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  • Saint Patrick [Apostle Of Ireland]

    03/17/2002 3:36:13 PM PST · by Lady In Blue · 39 replies · 2,398+ views
    Catholic Encyclopedia ^ | 00/00/1911 | Patrick Francis CARDINAL Moran
    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z ††† † Home > Catholic Encyclopedia > P > St. Patrick Join New Advent's Catholic mailing list! Start your FREE subscription today. <!input type=hidden name=goto_url value="home_link"> <!input type=hidden name=goto_text value="Click here to return to home_link"> <!input type=hidden name=redirect value="redirect_link"> A Litany of Saints By Ann Ball. Includes a history of the Litany of the Saints, with profiles of the individual saints mentioned in the litany. †† More.... Visit Catholic Freebies to get free...
  • UNESCO designates Church of the Nativity as endangered site (bad news)

    06/30/2012 12:43:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    AP via Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 29, 2012 | Dalia Nammari and Karin Laub, Associated Press
    The Palestinians on Friday persuaded the U.N. cultural agency to list the Church of the Nativityóthe place where Christians believe Jesus was bornóas an endangered World Heritage site despite misgivings by churches in charge of the basilica.The Palestinians hailed the nod by UNESCO as a step forward in their quest for global recognition of an independent Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967. The centuries-old basilica is located in a part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank where the Palestinians have self-rule. UNESCO's decision was seen by them as validation of their rights to...
  • Judaism--the Most Modern Ancient Religion

    06/18/2012 6:28:10 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 7 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 6/176/2012 | Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
    Whenever someone asks me a question, I first have to think, ďWhat kind of a box has this guy trapped me in?Ē Then I can deconstruct the box. If the box dissolves, there goes the question. If it doesnít dissolve, I better listen up. The guyís got a point.
  • Unbelieving Preachers Get Help to 'Come Out' as Open Atheists

    06/13/2012 6:40:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 61 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/13/12 | Dan Merica
    (CNN) Ė Jerry DeWitt entered the ministry when he was 17, launching a 25-year career as a Pentecostal preacher. He traveled all around his home state of Louisiana, preaching and ministering wherever he could. All these years later, DeWitt, 42, is still on the road, and now takes his message all over the United States. But the nature of that message, along with his audience, has changed dramatically. DeWitt is now an avowed atheist, and his audiences are made up of religious ďnones,Ē the growing number of Americans who are atheist, agnostic, humanist or just plain disinterested in identifying with...
  • Life after life? This Wyoming surgeon says she believes

    06/02/2012 2:25:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 83 replies
    Sarah Hinze ^ | May 22, 2012 | Sarah Hinze
    Mary C. Neal, a Wyoming surgeon, has a more spiritual view of life after a near-death experience following an accident while kayaking in 1999. (Family photo, Credit) JACKSON, WYO. ¬ó The way Mary C. Neal sees it, she has essentially lived two different lives: one before her ‚Äúaccident,‚ÄĚ as she describes it, and one after.‚ÄúI would say that I have been profoundly changed in all aspects of my life,‚ÄĚ said Neal, a respected orthopedic spinal surgeon in western Wyoming. ‚ÄúThe details of my life, before and after, are similar. But the essence of my life ¬ó who I am,...
  • Poll: Nearly half of America is creationist

    06/02/2012 8:14:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/02/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    What the heck... it's been a while since we last opened up the flood gates on this topic and according to Gallup surveys, we're no closer to a consensus now than we ever were. The subject at hand is our old friend, evolution vs. creation. Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. The prevalence of this creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question. About a third of Americans believe...
  • Babylonian Talmud Translated into Arabic

    05/28/2012 9:46:19 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Bible History Daily (BAR website) ^ | Thursday, May 17, 2012 | Staff
    After a controversial six-year-long translation project, a Jordanian think tank based in Amman published an Arabic translation of the Babylonian Talmud. After gaining enthusiastic responses to the project from the Arab League, 96 scholars began work on the translation. The editors are happy with the project, stating that the lack of an Arabic Talmud "has always been an obstacle to understanding Judaism." Despite some polarized and politicized responses, most have adopted a positive impression of the massive scholarly work. Dr. Raquel Ukeles of the Israeli National Library states that the project stemmed from scientific curiosity, and the introduction discusses the...
  • Stone carvers defy Taliban to return to the Bamiyan valley

    05/16/2012 1:13:00 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 16 May 2012 | Emma Graham-Harrison
    "Afghan students learn the centuries-old skills that carved out the giant buddhas blown up by extremists. ... The cave-hall was part of a complex built around two giant buddhas that loomed serenely over Bamiyan for about 15 centuries Ė until the Taliban government condemned them as un-Islamic in early 2001 and blew them up. "I was interested in this course because I want to restore our culture," said Ismael Wahidi, a 22-year-old student of archeology at Bamiyan University, who set aside more conventional studies for a week to learn how to turn a lump of stone into a sculpture. "If...
  • Revealed: The scandalous history of Judaismís most precious book

    05/11/2012 7:51:31 PM PDT · by Theoria · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 10 May 2012 | Times of Israel
    Theft, espionage, corruption and a cover-up lasting decades ó a new book by a Times of Israel reporter exposes the extraordinary saga of the uniquely revered, 1,100-year-old Aleppo Codex A new book by a Times of Israel reporter reveals dramatic new information about the fate of a manuscript many consider Judaismís most important book ó the 1,100-year-old Aleppo Codex.The manuscript ó or the part of it that did not go mysteriously missing in the mid-20th century ó is currently held alongside the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.†It is revered as the authoritative version of the Hebrew...
  • NOI angry at ACT's research on Islamic slavery; Muhammad's massacre of Medina Innocent Jews

    05/08/2012 8:14:35 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 15 replies
    Some young Muslim, at Nation of Islam's " FinalCall,' just published a childish "reply" to a thorough research by B Gabrielle's ACT for America. It's so silly I am too lazy to copy/paste it here. I am glad he publicizes ACT further. http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/Perspectives_1/article_8817.shtml ------ For research on Muhammad's anger of Medina Native Jews because they refused to change their religion and take him as a "Prophet" one can also see: This is from 1912, before the modern PC language: The Jewish Encyclopedia, by I Singer, C. Adler, 1912, p. 423 .. He first summoned them to accept his religion, and...
  • Did the Prophet Muhammad Really Exist? This Is Robert Spencerís Shocking Answer

    05/07/2012 4:12:33 AM PDT · by lbryce · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 5, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    Did the Prophet Muhammad really exist? This question, which may seem bizarre on the surface, is at the root of a new book by Robert Spencer, a prominent author and the director of Jihad Watch. Spencer, a figure who is praised by his fans and loathed by his detractors, has written numerous books on Islam. Earlier this week, The Blaze spoke with the expert about his controversial, new book, ďDid Muhammad Exist?Ē As can be derived from the title, the text delves into some uncomfortable subject matter, as Spencer examines the historical documentation surrounding the Muslim prophet. The bookís official...
  • EXCLUSIVE: BRITAIN'S LAST WITCH TRIAL[UK]

    12/06/2006 6:27:01 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 7 replies · 727+ views
    Mirror ^ | 06 Dec 2006 | David Edwards
    In 1944, medium Helen Duncan became the last woman in Britain to be convicted of witchcraft when one of her seances exposed a government attempt to cover up the deaths of 861 sailors. Now, campaigners aim to clear her name It started much the same as her other seances. With a chilling moan and strange white substance leaking from her mouth, Helen Duncan began communicating with the dead... But suddenly, the eerie calm was pierced by a police whistle and officers piled into the house, in Portsmouth, Hants, to arrest Britain's top medium. The following morning Helen, known as Hellish...
  • Hebrew seal bearing the name 'Matanyahu' uncovered in Jerusalem

    05/03/2012 3:51:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs ^ | 1 May 2012 | Israel Antiquities Authority
    The remains of a building dating to the end of the First Temple period were discovered below the base of the ancient drainage channel that is currently being exposed in Israel Antiquities Authority excavations beneath Robinson's Arch in the Jerusalem Archaeological Garden, adjacent to the Western Wall of the Temple Mount. This building is the closest structure to the First Temple found to date in archaeological excavations. According to Eli Shukron, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, "the name Matanyahu, like the name Netanyahu, means giving to God. These names are mentioned several times in the...
  • Inventing Muhammad? (Which of the many accounts of the Prophet Muhammad's life is true?)

    04/23/2012 4:17:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/23/2012 | By Robert Spencer
    Why would it matter if Muhammad never existed? Certainly the accepted story of Islam's origins is taken for granted as historically accurate; while many don't accept Muhammad's claim to have been a prophet, few doubt that there was a man named Muhammad who in the early seventh century began to claim that he was receiving messages from Allah through the angel Gabriel. Many who hear about my new book "Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry Into Islam's Obscure Origins" ask why it would matter whether or not Muhammad existed -- after all, a billion Muslims believe he did, and they are...
  • Schools told to put witchcraft and druids on religious ed syllabus (Cornwall, UK)

    04/18/2012 12:19:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 16:12 EST, 14 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:19 EST, 14 April 2012 | Jonathan Petre
    Paganism has been included in an official school religious education syllabus for the first time. Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should be taught alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The requirements are spelled out in an agreed syllabus drawn up by Cornwallís RE advisory group. It says that from the age of five, children should begin learning about standing stones, such as Stonehenge. At the age of 11, pupils can begin exploring Ďmodern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwallí. The syllabus adds...
  • 1,500 Year Old Church Found In Israel

    02/02/2011 2:50:25 PM PST · by madison10 · 24 replies
    Associated Press Via Yahoo ^ | February 2, 2011 | MATTI FRIEDMAN
    Israeli archaeologists presented a newly uncovered 1,500-year-old church in the Judean hills on Wednesday, including an unusually well-preserved mosaic floor with images of lions, foxes, fish and peacocks...
  • 1,500-year-old church found in Israel

    02/02/2011 2:37:27 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 2011 | MATTI FRIEDMAN
    HIRBET MADRAS, Israel Ė Israeli archaeologists presented a newly uncovered 1,500-year-old church in the Judean hills on Wednesday, including an unusually well-preserved mosaic floor with images of lions, foxes, fish and peacocks. The Byzantine church located southwest of Jerusalem, excavated over the last two months, will be visible only for another week before archaeologists cover it again with soil for its own protection. The small basilica with an exquisitely decorated floor was active between the fifth and seventh centuries A.D., said the dig's leader, Amir Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority. He said the floor was "one of the most...
  • Jewish Yad Avshalom Revealed As A Christian Shrine From Byzantine Era

    07/22/2003 6:27:03 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 822+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | 7-22-2003 | Amiram Barkat
    Jewish Yad Avshalom revealed as a Christian shrine from Byzantine era By Amiram Barkat The historic Yad Avshalom monument in Jerusalem's Kidron Valley, revered for centuries as a Jewish shrine, was also a Christian holy place in the fourth century, new evidence has revealed. A fourth-century inscription on one of the walls near the monument, recently uncovered by chance, marks the site as the burial place of the Temple priest Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist who baptized Jesus. Scholars believe the monument was built in the first century, making it possible that figures holy to Christians could be...
  • Grave robber chase reveals ancient Holy Land church

    02/03/2011 6:30:06 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, February 2, 2011 | Ari Rabinovitch, ed by Tim Pearce
    The hill-top church was destroyed by an earthquake some 1,300 years ago and lay partly buried until detectives from Israel's Antiquities Authority, pursuing a gang of antiquity thieves, noticed an elaborate doorpost poking through the earth. The robbers got away -- they were caught a few months later at a site nearby -- but after weeks of digging, archaeologists uncovered the remains of the church. It was about the size of a basketball court and contained fallen marble pillars and a nearly pristine 10-meter-long mosaic floor. Beneath the church's altar is a burial chamber that the Antiquities Authority said may...
  • Israel's Other Temple: Research Reveals Ancient Struggle over Holy Land Supremacy

    04/18/2012 8:22:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Speigel ^ | Matthias Schulz (AFP)
    The Jews had significant competition in antiquity when it came to worshipping Yahweh. Archeologists have discovered a second great temple not far from Jerusalem that predates its better known cousin. It belonged to the Samaritans, and may have been edited out of the Bible once the rivalry had been decided. Clad in a gray coat, Aharon ben Ab-Chisda ben Yaacob, 85, is sitting in the dim light of his house. He strikes up a throaty chant, a litany in ancient Hebrew. He has a full beard and is wearing a red kippah on his head. The man is a high...
  • Ancient site near Nablus 'too problematic' to open [ Mount Gerizim ]

    07/04/2010 4:25:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | Friday, July 2, 2010 | Chaim Levinson
    Mount Gerizim is sacred to the Samaritans who regard it, rather than Jerusalem's Temple Mount, as the location chosen by God for a holy temple... the Civil Administration is keeping the compound closed despite its huge tourism potential. It says planning at the site near Nablus in the West Bank is "too problematic." Over more than two decades, Yitzhak Magen, the administration's chief archaeology officer, dug up a 2,000-year-old city, once home to 10,000 people. It was preserved in its entirety. The site consists of streets lined with houses, a marketplace and town center. Thousands of bones of sacrificial animals...
  • 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. ďGenerally, the type or nature of employment with the organization does not matter for PSLF purposes,Ē reads the new language. ďHowever, 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 Ė 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 DeMintís new book, Now or Never, he boldly states, ďThe differences between the Democratic and Republican Parties are irreconcilable: there can be no compromise between collectivism and freedom.Ē How refreshing that someone in the U.S. Senate has the courage to speak the truth. I totally concur with Senator DeMintís 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 Ď Syriac Ď 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 ‚Äėrediscovered‚Äô 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 ‚Äď 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 £14million 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 £14million 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 ó including those who knew the fighter pilot ó 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 ó including those who knew the fighter pilot ó 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, ďThe VowĒ by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, which draws heavily on that coupleís 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 ó 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 civilizationóand 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 themóa question belonging to a mindset he called ďmoral suicide.Ē 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. Thatís what my faith tells me. Itís 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 thenÖthatís itÖ or is it? Is all thatís 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 brotherís final words were ďOh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow,Ē 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 Sisterís 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 Iíd met my father, I tried to believe heíd 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 Iíd been waiting for...
  • Egypt: Coptic Bishop: ďChristians 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, ďthe 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 dominationójust 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?" Islamís 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....
  • ĎI Was Dead For 4 Minutesí (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. ďI can tell anybody who's willing to listen what itís like to die,Ē he said. ďIím very respectful of death. Iím not trying to want it or have it bestowed upon me, but when it happens, Iím not going to be afraid.Ē