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  • Christian conversion linked to changes in psychological symptoms and personal values

    06/09/2018 5:36:42 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    psypost.org ^ | Eric W. Dolan
    New longitudinal research provides evidence that converting to Christianity is associated with some psychological changes. “Religious conversion is a major life event that some people claim would bring big psychological changes,” said C. Harry Hui of The University of Hong Kong. “However, no research has systematically looked at it with a rigorous, longitudinal research design.” The study, which was published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, tracked 711 Chinese individuals from 2009 to 2012. At the beginning of the study, there were 455 participants who were not Christians. But by the end, 46 of these non-Christians had converted to Christianity....
  • Amazon serves harsh blow to Christian non-profit group that defends religious freedom

    05/06/2018 11:27:46 AM PDT · by gattaca · 39 replies
    Patriot Chronicles ^ | May 6, 2018 | Daphne Moon
    Amazon Smile program allows customers to help benefit the charities of their choice through their purchases. That is unless your ‘charity of choice’ happens to be Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF was just dropped by Amazon as a charity option and Christian consumers are in the dark as to why... We contacted Amazon to find out what happened, and lo and behold, Amazon informed us that we were removed because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) determines who is qualified.” Yes, that SPLC. The one that exploits the terms “hate” and “hate group” against any organization it disagrees with. Without actually...
  • The Evidence for Noah's Flood

    05/12/2018 4:35:00 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 88 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | May 12, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    By Philip Cottraux First, some background info. A friend of mine posted a recent chat on her YouTube channel with an orthodox professor of Biblical studies who doesn't believe the first 11 chapters of Genesis should be taken literally. While he still maintains to be a Christian, he believes that the Garden of Eden, the flood, and the tower of Babel are myths that God used as symbols of his relationship with man. I thought I would present historical evidence for Noah’s flood to contribute to their discussion (I've linked the following blog to them on Twitter to read and...
  • Was Orkney The Ceremonial Capital Of Ancient Britain?

    11/03/2003 3:24:04 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 195+ views
    The Herald ^ | 11-3-2003 | Stephen Stewart
    Was Orkney the ceremonial capital of ancient Britain? STEPHEN STEWART November 03 2003 ORKNEY may have been the largest prehistoric settlement or ceremonial site in Britain, new research reveals today. Archaeologists using the latest techniques to map under the soil discovered the world heritage site covering the Ness of Brodgar in Stenness, was a massive centre of activity in Stone Age times. Orkney's landscape has largely managed to avoid the rigours of industrialised farming and may yet yield its secrets about the recently-surveyed site, which in terms of scale, puts the likes of Stonehenge, Avebury and Skara Brae in the...
  • Relic claimed to be bone from St Clement rescued from the bin

    05/03/2018 3:32:33 PM PDT · by NRx · 118 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 05-01-2018 | Maev Kennedy
    A small leather case containing a fragment of bone claimed to be a relic of St Clement, a pope who was martyred almost 2,000 years ago, has been found in rubbish collected from central London. The waste disposal firm is now appealing for suggestions from the public for a more suitable final resting place for a saint than a bin. The box, originally sealed with red wax and tied with crimson cords, contained a scrap of bone under a glass dome, with a faded strip of paper labelling it “Oss. S Clementis” – bone of St Clement. St Clement is...
  • Passages From the Bible Discovered Behind Qur'an Manuscript

    04/26/2018 7:20:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4/25/18 | Alison Flood
    The only recorded palimpsest in which a Christian text has been effaced to make way for the Islamic holy text is to go on sale at Christie’s An “extraordinary” discovery by an eagle-eyed scholar has identified the shadowy outlines of passages from the Bible behind an eighth-century manuscript of the Qur’an – the only recorded palimpsest in which a Christian text has been effaced to make way for the Islamic holy text. French scholar Dr Eléonore Cellard was looking for images of a palimpsest page sold a decade earlier by Christie’s when she came across the auction house’s latest catalogue,...
  • Following Jesus, or Following Trump?

    04/24/2018 9:53:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/24/2018 | Cal Thomas
    "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other." (Matthew 6:24) The verse refers to money, but in light of today's debate about the unaccountable devotion many Christian leaders have for President Trump it is not a stretch to apply it to their relationship with him. Last week at Wheaton College in Illinois a number of Christian pastors and leaders gathered to discuss the future of "evangelicalism" in the Trump era. Some who were not there claimed it was a forum...
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls in Denver: Two Dead Sea Scrolls on display for the first time ever

    04/21/2018 8:42:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Biblical Archaeaology Review ^ | 3/16/2018 | Megan Sauter
    If you ever have wanted to see the Dead Sea Scrolls but have not been able to travel to the Middle East, this may be your chance. Select Dead Sea Scrolls are on display at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in Denver, Colorado, from March 16 to September 3, 2018. Perhaps the most significant archaeological discovery of the 20th century, the Dead Sea Scrolls represent the earliest extant copies of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). In addition to Biblical texts, the scrolls contain numerous texts, such as the War Scroll (Scroll 1QM), penned by a sectarian community.
  • An Icelandic Epic Predicted a Fiery End for Pagan Gods, and Then This Volcano Erupted

    04/15/2018 8:46:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Livescience ^ | March 20, 2018 | Laura Geggel
    A series of Earth-shattering volcanic eruptions in Iceland during the Middle Ages may have spurred the people living there to turn away from their pagan gods and convert to Christianity, a new study finds. The discovery came about thanks to precise dating of the volcanic eruptions, which spewed lava about two generations before the Icelandic people changed religions. But why would volcanic eruptions turn people toward monotheism? The answer has to do with the "Voluspa," a prominent medieval poem that predicted a fiery eruption would help lead to the downfall of the pagan gods, the researchers said. Historians have long...
  • Jesus wasn't white: he was a brown-skinned, Middle Eastern Jew. Here's why that matters

    04/01/2018 4:53:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 146 replies
    Australian Broadcast Company ^ | March 28, 2018 | Robyn J. Whitaker
    I grew up in a Christian home, where a photo of Jesus hung on my bedroom wall. I still have it. It is schmaltzy and rather tacky in that 1970s kind of way, but as a little girl I loved it. In this picture, Jesus looks kind and gentle, he gazes down at me lovingly. He is also light-haired, blue-eyed, and very white. The problem is, Jesus was not white.
  • {Turkey}: Man’s Zoroastrian religion used to prove PKK loyalty {Kurdish}

    03/29/2018 6:53:48 AM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies
    Ahwal news ^ | 29 Mar 2018 | Ahval
    A Turkish man has been sentenced to prison on charges of membership of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on the basis of his identity card showed his religion as Zoroastrian, Turkish newspaper Evrensel said. The case began in 2006, at which time Yücel Delek was a student at Niğde University. He was taken into custody on suspicion of having attended a PKK-linked protest, but was acquitted the following year after the university provided evidence he had been attending a class at the time. The case was re-opened in 2013. This time he was not so lucky. The evidence against him...
  • Christian Designs Found In Tomb Stones Of Eastern Han Dynasty

    08/04/2002 3:00:50 PM PDT · by blam · 158 replies · 4,430+ views
    CL2000.com ^ | 8-2-2002
    Christian Designs Found in Tomb Stones of Eastern Han Dynasty [2002-08-02] Studies show that as early as 86 A.D., or the third year under the reign of "Yuanhe" of Eastern Han, Dynasty Christianity entered into China, 550 years earlier than the world accepted time. When studying a batch of stone carvings of Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 A.D.) stored and exhibited in the Museum of Xuzhou Han Stone Carvings, Christian theology professor Wang Weifan was greatly surprised by some stone engravings demonstrating the Bible stories and designs of early Christian times. Further studies showed that some of these engravings were made...
  • Richard Dawkins: ‘Benign’ Christianity is About to be Replaced by ‘Something Worse’ – Islam

    03/25/2018 5:55:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/23/18 | Calvin Freiburger
    UNITED KINGDOM, March 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Despite his years of denouncing religion, Richard Dawkins does not welcome a European future without Christianity. On Wednesday, the atheist author and evolutionary biologist warned those inclined to “rejoice at the death throes of the relatively benign Christian religion” to keep in mind the danger of "something worse" taking its place. That worse alternative, Dawkins suggests, is Islam, which he has previously called “the most evil religion in the world.” Dawkins was reacting to a Guardian report on recent polling that shows 70% of people in the United Kingdom between the ages of...
  • Archaeologists return to site of 'lost Pictish monastery'

    03/22/2018 4:35:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    The Scotsman, tall and handsome built ^ | Monday 19 March 2018 | Alison Campsie
    Archaeologists are to return to the potential site of a lost Pictish monastery where Scottish Gaelic was written down for the first time. Archaeologist Alison Cameron and her team could be on the brink of making a discovery of national importance at land close to Old Deer in Aberdeenshire... For 10 years, a search has been made for the monastery that dates from the sixth century but disappeared around 1,000 years ago. Some believe the Book of Deer, a richly decorated pocket-sized book of gospels was created here with Gaelic notes on local life later written in the margins by...
  • 'Eternal flames' of ancient times could spark interest of modern geologists

    05/18/2015 11:51:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-18-2015 | Provided by Springer
    Seeps from which gas and oil escape were formative to many ancient cultures and societies. They gave rise to legends surrounding the Delphi Oracle, Chimaera fires and "eternal flames" that were central to ancient religious practices - from Indonesia and Iran to Italy and Azerbaijan. Modern geologists and oil and gas explorers can learn much by delving into the geomythological stories about the religious and social practices of the Ancient World, writes Guiseppe Etiope of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy. His research is published in the new Springer book Natural Gas Seepage. "Knowing present-day gas fluxes...
  • Median Era Ring Discovered In Iran

    11/11/2007 2:24:09 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 1,946+ views
    PressTV.IR ^ | 11-10-2007
    Median era ring discovered in Iran Sat, 10 Nov 2007 09:56:15 A Faravahar, a symbol of Zoroastrianism A unique ring belonging to the Median era adorned with a carved Farvahar, a symbol of Zoroastrianism, has been found in western Iran. Archeological excavations in Iran's western province of Lorestan resulted in the discovery of a ring which dates back to the Bronze Age and is decorated with a symbol of Zoroastrianism. The figure in the Farvahar is wearing Mede attire and a hat. The long-bearded man is facing the left as he emerges from the Sun. Wide open wings are seen...
  • Kurdistan: Zoroastrian Temple discovered in Duhok

    08/22/2006 10:33:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 479+ views
    Kurdish Globe ^ | August 22, 2006 | unattributed
    Duhok's Director of Antiquities, Hasan Ahmed Qassim, has announced the discovery of a Zoroastrian temple near Jar Ston Cave, a famous ancient site. The temple is believed to be the most complete to have been unearthed in the region. It is also said that it was a Metherani temple... "This new discovery will alter the history of the region due to its unique architectural style, which differs considerably from Zoroastrian temples previously discovered," explained the Director of Antiquities. "The temple's style which looks toward the four-directions is a unique style ever discovered in the area; thus it becomes an entry...
  • Russian Archaeologist Says Merv Was Origin Of Zoroastrianism

    06/10/2006 3:16:44 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 1,380+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 6-10-2006
    Russian archaeologist says Merv was origin of Zoroastrianism TEHRAN, June 10 (MNA) – Russian archaeologist Victor Sarianidi believes that Merv, a province in southern Turkmenistan, was the cradle of Zoroastrianism, the Persian service of Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported here Saturday. According to Sarianidi, his archeological team has recently discovered some Zoroastrians’ temples in the region. Each has two fire temples -- one was presumably used for religious ceremonies and one for cooking, he added. The temples date back to some 3,000 years BC, estimated the archaeologist. Sarianidi had already named the legendary land of Margush as the origin...
  • Bombay's Parsis Differ on Future of Their Community

    08/03/2005 8:24:34 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 4 replies · 538+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 2 August 2005 | Patricia Nunan
    The Indian city of Bombay is home to the Parsi community - descendants of Persians who fled to India centuries ago. Now, their numbers are dwindling, giving rise to fears that the group, with its distinctive religion, is dying out. VOA's Patricia Nunan was recently in Bombay, where she spoke to two well-known Parsi personalities to hear their ideas of what the future may hold for the community. One is an 88-year-old retired business magnate, a leader of India's Parsi community for the past 60 years, the other is a 34-year-old television host and "video jockey" on the Indian outlet...
  • archaeologist Says Central Asia Was Cradle Of Ancient Persian Religion

    03/19/2005 8:59:31 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 1,743+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 3-18-2005
    Archeologist says Central Asia was cradle of ancient Persian religion Fri Mar 18, 6:24 PM ET Science - AFP ATHENS (AFP) - The mysterious Margianan civilisation which flowered in the desert of what is now Turkmenistan some 4,000 years ago was the cradle of the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrianism, Greco-Russian archeologist Victor Sarigiannidis claimed here. He said the theory would provoke controversy amongst his fellow archeologists, but said his excavations around the site of Gonur Tepe have uncovered temples and evidence of sacrifices that would consistent with a Zoroastrian cult. The religion was founded by Zarathustra, a Persian prophet...