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  • The Good Prayer

    10/30/2011 12:02:53 AM PDT · by The Might of Love 1 · 5 replies
    The Good Prayer by Beinsa Douno Lord God, our tender Heavenly Father, Who has given us Life and health to rejoice in You – we pray to You: send us Your Spirit to shelter and protect us from every evil and cunning thought.Teach us to do Your Will, to sanctify Your Name and to glorify You always. Enlighten our spirit, guide also our hearts and minds to keep Your commandments and instructions. By Your presence, inspire within us Your pure thoughts and guide us to serve You with joy. Bless our lives, which we dedicate to You for the sake...
  • Christian Apologist Responds to Atheist Richard Dawkins Old Testament 'Genocide' Claim

    10/28/2011 9:53:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 10/28/2011 | By Justin L. Ayoub
    Christian apologist William Craig has offered a response to atheist intellectual Richard Dawkins who called him "a deplorable apologist for genocide" in his column last week. In a speech at the Sheldonian Theater at Oxford University on Tuesday, Craig responded to Dawkins' allegations during the question and answer session. “There was no racial war here, no command to kill them all,” he said, alluding to extermination of the Canaanites in the Old Testament, “the command was to drive them out.” He then said: “I would say that God has the right to give and take life as He sees fit....
  • Are dinosaurs fossils really that old? [vanity]

    10/28/2011 6:39:41 AM PDT · by Ancient Drive · 226 replies · 1+ views
    I read that carbon dating method is only accurate for up to 30,000 yrs. So how are scientists coming up with millions yrs. old fossils? For all we know dinosaurs died off not millions but 100's of thousands of yrs ago.
  • Michael Voris Discusses Mormonism and Protestantism

    10/26/2011 9:32:38 PM PDT · by rzman21 · 55 replies
    Real Catholic TV ^ | 10/27/2011 | Michael Voris
    Michael Voris of RealCatholic TV discusses Mormonism and Protestantism: http://www.youtube.com/user/RealCatholicTV#p/search/0/zQZBukPUwAA
  • Is GOD In The 'Multi-verse'?

    10/23/2011 4:30:28 PM PDT · by freejohn · 270 replies · 1+ views
    I hope that it's okay to post this in the Religion forum!? I have been thinking about this for quite some time now and have come to my own conclusion and that is .. GOD HAS TO EXIST and not only does he exist .. He is the main argument Against the now popular 'Multi-verse' scenario! Scientists from many different areas are pondering an infinite number of universes to explain our existence. They talk about 'string theories' and 'infinite universes' where anything and everything can and does exist! An example may be that in one universe, I am alive but...
  • Richard Dawkins: Why I refuse to debate with William Lane Craig (He's an apologist for genocide)

    10/21/2011 1:25:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/20/2011 | Richard Dawkins
    Don't feel embarrassed if you've never heard of William Lane Craig. He parades himself as a philosopher, but none of the professors of philosophy whom I consulted had heard his name either. Perhaps he is a "theologian". For some years now, Craig has been increasingly importunate in his efforts to cajole, harass or defame me into a debate with him. I have consistently refused, in the spirit, if not the letter, of a famous retort by the then president of the Royal Society: "That would look great on your CV, not so good on mine". Craig's latest stalking foray has...
  • 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...
  • ‘The day I died’: the dramatic ‘death’ and recovery of pro-life activist Melanie Pritchard

    10/05/2011 2:27:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 5, 2011 | PETER BAKLINSKI
    Melanie Pritchard and her daughter Ella, whom Melanie nearly died giving birth to. PHOENIX, AZ, October 4, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Midnight contraction pains signaled to Melanie Pritchard that labor was beginning. If all went well, her baby would have a birth date on July 28th, 2010. Melanie phoned her mother to say that her husband Doug was taking her to the hospital. That phone call was the last event that Melanie remembers, the beginning of a 3-day dramatic ordeal that nearly took her life and the life of her unborn child. Pritchard, aged 34, is a nationally renowned Catholic defender...
  • Poll finds evangelicals stand apart on evolution, climate change

    10/03/2011 11:52:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Religion News Service ^ | 09/22/2011 | Lauren Markoe
    WASHINGTON (RNS) White evangelicals and Tea Party members are less likely to believe in evolution and climate change than most Americans, a finding that could pose a particular problem for Republican presidential hopefuls. A new poll released Thursday (Sept. 22) also showed that a majority of Americans (57 percent) believes in evolution, and an even larger majority (69 percent) believes in climate change—though many still disagree that the phenomenon is based on human activity. But most Americans do not insist that their presidential candidates share their views on these issues, nor do they believe scientists have come to a consensus...
  • Peer-Reviewed Study Adds Validity to Claims of Sexual Orientation Change

    10/01/2011 7:16:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/30/2011 | Jeff Schapiro
    Many people who work in the field of psychology argue against the idea that a person can change their sexual orientation. But a new study published in the October edition of the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy reveals that some homosexuals who seek to change their sexual orientation may be able to do so with the help of religious mediation. The study, conducted by psychologists Stanton L. Jones of Wheaton College and Mark A. Yarhouse of Regent University, examined changes in homosexuals who sought the help of Exodus International in trying to change their sexual orientation. Researches tracked changes...
  • THE GOD HATERS: New Book By Former Indiana Legislator

    09/29/2011 4:45:37 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 5 replies
    Email Message ^ | September 29, 2011 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    Go to www.thegodhaters.com to order the e-Book. Christian Apologist Publishes his 14th Book! Don Boys, Ph.D. recently published The God-Haters: Angry Atheists, Shallow Scholars, Silly Scientists, Pagan Preachers, and Embattled Evolutionists Declare War on Christians! Boys re-read books by the famous atheists of the past then read the writings of the crop of New Atheists who have declared war upon Christians, Christ, and the Church–mainly Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett, Harris and Company known as the Four Horsemen of New Atheism. The author declares that the atheists’ books are filled with mistakes, mishmash, and misinformation. He said, “Every time I finished one...
  • ‘Atheism is cool,’ says Archbishop of Canterbury (why church finds it hard to convey its message)

    09/28/2011 1:36:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/28/2011 | Hemant Mehta
    Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams thinks “atheism is cool” and that’s made it difficult for his church to convey its message. Well, he’s right that there’s been a recent surge in the popularity of atheism, but that’s not the reason the church isn’t growing. Think back to the “cool” people you know in high school. They were the ones willing to say what no one else was saying, the people who always maintained a certain level of confidence, the people who didn’t care what you thought because it just didn’t matter. That’s the position a lot of young atheists are...
  • 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls go online

    09/26/2011 2:45:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 26/9/11 | Matti Friedman
    JERUSALEM — Two thousand years after they were written and decades after they were found in desert caves, some of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls went online for the first time on Monday in a project launched by Israel's national museum and web giant Google. The appearance of five of the most important Dead Sea scrolls on the Internet is part of a broader attempt by the custodians of the celebrated manuscripts — who were once criticized for allowing them to be monopolized by small circles of scholars — to make them available to anyone with a computer. See msnbc.com's...
  • Of things astronomic and thanks to readers on the Autumnal Equinox

    09/23/2011 1:56:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 23, 2011 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Firstly, as I reported before there is a huge piece of flaming hurtling death-inflicting space junk falling to earth even as I write. I calmly explained the facts here in my post entitled “RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! FALLING BURNING SPACE BUS! AAAAH!“. Go to confession, do your penance, make some Mystic Monk Coffee just wait for it to happen.Second, I understand from a friend in Rome who sent a story from ANSA that the flaming hurtling space junk may hit Northern Italy. If that is the case, to all my Italian friends in the north I issue a blanket...
  • BENEDICT XVI RECEIVES HALF MILLION BEES

    09/23/2011 12:57:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Zenit ^ | September 22, 2011
    VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 21, 2011 (Zenit.org).- What is the proper gift for a Pope on the Day for the Protection of Creation? According to the Italian agricultural group Coldiretti, it's about a half million bees.Italy's largest farming association gave Benedict XVI eight beehives containing more than 500,000 bees last Sunday.The beehives will be kept at the pontifical farm of Castel Gandolfo, where they will be used in pollination and the production of honey (some 617 pounds a year).Coldiretti explained that bees "play a vital role in the planet's ecosystem and their disappearance would have disastrous consequences for health and the...
  • Did Galileo get in trouble for being right, or for being a jerk about it?

    09/22/2011 9:05:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    io9 ^ | 09/15/2011 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    Galileo was facing some stiff odds when he published his Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Systems of the World. He'd already been officially warned against heliocentrism, and he had enemies. But it's possible, just possible, that he would have squeaked by if he hadn't been a jerk to the Pope. The feud between Galileo and the Catholic Church - the one that resulted in Galileo spending the last years of his life under house arrest - is perhaps the most well-known part of his history. Galileo was tried, threatened with torture, and forced to recant his perfectly correct position about...
  • N.C. could be first state to compensate victims of eugenics program

    North Carolina was the last state to end its eugenics program, which sterilized about 7,600 residents deemed unfit to have children, but it could be first state to compensate victims, an author said Thursday night. "North Carolina will go into history as the last to quit, but the first to compensate," Edwin Black told more than 280 people during a lecture at Winston-Salem State University. "You can take a giant step in which every man will be judged by the content of his character and not the color of his chromosomes." Black is the author of a best-selling book, "War...
  • 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...
  • Amazing (to me) quote from the Talmud

    09/12/2011 6:35:02 PM PDT · by DManA · 27 replies
    The Talmud | September 12, 2911 | Vanity
    There are stars whose light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen apart. There are people whose remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow.
  • The Catholic Priest Praised by Einstein for Explaining the Universe

    09/05/2011 6:19:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Hermeneutic of Continuity ^ | 9/4/11 | Fr. Tim Finnigan
    Mgr George Lemaître, the Catholic priest and physicist, was told by Einstein "Your calculations are correct, but your grasp of physics is abominable!" when he proposed his theory of a homogeneous Universe of constant mass and growing radius accounting for the radial velocity of extragalactic nebulae. The observations of Lemaître gave rise to the understanding of the universe as having a beginning in what is now known generally as the big bang. Lemaître features in the CTS booklet by Fr Marcus Holden and Fr Andrew Pinsent, Lumen. The Catholic Gift to Civilisation which I wrote about back in March (see:...