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Why Buddhism is True

Lion's RoarLion's Roar - Sep 22, 2017
Melvin McLeod: Your new book, Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment, is getting more mainstream attention than any other Buddhist-oriented book I can think of. Were you consciously trying to reach people ...  


In Memoriam: Nabeel Qureshi, Apologist, Author, Convert to Christianity from Islam

NRB TodayNRB Today - Sep 21, 2017
Nabeel Qureshi Best-selling author and Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi went to be with the Lord on September 16 following a year-long battle with cancer. He was 34. A convert from Islam to Christianity, Qureshi was on the full-time speaking team of ...  


Anti-Catholicism — the last acceptable prejudice

The Catholic SunThe Catholic Sun - Sep 19, 2017
Anti-Catholicism has been called “the last acceptable prejudice.” Tragically, it was on display at the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, nominated to be a federal appellate judge. Barrett, a professor at Notre ...  


Hal Boyd: 'Unmasking Mormonism' in Texas and Florida

Deseret NewsDeseret News - Sep 18, 2017
While shoveling mud and muck from homes, a few members of his group stumbled on an anti-Mormon booklet amidst the debris titled "Unmasking Mormonism." Without missing a beat, Latter-day Saint Troy McFadden held the pamphlet in one hand and ...  


On Mere Protestantism

Christian PostFirst Things - Sep 12, 2017
Today, we launch a new Protestant confession: The Reforming Catholic Confession. In honor of the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation, the statement has four aims in view. First, it underscores a fundamental unity to Protestantism and grounds ...  

Jehovahs Witnesses

Quebec police probe possible cases of child sexual abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses congregation

CBC.caCBC.ca - Sep 15, 2017
Quebec provincial police are investigating allegations of child sexual abuse by two members of a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation in Mont-Laurier in the Laurentians, Radio-Canada's investigative program Enquête has learned. Both men have been ...  


Hinduism 101: Highland Presbyterian Church to host 4 sessions ...

LancasterOnlineLancasterOnline - Sep 16, 2017
Ask former aspiring Catholic priest Jeffery Long why he became a Hindu and he offers this analogy:  


China jails Muslim man for teaching Islam in online WeChat groups ...

CBS NewsCBS News - Sep 12, 2017
BEIJING -- A member of a Muslim minority group has been sentenced to two years in a Chinese prison after forming online discussions groups to teach about ...  


Alexandra Pucciarelli
Tablet Magazine - Sep 18, 2017

Ian, my fiancé of just over three months, is in the early stages of converting to Judaism. He is choosing to be Chosen, and while I did not coerce him into converting in any way, for some reason people always assume I did. He has actually been taking ...  


Singapore Muslim leaders must tackle rise of anti-Shi'ism hate speech
The Straits Times - Aug 25, 2017

Rising anti-Shi'ism in the region and the Middle East is affecting Singapore Muslims. Muslim leaders and scholars must speak out and act against such sectarianism by educating local Muslims that Shi'ism is a valid creed of Islam. The arrest in May this ...  


'I am going back to Sikhism': Many disillusioned 'premis' renounce Dera

Hindustan TimesHindustan Times - Sep 2, 2017
“I am going back to Sikhism,” said Manjit Singh, a 29-year-old follower of the Dera Sacha Sauda in southern Punjab who is disturbed by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's conviction for raping two disciples 15 years ago. A Dalit man who operates a bus stand in ...  


Of Sufism, animals and grief

Daily TimesDaily Times - Sep 13, 2017
However, in the realm of Sufism, every emotion we experience in the world is interconnected, working in conjunction with each other. When grief sheds its lining, sweet gratefulness shall take its place, the belief being that God teaches people by the ...  


The prosaic state of ancient Confucianism

The Japan TimesThe Japan Times - Sep 16, 2017
But then modernity came along and Confucianism was either outgrown, as in Japan, or overthrown, as in China, and who missed it? Few, probably, among the masses whose poverty it countenanced, or women whose subordination it endorsed, or lovers of ...  


International Day of the Older Person on Oct. 1

TheChronicleHerald.caTheChronicleHerald.ca - Sep 25, 2017
The event on Oct. 1 is for Nova Scotian members of the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism, but anyone interested in learning about tai chi and its health benefits can contact the institute for information on open houses being held around the province to ...  


How Nazis twisted the swastika, a symbol of the Buddha, into an emblem of hate

QuartzQuartz - Sep 4, 2017
It takes on a liturgical function in Jainism, and in Hinduism the clockwise symbol (the swastika as we know it, with the arms pointing right) and the counterclockwise symbol, the sauvistika, pair up to portray opposites such as light and darkness. In ...  


Learn more about Zoroastrians, followers of an ancient faith

Redlands Daily FactsRedlands Daily Facts - Aug 24, 2017
Zoroastrianism is the world's oldest revealed religion. It is believed that it came about around the Iranian Bronze Age (1800-1100 BC). However, the date is not definite as many believe that the prophet Zarathustra (Greeks called him Zoroaster) was ...  

Unitarian Universalism

How far can Unitarian Universalism's First Principle go?

uuworld.orguuworld.org - Sep 4, 2017
As national events chip away at my First-Principle practices, I have to wonder: What will be left? Doug Muder | 9/4/2017. American flag painted on a wall with crack running through it. © istock/natasaadzic. How can Unitarian Universalism's First ...  


Rastafari schoolboy ordered to cut off dreadlocks | The Voice Online

The Voice OnlineThe Voice Online - Sep 14, 2017
A LONDON school is under fire after a mother accused the school of religious discrimination, after they ordered her son to cut off his dreadlocks. Tuesday ...  


Dine Around: Shinto

Naperville Community TelevisionNaperville Community Television - Sep 18, 2017
Shinto is a Japanese religious practice that celebrates heritage and the natural world. And that's a clue how Shinto views your dining experience. Sushi chefs are hard at work with the freshest seafood, and what they're creating isn't just food—it's art.  


From atheism to magic, Sally Quinn on finding spirituality

CBS NewsCBS News - Sep 13, 2017
September 13, 2017, 8:42 AM | Sally Quinn made history as the first woman to anchor a CBS News morning show in August 1973. Quinn later returned to a successful print career at the Washington Post where she met her late husband and legendary editor, ...  


Paganism Condemned”

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Sep 20, 2017
Another common theme beginning in the earliest chapters of the Qur'an is a denunciation of paganism, the worshiping of pagan gods. This theme drew enthusiastic praise from Parley P. Pratt: Mahometanism included the doctrine that there was one God— ...  

New Age

How Louise Hay's Spiritual Pseudoscience Harmed a Generation of Gay Men

Slate Magazine (blog)Slate Magazine (blog) - Sep 20, 2017
When the New Age entrepreneur Louise Hay died at 90 on August 30, the internet lit up with people praising her healing powers for often-desperate physical and psychological ailments, prescribing healthy living and major doses of self-love. But the ...  


We Tried 3 Local Meditation Boutiques. Here's How They Compared

Washingtonian.comWashingtonian.com - Sep 15, 2017
The boutique wellness trend knows no bounds. We've seen everything from boutique indoor cycling to boutique boxing to boutique squash. Now there's boutique meditation. It was only a matter of time before the trend crept down the coast from New York ...  


Free Will Astrology: Capricorn's charitable phase

NUVONUVO - Sep 17, 2017
23-Oct. 22): "Dear Dr. Astrology: I'm feeling lost, but am also feeling very close to finding my new direction. It hurts! It would be so helpful if I could just catch a glimpse of that new direction. I'd be able to better endure the pain and confusion ...  


The Obscure Pleasures of YouTube Channel Vinyl Reincarnation

Splice TodaySplice Today - Sep 15, 2017
The person violating those laws is likely the anonymous person behind the YouTube channel Vinyl Reincarnation. I stumbled on the channel while looking for Ali Akbar Khan's 1956 album, Morning and Evening Ragas, one of the earliest recordings of Indian ...  


Meet the Turkish Designer With a Taste for Red Lipstick, Black Sabbath, and Queen Elizabeth I

Vogue.comVogue.com - Sep 16, 2017
"I'm into parapsychology and all the occult and magic stuff, so when I was reading those books, they thought I was going to be a Satanist," she adds with a laugh. She is not one for doctrine, pagan or otherwise—"I don't like how religion divides ...  



Brooklyn RailBrooklyn Rail - Sep 7, 2017
Rosicrucianism owes much to the German Protestant Michael Maier (1568–1622), a German physician and counsellor to Rudolf II of the House of Hapsburg, and the Hermetic allegory, The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz (1616). The Rosicrucian ...  


The Real Story of Shamanism: No Need to Don a Headdress or Take Hallucinogens

Ancient OriginsAncient Origins - Sep 15, 2017
Today, many people closely associate shamanism with Native American peoples; however, anthropologists have studied evidence of shaman practices on all six habitable continents, some of which date to the Paleolithic era. Put simply, shamanism is a ...  


San Sebastián: Film Factory Swoops on Witchcraft Thriller 'Akelarre ...

VarietyVariety - Sep 24, 2017
SAN SEBASTIAN — In one of the early deals to be announced out of the 65th San Sebastian Film Festival, which bowed Sept. 22 with the European premiere of ...  


Texas student struggles to explain Wicca to school administrators

The Wild HuntThe Wild Hunt - Sep 14, 2017
For the readers of an article about Konnight's blue hair and lip piercings, it might appear that she has a very weak grasp on Wicca, or is just using it as an excuse to avoid the aforementioned dress code. After an interview with her and her mother ...  

Hatha Yoga

Study links 'Hatha Yoga' to goal-directed behaviour, enhanced ...

eHealth Magazine | EletseHealth Magazine | Elets - Sep 6, 2017
A study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that practicing per day brief sessions of 'Hatha Yoga' can significantly boost the brain's goal-directed.  

Ashtanga Yoga

Now open: Greenway Yoga

Southwest JournalSouthwest Journal - Sep 20, 2017
Cao teaches candlelit vinyasa flow classes that incorporate influences from traditional Ashtanga yoga. Single drop-in classes are $8, which he said is the lowest possible price he could hit. One Thursday class is free, with donations going to local ...  

Bhagavad Gita

Islamists In Odisha Force 6-Year-Old Muslim Girl Who Won Bhagavad Gita Competition To Leave School

TopYapsTopYaps - Sep 15, 2017
Remember Firdaus Khatun? She is a six-year-old girl from Odisha who secured the first position in a Bhagavad Gita recitation competition in Kendrapara district. The little girl left everyone amazed with her perfect recitation skill of the Hindu holy ...  

Reiki Healing

The unbelievable things that started happening, once I decided I was enough

Well+GoodWell+Good - Sep 13, 2017
Keep in mind that up until that point I hadn't told anyone since I was 12, except the closest people to me, that what I was really doing when they came for what I was then calling something like “shamanic reiki healing with spiritual counseling” was ...  

Falun Gong

Chinese Consulate Warns California Not To Stand Up For Falun Gong

CBS San Francisco Bay AreaCBS San Francisco Bay Area - Sep 8, 2017
The Senate last week shelved a symbolic resolution condemning persecution of Falun Gong practitioners after lawmakers received a letter from the Chinese consulate warning the measure would be detrimental to relations between California and China.  


Elisabeth Moss' Emmy-Night Swearing Has Storied Tradition in Scientology, Say Insiders

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter - Sep 22, 2017
Invoking four-letter words in public is part of a church practice that involves reading the "tone scale," according to a former Scientologist and friend. Adds an expert: "Cursing in Scientology is almost a sacrament." Before it even began, it was clear ...  

Tarot Cards

A Beginner's Guide to Tarot

BeliefnetBeliefnet - Sep 9, 2017
The first thing you'll notice about tarot cards is that there are many different decks, each with its own unique style. There are decks that feature angels, Greek gods, animals, people, fairies, and crystals, just to name a few. The images are always ...  

Hare Krishna

The strange tale of the man who claimed he'd been fed drugged ice-cream and held hostage by Hare Krishna in ...

Belfast TelegraphBelfast Telegraph - Sep 9, 2017
His story began at the Hare Krishna restaurant on Dublin's Crow Street. A fine free veggie meal was finished off with ice cream. Drugged ice cream, he learned to his cost. He blanked out. He came to in a different room, where he was offered more food.  


An artist who excavates layers of life that are hidden under the surface of time

The Sunday GuardianThe Sunday Guardian - Sep 16, 2017
I look at the Vedas and Upanishads, which also talk about the concepts of how one should look at their own self from the past and purify oneself in order to connect with your present self.” In one set of drawings, the artist has revisited his own works ...  


Falsely accused of satanic horrors, a couple spent 21 years in prison. Now they're owed millions.

Boston HeraldWashington Post - Aug 24, 2017
Long before the age of the Internet and the fleeting spasms of mass hysteria that came with it (Remember Jade Helm? Pizzagate?), and going back to the late 20th century, when irrational fears moved slower and lasted longer, there was Satan. The ...  

Handwriting Analysis

American Handwriting Analysis Foundation 50th Anniversary Event is International
EIN News (press release) - Sep 14, 2017

VENTURA, CA, UNITED STATES, September 14, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation (AHAF) is celebrating 50 years of leadership in the field of handwriting at their conference taking place in Tucson, Arizona on Oct. 5 ...  


HuffPost - Sep 13, 2017

The ghosts of Bach and The Beatles are far more instructive and curative than 99% of what you see and hear all day. There is true wisdom to be found in bookstores, libraries and in those weaving book stacks that are fast reaching ceiling level at your ...  


Brewers 3, Pirates 0: Casting aside their PNC Park demons for a day

Milwaukee Journal SentinelMilwaukee Journal Sentinel - Sep 19, 2017
PITTSBURGH - The Milwaukee Brewers made their return to PNC Park – their 2017 House of Horrors – a successful one on Monday night. Brent Suter started and threw five scoreless innings, Ryan Braun homered and Neil Walker and Travis Shaw each ...  


Amy Boyles '99 Authors The Witch's Handbook to Hunting Vampires

DePauw UniversityDePauw University - Sep 24, 2017
Amy Boyles, a 1997 graduate of DePauw University, is the author of The Witch's Handbook to Hunting Vampires. The book is dubbed as the first in the "Southern Single Mom Paranormal Mysteries" series. According to a synopsis, "Andie Taylor is your ...  


'They couldn't control their own bodies': Shocking video shows 'Spice zombies' collapsed in the street in front of ...

Daily MailDaily Mail - Sep 22, 2017
A frightening pack of 'Spice zombies' were left paralysed in the middle of a busy shopping centre. Shocking video footage shows four homeless men slumped outside shop fronts in Cardiff after apparently taking the synthetic drug spice. Worried passers ...  


The LA Angels Do Not Need an Expensive Offseason

Halo HangoutHalo Hangout - Sep 22, 2017
Ever since Billy Eppler took over as the LA Angels general manager, he has avoided overspending for aging players. He will have money to spend this offseason, but he should continue doing what he has done so well since taking over. The LA Angels may ...  


Aliens Invade 'Elite: Dangerous' With Next Update

RollingStone.comRollingStone.com - Sep 15, 2017
'Elite Dangerous 2.4' The Return will be released on September 26th, developer Frontier Developments announced today.  

Christian Priest

British Priest Translates Renowned Muslim Book into English

IFP NewsIFP News - Sep 16, 2017
A Christian priest from Britain has translated 169 sermons by Imam Ali (AS), the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), into English. Mohammad Reza Fakhr Rouhani, a faculty member at Qom University, says a thin but very important collection was ...  

Catholic Priest

'You Christians, you kill us': Nun reveals words of ISIS knifemen who forced elderly priest, 84, to kneel at altar ...
Daily Mail - Jul 26, 2016

The known ISIS terrorist who murdered a Catholic priest in northern France had told judges 'I am not an extremist' before being freed from prison to kill, it emerged today. Shocking details about the lax manner with which 19-year-old Adel Kermiche was ...  

Catholic Bishop

Catholic Bishop: Gay activists are bashing Catholic UK politician 'like…a drunk'

LifesiteLifesite - Sep 11, 2017
PORTSMOUTH, England, September 11, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Another British bishop has come to the defense of Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg who received strong backlash last week after saying on national TV that he took “seriously” Catholic ...  

Catholic Pope

'A Muslim Family's Chair for the Pope' teaches children about Catholic-Muslim relations

MercatorNet (blog)MercatorNet (blog) - Sep 8, 2017
We learn about Salim's interior questioning, wondering why he, a Muslim, is doing this for a Roman Catholic Pope. Salim talks with God about this; he prays to make sure he is doing the right thing. We learn about Salim's collaboration with local ...  

Protestant Pastor

Bonhoeffer and Reformation
St Mary's University, Twickenham - Sep 18, 2017

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a protestant pastor and theologian, but he is widely read and appreciated across denominational boundaries. He was himself an important contributor to the early ecumenical movement, and faced controversy through bringing forms ...  

Jewish Rabbi

'True church' being built by Messianic Jews, Christians

WND.comWND.com - Sep 16, 2017
Gallups said it was not unusual that God made Himself known to a Jewish rabbi, someone who would not be expected to have a positive view of Jesus. After all, said Gallups, He has done it before. “Why wouldn't Jesus go to Kaduri, because Kaduri would be ...  

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