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  • What Do the Hand Gestures in Icons Mean?

    07/24/2017 3:46:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 20, 2017 | Daniel Esparza |
    A classical Greco-Roman rhetorical tradition survives in Christian iconography  Have you ever wondered, while looking at religious icons, why the figures of Christ and the saints make certain hand gestures? Each gesture has a specific meaning, but it’s no wonder we can’t always understand them: they’re “written” in Greek! Classical Greeks and Romans developed a well-established, quite complex hand-gesture code, which was used by both orators and rhetoricians alike, when they were giving speeches in the agora or the Senate, during their private addresses, or even in the classroom. The gestures accompanying the oratory, of course, were a matter of public...
  • Post-Christian America: Gullible, Intolerant, and Superstitious

    07/25/2017 6:15:21 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | July 24, 2017 | david french
    "...Id urge you to read a fascinating article in this Sundays New York Times. It turns out that Americas less religious citizens are far more likely to believe in things such as ghosts and UFOs than people who attend church. The author, psychology professor Clay Routledge, locates this phenomenon in the quest for meaning..."For instance, my colleagues and I recently published a series of studies in the journal Motivation and Emotion demonstrating that the link between low religiosity and belief in advanced alien visitors is at least partly explained by the pursuit of meaning. The less religious participants were, we...
  • Nero, the Execution of Peter and Paul, and the Biggest Fake News in Early Christian History

    07/23/2017 9:02:39 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 23, 2017 | Candida Moss
    Christian tradition maintains that after Rome nearly burned to the ground, Nero engaged in a brutal crackdown on Christians which led to the executions of Peter and Paul. On the evening of July 18, in the scorching summer of 64 CE, a fire started in a shop under the Circus Maximus in Rome. The fire quickly spread to nearby homes and businesses and the Circus itself. The fire burned for six days, ravaging the city. It left only four of Romes fourteen quarters untouched. The reigning emperor, Nero, a man known for his cruelty and love of theater, scapegoated the...
  • Islam is an Anti-religion? [Satan's Battle Plan to Defeat Christianity]

    07/22/2017 2:28:35 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 18 replies
    Free Republic | July 22, 2017 | Jan_Sobieski
    Nonie Darwish gives a westernized definition of "religion" in her polemic against Islam, "Cruel and Usual Punishment", as follows: 1) a religion must be a personal choice; 2) no religion should kill those who leave it; 3) a religion must never order the killing and subjugation of those who do not choose to be its members; 4) a religion must abide by basic human rights. For the last 70 years, the west has been ostensibly tolerant of individual freedom of conscience and human life (note: the exceptions being abortion, euthanasia, Socialism, etc.) Accepting this definition leads one to conclude that...
  • Controversial Moroccan Christian Preacher Challenges Salafi Scholar to Debate

    07/19/2017 7:12:07 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 10 replies
    Morocco World News ^ | 18 July 17 | Unattributed
    The controversial Moroccan Christian preacher Brother Rachid has challenged Moroccan Salafi scholar Mohamed El Fizazi to debate Islam and Christianity. Brother Rachid posted a video on Youtube on Sunday alleging that El Fizazi has been avoiding a debate that they had agreed to hold back in 2014. He said that he recently called El Fizazi but the scholar refused to talk to him. According to the preacher, El Fizazi responded, I have no time for you. The Moroccan Christian preacher known for his opposition to Islam rejected El Fizazis apparent excuse not to debate him because he is an apostate....
  • Some Christians massacre, misquote Bible for political points, this ex-pastor says

    07/17/2017 5:57:12 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 35 replies
    The State ^ | 7/14/2017
    Rob Bell, who once enraged many evangelicals by questioning hell, is back with a new book that could re-ignite their fury. Its called What is the Bible? And in it, Bell calls for the Bible to be read literately, not literally. In these polarized times, many Christians who claim to read the Bible are really more interested in cherry-picking verses to support their political or social points of view, Bell said in a phone interview with the Observer. You can pull a verse out to justify almost anything, he said. When you read the Bible fuller and in-depth, suddenly you...
  • The Secret Lives of Chinese Missionaries in Northern Iraq

    07/16/2017 8:49:06 AM PDT · by PGR88 · 3 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | Sunday July 16, 2017 | Mimi Lau
    Used to persecution at home, two young Chinese Christians say life can be more peaceful in northern Iraq, where they work with Yazidi refugees Last months execution of two Chinese missionaries by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Pakistan put the risks of such work into stark relief but two young Chinese Christians who have lived close to an ISIS stronghold in northern Iraq for more than a year said life could be more peaceful there than back at home. The South China Morning Post obtained an exclusive interview with the couple, who live in a guarded compound that serves as...
  • Praying for the President: Evangelical pastor shares image of prayer circle laying their hands...

    07/12/2017 2:19:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 12, 2017 | Chris Pleasance
    This is the moment evangelical leaders laid their hands on Donald Trump's back as they prayed over him in the Oval Office. Evangelical pastor Rodney Howard-Browne led a prayer circle alongside his wife Adonica in the White House and then shared the image on Facebook. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence can be seen closing their eyes and bowing their heads in the solemn moment. The group were invited to pray with Trump during a meeting with members of The Office of Public Liaison. Others pictured included Jack Graham, the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, and...
  • Trumps Stunner in Poland: An America and Europe First Speech for the Ages

    07/10/2017 4:32:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 10, 2017 | Fr Mark Pilon
    When I read the presidents speech in Warsaw the other day, I was stunned. Who could have thunk it? Certainly in my lifetime, I have never read a presidential address that caught me by such surprise. It was the context that grabbed me. Western civilization has a context, and thats what has been missing from presidential addresses for a long, long time, perhaps with the exception of Ronald Reagan. But this speech seems to grasp the contextual situation much better than Reagan did in terms of the full scope of the struggle for survival going on in our world. A...
  • Pew Research: Christianity is growing in Eastern Europe

    07/10/2017 8:42:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 07/10/2017 | John Burger
    U.S. President Donald J. Trump evoked images of the Cold War during his speech in Warsaw’s Krasiński Square Thursday, and reminded listeners of one Pole whose tenacity helped lead to the defeat of an atheistic communist regime. “When the day came on June 2, 1979, and one million Poles gathered around Victory Square for their very first Mass with their Polish Pope, that day, every communist in Warsaw must have known that their oppressive system would soon come crashing down,” Trump said to applause. “They must have known it at the exact moment during Pope John Paul II’s sermon when...
  • The Surprising Discovery About Those Colonialist, Proselytizing Missionaries

    07/09/2017 8:19:44 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 132 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | January 8, 2014 | Andrea Palpant Dilley
    The legacy of Protestant missionaries a century later is higher literacy rates, better public health and stronger institutions than places where Catholic missionaries were or state sanctioned Protestants worked.
  • Question: "What makes Christianity unique?"

    07/08/2017 10:26:52 AM PDT · by ealgeone · 45 replies
    gotquestions.org ^ | unknown | unknown
    Answer: Is Christianity really unique, or is it just one of many roads on the path to Truth? Is Christianity truly unique among the many religions around the world? If it is, what makes it so? Unique among all religions, Christianity makes several claims that others do not. First, all other religions exhort man to reach up to God and grasp hold of Him through their own efforts. Christianity is the only religion where God reaches down to man. Second, other religions are systems of dos and donts to appease God; whereas Christianity is a relationship with God. Third, Christianity...
  • CNN Attacks Christian Poland (and we know why)

    07/07/2017 1:43:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/07/2017 | Josh Goldstein
    Failing CNN, not content with attacking the president of the United States with fake news stories while ignoring the Fast and Furious, illegal immigration, and Benghazi deaths caused by the Obama/Clinton regime, had to attack one of the greatest nations on earth; Christian, Catholic Poland.During President Trump’s second overseas trip CNN published a series of articles critical of President Trump. One of the articles concluded that Poland was an oppressive regime.CNN’s attack on Poland is not due to this so-called repression, which is false anyway, but because Poland was, and still is, one of the most conservative and one of...
  • University to Remove Crosses, Bibles & Altar from Campus Chapel

    07/01/2017 4:54:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    East Central University said they will remove crosses, Bibles and other religious symbols from a campus chapel to appease a bunch of out-of-town agitators. Its unclear when the Oklahoma school will commence with the Christian cleansing of the Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel. The chapel opened in 1957. We will continue to use the building as we always have, for all faiths, ECU President Katricia Pierson said in a statement to the Ada News. We do not want to presume to embrace one faith over another. We support all cultures and attempt to make them comfortable when they are here....
  • Swedish Christian Kids Banned From Saying Grace At Mealtimes, Can No Longer Say Amen

    06/27/2017 3:00:37 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 31 replies
    HeatStreet ^ | Lukas Mikelionis
    A Christian preschool in Sweden has banned children from saying grace at mealtimes, talking about the Bible, or saying Amen. The decision to forbid children at the school in Umea to engage in religious practices was reached after a school inspection. The municipalitys supervisors in charge of education noted that the Christian activities violate Swedens educational policies, Swedish National Broadcaster STV reported. Swedens Education Act prohibits schools from having confessional elements during school time and says children should be able to opt-out of religious practices. Inspectors believed the preschool, run by the Salvation Army, didnt give children a choice as...
  • Muslim converts breathe new life into Europes struggling Christian churches

    06/20/2017 10:47:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/21/2017
    Christianity is making a comeback in Europe and its mostly thanks to Muslims, say experts in Islam and faith leaders. A soaring number of Muslims, many of them refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are converting to Christianity, breathing new life into Europes once floundering Christian churches. The Muslims are flocking to various Christian denominations, experts said, including becoming Protestants, evangelical or Catholic. As many parts of Europe are becoming more secular and houses of worship are seeing congregants leave in droves, it is Muslim converts who are reviving struggling Christian churches. "European churches have struggled for decades to...
  • UK Has Far More Young Christians Than Thought; Church Attendance Growing Among Teenagers

    06/19/2017 10:44:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/19/2017 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR ,
    A new research shows that far more young people in Britain are Christian than previously thought, and that thousands of them are converting after visiting a church building.(PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/HANS MUSIL)The Canterbury Cathedral is the seat of the Cathedral of the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primate of All England and religious leader of the Church of England.More than 20 percent of people between the ages of 11 and 18 describe themselves as active followers of Jesus, and 13 percent say they are practicing Christians who attend church, according to a study commissioned by Christian youth organization Hope Revolution Partnership...
  • Pro-Choice Actress: Christianity and Abortion Go Together

    06/16/2017 6:23:39 PM PDT · by Architect of Paradise · 45 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 16, 2017 | Corinne Weaver
    Actress Amy Brenneman thinks the right has committed an injustice. Theyve paired pro-life with the term Christian. In a video done for the Lives of Women series, the star of The Leftovers, while being filmed in a church, started her PSA by saying, I absolutely think the term Christian has been stolen in 2017 in America by the Christian Right. She then proceeded to say that while she has been extremely open about having an abortion when she was 21, it was time to re-state that, because of the rise of social media. Brenneman also expressed her anger with the...
  • British LibDem Party Leader Steps Down: 'It's Impossible to Stay Faithful to Christ'

    06/15/2017 7:14:53 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06-15-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    In a shocking move, the leader of Britain's Europhile and socially liberal party, the LibDems, have announced he'll step down. The reason? 'Christian Tim Farron stepped down amid speculation Lib Dem heavyweight Sir Vince Cable will lead the party. 'Mr Farron said it has felt "impossible" to be Lib Dem leader "living as a faithful Christian" and said he wants "to remain faithful to Christ". 'His resignation will trigger a leadership election next month when Parliament breaks for the summer recess.' Farron was criticized during the election campaign in Britain because he appeared to believe that practicing homosexuality was a...
  • Why the Odds Favor Islam (Nails it! Excellent points)

    06/12/2017 3:55:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 108 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 12, 2017 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    On May 22, an Islamic suicide bomber detonated himself outside a pop concert in Manchester, England, killing and wounding dozens, many of them young children.The terrorist was a 22-year-old named Salman Abedi. A few days after the attack, I was reading an article about the mosque he attendedthe Didsbury Mosque. Thats funny, I thought looking at the accompanying photo, that doesnt look like a mosque, it looks like a church.Sure enough, as I discovered, the Didsbury Mosque was once the Albert Park Methodist Chapel. It had been bought by the local Syrian Muslim community and transformed into a Muslim...