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The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

TricycleTricycle - Nov 9, 2018
In today's Western society, where the dominant cultural systems are failing to provide explanations for life's philosophical questions, a space has opened up that Buddhism is uniquely suited to address. It is crucial, however, that the temptation to ...  


Evangelicals Are Confused about Christianity's Core Beliefs, Survey Says

Christianheadlines.com (blog)Christianheadlines.com (blog) - Oct 16, 2018
A new survey from LifeWay Research has found that many Christians are confused about several core beliefs of Christianity. Ligonier Ministries released their 2018 State of Theology survey results this week, and they have found that a majority of ...  


After 100 years, US Catholicism still bears the stamp of World War I

Crux: Covering all things CatholicCrux: Covering all things Catholic - Nov 11, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A century after the close of World War I, the war has faded from living memory. But its effects endure. President Woodrow Wilson had campaigned for re-election on a promise he would keep the country out of war. But subsequent events ...  


Commentary: Mormon pageants and the performance of whiteness

Salt Lake TribuneSalt Lake Tribune - Nov 11, 2018
One of the church's longest-running traditions of musical theater, pageants are a big deal in Mormonism. The Hill Cumorah Pageant in particular provides a long-running theatrical link to the faith. “Book of Mormon” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone ...  


Why this shrinking religious group might be among America's last “swing voters”

VoxVox - Nov 5, 2018
White mainline Protestantism is in decline — at least, that's been the prevailing narrative for the past few decades. White evangelical Christian denominations have ascended to political power, continuing a trajectory that's been in place since Jerry ...  

Jehovahs Witnesses

Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia Arrested After Authorities Claim They Found Grenades and a Landmine

NewsweekNewsweek - Oct 10, 2018
Russian authorities detained and charged five Jehovah's Witnesses for extremism and weapons possession in the Kirov region, officials announced on Wednesday. The authorities say that they found two grenades and a landmine when searching the ...  


Megachurch Pastor John Lindell: Yoga is Evil “Because Hinduism is Demonic”

PatheosPatheos - Nov 15, 2018
The pastor of an Assemblies of God church has a warning for Christians: Don't practice yoga, because you'll end up demon-possessed. While surely not intentional, it comes a week after a gunman shot and killed two people who were taking a yoga class.  


Converting from Islam to Christianity: One man's story

BBC NewsBBC News - Nov 8, 2018
One man's story of converting from Islam to Christianity. 'J' spoke to the BBC anonymously about his experiences. This video has been optimised for mobile viewing on the BBC News app. The BBC News app is available from the Apple App Store for iPhone ...  


The Intersection Of Judaism And Feminism

Jewish WeekJewish Week - Nov 8, 2018
Judaism and feminism have always been significant parts of my identity; I was born into them. From my father I inherited thick, curly hair and a nose that's a little extra lumpy; and from my hometown, New York City, an appreciation for bagels with ...  


The tragedy of Saudi Arabia's war
WatertownDailyTimes.com - Nov 11, 2018

But Saudi officials have defended their actions, citing rockets fired across their border by the Houthis, an armed group professing Zaidi Islam, an offshoot of Shiism, that Saudi Arabia, a Sunni monarchy, views as a proxy for its regional rival, Iran ...  


Sikhism among world religions added to Arizona school standards

NBCNews.comNBCNews.com - Oct 23, 2018
Arizona has adopted new public school standards that includes education about various world religions, including Sikhism. The Arizona State Board of Education voted 6-4 Monday to adopt new social sciences and history standards that would include ...  


Sufism to help strengthen global connectivity: Alvi

The Express TribuneThe Express Tribune - Nov 9, 2018
MULTAN: President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday said 'naya Pakistan' has no room for poverty and the country needs promotion of Sufism for global connectivity and developing deep socio-political and cultural ties with other countries in the region.  


How China is leveraging Confucianism to boost cultural tourism

South China Morning PostSouth China Morning Post - Oct 24, 2018
The tourism drive in Qufu got an unprecedented boost in 2013 after a call by President Xi Jinping to strengthen the study and promotion of Confucianism. During his visit to Qufu that year, Xi expressed his wish for China to embrace its traditional ...  


Eddie Vedder Announces High Magick Seattle Show

Alternative Nation (blog)Alternative Nation (blog) - Nov 9, 2018
“Magick is an incredible deep, meaningful, spiritual tradition that equals the Eastern practices of Buddhism and Taoism in beauty,” says Echols. “It's an ancient discipline that lets you literally change reality by working with the divine energies of ...  



Media India GroupMedia India Group - Oct 30, 2018
Jainism is based on respect for all living beings and living life in a minimalistic way, just as the modern-day greens try to emulate. With sustainable development becoming a key word again across the globe, Jainism can play the role of a lighthouse ...  


Freddie Mercury's family faith: The ancient religion of Zoroastrianism ...

Religion News ServiceReligion News Service - Nov 5, 2018
In the Freddie Mercury biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” there's a scene in which a family member scolds Mercury. “So now the family name is not good enough for ...  

Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalists space earns wildlife habitat certification

CapeGazette.comCapeGazette.com - Nov 15, 2018
Unitarian Universalism's Seventh Principle encourages respect for the interdependent web of all existence, and caring for the immediate habitat is an expression of this principle. The UUSD members seek to strengthen the connection between spiritual ...  


Rastafari Rootzfest addresses music advocacy for marijuana
Jamaica Gleaner - Nov 2, 2018

The launch of Rastafari Rootzfest 2018, which took place at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road on Wednesday, was filled with informative and passionate speeches, as well as captivating performances by reggae singers Richie Spice and Lila Ike - two of ...  


Pagan & Shinto News: Satanic Temple sues Netflix over Sabrina's baphomet statue

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Nov 11, 2018
Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week: Satanic Temple sues Netflix over Sabrina's baphomet statue; Japanese citizens to file suit against emperor's Shinto enthronement rites; Wicca emerged as controversy in West Virginia election ...  


When atheists lack the courage of their convictions

PopMattersThe Economist - Nov 8, 2018
Seven Types of Atheism. By John Gray. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 176 pages; $25. Allen Lane; £17.99. EVER SINCE the Enlightenment, Christianity has been ...  


Paganism and witchcraft at their core are vehemently anti-Christ

Lifesite (blog)Lifesite (blog) - Nov 8, 2018
First, the claims of today's occultists and witches to some historical continuity with European paganism are completely deluded. Secondly, it is nevertheless spiritually dangerous. Thirdly, Catholicism is the form of religion it most detests, and also ...  

New Age

Analyst says 'New Age' beliefs more popular as fewer Americans follow traditional religions

The HillThe Hill - Oct 31, 2018
The growing popularity of "New Age" beliefs likely stems in part from fewer Americans following traditional religions, according to political analyst Ruy Teixeira. "The data suggests this is the fastest growing religious group in America, are people ...  


Meditation app Simple Habit raises $10 million Series A

TechCrunchTechCrunch - Nov 13, 2018
Five-minute meditation app Simple Habit announced today that it has raised a $10 million Series A, led by Foundation Capital. The round brings the developer's total funding up to $12.5 million, following a $2.5 million seed last year. The Shark Tank ...  


How Horoscopes Are Determined, And Other Astrology Questions

HuffPostHuffPost - Nov 12, 2018
So when she began pursuing a career in astrology in 2013, none of her friends or family members were all that surprised. “They were like, 'You've been asking all of our signs for as long as anyone can remember,'” she said. “Needless to say, when I ...  


Is it reincarnation time again for Hillary?

Washington TimesWashington Times - Nov 15, 2018
ANALYSIS/OPINION: A cat has nine lives. A woman sometimes has more than that. The feline of the species keeps coming up with surprises and you can see them most dramatically in politics. Hillary Clinton, for example, has been reincarnated more times ...  


What was that sound?
The Daily News Online - Oct 25, 2018

Routed in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, folklore, history, architecture, occultism, philosophy and parapsychology, this course opens the mind to the unexplainable. “A Course in the Paranormal” culminates with a look at the local patterns and ...  


The Art of Living Foundation in Cuba

Havana TimesHavana Times - Nov 6, 2018
I learned about Meditation, Reiki, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy. I already knew about meditation and breathing exercises, but not about anything like this. It's all the same teachings but because it comes from the Master, it's different and special. He ...  



The Witches of Baltimore

The AtlanticThe Atlantic - Nov 5, 2018
Over the past decade, white Millennials have embraced witchcraft in droves. Now a parallel phenomenon is emerging among black Millennials. While their exact numbers are difficult to gauge, it's clear that African American pop culture has started to ...  


Wicca Phase Springs Eternal: the figurehead of rap's gothic reinvention

NME.comNME.com - Nov 7, 2018
An hour before stage time, McIlwee – that's that Wicca Phase Spring Eternal chap, by the way – is mobbed within seconds of doors opening. Kids are desperate for a photo, barely able to string sentences together. He takes the attention with a charming, ...  

Hatha Yoga

Free kid's yoga class at the library

Valley RoadrunnerValley Roadrunner - Nov 8, 2018
This Hatha Yoga class is designed to enhance flexibility, encourage creativity, create strength and endurance, and offer opportunities for focus, insight and relaxation. Join us and learn to; HIDE LIKE A SNAIL, MOVE LIKE A SNAKE, SIT LIKE A FROG, FLOAT ...  

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga guru Pattabhi Jois accused of sexual assault in new photos

New York Daily NewsNew York Daily News - Oct 9, 2018
Asthanga yoga's legendary founder Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois is accused of sexually assaulting a former student in disturbing new photos published for the first time Tuesday. Karen Rain, 52, shared the images in an essay for Medium.com after previously ...  

Bhagavad Gita

Pakistani national ends 16-year term at Varanasi jail, takes Bhagavad Gita home

India TodayIndia Today - Nov 5, 2018
He has taken a copy of (Bhagavad) Gita with him." "When he was arrested, he had only graduated from high school. He completed his intermediate and did his MA from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). He also undertook an electrician course ...  

Reiki Healing

What's a Salt Cave and Why Are They So Damned Relaxing?

The ManualThe Manual - Nov 4, 2018
Salt rooms like Montauk Salt Cave and Salt Cave Santa Barbara offer yoga classes, meditation, Reiki healing, sound classes, and salt scrub treatments as well. It's pure relaxation or relaxing purification depending on how you look at it. For other ways ...  

Falun Gong

An exhibition of Chinese human bodies cancelled over fears they might belong to Falun Gong members

AsiaNewsAsiaNews - Oct 17, 2018
Lausanne (AsiaNews/Agencies) – An exhibition that included dissected human bodies was cancelled yesterday for fear that the remains on display might be those of Chinese prisoners and members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement. The cancellation of ...  


Leah Remini and Jada Pinkett Smith filmed their long-simmering Scientology argument

The A.V. ClubThe A.V. Club - Nov 7, 2018
For a few years now, Leah Remini has made it her personal crusade to expose Scientology as the weird, corrupt cult that it has always seemed to be, and part of that mission requires her to talk openly about some of the stuff she encountered alongside ...  

Tarot Cards

Courteney Cox has reportedly become obsessed with tarot cards
NZCity - Nov 9, 2018

A source told America's OK! magazine: "Courteney's always been a control freak when it comes to her life and her career. But suddenly she wants the advice of her personal tarot card reader. There's always a stack of tarot cards at Courteney's house ...  

Hare Krishna

Diwali: Festival of Lights

Boise WeeklyBoise Weekly - Nov 7, 2018
At the Boise Hare Krishna Cultural Center, the celebration of Diwali starts on Thursday, Nov. 7, when participants gather at the temple to sing "Ram Dhun" and "Aarti," and share sweet rice and fruit prasad (Indian fruit salad). But the public ...  


Gita, Upanishads Kept 'Devout Muslim' Suhaib Ilyasi 'Strong and Positive' in Jail

News18News18 - Oct 14, 2018
New Delhi: He made sure he didn't miss out on his daily namaz while in jail but also faithfully read the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads for solace and strength, says former TV anchor Suhaib Ilyasi who was acquitted on charges of murdering his wife ...  


Halloween 2018: What is Satanism? Is Satanism an emerging trend in the UK?

Express.co.ukExpress.co.uk - Oct 31, 2018
In The Satanic Bible, Satanist Anton LaVey writes: "After one's own birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht and Halloween.” Of course, not everyone who celebrates Halloween is doing it with satanism in mind. The celebration has ...  

Handwriting Analysis

Georgia Is Using Amateur Handwriting Analysis to Disenfranchise Minority Voters

Slate MagazineSlate Magazine - Oct 18, 2018
The statute directs elections officials to apply amateur handwriting analysis to voters' signatures and reject any potential “mismatch.” Nearly 600 ballots and ballot applications have already been rejected for mismatch, a disproportionate number of ...  


'Something STRANGE happens' Brian Cox delivers his verdict on if GHOSTS exist

Express.co.ukExpress.co.uk - Nov 8, 2018
Despite there being no definitive proof of the existence of ghosts, some 52 per cent of Britons and 42 per cent of Americans believe that spirits walk the Earth. However, Professor Brian Cox, who is set to embark on his new tour, Universal – Adventures ...  


The Cowboys have some demons to slay in Atlanta if they want to prove they've truly broken through

Dallas News (blog)Dallas News (blog) - Nov 14, 2018
They may have to slay some demons Sunday to do it. Dallas next heads to Atlanta and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, most remembered in these parts as the scene of last season's infamous meltdown. The way the 27-7 loss unfolded was so disastrous, it's burned ...  


Porsche Asks Important Question: Vampires Real?

JalopnikJalopnik - Nov 3, 2018
I know that Halloween is over, but I came across this press release from Porsche during a hunt for news this afternoon and I just needed to share because it is simply too over-the-top for me not to. In short, Porsche took a travel blogger vampire hunting.  


Leaks Reveal Rumored Black Ops 4's Co-op Campaign & Zombies Mode DLC

Screen RantScreen Rant - Nov 12, 2018
A fired member of staff from Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has dished the dirt on an abandoned co-op mode and what's next when it comes to the game's DLCs and Zombies mode. Although developers have broken from tradition to focus on a wholly ...  


Should the LA Angels Roll with Zack Cozart?

Halo HangoutHalo Hangout - Nov 10, 2018
After a breakout year in 2017, the LA Angels signed Zack Cozart to a three-year, $38 million contract. Last year, he suffered a torn labrum early in the season. He should be healthy for 2019, but should the Angels trust him as their starter? For the LA ...  


Where Are All the Aliens? 'Out There' Book Excerpt

Space.comSpace.com - Nov 9, 2018
[13 Ways to Hunt Intelligent Aliens]. Fermi meant that the lack of visits by ET is distinctly odd. The Milky Way harbors hundreds of billions of stars and is about 13 billion years old, so there has been plenty of time and opportunity for alien ...  

Christian Priest

Israel forces assault Coptic Christian priest during protest in Jerusalem

The Times of IsraelMiddle East Monitor - Oct 24, 2018
Israel forces assault Coptic Christian priest during protest in Jerusalem. Prior to the assault, the Coptic Orthodox Church organized a peaceful protest near Deir al-Sultan Monastery, located on the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, against an ...  

Catholic Priest

Answer Man: What all do cops carry? Priest investigation in NC?

Asheville Citizen-TimesAsheville Citizen-Times - Nov 12, 2018
Today's batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal: Question: When I see members of the Asheville Police Department walking around downtown, they have a rather large number of items contained on their belt. What exactly are ...  

Catholic Bishop

Catholic bishop in New York steps down after being accused of sex abuse

WPIX 11 New YorkWPIX 11 New York - Nov 1, 2018
NEW YORK -- As an Irish Catholic boy growing up in the Bronx, Michael Meenan says his church, Our Lady of Refuge, meant everything to him. Meenan tells PIX11 he trusted the priest, Bishop John Jenik, who eventually began sexually abusing him. Meenan ...  

Catholic Pope

Catholic Pope heads to Morocco in March

Blueprint newspapers Limited (blog)Blueprint newspapers Limited (blog) - Nov 13, 2018
Pope Francis will visit Morocco on March 30 and 31 on a trip that will take him to Rabat and Casablanca, the Vatican said Tuesday. The pontiff was “accepting the invitation extended by King Mohammed VI and the bishops” to visit the majority-Muslim ...  

Protestant Pastor

I'm calling all humans to #AskWhy antisemitism | Opinion

Tallahassee.comTallahassee.com - Nov 9, 2018
Martin Niemoller, a Protestant pastor and an enthusiastic supporter of the Third Reich, eventually became a target of the Nazis himself. He is best known for this poetic warning: "First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out — because I ...  

Jewish Rabbi

Trying to Make Sense of Messianic “Judaism”

The Jewish NewsThe Jewish News - Nov 8, 2018
The issue for many in the Jewish community is that Jacobs self-identifies as a Jewish rabbi, which is offensive to Jews because he has chosen to become an apostate, recognizing Jesus as his lord and savior. The fact that Loren Jacobs was introduced as ...  

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