chart projected on the wall of a university office in Jerusalem displayed a revelation that would startle many readers of the Old Testament: The sacred text that people revered in...
  • Life's Big Questions: Penn Jillette, 'God, No!,' at Lisner Auditorium

    08/17/2011 11:20:58 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    expressnightout.com ^ | 16 Aug 2011 | Christopher Porter
    Penn Jillette is fond of Christians. Despite the title of his new book, "God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales," the talky half of the magic-comedy duo Penn & Teller finds those who follow Jesus to have compassion. "If you say bad things about them, they won't kill you — which is all I require out of people I share the planet with," Jillette says. "The fact that I attack Christians is, in a lot of ways, showing how much I trust them." "God, No!" is filled with hilarious stories from Jillette's life, each...
  • ‘Kerala Vault Opening Will Unleash Wrath of the Gods’ (Deadly Cobra Curse)

    08/15/2011 1:38:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 12, 2011 | Margherita Stancati
    We saw it coming when rumors of the cobra curse started spreading. Officials at Kerala’s Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple – where a treasure estimated to be worth $22 billion was found last month – had warned against opening the last of its sealed vaults, citing the image of a cobra that ominously guarded its entrance. The vault – Chamber “B” – is still sealed. But now a group of astrologers say they are sure tragedy will befall those who upset the temple’s deity further. The god, they say, is already angry about outsiders rummaging through the other five vaults, the contents...
  • Pagans fight for divine rights of old Greek gods

    09/24/2003 6:28:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies · 2,930+ views
    Scotsman ^ | September 21, 2003 | MATTHEW BRUNWASSER
    IN THE shadow of Mount Olympus the toga-clad worshippers sway to the beating of a drum as the bearded man leading the ceremony throws a pinch of grain into a torch, then circles his hand above the flames. While the group, dressed in yellow, red and blue robes, may appear to be taking part in some bewildering historical re-enactment, they are members a growing pagan movement dedicated to resurrecting the religion and way of life of ancient Greece. The pagans have gathered in a meadow near the sacred mountain where their ancestors believed the gods lived and held court to...
  • Bit By Bit, Afghanistan Rebuilds Buddhist Statues

    07/27/2011 3:47:58 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | July 27, 2011 | Joanna Kakissis
    When the Taliban controlled Afghanistan a decade ago, they were fanatical about eliminating everything they considered un-Islamic. Their biggest targets — literally and figuratively — were the two monumental Buddha statues carved out of the sandstone cliffs in central Afghanistan. One stood nearly 180 feet tall and the other about 120 feet high, and together they had watched over the dusty Bamiyan Valley since the sixth century, several centuries before Islam reached the region. Despite international opposition, the Taliban destroyed the statues with massive explosions in 2001. At the time they were blown up, the statues were the largest Buddha...
  • Heaven For 21 Minutes: Local Couple Tells of Afterlife Experience [Protestant Sees Purgatory]

    07/26/2011 6:38:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 125 replies
    Lancaster Eagle Gazette | 7/9/11
    Article can not be posted due to copyright issues but if you clink on this link you can read all about it.
  • In Israel, rich and famous flock to wonder rabbi

    07/26/2011 3:06:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 26, 2011 | MATTI FRIEDMAN
    ASHDOD, Israel (AP) — A few evenings every month, some of Israel's wealthiest and most powerful people can be found in a living room in this seaside city, waiting to have a few minutes with a rabbi they see as an advisor, guru or miracle worker.Yoshiyahu Pinto is slightly stooped, his long beard and hair unkempt. He looks older than his 38 years, and speaks so softly you have to lean in to hear him. His remarkable rise in recent years has turned this living room of floral-patterned chairs and gilt sofas into an intersection of influence extending to Israel's...
  • Italy: Ancient sarcophagus unearthed near Rome

    07/22/2011 3:18:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    adnkronos ^ | July 5, 2011 | AKI
    Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Roman sarcophagus in the central Italian Lazio region surrounding Rome. It is the second sarcophagus discovered during a dig being coordinated by the University of Michigan. The sarcophagus was uncovered in the area of Lazio believed to the site of the ancient Roman city of Gabii, located 18 kilometres east of Rome. Both sarcophagi -- coffins typically adorned with sculptures or inscriptions -- are made of lead and are believed to date from the 1st or 2nd century AD. The first sarcophagus was unearthed in 2009 by archaelogists working on the same dig, the 'Gabii...
  • Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras | Mithraism | Ancient Religion

    10/31/2003 6:19:29 PM PST · by ckilmer · 10 replies · 528+ views
    Biblical Archaeology Review vol. 20, #5 ^ | September/October 1994 | David Ulansey
    MITHRAISM The Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras by David Ulansey Author of THE ORIGINS OF THE MITHRAIC MYSTERIES (Oxford University Press, 1991) The following essay is adapted from my article,"Solving the Mithraic Mysteries" Biblical Archaeology Review (vol. 20, #5 [September/October 1994] pp. 40-53) This article is a summary of my book on Mithraism, THE ORIGINS OF THE MITHRAIC MYSTERIES(Oxford University Press, revised paperback, 1991) [To order this book (for $13.95), click here.]   The Encyclopedia Britannica has given this page its "Web's Best Sites" award. The Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras (Note: complete documentation for the following essay can be found...