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Buddhism, the Good and the Bad

Scientific American (blog)Scientific American (blog) - Aug 11, 2018
Western Buddhists insist that Buddhism is not a religion, it is a science, an empirical method for analyzing the mind and its relation to the world. This claim is disingenuous. Like the monotheistic faiths, Buddhism espouses unprovable supernatural ...  


[OPINION] Pacquiao's Christianity and death penalty

RapplerRappler - Aug 10, 2018
These days, it pays to be reminded of the wisdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who, in opposing his country's Christianity that bowed its knee to Hitler, was himself killed: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to ...  


The pope is right: the death penalty has no place in Catholicism

The GuardianThe Guardian - Aug 6, 2018
The pope is right: the death penalty has no place in Catholicism. Austen Ivereigh. Rightwing Catholics may not agree, but the unequivocal defence of human life is in line with the church's teachings. Mon 6 Aug 2018 08.12 EDT Last modified on Tue 7 Aug ...  


BYU professor urges students to make campus and Mormonism safe ...

Salt Lake TribuneSalt Lake Tribune - Aug 8, 2018
Brigham Young University biblical scholar Eric D. Huntsman always asks his students what Jesus' disciples meant when they called some of the Master's words ...  


The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber flies solo: RNS offers readers a love song that avoids her critics

GetReligion (blog)GetReligion (blog) - Aug 14, 2018
And the aging world of old-line Protestantism is not full of pastors, male or female, who built growing urban congregations that appealed to the young. The bottom line: Bolz-Weber is a media superstar. So it was totally logical for Religion News ...  

Jehovahs Witnesses

Jehovah's Witnesses refused to hand over evidence in sexual abuse case

DutchNews.nlDutchNews.nl - Aug 3, 2018
Religious sect Jehovah's Witnesses has refused to hand over documents to the public prosecutor in which an ex-member admits the abuse of a child, also member of the sect at the time, RTL Nieuws reports. Samet G, now 31, was a minor himself when the ...  


'Traitors of Hinduism': Carnatic singers in TN threatened by right ...

The News MinuteThe News Minute - Aug 10, 2018
Over the last week, Carnatic musicians in Tamil Nadu have been targets of a vicious online campaign. Internet users have descended on their Facebook pages, ...  


Indonesia's Presidential Race Takes Shape, in Shadow of Hard-Line Islam

New York TimesNew York Times - Aug 11, 2018
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia's presidential election next year will be a rematch of the contentious 2014 contest, and analysts fear it will see a return of the smear campaigns and appeals to sectarian intolerance that marred that vote. On Friday ...  


Judaism Fast Facts

Commentary MagazineKTVQ Billings News - Aug 16, 2018
(CNN) -- Here's a look at Judaism, the monotheistic (belief in one God) religion of the Jewish people. About Judaism:Jewish law is rooted in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. According to ...  


Iranian Sunni leader makes appeal to Iraq's top Shiite cleric

Al-MonitorAl-Monitor - Jul 29, 2018
Article 12 of the Iranian Constitution stipulates that the official religion of Iran is Islam, specifically, the Twelver or Jaafari school of Shiism. The document says, "This principle shall remain eternally unchangeable," even as other Islamic schools ...  


To foster cultural understanding, NYC schools unveil lessons on Sikhism

Fox5NYFox5NY - Jul 20, 2018
Now, students across the city will be learning about Sikhism. [Note: We often hear Sikh pronounced as "seek" but the correct pronunciation is "sick."] Pritpal Singh, the senior policy advisor for the nonprofit United Sikhs, said that 70 percent of ...  


By walking on path of Sufism, terrorism can be ended: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Economic TimesEconomic Times - Jul 17, 2018
"Sufism spreads such fragrance throughout the world, it has brotherhood, it has peace and harmony and I believe that by walking on the path of Sufism, terrorism can be ended," Naqvi said. He said that those people who want to destroy development ...  


Confucianism and Nature: Ecological Motifs in Kang Youwei's Great Community

Telos PressTelos Press - Jul 19, 2018
Environmental writers have been turning to Chinese traditions for a harmonious relation between humans and nature. However, treating environmental crises as a metaphysical meditation on how humanity as a whole stands over against nature ignores the ...  


Film Review: 'Christopher Robin': Terrific Teachings of Taoism Taught by Toys
The Epoch Times - Aug 6, 2018

Perhaps, since there's so much Taoism in these magical tales, Pooh is an enlightened bear who can de-materialize for purposes of apparating (oh wait! That's a Harry Potter term. Then again, since this all takes place in England, and since it's recently ...  


Guru Purnima Has Its Roots in Buddhism and Jainism, Not Hinduism
The Wire - Jul 27, 2018

Though gurus have been an integral part of the ancient Hindu tradition, the celebration of a specific day purnima in their honour in the month of Ashadha has its roots in Buddhism and Jainism. Gurus no doubt got respectful mentions in the Rig Veda ...  


Bombay HC tells woman not to expose her autistic son to any faith other than Zoroastrianism

The Indian ExpressThe Indian Express - Jul 29, 2018
The Bombay High Court recently told a mother to not expose her child, who is suffering from autism, to any other religious faith or teachings than Zoroastrianism while they are on a holiday in the US. The court was hearing an application by the boy's ...  

Unitarian Universalism

Church news: Local churches announce upcoming events

Twin Falls Times-NewsTwin Falls Times-News - Aug 11, 2018
Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths individuals travel. Congregations are places where people celebrate, support and challenge one another as they continue on their spiritual journeys. Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and ...  


Reggae's sacred roots and call to protest injustice

MSUTodayMSUToday - Aug 3, 2018
Rastafari emphasizes the connection of people of African descent to Ethiopia and was inspired principally by the Jamaican-born Marcus Garvey, who founded the influential United Negro Improvement Association in 1914. He taught that blacks should reject ...  


Pagan & Shinto News SPECIAL: Appeal for Japan flood relief

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Jul 16, 2018
Solomon refers to these Shinto shrine, or Kagura, masks as “the missing links” because the date of their creation bridges the time period between the making of the last of the Bugaku masks (around 1185) and the fashioning of the first of the Noh masks ...  


Artificial Intelligence Shows Why Atheism Is Unpopular
The Atlantic - Jul 23, 2018

Imagine you're the president of a European country. You're slated to take in 50,000 refugees from the Middle East this year. Most of them are very religious, while most of your population is very secular. You want to integrate the newcomers seamlessly, ...  


Reviving pre-Christian religionsNeo-paganism offers something old and something new

The EconomistThe Economist - Aug 10, 2018
IN A quiet location on the north-western edge of the United States, a group of devotees gather round a bonfire to celebrate the summer solstice. They begin by lighting a candle dedicated to Brigid, a holy figure from early Ireland whose shadowy ...  

New Age

Cincinnati cable, telecom company gets acquired

Cincinnati Business CourierCincinnati Business Courier - Aug 13, 2018
A Cincinnati-based utility construction company that repairs and installs cable TV and telecommunications wires and equipment has been sold to a firm that's among the largest employee-owned companies in the U.S.. New Age Communications Construction, ...  


Just 10 minutes of meditation turbocharges your brain

Big Think (blog)Big Think (blog) - Aug 14, 2018
A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience finds that just 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation can improve a person's cognitive abilities, provided they're not too neurotic to begin with. According to Hedy Kober, senior author and ...  


Ex-NFL star Ricky Williams gets high ... on astrology

VENICE, Calif. – Inside Mystic Journey, a store that offers psychic readings, crystal healing and yoga, Ricky Williams sat cross-legged atop a meditation pillow and engaged a dozen students during his astrology workshop called Astro-Logic one Sunday ...  


The Reincarnation of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Foreign PolicyForeign Policy - Aug 10, 2018
They have resulted in the political reincarnation of Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his unpredictable style of politics, marked by a combination of domestic populism and international aggression. When Ahmadinejad left office in 2013, ...  


Second Sight PS4 and Xbox games INCOMING? Koch Media acquires rights to PS2 stealth series

Daily StarDaily Star - Aug 15, 2018
The game originally launched in 2004 saw players tackle levels in the United States and Siberia, taking on the role of an American parapsychology researcher who was trying to figure out more about their past whilst coming to terms with their powerful ...  


NATURAL SELECTIONS: The legend of the Hermit of the Wissahickon

Montgomery NewspapersMontgomery Newspapers - Aug 1, 2018
When Kris and I visited the cave Monday, we met a Silicon Valley techie who specifically flew to Philadelphia to visit the cave, as he has become enchanted with Rosicrucianism. He was elated Kris was there to interpret the site. And that's the strange ...  


Can Psychedelic Drugs Cure What Ails Us?

Next AvenueNext Avenue - Jul 27, 2018
He says this “White-Coat Shamanism” and therapy has been shown to help many find peace in their suffering. The Times' review noted a 2016 study described in the book that found 80 percent of cancer patients responded positively to psychedelic treatment ...  


Narok MCA accused of using witchcraft wins poll petition

The Star, KenyaThe Star, Kenya - Aug 15, 2018
Former Narok Majority leader Wilson Masikonde, who lost to Kuyo, had moved to court accusing his successor of using witchcraft. His argument was that the charms were to influence voter turnout on August 8, 2017. Read: Narok witchcraft petition against ...  


Wicca Phase Springs Eternal: Occult Genre-Smasher Bred in Punk, Backed by Code Orange

Revolver MagazineRevolver Magazine - Aug 6, 2018
"My music isn't meant to be in a genre," says Adam McIlwee, the voice behind the mysterious goth project Wicca Phase Springs Eternal. His songs conjure a sepulchral, enigmatic figure, art-damaged by life's rich pageant. But during a lengthy interview, ...  

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga classes begin Aug. 21 at NPC
White Mountain Independent - Aug 7, 2018

Hatha Yoga classes begin Aug. 21 at NPC. Hatha Yoga is becoming one of the most popular forms of physical exercise in the world. You can learn the basics and practice with others of all ages this fall on Tuesday evenings, Aug. 21 through Dec. 4, from 5 ...  

Ashtanga Yoga

At 60, Madonna Still Has the Best Arms in Hollywood

Vogue.comVogue.com - Aug 16, 2018
Of course, that simply turned the fitness-minded star toward intensive Ashtanga yoga six days a week. The result? Two super-buff arms that later appeared at the Grammy Awards in 1999, where Madonna lifted one of her four music awards as if it were a ...  

Bhagavad Gita

Akshay Kumar Unveils the ' Bhagavad Gita: Saying it the Simple Way' by author Vijay Singal, in New Delhi

BW BusinessworldBW Businessworld - Aug 13, 2018
The book 'Bhagavad Gita - Saying it the Simple Way' written by Vijay Singal was unveiled by popular Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar at the launch party hosted in Le Meridien on 11th August, 2018. The book consists of translation of Gita shlokas in simple ...  

Reiki Healing

Om improvement: The 4 best yoga spots in Santa Ana

KABC-TVKABC-TV - Aug 11, 2018
Yelper Jennifer H., who reviewed the spot July 30, wrote, "My partner actually discovered this out of the way, hidden treasure. We went in for reiki healing, and have been returning since, every Sunday night for kundalini yoga." Interested? Head on ...  

Falun Gong

Falun Gong practitioners threatened

Winnipeg Free PressWinnipeg Free Press - Aug 10, 2018
On a sunny July morning, Song Liu and Wei Wei Jiang were practising Falun Gong exercises outdoors near Victoria General Hospital when a stranger speaking Mandarin approached them. They'd hung banners nearby that explained the tenets of Falun ...  


Colombia police's Scientology controversy continues

Colombia ReportsColombia Reports - Aug 14, 2018
Colombia's National Police is unable to shake controversy over the institution's ties to the Scientology Church. Photos published on policewomen's social media show 22 female officials aboard a Church of Scientology boat in August 2017. The policewomen ...  

Tarot Cards

Why millennials are looking for meaning in tarot cards
New Statesman - Aug 8, 2018

The Magician wore a deep red robe and held the burning candle aloft. “I don't really believe in this stuff,” I had said as my friend shuffled the 78 tarot cards, each containing an individual illustration used for more than 200 years to tell people's ...  

Hare Krishna

Hare Krishna festival coming to Temple Hill Community Centre

News ShopperNews Shopper - Jul 30, 2018
Dartford residents who might be feeling stressed in day-to-day life are being invited to meditate their troubles away at a Hare Krishna Festival. The festival, which will be held on August 9, is hosted by the Hare Krishna group of Dartford. It will ...  


After Ramayana, CPI(M) to foray into Mahabharatha, Upanishads

THE WEEKTHE WEEK - Jul 18, 2018
The wave of 'Hindutva nationalism' seems to have moved even the comrades. The Indian Communists, who did not have much to do with the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha till now, seem to be waking up to the “great messages” inherent in the epics, ...  


Zim soccer star confesses satanism, changes name…turns pastor

ZwNews.comZwNews.com - Aug 16, 2018
Samson Muchirahondo. A Kadoma born Zimbabwean soccer star who once played for the country's top league has claimed to having been forced into satanism during his peak days. The yesteryear star who briefly featured in the Caps United dream team that ...  

Handwriting Analysis

Kate Middleton says 'I'm the best' with this secret message, expert claims

Express.co.ukExpress.co.uk - Aug 9, 2018
Handwriting analysis looks at various parts of script and claims to form a picture of the author from it. Experts look at characteristics of the words, such as how close together the letters are. The slant of a letter, forwards or backwards, is also ...  


Kanye West & Kid Cudi to Perform as Kids See Ghosts at Tyler, the Creator's 2018 Camp Flog Gnaw

BillboardBillboard - Aug 14, 2018
Kanye reconnected with Cudi back in June to release their highly anticipated Kids See Ghosts project. The seven-track, genre-blending effort has been met with much critical acclaim. Could a joint tour announcement be on the way soon? West was spotted ...  


Demons pass a test Thursday as Saturday morning scrimmage approaches
nsudemons.com - Aug 9, 2018

NATCHITOCHES – The first extended scrimmage of preseason camp Saturday morning at 9 in Turpin Stadium is a milestone for the Northwestern State football team, but the Demons passed another key point Thursday, said head coach Brad Laird .  


Alice Cooper Is Selling His Hollywood Vampires 'Retreat' for $1.3 Million

Ultimate Classic RockUltimate Classic Rock - Aug 13, 2018
A small house in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles where Alice Cooper lived while working on the Hollywood Vampires project is for sale. He's asking $1.3 million for the house. Billed as his "Los Angeles writer's retreat," the 2,027-square-foot ...  


Zombies invade Ohio library

The Columbus DispatchThe Columbus Dispatch - Aug 11, 2018
ASHTABULA — It got a little intense on Friday evening as “normal” junior high and high school students turned into Zombies and ripped through the Ashtabula County District Library on Park Avenue and nobody cared. “I didn't know Zombies could run ...  


Rangers rally for 4 runs in 8th to top Angels

Halo's HeavenMLB.com - Aug 17, 2018
Joey Gallo started the scoring in the eighth with an RBI double that cut the Angels' lead to 6-5. Shin-Soo Choo drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game, and the Rangers took a 7-6 lead on Rougned Odor's infield single, which was overturned by replay ...  


At Chester, Annie Baker's 'The Aliens' floats in an undefined ether

Berkshire EagleBerkshire Eagle - Aug 14, 2018
CHESTER — Amherst native Annie Baker, a 2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for her play, "The Flick," doesn't make it easy for her actors or director — not to mention audience — in her 2010 play, "The Aliens," which is ...  

Christian Priest

Exclusive: Bengaluru Christian priest among 300 accused of sexually abusing kids in USA

The News MinuteThe News Minute - Aug 16, 2018
Over 300 priests from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, USA have been accused of sexually abusing thousands of children, a report by a grand jury said. Among them is a Bengaluru priest, Father Gabriel Patil, a member of the Barnabite religious order.  

Catholic Priest

California Catholic priest gets slap on wrist for stealing funds

La Croix InternationalLa Croix International - Aug 13, 2018
Critics have criticized the decision for a probationary sentence to a Catholic priest in California who stole US$300,000 from a church in Tulare County, while diocesan authorities said they would allow him to return to the ministry later. Father ...  

Catholic Bishop

'Married' Catholic bishop faces court case for embezzlement
National Catholic Reporter - Aug 3, 2018

New Delhi, India — Catholics in a south Indian diocese want their bishop removed for allegedly misappropriating diocesan funds to lead a luxurious life with his wife and son. Bishop Prasad Gallela of Cuddapah, however, has denied the charges as ...  

Catholic Pope

Death penalty 'inadmissible' in Catholic teaching

Daily Monitor (press release) (blog)Daily Monitor (press release) (blog) - Aug 3, 2018
Pope Francis has declared the death penalty “inadmissible” in an update of Catholic believers' most important guide to Church teaching, the catechism, the Vatican said yesterday. “The Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that 'the death penalty ...  

Protestant Pastor

US sanctions over arrested Protestant pastor. Erdogan: Evangelist and Zionist mentality

AsiaNewsAsiaNews - Aug 2, 2018
In probable first US issues sanctions against a NATO ally. The sanctions affect personalities of the ministries of justice and interior. A declaration on religious freedom in Turkey signed by the patriarch Bartholomew I, the Armenian vicar Aram Atesyan ...  

Jewish Rabbi

Rabbi offers hope to underprivileged kids

Canadian Jewish News (blog)Canadian Jewish News (blog) - Aug 15, 2018
On July 25, Rabbi Elie Karfunkel from Forest Hill Jewish Centre in Toronto spoke with about 65 kids, aged seven to 19, to help inspire them and offer himself as a positive role model. He spoke as part of Trust 15, a charitable organization that helps ...  

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