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  • 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...
  • ON A RESONANCE THEORY OF THOUGHT AND SPIRITUALITY

    08/02/2003 4:43:59 PM PDT · by betty boop · 618 replies · 1,067+ views
    Karl Jaspers Forum ^ | August 21, 2001 | Varadaraja V. Raman
    ON A RESONANCE THEORY OF THOUGHT AND SPIRITUALITY by Varadaraja V. Raman The following theory is proposed to explain the observed phenomena of thought and spiritual/mystical experience/creativity: PROBLEM: (a) Thought is the subtlest emergent entity from the human brain. As of now, though it is taken to arise from complex biochemical (neuronal) processes in the brain, we have no means of detecting any physical aspect of thought. (b) All sensory experiences (light, sound, smell, taste, sound) result from an interaction between an external agent (photon, phonon, etc.) and some aspect of the brain. HYPOTHESIS: (a) It is proposed that, like...
  • 'God gene' discovered by scientist behind gay DNA theory (reader beware)

    11/13/2004 7:47:12 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 162 replies · 4,285+ views
    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...
  • Neurotheologists Claim Religion is all in the Mind

    11/27/2001 9:32:17 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 40 replies · 174+ views
    Source: The Times via Cosmiverse website ^ | November 27, 2001 | Source: The Times
    Neurotheologists Claim Religion is all in the Mind November 27, 2001 8:00 CDT It's all in your head. Literally. At least that's the theory of scientists studying a budding new field of science called neurotheology. They believe that our religious experiences are really just blips in your brain chemistry that you mold to fit around your personal belief system. In their quest to figure out just how our minds work, they have mapped out what happens in different areas of the brain during certain experiences and compared them with the responses of others in order to determine what physical changes ...
  • The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul

    10/01/2007 9:46:38 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 23 replies · 302+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer Book Review ^ | 09/30/2007 | Bryan Appleyard
    BOOK REVIEW : The Spiritual Brain : A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul By Mario Beauregard and Denyse O'Leary HarperOne. 368 pp. $25.95 Neuroscience is a combat zone. It is here, in the human brain, that the final conflict between materialism and, to invent a word, soulism is being fought. For materialists, the outcome is not in doubt. Our minds, our selves, our awareness are merely the outcome of the electrical activity of the few pounds of hyperconnected matter between our ears. All claims to the contrary are wishful thinking or superstitious remnants. But the materialists have...
  • Spirituality Spot Found in Brain

    12/24/2008 1:09:17 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 15 replies · 655+ views
    Live Science ^ | 24 December 2008 | Robin Nixon
    What makes us feel spiritual? It could be the quieting of a small area in our brains, a new study suggests. The area in question — the right parietal lobe — is responsible for defining "Me," said researcher Brick Johnstone of Missouri University. It generates self-criticism, he said, and guides us through physical and social terrains by constantly updating our self-knowledge: my hand, my cocktail, my witty conversation skills, my new love interest ... People with less active Me-Definers are more likely to lead spiritual lives, reports the study in the current issue of the journal Zygon.
  • How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus: One Theory

    12/20/2005 7:20:30 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies · 863+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 20, 2005
    Jeremy Seal on an Epic History BATH, England, DEC. 20, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The modern persona of Santa Claus is a far cry from its origins: St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra. So how did he go from a charitable saint to an icon of Christmas consumerism? Travel writer Jeremy Seal embarked on an international search to answer that question and recorded his findings in "Nicholas: The Epic Journey from Saint to Santa Claus" (Bloomsbury". Seal told ZENIT what he discovered tracking the cult of Santa Claus across the globe and why he thinks St. Nicholas and his charism of charity still...
  • Atheist Questions the Practice of Halloween...

    11/03/2001 5:06:55 PM PST · by Sir Francis Dashwood · 166 replies · 1,412+ views
    Sir Francis Dashwood | 10-31-01 | Sir Francis Dashwood
    It never ceases to amaze me that most Christians would criticize me for being an atheist, yet they will "celebrate" a macabre pagan holiday. They inculcate their children into the practice of it and feed them the most unhealthful things you could give a child to eat. Likewise, many atheists criticize me for being a "right-winger." Most atheists are so caught up in their polemics, they have become nothing more than anti-Christians - or what I call the Religious Left (a collaboration of the Marxist religion, neo-pagan animal/tree/earth worshipper eco-fascists and general technophobes). Why do you "celebrate" on certain "holidays," ...
  • St. Patrick (Erin Go Bragh!)

    03/17/2007 7:06:14 AM PDT · by kellynla · 12 replies · 1,492+ views
    newadvent.org ^ | 3/17.2007 | staff
    Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 493. Other sources say 460 or 461 —Ed. He had for his parents Calphurnius and Conchessa. The former belonged to a Roman family of high rank and held the office of decurio in Gaul or Britain. Conchessa was a near relative of the great patron of Gaul, St. Martin of Tours. Kilpatrick still retains many memorials of Saint Patrick, and frequent pilgrimages continued far into the Middle Ages to perpetuate there the fame of his sanctity and miracles. In...
  • 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 Nativity—the place where Christians believe Jesus was born—as 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, “What kind of a box has this guy trapped me in?” Then I can deconstruct the box. If the box dissolves, there goes the question. If it doesn’t dissolve, I better listen up. The guy’s 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) – 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 “nones,” 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. — The way Mary C. Neal sees it, she has essentially lived two different lives: one before her “accident,” as she describes it, and one after.“I would say that I have been profoundly changed in all aspects of my life,” said Neal, a respected orthopedic spinal surgeon in western Wyoming. “The details of my life, before and after, are similar. But the essence of my life — 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 – 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 Judaism’s 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 — 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 Judaism’s most important book — the 1,100-year-old Aleppo Codex.The manuscript — or the part of it that did not go mysteriously missing in the mid-20th century — 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 Spencer’s 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, “Did Muhammad Exist?” 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 book’s 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 Cornwall’s 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 ‘modern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwall’. 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 – 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...