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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:...
  • Not Madonna's Kabbalah

    09/04/2011 9:41:44 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 37 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 9/4/2011 | Tzvi Frieeman
    Inside your body breathes a person—a soul. Inside the body of Jewish practice breathes an inner wisdom—the soul of Judaism. We often call it “Kabbalah”, meaning “receiving.” Just as Jewish practice is received through an unbroken, ancient tradition from the revelation at Sinai, so is its soul. Kabbalah, then, is the received wisdom, the native theology and cosmology of Judaism.
  • Darwin's Sacred Imposter: The Illusion That Natural Selection Operates on Organisms

    09/01/2011 4:59:31 AM PDT · by fishtank · 19 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Sept. 2011 | Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D. *
    Darwin's Sacred Imposter: The Illusion That Natural Selection Operates on Organisms by Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D. * "Suppose in July 1969 two men watched the Saturn V rocket launch the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. One marveled at the power of nature’s cosmic siphon acting on the rocket to lift it off the pad and accelerate it upward. The other said that liftoff was actually caused by a natural phenomenon called “natural projection” that was inevitable if compressed combustible fuels were released and ignited in a cone, directing violently expanding gases downward with sufficient thrust to lift the...
  • Theologian (Robert McCabe): Genesis means what it says!

    08/29/2011 10:56:00 AM PDT · by fishtank · 19 replies
    creation.com ^ | Featured article today, but from June 2010 | J. Sarfati
    Robert V. McCabe, M.Div., Th.M., Th.D., earned his Th.D. degree at Grace Theological Seminary in 1985 in Old Testament Languages and Literature. He joined the faculty of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983 as head of the Old Testament department, and he became Registrar in 1987. One of the OT classes he teaches at DBTS is Biblical Creationism, and he has conducted several seminars on biblical creation in local churches in the Detroit area. I first heard about Dr Bob McCabe upon seeing a very thorough defence of a straightforward understanding of Genesis, including in-depth studies of the original Hebrew.1...
  • Secret U.S. experiments to prompt 2nd Coming?

    08/22/2011 7:04:27 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 24 replies
    WND ^ | August 21, 2011 | Joe Kovacs
    Is mankind's quest for knowledge, power and longer life about to backfire and wipe human beings off the face of the Earth? Secret experiments now underway in the U.S. and elsewhere are sparking fears of a potential extinction-level event hastening the 2nd Coming of Jesus. For decades now, there have been science-fiction stories portraying a future filled with spectacular abilities for people, where the definition of what makes someone a human being is blurred by blending high technology and even animal traits into the human body. In the 1970s, TV's "Six Million Dollar Man" featured Lee Majors as a critically...
  • Equality Watchdog Drops Plan to Protect Religious Rights

    08/19/2011 7:22:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8/18/11 | Tim Ross
    The equality watchdog has abandoned moves to reform the law to give greater protection to Christians who have been banned from expressing their religious beliefs at work.Last month, the Equality and Human Rights Commission warned that British courts had failed to safeguard the rights of Christians who wanted to wear the cross at work, and urged judges to be more sensitive to religious discrimination. The watchdog said it would call on the European Court of Human Rights to support the principle that employers should make “reasonable adjustments” to accommodate the religious beliefs of their staff. However, a document posted on...
  • A Eucharistic Miracle [Religion and Science]

    08/14/2011 4:11:38 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    August 14, 2011
    The Eucharistic Miracle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbg_dhI4XCs
  • High noon: How the sun and moon guided prayer times and liturgy

    08/06/2011 8:22:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cns ^ | August 5, 2011 | Carol Glatz
    A long granite strip running from the ancient obelisk through St. Peter's Square at the Vatican serves as a meridian, a line that indicates when the sun has reached true or solar noon and is at its highest point in the sky. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Carol GlatzCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Hidden among the paving stones of St. Peter's Square there is a simple clock and calendar. All you need is a sunny day. The 83-foot stone obelisk in the middle of the square acts as a sundial that can accurately indicate midday and the two solstices...
  • The question of embryo adoption is closed: Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro

    08/05/2011 9:35:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 3, 2011 | MONSIGNOR IGNACIO BARREIRO-CARÁMBULA
    Editor’s Note: In this commentary Msgr Barreiro responds to the statements of Dr. Janet Smith quoted in the August 2nd LifeSiteNews report “Top Catholic ethicists duel over frozen embryo adoption”. Msgr. Barreiro presents his understanding of the correct Catholic moral teaching on this issue. Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro Carámbula, J.D., S.T.D., HLI Interim President FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, August 3, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - At a recent debate http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/top-catholic-ethicists-duel-over-frozen-embryo-adoption at Christendom College Prof. Dr. Janet Smith upheld the view that the adoption of embryos could be morally appropriate, in particular if it is undertaken outside the context of in-vitro fertilization. To be realistic,...
  • Scientist and Amateur Philosopher Stephen Hawking Wanders as he Wonders in a New TV Series

    08/03/2011 3:40:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 3, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Looks like were all going to be “treated” to a new series on the Discovery Channel wherein British Physicist Stephen Hawking will ponder theological and philosophical questions. A rather strange thing for a scientist to do actually.I have no doubt that Stephen Hawking is a fine, even a brilliant scientist and theoretical physicist. But science has a limit, a limit rightly imposed on itself, which explores the physical world using empirical and evidential models that do not go beyond the physically observable world. Scientists, even theoretical physicists, do well who recognize their sphere, their field. And most scientists are quite...
  • A WOMAN AND A DRAGON (Catholic Caucus)

    07/31/2011 6:10:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Mark Mallett ^ | July 27, 2011 | Mark Mallett
      IT is one of the most remarkable ongoing miracles in modern times, and the majority of Catholics are likely unaware of it. Chapter Six in my book, The Final Confrontation, deals with the incredible miracle of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and how it relates to Chapter 12 in the Book of Revelation. Due to widespread myths that have been accepted as facts, however, my original version has been revised to reflect the verified scientific realities surrounding the tilma upon which the image remains as an inexplicable phenomenon. The miracle of the tilma needs no embellishment;...
  • Science and Religion: God Didn't Make Man; Man Made Gods

    07/18/2011 7:45:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 60 replies
    LATimes ^ | July 17, 2011 | J. Anderson Thomson and Clare Aukofer
    Science and Religion: God Didn't Make Man; Man Made Gods In recent years scientists specializing in the mind have begun to unravel religion's "DNA." By J. Anderson Thomson and Clare Aukofer July 18, 2011. Before John Lennon imagined "living life in peace," he conjured "no heaven … / no hell below us …/ and no religion too." No religion: What was Lennon summoning? For starters, a world without "divine" messengers, like Osama bin Laden, sparking violence. A world where mistakes, like the avoidable loss of life in Hurricane Katrina, would be rectified rather than chalked up to "God's will." Where...
  • US nun's cause moves forward with initial ruling on second miracle (Catholic Caucus)

    07/05/2011 8:05:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cns ^ | July 1, 2011 | Patrick Downes
    A tapestry depicting Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai hangs inside St. Peter's Basilica during her 2005 beatification ceremony. (CNS/Reuters) By Patrick DownesCatholic News Service HONOLULU (CNS) -- The sainthood cause of Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai has taken a significant step forward with a Vatican medical board ruling in favor of a miracle attributed to her intercession. According to a news release from her religious community, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse, N.Y., the seven physicians at the Vatican Congregation for Saints' Causes declared there is no medical explanation for the cure of a...
  • Evolution Controversy Reignites Among Evangelical Christians

    07/04/2011 10:00:42 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 177 replies
    PR News Wire ^ | June 21, 2011 | N/A
    The debate among evangelical Christians over Darwin's theory of evolution has returned to front stage this summer with the publication of two separate cover stories on the issue by leading Christian magazines. In its June cover story, Christianity Today reported on how Christian proponents of Darwin are challenging historic beliefs about Adam and Eve. Now Christian news magazine World has announced that it will name two books critiquing "theistic evolution" as its "Books of the Year" in its upcoming July 2 issue. World called the evolution debate in churches and religious colleges "the biggest current battle both among Christians and...
  • Nicolas Cardinal diCusa was right where Galileo was wrong.

    07/01/2011 11:32:58 PM PDT · by dangus · 24 replies
    based on Nicolas Cardinal DiCusa, "Of Learned Ignorance" | 7/2/11 | Dangus
    Preceding Galileo by nearly two Centuries and professing to represent the Catholic faith, Nicolas Cardinal diCusa's cosmology was far more accurate than Galileo's In fact, Galileo was quite dramatically wrong about the heavens, in such a profound manner as to set our understanding of the universe back centuries, and that the reason for his wrongness is that he refused to properly consider evidence that didn't match his beliefs... exactly the charge he had laid against the Church. Even more surprisingly, nearly two centuries earlier, a Catholic cardinal had made doctrinal assertions about the nature of the universe which were literally...
  • Jesus Christ, Extraterrestrial? If life is found on other planets, does Christianity come unraveled?

    07/01/2011 6:19:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 235 replies
    Patheos ^ | 06/29/2011 | Curtis Chang and Jennifer Wiseman
    The Veritas Riff is a group of friends who combine deep faith with world-class expertise in subjects ranging from politics, science, culture, business, medicine, and more. They offer their informal take on the big questions facing us all. I'm the host of the Veritas Riff, Curtis Chang.For centuries, humans have asked whether life exists on other planets. In the last decade or so, astrophysicists have made actual progress in answering that question. As more exoplanets—planets outside our solar system—are discovered, the chances of locating extraterrestrial life rises. But how would the discovery of extraterrestrial life impact religion, and particularly Christianity?Today...
  • Lutheran World Relief, ... Announce $45 Million Campaign to Fight Malaria

    06/30/2011 10:02:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/30/11 | Lutheran World Relief
    Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and United Nations Foundation Announce $45 Million Campaign to Fight MalariaLutheran World Relief (LWR), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the United Nations Foundation announced on Monday an unprecedented partnership to mobilize Lutherans in the United States in the fight against malaria in Africa.The campaign, called the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI), aims to raise $45 million to contribute toward the global goal of eliminating malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. Malaria, a preventable and treatable disease, continues to devastate communities and perpetuate a cycle of poverty. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 1...
  • 2,000-Year-Old Priestly Burial Box Is Real, Archaeologists Say

    06/29/2011 11:05:58 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 10 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | June 29, 2011 | Foxnews.com
    JERUSALEM – Israeli scholars say they have confirmed the authenticity of a 2,000-year-old burial box bearing the name of a relative of the high priest Caiaphas of the New Testament. The ossuary bears an inscription with the name "Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphas, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri." To confirm the authenticity of the ossuary, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), who discovered the ancient burial box turned to Dr. Boaz Zissu of the Department of the Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology of Bar Ilan University and Professor Yuval Goren of the Department of Archaeology and Ancient...
  • Nuclear physicist or priest? How one man chose God over gamma rays

    06/24/2011 12:48:48 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies
    CNS ^ | Jun-24-2011 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Raised Catholic by Jewish and Catholic parents, Msgr. Robert L. Stern loved his faith but never planned on becoming a priest. The outgoing head of the international Vatican agency Catholic Near East Welfare Association said that when he was in college, the priesthood seemed like a "gloomy road" and he had his eyes instead on the brighter path of becoming a nuclear physicist. "It was the 'in' thing at the time," he told Catholic News Service at CNEWA's central office at the Vatican. But God had different plans for the native New Yorker, and the "temptation"...
  • Does Revelation 21:1 reveal a new earth being made elsewhere after this planet is destroyed?

    06/23/2011 6:45:53 PM PDT · by Ancient Drive · 206 replies
    Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
  • Imagine if aborted babies were declared martyrs

    06/20/2011 3:19:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 31, 2011 | John-Henry Westen
    Sitting around a dinner table in Rome at the Human Life International prayer conference where I was speaking last year I was confronted with the concept of the Catholic Church declaring aborted babies martyrs. Liking a good theological debate, I politely suggested it was not possible since aborted babies are not even baptized, nor do they have a free will in offering their lives. The reply was intriguing as it surmounted at least those counterpoints. “They’d be just like the Holy Innocents,” I was told: the babies killed at the time of Christ when Mary and Joseph fled with the...
  • Vatican launches stem cell venture with US company

    06/16/2011 12:35:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | June 16, 2011 | David Kerr
    Dr. Robin Smith, CEO of NeoStem, announces the joint venture at the Vatican on June 16, 2011 Vatican City, Jun 16, 2011 / 12:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has signed its first ever commercial agreement with an outside company. The contract with U.S.-based bio-pharmaceutical firm NeoStem will advance ethical research into stem cells. “We would like to create a hotspot for scientists, benefactors, academics (and) Church leaders that will now join this group and would work together for the benefit of humanity,”Fr. Tomaz Trafny of the Vatican’s Council for Culture told CNA June 16. The deal was announced...
  • Understanding the *Sun of Righteousness* and the *Son of Man*

    06/03/2011 3:27:39 PM PDT · by TaraP · 13 replies
    TaraP | June 3rd, 2011
    In the Book of Genesis: 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. *GOD made the Sun* Jesus Christ is the only begotten SON of the Father..Begotten not made... The Pharisees confront Jesus and ask him: "Are you the Son of God?" and He replied, "You are right in saying I am. I tell you the truth. “Luke 22:70 "In John 8:58 “Jesus said, "Before Abraham was born, I am!" (John 8:58.) Now in Malachi 4-***The Sun of Righteousness**** “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Abortion

    05/28/2011 10:12:30 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Abortion 1000. Wide publicity has been given to the case of a doctor who was acquitted on a charge involving an illegal operation. That is true. 1001. What is the law or teaching of the Catholic Church on the right or otherwise of a doctor to perform an operation such as he admitted he carried out? The Catholic Church teaches, and ever will teach, that no doctor has any right before God and in conscience to perform such an operation. The deliberate and direct destruction of innocent human life is forbidden by the commandment, "Thou shalt not kill." Another principle...
  • Harold Camping's Latest Claim - VANITY

    05/23/2011 6:01:37 PM PDT · by WillVoteForFood · 60 replies
    05/23/11 | Self
    I am currently listening to Harold Camping to see what his response to the lack of rapture would be. His response? The second coming will come on the second date he supplied, which was October 21, 2011, the date he originally stated would be the one after 5 months of suffering on which the world would be complete. His reasoning. He states that God is merciful and based on a letter from someone stated that God would not allow 5 months of continuous suffering and that man could not survive 5 months of wrath. Disappointing, not surprising, continuing to perpetuate...
  • Pope's speech to space station shows human side of space exploration

    05/22/2011 2:41:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | May 21, 2011
    The Shuttle Endeavor in orbit around the Earth/ Pope Benedict XVI Vatican City, May 21, 2011 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI’s planned satellite address to the crew of the International Space Station is a reminder of the humanity of astronauts and of the God-given curiosity that drives mankind to explore, Vatican astronomer Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., said.“The astronauts are not just robots collecting data; they are people, people like us. And we human beings are motivated to study the universe, and to live and explore in new and exciting places, precisely because of our very human...
  • Pope talks live to astronauts on the International Space Station

    05/21/2011 5:11:20 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 12 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4:26PM BST 21 May 2011
    Pope Benedict XVI has a new hotline to the heavens, chatting via satellite to astronaut Mark Kelly on the International Space Station, reports Jacqui Goddard in Miami. Engraved on his wife's wedding ring, which he wears on a chain around his neck while in space, is an inscription that shuttle commander Mark Kelly put on there four years ago: "You're the closest to heaven that I've ever been," it says. A telephone call from Earth on Saturday might just have changed things. In a historic link-up between the Vatican and the International Space Station, Cdr Kelly and his five crew,...
  • Betting Against the End of the World

    05/18/2011 1:29:35 PM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 12 replies
    The Atlas Society - The Center for Objectivism ^ | May 17, 2011 | Edward Hudgins
    Throughout human history and especially in recent centuries, cults of all kinds have predicted the end of the world. You’ve probably noticed that they’ve all been seriously wrong. The latest such silliness has come from 89-year-old Harold Camping’s Family Radio network of 66 stations. Based on his study of the Bible, Camping calculates that doomsday will be on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Christianity is particularly prone to such nonsense. After all, the Book of Revelation is all about doomsday, though with details from a clearly delusional mind. The “son of man” appears out of the clouds with a two-edged sword...
  • Study: Homosexuality, celibacy didn't cause abuse

    05/18/2011 7:49:52 AM PDT · by Grunthor · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 18, 2011 | Rachel Zoll
    WASHINGTON – Researchers commissioned by the nation's Roman Catholic bishops to analyze the pattern of clergy sex abuse have concluded that homosexuality, celibacy and an all-male priesthood did not cause the scandal. The study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York instead said that the problem was largely the result of poor seminary training and insufficient emotional support for men ordained in the 1940s and 1950s, who were not able to withstand the social upheaval they confronted as pastors in the 1960s. Crime and other deviant behavior increased overall in the United States during this period,...
  • Stephen Hawking: 'There Is No Heaven; It's A Fairy Story'

    05/15/2011 7:58:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 220 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | May 16, 2011
    Stephen Hawking: 'There Is No Heaven; It's A Fairy Story' In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the cosmologist shares his thoughts on death, M-theory, human purpose and our chance existence Sunday 15 May 2011 A belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a "fairy story" for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said. In a dismissal that underlines his firm rejection of religious comforts, Britain's most eminent scientist said there was nothing beyond the moment when the brain flickers for the final time. Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21,...
  • Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism

    05/09/2011 11:11:10 AM PDT · by bronxville · 99 replies
    Integrated Catholic Life ^ | March 10, 2011 | Dr. Peter Kreeft
    Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism The most serious challenge for Christianity today isn't one of the other great religions of the world, such as Islam or Buddhism. Nor is it simple atheism, which has no depth, no mass appeal, no staying power. Rather, it's a religion most of us think is dead. That religion is paganism — and it is very much alive. Paganism is simply the natural gravity of the human spirit, the line of least resistance, religion in its fallen state. The "old" paganism came from the country. Indeed, the very word "paganism" comes from the Latin...