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  • The Giver — Love, Choice, and the Limits of Perfection

    08/30/2014 2:54:46 PM PDT · by TBP · 22 replies
    Celebration Center ^ | August 30, 2014 | Tim Phares, RScP
    “If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be,” as Yogi Berra once said. If you want to understand what this means, go see The Giver. The Giver is in the great dystopian tradition of Animal Farm and 1984, Brave New World, Atlas Shrugged, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, and so many more. (It also evoked for me memories of the Ring cycle and Lord of the Rings.) It takes place in a “perfect” society that has eliminated war, pain, suffering, differences and choice. They have created a society where everyone is equal (except those who are “more equal,” of...
  • Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe At Death

    01/17/2014 7:43:11 PM PST · by DaveMSmith · 249 replies
    A book titled “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe“ has stirred up the Internet, because it contained a notion that life does not end when the body dies, and it can last forever. The author of this publication, scientist Dr. Robert Lanza who was voted the 3rd most important scientist alive by the NY Times, has no doubts that this is possible.[...]The theory implies that death of consciousness simply does not exist. It only exists as a thought because people identify themselves with their body. They believe that the body is...
  • Leigh 3:16

    10/30/2013 7:53:34 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 6 replies
    LPSullivan.com ^ | October 3, 2013 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    As with all religions, there is a very small yet vocal element of atheists who are somewhat radical. ‘Evangelical atheists’ are not content to follow a live and let live philosophy when it comes to people of faith. These future eternal burn victims suffer a compulsion to virtually attack Christians, mocking not only Scripture but the believers as well.
  • Real salvation...not the false phony type!

    10/21/2013 8:04:26 AM PDT · by fabian · 343 replies
    Facebook ^ | 10/21/13 | fabian
    Have you been searching for the real thing in spirituality and salvation? We hear a lot of talk about it by ministers who are no more saved than the average Joe, sadly. Well, I have begun this FB page to promote the real thing because I have found it myself. I am not talking from theory or rote learning. No! And I want you all to be on that path to real salvation, peace of mind, and being able to fight socialists/ communism and still remain happy! Please give it a like too...if you do like it! Thank you, fabian
  • Thirsty For God...A Sunday Meditation

    Read aloud this desperate and heartfelt prayer with me; As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that...
  • Here Is A Powerful Prayer Exercise Even For Those Who Do Not Pray Or Are Non-Believers

    01/25/2013 7:34:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    PJ Lifestyle ^ | January 20, 2013 | Myra Adams
    Anyone on a faith walk will eventually ask the question, “How do I pray?” Except for the Lord’s Prayer that Jesus taught his disciples, there is no easy answer, for prayer is a very personal and personalized pursuit. And, as with all pursuits, practice is the key to success and prayer is no different. You will soon discover the more you pray, the more you will find answers to difficult questions, along with mental or physical healing from various maladies, protection for you or your loved ones and comfort from any number of storms that happen to be raging in...
  • 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...
  • Soldiers Deck of Cards

    03/12/2012 7:34:37 AM PDT · by wtd · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 7, 2012 | Justin Flom
    A Veterans tribute with just a pack of cards and a beautiful ending. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGPKpIuX3cY
  • Heavenly Voices-a child's perspective

    02/13/2012 6:42:59 PM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 9 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2/13/12 | Joseph Speranzella
    There are times when children are the most sensitive creatures to spiritual thinking. I'm sure we all have a tale or two about ways in which children express the sacred. I had one such story happen to me in the wee hours of the morning.
  • 10 Things Christians and Atheists can - and must - agree on

    01/21/2012 12:39:39 PM PST · by emax · 4 replies
    http://www.cracked.com/article_15759_10-things-christians-atheists-can-and-must-agree-on.html
  • The Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show! Uniting the Races with Truth Instead of Dividing them with Lies!

    06/21/2011 8:52:47 PM PDT · by abigail2 · 9 replies
    Bond Action, Inc. ^ | June 22, 2011 | abigail2
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  • Make Every Day Opening Day

    04/04/2011 8:31:01 PM PDT · by TBP
    Facebook Article ^ | March 30, 2011 at 4:28pm | Tim Phares
    Spring is a wonderful time of year. Despite T.S. Eliot’s line that “April is the cruelest month,” spring is a time of renewal, a good time to remind ourselves to open up to new facets of life. One of the best things about spring, to me, is the opening of the baseball season. I am a fervent baseball fan. To me, there is a good deal of metaphysics in baseball. You start out at a place called home, then you go on a little journey like the Prodigal Son, the aim being to return home. The ones who go home...
  • The Pursuit: Enjoy God

    02/03/2011 5:03:36 PM PST · by DBCJR · 4 replies
    422CHURCH.COM ^ | Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 6:24pm | Dr. Ed Crenshaw
    Based on a sermon by Dr. Ed Crenshaw Thus far in The Pursuit series Pastor Ed has dealt with serious aspects of our pursuing God, including last week’s “Enduring Hardships”. In this message he lightened up a bit with, perhaps, the most important aspect of this divine pursuit. Mark 10:15 (New International Version, ©2010) 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” We need to receive Kingdom of God as little child, innocent, not caught up in heavy stuff of life and spirituality but just enjoying...
  • Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show! Uniting the Races with Truth Instead of Dividing them with Lies!

    01/13/2011 4:22:57 PM PST · by abigail2 · 12 replies
    Bond Action, Inc. ^ | January 14, 2011 | abigail2
    THE JESSE LEE PETERSON RADIO SHOW TUNE INTO JESSE'S SHOW HERE 6 am to 9 am PST, 9 am to 12 pm EST BOND Action, Inc. has been created to educate, motivate and rally Americans to greater involvement in the moral, cultural and political issues that threaten our great country ”Rebuilding the Family by Rebuilding the Man”... BOND Action Inc. PO Box 35586 Los Angeles, CA 90035-0586 T: 1-877-WE ACT77 T: 1-877-932-2877 Buy this bumper sticker and support BOND! Click HERE ARCHIVE RADIO AND SUNDAY SERVICE… HERE
  • The Sandwich Principles of Spirituality

    01/05/2011 11:06:00 AM PST · by hawkins · 3 replies
    That Christian Website ^ | 01/05/2010 | Travis Main
    Nearly everyone loves sandwiches! There are so many delicious combinations that can be invented. Need a quick snack? Try a sandwich! Need to feed a lot of people inexpensively? Sandwiches are the answer. Have picky eaters? Sandwiches without crust are a favorite. They can be eaten cold, hot, whole, halves, or quarters. Sandwiches can be dipped in soup, covered with melted cheese, or fried in egg. Rye bread, sourdough, white, wheat, onion, rolls, subs, French, bagel, so many types of bread are great for sandwiches. They can be eaten inside, outside, formal, informal, in the car, on a boat (even...
  • You Are In The Spirit...Romans 8

    11/23/2010 5:30:02 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 18 replies · 1+ views
    But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Romans 8:9-11) One of the...
  • Restoring America to Judeo-Christian Values

    09/16/2010 2:55:02 PM PDT · by patriotgal1787
    The Radio Patriot ^ | Sept. 16, 2010 | Andrea Shea King
    Tonight The ANDREA SHEA KING SHOW 9p ET http://www.blogtalkradio.com/askshow/2010/09/17/the-andrea-shea-king-show With as much as we're hearing from media giants like Glenn Beck about restoring and returning to the Judeo-Christian values America was founded upon... You and your pastor are invited to join us this tonight at 9 pm ET for a very special edition of The ANDREA SHEA KING SHOW when Jerry Williams, popular Christian singer/songwriter and counselor-to-pastors  joins us. Jerry has been writing and performing contemporary Christian worship and patriotic songs to audiences around the world with the music group "HARVEST" for the past four decades. He is the founder and former president of Harvest Ministries,...
  • Self Proclaimed 'Life Coach' Accused of Sexually Assaulting Women

    06/24/2010 7:12:10 PM PDT · by thecodont · 9 replies · 1+ views
    KTLA / ktla.com via The Los Angeles Times ^ | 4:58 PM PDT, June 24, 2010 | KTLA News
    MARINA DEL REY -- Police have arrested a self-proclaimed "life coach" accused of sexually assaulting women during meditation sessions. Michael Keith Martin, 55, was arrested Monday after several victims came forward, police said. Police say Martin met his victims at a church in Culver City where he billed himself as a spiritual advisor.
  • Syncretism

    05/04/2010 2:42:22 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies · 186+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 5/4/10 | Thomas Tabback
    Ever stop and consider how powerful the Truth really is? Does the Truth stop being the Truth, if no one believes in it? If everyone accepts a lie, will that change the Truth, or does the Truth endure?
  • Most people who have spiritual dementia don't even realize it.

    04/13/2010 8:44:50 PM PDT · by jackspyder · 17 replies · 815+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | April 12, 2010 | Réne Girard
    I live in the San Diego area with my wife and her father who now has dementia. In case you are unfamiliar with the condition, it used to be known as senility. A person with dementia may confuse the past with the present, easily forget things, and have random inaccurate thoughts that make little to no sense. That is why an attempt to carry on a decent conversation with a senile old man can easily leave a sane person befuddled or dismayed. Someone with dementia may also be completely unaware of his/her condition, even if told "You have dementia," because...
  • My Search for Intelligent Life in Berkeley

    04/05/2010 2:57:17 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 731+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 05, 2010 | Robin of Berkeley
    When I was growing up, my parents forbade me from ever opening up the curtains. It had something to do with their fear that the sun would bleach the furnishings. If I even sneaked a peek outside, I'd find myself on the receiving end of my parents' wrath. Just as children become acclimated to all kinds of environments, I learned to live in the dark. This habit caused problems when Jon and I moved in together. He'd walk into the house on a sunlit day to find me with the curtains drawn and every light on. He'd groan and give...
  • Is There A Spiritual World?

    03/01/2010 8:51:29 PM PST · by Korah · 127 replies · 1,643+ views
    enterprise Record Post Scripts ^ | 6/14/09 | Chuck Ness
    In today's technological age, it might seem silly for intelligent people to consider a spiritual world where beings we cannot see might exist. Oh it's fine to read books and watch Hollywood movies about the afterlife and spirits that roam the netherworld but that's all make believe, not the real world. In the real world we are taught that reality consists of what we can touch, taste, see, hear, smell, and that the spirit world is for those weak minded individuals who use religion as a crutch to get through the day.  However, what if I told you that...
  • Scientists Find 'Spirituality' Center of Brain

    02/12/2010 10:03:52 PM PST · by TBP · 12 replies · 434+ views
    Live Science, via Fox News ^ | February 12, 2010 | LiveScience
    Scientists have identified areas of the brain that, when damaged, lead to greater spirituality. The findings hint at the roots of spiritual and religious attitudes, the researchers say. The study, published in the Feb. 11 issue of the journal Neuron, involves a personality trait called self-transcendence, which is a somewhat vague measure of spiritual feeling, thinking, and behaviors. Self-transcendence "reflects a decreased sense of self and an ability to identify one's self as an integral part of the universe as a whole," the researchers explain. Before and after surgery, the scientists surveyed patients who had brain tumors removed. The surveys...
  • Links to Spirituality Found in the Brain

    02/12/2010 11:54:57 AM PST · by serf_and_cotus · 16 replies · 493+ views
    LiveScience.com ^ | Thu Feb 11, 10:10 pm ET | LiveScience Staff
    Scientists have identified areas of the brain that, when damaged, lead to greater spirituality. The findings hint at the roots of spiritual and religious attitudes, the researchers say. The study, published in the Feb. 11 issue of the journal Neuron, involves a personality trait called self-transcendence, which is a somewhat vague measure of spiritual feeling, thinking, and behaviors. Self-transcendence "reflects a decreased sense of self and an ability to identify one's self as an integral part of the universe as a whole," the researchers explain. Before and after surgery, the scientists surveyed patients who had brain tumors removed. The surveys...
  • Scientists claim they've found area of brain for spirituality

    02/11/2010 11:08:39 PM PST · by jerry557 · 17 replies · 661+ views
    LiveScience via Yahoo ^ | 02/11/10 | LiveScience Staff
    Scientists have identified areas of the brain that, when damaged, lead to greater spirituality. The findings hint at the roots of spiritual and religious attitudes, the researchers say. The study, published in the Feb. 11 issue of the journal Neuron, involves a personality trait called self-transcendence, which is a somewhat vague measure of spiritual feeling, thinking, and behaviors. Self-transcendence "reflects a decreased sense of self and an ability to identify one's self as an integral part of the universe as a whole," the researchers explain. Before and after surgery, the scientists surveyed patients who had brain tumors removed. The surveys...
  • From Gospel to Life: He suffered as we do

    02/02/2010 6:23:35 AM PST · by Jihadi Du Jour · 5 replies · 151+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 2/2/10 | Joseph Speranzella SFO
    Today's Readings : Hebrews 2:14-18 Since all the children share the same blood and flesh, Christ too shared equally in it, so that by his death he could take away all the power of the devil, who had power over death, and set free all those who had been held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. For it was not the angels that he took to himself; he took to himself descent from Abraham. It was essential that he should in this way become completely like his brothers so that he could be a compassionate and...
  • Religious extremism or traditional values?

    11/08/2009 4:11:09 AM PST · by Scanian · 346+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 08, 2009 | Bob Weir
    When I see the Obama Administration trying to force their version of health care on us; trying to shove Cap and Trade down our throats; and telling us that we can have everything we want without any tax increases, it sounds like the irresponsible parent telling the children they can do what they please without any fear of consequences. Of course, the natural result of such liberalism is a bunch of spoiled brats with an entitlement mentality. Sadly, that's what too many Americans have been conditioned for during the past 30 to 40 years. The reason we're in this economic...
  • Five Hard Truths That Will Set You Free

    11/04/2009 9:00:14 AM PST · by GonzoII · 40 replies · 1,722+ views
    blog.adw.org ^ | Nov 4, 2009 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Hard Truths That Will Set You FreeBy: Msgr. Charles Pope Some years ago I read an essay by the Franciscan Theologian Richard Rohr. I will say that I do not share a lot of agreement with Richard Rohr (no need to detail that here) but I found this particular essay compelling. I do not recall the exact title of that essay but in my mind the title “Five Hard Truths that Will Set You Free” seems the best title. The following five truths from that essay are indeed hard truths. They tend to rock our world and stab...
  • The spirituality of the Coen brothers

    09/12/2009 9:18:07 AM PDT · by Saije · 46 replies · 1,480+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | 9/12/2009 | Cathleen Falsani
    No doubt some filmgoers will be more than a little surprised by the overtly religious themes explored in A Serious Man, the latest film from brother-filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen***** While they are Jewish and were reared in a religious home in suburban Minneapolis, the Coens have never dabbled in heavy-handed religious fare ŕ la Cecil B. de Mille's epics, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ or, more unfortunately, John Travolta's tribute to his Scientology faith, Battlefield Earth. A Serious Man is a black comedy set in the Coen brothers' real-life hometown of St. Louis Park, Minn., in 1967...
  • Stereotypes and Spirituality: Survey Gives Insights on Gay Faith

    08/25/2009 5:16:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 1,130+ views
    CrossWalk ^ | 8/25/2009 | Ginny McCabe
    Contrary to the popular stereotypes about gays, a recent study from The Barna Group reveals some surprising insights about gay spirituality. The study shows that there are both similarities and differences when comparing the spiritual beliefs of homosexuals and heterosexuals. "People who portray gay adults as godless, hedonistic, Christian bashers are not working with the facts," said George Barna, Barna Group founder and a best-selling author of numerous books about faith and culture on the Barna Group Web site. "A substantial majority of gays cite their faith as a central facet of their life, consider themselves to be Christian, and...
  • Defecting to Faith

    05/03/2009 11:50:32 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 20 replies · 642+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 1, 2009 | CHARLES M. BLOW
    “Most people are religious because they’re raised to be. They’re indoctrinated by their parents.” So goes the rationale of my nonreligious friends. Maybe, but a study entitled “Faith in Flux” issued this week by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life questioned nearly 3,000 people and found that most children raised unaffiliated with a religion later chose to join one. Indoctrination be damned. By contrast, only 14 percent of those raised Catholic and 13 percent of those raised Protestant later became unaffiliated. (It should be noted that about a quarter of the unaffiliated identified as atheist or agnostic, and...
  • Religious Kids Are Healthier, Says Study

    03/13/2009 6:09:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 454+ views
    Scientific Blogging ^ | March 11, 2009 | Staff
    Like adults, kids who are more spiritual or religious tend to be healthier. That’s the conclusion of Dr. Barry Nierenberg, Ph.D., ABPP, associate professor of psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who has been studying the relationship between faith and health. He presented on the topic at the American Psychological Association’s Division of Rehabilitation Psychology national conference on February 27, in Jackson, Fla. “A number of studies have shown a positive relationship between participatory prayer and lower rates of heart disease, cirrhosis, emphysema and stroke in adults,” he says. “Prayer has been shown to correlate to lower...
  • Spirituality, Not Religion, Makes Kids Happy

    01/10/2009 10:18:14 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 41 replies · 941+ views
    Live Science ^ | 09 January 2009 09:09 am ET | LiveScience Staff
    The link between spirituality and happiness is pretty well-established for teens and adults. More spirituality brings more happiness. Now a study has reached into the younger set, finding the same link in "tweens" and in kids in middle childhood. Specifically, the study shows that children who feel that their lives have meaning and value and who develop deep, quality relationships — both measures of spirituality, the researchers claim — are happier. Personal aspects of spirituality (meaning and value in one's own life) and communal aspects (quality and depth of inter-personal relationships) were both strong predictors of children's happiness, said study...
  • 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.
  • Catholic Caucus: St Bernadette: ‘My business is to be ill’

    12/10/2008 1:04:55 PM PST · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 410+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/10/2008 | By Anthony Foley
    Bernadette was declared a saint 75 years ago and she still has much to teach us about living with pain.
  • A Monastic Kind of Life

    10/15/2008 7:26:20 AM PDT · by ELS · 7 replies · 390+ views
    Slate ^ | October 14, 2008 | Harold Fickett
    How Catholic religious communities are trying to attract young people again. The Catholic Church has always seen the contemplative life as the "Air Force" in its spiritual struggle, as the Rev. David Toups of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops commented—a conduit of spiritual power. Though the number of young people entering monasteries, convents, and the priesthood has drastically dropped from the mid-20th century, some new approaches to religious vocations have inspired some young people in America to embrace this idea, replenishing several of the older religious orders and filling new ones. One such community with a young population,...
  • The Myster of Lag B'omer

    05/23/2008 8:06:42 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 30 replies · 222+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/23/'08 | Rabbi Pinchas Stolper
    Thirty-three days following the first day of Passover, Jews celebrate a "minor" holiday called Lag B'Omer, the thirty-third day of the Omer. It is an oasis of joy in the midst of the sad Sefirah period that passes almost unnoticed by most contemporary Jews. Yet it contains historic lessons of such gravity that our generation must attempt to unravel its mystery. We may well discover that our own fate is wrapped in the crevices of its secrets. The seven weeks between Passover and Shavuos are the days of the "Counting of the Omer," the harvest festivities which were observed in...
  • Can we really transplant a human soul?

    04/10/2008 9:18:54 AM PDT · by Renfield · 27 replies · 187+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 4-09-08 | Dr. Danny Penman
    ....In one celebrated case uncovered by Professor Schwartz's team, an 18-year-old boy who wrote poetry, played music and composed songs was killed in a car crash. A year after he died, his parents came across a tape of a song he had written, entitled, Danny, My Heart Is Yours. In his haunting lyrics, the boy sang about how he felt destined to die and donate his heart. After his death, his heart was transplanted into an 18-year-old girl - named Danielle. When the boy's parents met Danielle, they played some of his music and she, despite never having heard the...
  • Quebec Mandates Relativistic Ethical and Religious Education For All Students in Province

    10/07/2007 7:03:53 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 6 replies · 1,262+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | October 4, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    Quebec Mandates Relativistic Ethical and Religious Education For All Students in Province Program includes positive presentation of homosexual families and requires children to question their own religious upbringing By John-Henry Westen QUEBEC CITY, October 4, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As of the beginning of the 2008 school year, all students in the province of Quebec whether in public school, private school or even homeschooled will be mandated to take a program on "Ethics and Religious Culture" which runs from grade one till the end of high school.  The program is completely relativistic and includes positive presentation of homosexual families and requires...
  • Blessed Columba Marmion (Catholic caucus)

    10/02/2007 4:08:23 PM PDT · by koinonia · 68+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | October 3, 2007 | JosephMary
    "The kingdom of God is built up in SILENCE; it is, before all things, INTERIOR, and hidden in the depths of the soul. Undoubtedly grace possesses a virtue which nearly always overflows in works of charity, but the principle of its power is entirely within. It is in the depths of the heart that the true intensity of the Christian life lies, it is there that God dwells, adored and served by faith, recollection, humility, obedience, simplicity, labour and LOVE." "It is not our PERFECTION which DAZZLES God, since He is surrounded by shining Angels. No! It is our MISERY,...
  • Akiane Kramarik - Spiritual Young Artist

    09/29/2007 1:50:53 AM PDT · by Renfield · 2 replies · 88+ views
    Video about a truly remarkable 12-year old artistic genius. Watch this one! http://youtube.com/watch?v=TZSGK5lvYMY&mode=related&search=
  • A.A. and Religion: The courts get the point

    09/14/2007 7:23:49 PM PDT · by aahistory · 11 replies · 345+ views
    http://dickb.com/index.shtml ^ | September 14, 2007 | Richard G. Burns, J.D.
    A.A. is a religion; and the attempt to attract members, avoid controversy; and revise A.A. along secular and universal lines doesn't make it spiritual. Treatment people and those hostile to religion as well as the present A.A. heirarchy have foisted on suffering alcoholics, patients, courts, and treatment programs the palliative that A.A. is "spiritual, but not religious." Yet every significant court decision that has looked at the program has ruled it religious. The real issue is hostility or receptivity to the idea that Almighty God can help cure alcoholism. When government agencies compel acceptance of the program, the courts rule...