Tag Archives: Religion

Buddhists behaving badly: Sri Lankan monks march against Muslim mosque, demolish Muslim shrine, burn Muslim flag

Buddhists Behaving Badly: What Zealotry is Doing to Sri Lanka by William McGowan In Sri Lanka last September, a Sinhalese mob led by some 100 Buddhist monks demolished a Muslim shrine in the ancient city of Anuradhapura.  As the crowd … Continue reading

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Burma’s bigoted Buddhist monks shun Muslim community and block humanitarian aid

Burma’s monks call for Muslim community to be shunned: The Buddhists have reportedly tried to block humanitarian aid getting to ethnic group In a move that has shocked many observers, some [Buddhist] monks’ organisations have issued pamphlets telling people not … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Dr. James F. McGrath on fundamentalist interpretations of Scripture

‘The truth is that no one ought to consider young-earth creationism or inerrancy Christian viewpoints at all.  (Indeed, it is only the ridiculously large number of adherents to these views that allows them to be mistaken for such, rather than relegated … Continue reading

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Why the Dalai Lama should condemn Tibetan Buddhist self-immolations

Dalai Lama should condemn Tibetan self-immolations writes Stephen Prothero Tibet is witnessing an epidemic of self-immolations.  In fact, since March 16, 2011, more than 40 Tibetans have followed Thich Quang Duc’s lead, setting themselves on fire to protest the Chinese occupation of … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Sigmund Freud on religion as the only supplier of purpose to life

‘The idea of life having a purpose stands and falls with the religious system.’ ~ Sigmund Freud

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Empirical data the New Atheists will ignore (as usual): Attending religious services leads to better health

Attending religious services linked to better health People who attend religious services regularly are less likely than others in this country to develop diabetes or high blood pressure, a new study suggests, adding a Canadian dimension to the growing but … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Albert Einstein on the meaning of life and being religious

‘To know and to answer to the question, ‘What is the meaning of human life?’ is to be religious.’ ~ Albert Einstein

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Quote of the day: Jonathan Sacks on science and religion

‘Science takes things apart to see how they work; religion puts things together to see what they mean.’ ~ Jonathan Sacks

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Another atheist converts to Christianity

Why I Became Catholic (and Not Buddhist) I never even wanted to be a Christian.  When my husband convinced me to join him on a quest through major and minor religions nearly 15 years ago, I did it mostly to … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Jonathan Sacks on why it is more courageous to hope than to despair

‘I never understood why it should be considered more courageous to despair than to hope.  It takes courage to hope; it doesn’t take courage to despair.  Freud said that religious faith is the illusion – the comforting illusion – that there is a … Continue reading

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Britain’s crazy Public Order Act: used and abused to stifle and suppress Christians’ freedom of speech

Freedom of speech is back on the agenda Section five of the Public Order Act 1986 removed the requirement for an intention to cause a breach of the peace.  Instead, abusive or insulting behaviour was to be penalised if it was within the … Continue reading

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Separated at birth: Pope Gregory IX and Sylvester Stallone

Here’s the proof: Pope Gregory IX painted by Raphael, and Sylvester Stallone in his ‘Rocky’ role.  I rest my case. Hat-tip to Creative Minority Report for spotting this eerie similarity! Another great separated-at-birth: Separated at birth: Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams … Continue reading

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Britain’s secularist Thought Police are at it again: investigating blogger for posting images of married couples

Here’s the “offensive” image that has caused a British government agency to launch a “formal investigation”: Details here.

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Peter Harrison on Christianity and the rise of Western science

‘Could modern science have arisen outside the theological matrix of Western Christendom?  It is difficult to say.  What can be said for certain is that it did arise in that environment, and that theological ideas underpinned some of its central … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Peter Kreeft on a proper understanding of Mary

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Sunderland and ex-Manchester United footballer Kieran Richardson speaks about his Christian faith

‘Now I have Jesus in my life I feel good in my heart’: Sunderland footballer Kieran Richardson speaks out about his Christian faith Sunderland footballer Kieran Richardson has spoken of how he has transformed his life, leaving behind his wayward socialite … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: G. K. Chesterton on the tyranny of militantly secularist governments

‘Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God.  That fact is written all across human history; but it is written most plainly across that recent history of Russia; which was created by Lenin.  There the Government is the … Continue reading

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Only in militant secularist Canada is wearing a t-shirt promoting Jesus deemed “hate speech”

Suspended Nova Scotia student defiantly wears T-shirt with pro-Jesus message For the past six months, a yellow T-shirt with the slogan “Life is Wasted Without Jesus” has been just another shirt in William Swinimer’s wardrobe. Lately, the 19-year-old Nova Scotian … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: Sign of the (fundamentalist) times

From: Stuff Fundies Like

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Quote of the day: James McGrath on who really has a “high view of Scripture”

‘Anyone who thinks that taking a supposedly “high view of Scripture” makes matters simpler and serious theological problems vanish must not have given much serious thought to the matter.  And that is perhaps the heart of the problem: those who … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: C. S. Lewis on encountering God

‘You have had a shock like that before, in connection with smaller matters – when the line pulls at your hand, when something breathes beside you in the darkness.  So here; the shock comes at the precise moment when the thrill … Continue reading

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Brendan O’Neill on the false victimhood of the New Atheists

Full article here: The Passion of the New Atheists? Excerpt: ‘Some atheists would have us believe that, like the early Christians, they are hated and persecuted by the mob.  Don’t buy it . . . Keen to shake off the … Continue reading

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R. Joseph Hoffman on the Jesus Mythicism of the New Atheists

Thank God for sensible atheists such as R. Joseph Hoffman.  Here he eviserates the currently fashionable Jesus Mythicism of the New Atheists: Mythtic Pizza and Cold-cocked Scholars It is almost cruelty to begin picking on the methodological wowsers implied in the reasoning … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: The limitations of Google, and the real reason for Presbyterian church services!

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Are the Gospels based on Pagan myths?

Were the Gospels Based on Pagan Myths? No, responds Timothy Paul Jones.  Read his article, linked to above, if you are interested in the subject.  It’s well worth your reading time.  He concludes with some excellent advice: What should you do … Continue reading

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