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  • THE FLIP SIDE OF ‘HEAVEN IS FOR REAL’

    04/17/2014 2:35:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | April 14, 2014 | Anabelle Hazard
    I’m not one of those twelve million readers who bought the book “Heaven is For Real” and torpedoed it to the New York Times’ Bestseller List. But I did check it out from the library and enjoyed both the story and the accounts of heaven. “Heaven is for real” is, in fact, only one among the many testimonies of near death experiences I’ve heard about from both Christians and non-Christians. With some suspect exceptions, most of the descriptions of heaven are fascinating and inspire me to work hard to aim for the ultimate prize. But that’s just the good news.On...
  • Israeli Institute Prepares Priests for Jerusalem's Third Temple

    04/15/2014 11:44:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    usnews ^ | April 10, 2014 | Yuval Avivi
    An aerial view of the Old City of Jerusalem. An organization of Israeli temples is preparing priests for the the reconstruction of the city's historic third temple. On April 10, at 5 p.m., hundreds of Jews will gather at the Maimonides rabbinical institution plaza in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem and start learning the Jewish laws of Passover. Rabbis and experts, including Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the head of the Temple Institute in the Old City of Jerusalem, the leading body preparing for the establishment of the third temple, will teach the audience the laws of the Passover sacrifice. Alongside Ariel, the ritual...
  • Was the Gospel of St Luke 'written' by MARY?

    04/14/2014 4:20:41 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 45 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | April 14, 2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Dr. Adam Bradford believes third Gospel was originally a legal document. He says it was written by Luke, a Greek physician, as a letter of support for St Paul who was imprisoned for the political crime of supporting Jesus. Details about Jesus' childhood could only have come from Mary, he claims. He argues feminine words in the scripture give away the true author.
  • Is There New Evidence That Jesus Had a Wife?

    04/14/2014 9:05:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 212 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/14/2014 | Michael Brown
    The internet has been abuzz with intriguing headlines announcing that scholars have determined that the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” papyrus is “authentic” and that there is “no forgery evidence” in the manuscript. What exactly does this mean? And should Christians be concerned that a new discovery might contradict the biblical account and undermine their faith? Actually, the report from scholars working with the Harvard Divinity School found that the manuscript is much younger than previously thought – in other words, it is even further removed from the time of the New Testament than scholars originally believed – meaning that,...
  • The "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" Is Most Likely Not a Modern Fake

    04/11/2014 6:35:46 AM PDT · by Renfield · 87 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 4-10-2014 | Colin Schultz
    In 2012, Harvard researcher Karen King revealed the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife." A small piece of papyrus, the lightly worn document was written in Coptic Egyptian, with parts missing and ink faded, and didn't say much. But what it did say, wrote Ariel Sabar in Smithsonian Magazine two years ago was enough to “send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship—and beyond.” The fragment’s 33 words, scattered across 14 incomplete lines, leave a good deal to interpretation. But in King’s analysis, and as she argues in a forthcoming article in the Harvard Theological Review, the “wife” Jesus refers to is probably Mary Magdalene, and Jesus...
  • The Scientific Proof of the Existence of the Soul

    02/23/2014 5:18:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Waking Times ^ | February 27, 2013 | Debbie West
    Michael Hathaway, author of 10 books on psychic development, past lives, regression, hypnosis and spirituality, and a board certified Past Life Regression Therapist is one of the most respected hypnotists in the country. He published a book entitled, “It’s Time to Simplify Your Soul’s Code”, an easy how-to guide for discovering our unique special purpose and to enrich our life experience by delving into the aspects of higher self and soul contracts. In this book, Mr. Hathaway emphasizes the source energy of the loving universe as a means to connect to our divine purpose as incarnated souls. He brilliantly describes...
  • Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe At Death

    01/17/2014 7:43:11 PM PST · by DaveMSmith · 249 replies
    A book titled “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe“ has stirred up the Internet, because it contained a notion that life does not end when the body dies, and it can last forever. The author of this publication, scientist Dr. Robert Lanza who was voted the 3rd most important scientist alive by the NY Times, has no doubts that this is possible.[...]The theory implies that death of consciousness simply does not exist. It only exists as a thought because people identify themselves with their body. They believe that the body is...
  • Three Major Faith and Culture Trends for 2014

    01/22/2014 7:35:33 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 15 replies
    https://www.barna.org ^ | 01/21/2014 | Barna Group, 2014
    January 21, 2014 - In the not-so distant past, institutions were trusted and valued as important parts of a functioning society—from government, corporations and schools to marriage and even organized religion. Yet trust in institutions is quickly giving way to a nation of cynics. New Barna research reports that Americans are ranking their confidence in institutions at abysmal levels. And this institutional skepticism comprises a significant backdrop for the major faith and culture trends of 2014... During 2013 alone, citizens lamented the failure of their leaders and institutions. From the government shutdown to Pope Francis' public callout of the Vatican...
  • My Wife and I are Atheists, but Our Daughter Wants to be Baptised Catholic

    01/14/2014 8:25:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 95 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1/14/14 | James Harrington
    I'm proud of my daughter, but I can't deny that she stopped us in our religiously disinterested, bleeding-heart liberal tracksFor decades, god and religion have played no part in my life. I was baptised as a baby, but didn't make it as far as first communion. That may officially make me a Catholic in the broadest sense, but if it does, I'm one who's not so much "lapsed" as "stalled before I started". Apart from morning assemblies and weekly hymn practices at primary school, followed by a couple of years of religious education classes at comprehensive (which I dropped as...
  • Why Copts celebrate Christmas on 7 January

    01/06/2014 7:07:12 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Ahram ^ | Monday 6 Jan 2014 | Sherry El-Gergawi
    On Tuesday 7 January, Coptic Orthodox Christians – who comprise 90 percent of Egypt's Christians – will break their 43-day fast and celebrate Christmas. The festival comes almost two weeks after most Western denominations, including Catholics and Protestants, held their celebrations on 25 December. Ahram Online asked Bishop Abram of the Fayoum Diocese to explain why there was a difference in the dates; he stressed that the difference in fact results from the use of different calendars, not from any underlying theological dispute. Although the exact date of Jesus' birth was -- and remains -- unknown, within the first few...
  • Sacred Art Class at The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

    01/04/2014 4:41:23 PM PST · by annalex · 10 replies
    The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts ^ | DECEMBER 30, 2013 | David Clayton
    Sacred Art Class at TMC by David Clayton on December 30, 2013 A chance to learn sacred art whatever your level, and to subsidise TMC students so that they can attend for free. I will teach this and it is offered free to Thomas More College students (who have to pay just the standard weekly charge for room and board in the dorm. Even though I am Artist in Residence at the college it is difficult for the students to get intensive tuition. To learn art properly needs blocks of time and this is difficult to organise in the packed...
  • The Bible is Wrong!!! (Grammatically)

    12/28/2013 7:17:56 PM PST · by Phinneous · 85 replies
    SimpleToRemember.com Judaism Online ^ | Circa 2011 | Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen
    How can this thing be divine?!? The Pentateuch, if divine, is full of mistakes from the very first word (we're talking Hebrew here...the basis of the Greek/Latin/English translations everyone in the world uses.) How could that be? Example: In the beginning G-d created, in the Hebrew version, is actually literally "In the beginning OF... G-d created" There are thousands of examples of the Pentateuch making no sense in its grammar or syntax. So how do we know how to interpret it even on a literal level? Well... behold, the Oral Torah... The link is to an hour-long class (in English...
  • Archaeologists Uncover Earliest Evidence of Birth of Buddha

    11/28/2013 6:37:27 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Mon, Nov 25, 2013 | probably National Geographic
    Scientists excavating within the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, Nepal, have unearthed a timber structure that they date to the sixth century BCE. It is situated within and underlies a temple that is considered sacred to many as the birthplace of Siddhārtha Gautama, or Buddha. Until now, there has been no archaeological evidence supporting a date any earlier than the third century BCE for Buddha's life. Some historians have suggested the death of Buddha took place sometime in the late 4th century or early 3rd century BCE, although there are a number of traditions...
  • Earliest shrine' uncovered at Buddha's birthplace

    11/26/2013 3:47:06 PM PST · by ThanhPhero · 20 replies
    BBC News and Environment ^ | 25 November 2013 | James Morgan
    They unearthed a 6th Century BC timber structure buried within the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini in Nepal. The shrine appears to have housed a tree. This links to the Buddha nativity story - his mother gave birth to him while holding on to a tree branch. Its discovery may settle the dispute over the birth date of the Buddha, the team reports in the journal Antiquity. Radiocarbon Every year thousands of Buddhists make a holy pilgrimage to Lumbini - long identified as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Buddha. Continue reading the main story Lumbini Located in...
  • Watch how the major religions have conquered the entire world over 5,000 years - in 90 seconds

    11/22/2013 7:56:40 PM PST · by Kip Russell · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Nov 22, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Religion is one of the most divisive forces in the world's history. Maps of War is a website that creates fascinating visuals of the world to show how movements spread, wars begin and civilizations fall. They have turned their expertise to religion, focusing on five major faiths to see how they have spread and how wars have determined the influence and stronghold of various religions in a 90-second video. Beginning with the birth of Krishna, the time-lapse video covers 5,000 years of religion. The map slows down for the births of key religious figures and major wars, showing the decline...
  • Quantum physics proves that there IS an afterlife, claims scientist

    11/15/2013 9:33:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:47 EST, 14 November 2013 | Victoria Woollaston
    Most scientists would probably say that the concept of an afterlife is either nonsense, or at the very least unprovable. Yet one expert claims he has evidence to confirm an existence beyond the grave—and it lies in quantum physics. Professor Robert Lanza claims the theory of biocentrism teaches that death as we know it is an illusion created by our consciousness. … Biocentrism is classed as the theory of everything and comes from the Greek for “life center”. It is the believe that life and biology are central to reality and that life creates the universe, not the other way...
  • Oprah and the Atheists

    11/03/2013 8:42:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    CatholicAnswers ^ | October 23, 2013 | Trent Horn
    Oprah and the AtheistsTrent Horn October 23, 2013 | Members of the atheist community are outraged, but not at their usual targets, such as conservative politicians or pastors. Instead, they have set their sights on Oprah Winfrey.This past weekend on her show Super Soul Sunday, Oprah interviewed Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old marathon swimmer, to discuss her amazing feat of swimming from Cuba to Florida in 53 hours. During the course of the interview the following exchange occurred:Nyad: I can stand at the beach’s edge with the most devout Christian, Jew, Buddhist, go on down the line, and weep with the...
  • Holy Logic: Computer Scientists 'Prove' God Exists

    10/24/2013 5:12:05 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | 10/22/2013 | David Knight
    As headlines go, it's certainly an eye-catching one. "Scientists Prove Existence of God," German daily Die Welt wrote last week. But unsurprisingly, there is a rather significant caveat to that claim. In fact, what the researchers in question say they have actually proven is a theorem put forward by renowned Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel -- and the real news isn't about a Supreme Being, but rather what can now be achieved in scientific fields using superior technology. When Gödel died in 1978, he left behind a tantalizing theory based on principles of modal logic -- that a higher being must...
  • Nobel-Winning Physicist Rebukes Atheist Extremists

    10/13/2013 11:40:21 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 18 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 13, 2013 | JP
    The atheist community hailed last year’s scientific confirmation of the existence of the Higgs boson, for which the British theoretical physicist Peter Higgs was co-recipient this past week of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Higgs had theorized, all the way back in 1964, that there must be something that gives subatomic particles their mass, which enables them to form atoms, which, in turn, form molecules, all of which is integral to creation as we know it. That something turned out to be the Higgs boson. And its discovery, declared Dan Barker, co-president of the so-called Freedom From Religion Foundation, an...
  • Atheists Skeptical of Atwill’s Claim of a ‘Fabricated Jesus’

    10/11/2013 9:31:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Las Vegas Guardian Express ^ | October 10, 2013 | Rebecca Savastio
    Self-proclaimed Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill has written a book in which he claims that Jesus was fabricated by a little-known group called the Flavians. He also claims he has some sort of “smoking gun” type of “confession” from these ancient people that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that they entered into a conspiracy with the Roman government of the time to fabricate a character called Jesus as a “gentle Messiah” figure to wage psychological warfare on, and control, the masses so they would pay Caesar taxes without complaining. He is apparently going to present this evidence at a...
  • Finds in Israel add weight to theory God “had wife”

    09/18/2013 12:19:58 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 106 replies
    Yahoo News UK ^ | 18th September 2013 | Rob Waugh
    'Female figurines and inscribed prayers to a "divine couple" found in temples in Israel suggest that the “one God” of the Bible may not have been entirely alone. A recent excavation in Tel Motza, not far from Jerusalem, found what archaeologists believe to have been a ritual building - with clay figures of animals and men from the time of the First Temple, according to Israel's Haaretz news site. The find suggests that Iron Age religion in the area around Jerusalem may not have been monotheistic just before the time the Hebrew Bible – the basis of the Old Testament...
  • Study reveals newborns recall words heard in utero

    08/28/2013 4:54:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 8-28-13 | Thomas Llifson
    The little human being living inside a pregnant mother turns out to be a lot more capable than previously known. Kathy Drummond describes the research that led to the startling finding that newborns can recall words they heard in the womb in The Verge: ...new research offers provocative evidence that an unborn fetus can not only hear sounds from the outside world, but is actually capable of recalling specific words in the days following birth. In a study out of the University of Helsinki that builds on previous investigations, a team used EEG scans on 33 newborn babies to reach...
  • Electrical signatures of consciousness in the dying brain

    08/26/2013 5:09:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    e! Science News ^ | August 12, 2013 | NA
    The "near-death experience" reported by cardiac arrest survivors worldwide may be grounded in science, according to research at the University of Michigan Health System. Whether and how the dying brain is capable of generating conscious activity has been vigorously debated. But in this week's PNAS Early Edition, a U-M study shows shortly after clinical death, in which the heart stops beating and blood stops flowing to the brain, rats display brain activity patterns characteristic of conscious perception. "This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain," says lead study...
  • Dead Sea Scrolls to Hit the Internet

    08/27/2008 11:52:42 AM PDT · by Sopater · 10 replies · 169+ views
    Fox News ^ | Wednesday, August 27, 2008 | Associated Press
    <p>JERUSALEM — Scientists using American space technology have started a huge project to digitally photograph the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known version of the Hebrew Bible, and post it on the Internet for all to see, Israeli authorities said Wednesday.</p>
  • Indian anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar shot dead

    08/23/2013 8:03:26 PM PDT · by Kip Russell · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug 20, 2013 | Maseeh Rahman
    Campaigner who urged state of Maharashtra to pass anti-black magic bill killed by motorbike assailants in Pune A prominent campaigner against religious superstition has been shot and killed while out for a morning walk in the western Indian city of Pune. Narendra Dabholkar was at the forefront of a long-running campaign to ban superstitious religious practices by getting the state of Maharashtra to pass an anti black-magic bill. He died on Tuesday after being shot by two gunmen riding a motorcycle. Police said four shots were fired at Dabholkar from close range as the rider slowed behind him on a...
  • US Memory Loss Man Wakes Up Speaking Swedish

    08/22/2013 3:17:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 August 2013 | 22 August 2013
    An American man, who woke up speaking Swedish but with no idea of his identity, has travelled to Sweden in the hope of restoring his memory. Michael Boatwright was discovered unconscious in a motel room in Palm Springs, California, in February.
  • Egypt: Coptic church cancels Sunday mass for 1st time in 1,600 years

    08/19/2013 8:08:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 8/19/13 | Michal Shmulovich
    Amid escalating violence against Egypt’s Copts, churches in Minya, located in upper Egypt, cancelled Sunday Mass for the first time in 1,600 years. Other churches in Minya also didn’t hold prayer services. "We did not hold prayers in the monastery on Sunday for the first time in 1,600 years,” Priest Selwanes Lotfy of the Virgin Mary and Priest Ibram Monastery in Degla, just south of Minya, told the al-Masry al-Youm daily. He said supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi destroyed the monastery, which includes three churches, one of which is an archaeological site. “One of the extremists wrote on the...
  • Minya Churches Cancel Second Mass for First Time in 1,600 Years [Egypt]

    08/19/2013 7:41:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Egypt Indepenedent ^ | 8/19/13 | Al-Masry Al-Youm
    Minya churches canceled on Sunday the second mass, holding only a brief one. Meanwhile, prayers did not take place at other churches which were attacked. Priest Selwanes Lotfy of the Virgin Mary and Priest Ibram monastery in Degla, south of Minya, said, “We did not hold prayers in the monastery on Sunday for the first time in 1,600 years.”
  • Back from the Dead: Resuscitation Expert Says End Is Reversible

    08/02/2013 12:18:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 29, 2013
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Raising the dead may soon become medical reality. According to critical care physician Sam Parnia, modern resuscitation science will soon allow doctors to reanimate people up to 24 hours after their death.At some point, everyone's heart will stop. For most, this is when they begin to die. Doctors succeed in very few cases at bringing the clinically dead back to life. However, more patients could be saved if medical professionals put existing knowledge about the treatment of cardiac arrest to better use, argues critical care physician Sam Parnia, 41, who is leading a revival of research in this field at...
  • Weiner Worship (Mark Steyn)

    07/29/2013 12:05:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 25, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    In the new, liberated Egypt, leading imam Abu Islam explains that Christianity originated in penis worship:...
  • Is This The Most Embarrassing Interview Fox News Has Ever Done? (video)

    07/28/2013 12:26:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 73 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | July 27, 2013 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Reza Aslan, a religious scholar with a Ph.D. in the sociology of religions from the University of California and author of the new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” went on FoxNews.com’s online show Spirited Debate to promote his book only to be prodded about why a Muslim would write a historical book about Jesus.
  • Liberal media love new Jesus book 'Zealot', fail to mention author is Muslim

    07/24/2013 1:25:13 PM PDT · by arthurus · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24, 2013 | John S. Dickerson
    Reza Aslan, author of the new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” has been interviewed on a host of media outlets in the last week. Riding a publicity wave, the book has surged to #2 on Amazon's list. Media reports have introduced Aslan as a “religion scholar” but have failed to mention that he is a devout Muslim. His book is not a historian’s report on Jesus. It is an educated Muslim’s opinion about Jesus -- yet the book is being peddled as objective history on national TV and radio. Aslan is not a trained historian.
  • Our Faith in Science (If science proves Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change)

    07/17/2013 11:40:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/12/2005 | TENZIN GYATSO, 14th Dalai Lama
    SCIENCE has always fascinated me. As a child in Tibet, I was keenly curious about how things worked. When I got a toy I would play with it a bit, then take it apart to see how it was put together. As I became older, I applied the same scrutiny to a movie projector and an antique automobile. At one point I became particularly intrigued by an old telescope, with which I would study the heavens. One night while looking at the moon I realized that there were shadows on its surface. I corralled my two main tutors to show...
  • Mideast filmmakers promote movie of Muslims MASSACRING JEWS for Ramadan ‘entertainment’

    07/15/2013 4:47:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 7/15/13 | The Right Scoop
    Nothing like a good old anti-Semitic movie to watch after a long day of fasting for Ramadan. Get some popcorn, kick your feet up, and shout ‘Allahu Ackbar’ as Jews are getting their heads chopped off. Refreshing! CBN NEWS – Film makers are promoting an anti-Semitic mini-series on the Muslim massacre of Jews as “family entertainment” for Ramadan. During Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, families and friends share an evening meal and fellowship after fasting from dawn till dusk. The 30-day holiday began Tuesday, July 9, and ends Aug. 7. This year features a mini-series entitled Khaibar, referring to a...
  • In Search of Noah’s Ark

    07/23/2003 7:03:32 AM PDT · by LOL Clinton Was Impeached · 138 replies · 573+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 21st, 2003 | Eve Conant
    He found the Titanic. Now Robert Ballard hunts the quarry of a lifetime July 21 issue — Ten thousand years ago, the Black Sea was a freshwater lake in the middle of a vast, low-lying basin. Its fertile valleys and lush pastures would have given Neolithic hunter-gatherers a perfect opportunity to make the leap to a more settled, agricultural society. But then disaster struck. ABOUT 7,500 YEARS ago the ice age ended, the world’s climate warmed and the seas rose. The Aegean Sea breached a narrow strip of land, where the Strait of Bosporus is today, like a dam bursting....
  • The Real Ten Commandments: Solon vs. Moses

    08/22/2003 10:59:42 PM PDT · by Destro · 144 replies · 1,954+ views
    infidels.org ^ | Richard Carrier
    The Real Ten Commandments By Richard Carrier I keep hearing this chant, variously phrased: "The Ten Commandments are the foundation of Western morality and the American Constitution and government." In saying this, people are essentially crediting Moses with the invention of ethics, democracy and civil rights, a claim that is of course absurd. But its absurdity is eclipsed by its injustice, for there is another lawmaker who is far more important to us, whose ideas and actions lie far more at the foundation of American government, and whose own Ten Commandments were distributed at large and influencing the greatest civilizations...
  • Who are the Zoroastrians?

    07/29/2003 11:17:26 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 37 replies · 1,517+ views
    Zoroastrian Studies ^ | 7/29/03 | Zoroastrian Studies
    Zoroastrians are the followers of the great Iranian prophet, Spitaman Zarathushtra (known to the Greeks as Zoroaster). Zarathushtra lived and preached somewhere around the Aral Sea, about three and a half thousand years ago, circa 1500 B.C.E. The Background Iran, at the time of Zarathushtra's birth, was a land where many pagan gods and goddesses were being propitiated through ignorance and fear. The prophet Zarathushtra, in his sublime hymns, the Gathas, revealed to mankind that there was the One, Supreme, All-Knowing, Eternal God of the good creations---Ahura Mazda, the Lord of Wisdom, who was wholly Wise, Good and Just. Ahura...
  • Reincarnation - Famous Past Lives (excerpt)

    03/14/2004 1:54:38 PM PST · by Gilead · 4 replies · 138+ views
    The Path ^ | J Donald Walters
    People who believe they live only once are compelled to compromise their hopes of perfection. Orthodox believers may try to conduct their lives in such a way as to avoid hellfire after death, but most I think, even so, are inclined to ask themselves pragmatically, "How bad can I be and get away with it?" Belief in the principle of rebirth helps one to view progress joyously, without fear and self-doubt. "Is there any end to evolution?" a visitor once asked Paramhansa Yogananda. "No end," the Master replied. "Progress goes on until you achieve endlessness." At Mt. Washington, reincarnation was...
  • Reincarnation: Past Lives of Jesus Christ and John the Baptist

    03/12/2004 8:56:05 PM PST · by Gilead · 20 replies · 155+ views
    Autobiography of a Yogi (1946 edition) ^ | 1946 | Paramhansa Yogananda
    "Thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness."1 In these words to John the Baptist, and in asking John to baptize him, Jesus was acknowledging the divine rights of his guru. From a reverent study of the Bible from an Oriental viewpoint,2 and from intuitional perception, I am convinced that John the Baptist was, in past lives, the guru of Christ. There are numerous passages in the Bible which infer that John and Jesus in their last incarnations were, respectively, Elijah and his disciple Elisha. (These are the spellings in the Old Testament. The Greek translators spelled the names...
  • Russian sect believes Putin reincarnation of St. Paul

    05/12/2011 6:45:47 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 11 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | May 11, 2011 | Unknown
    A founder of a religious cult glorifying Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin believes that the powerful premier is the reincarnation of Saint Paul, the Russian tabloid Sobesednik reported on Wednesday. The sect, founded by one Mother Fotinya, is based in the Bolshaya Elnya village in the central Russian Nizhny Novgorod region. Fotinya was quoted by the paper as saying that there were certain parallels between the life of former president Putin and St. Paul. "According to the Bible, Paul the Apostle used to be a warlord and the fierce persecutor of Christians, and then he began preaching the Gospel. Putin...
  • Why so many people – including scientists – suddenly believe in an afterlife

    05/07/2013 11:00:54 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 117 replies
    Maclean's ^ | May 7, 2013 | Brian Bethune
    Death, it seems, is no longer Shakespeare’s undiscovered country, the one “from whose bourn no traveler returns.” Not according to contemporary bestseller lists. Dreams and visions of the afterlife have been constants across human history, and the near-death experiences (now known as NDEs) of those whose lives were saved by medical advances have established, for millions, a credible means by which someone could peek into the next world. Lately a fair-sized pack of witnesses claim to have actually entered into the afterlife before coming back again to write mega-selling accounts of what they saw and felt there. Afterlife speculation has...
  • An Interview with Dinesh D’Souza on Life After Death: The Evidence

    12/11/2009 9:32:53 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 813+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | December 11, 2009 | Dr. Paul Kengor
    Dr. Paul Kengor: Dinesh, your last book was What’s So Great About Christianity, which did quite well, and which we profiled in a series of Q&As last year ( Part I , Part II , Part III ). It led to, among other things, an ongoing fascinating series of public debates you’ve had with Christopher Hitchens. It appears that your latest book, "Life After Death: The Evidence," came from those experiences. Tell us what prompted this book-which, for the record, I recommend as a Christmas gift for both believers and (especially) non-believers.Dinesh D’Souza: Intellectually, yes, I was provoked by the...
  • Israelite priests hold first gathering since Temple era

    07/19/2007 3:59:10 PM PDT · by Squidpup · 64 replies · 2,128+ views
    Israel Today ^ | July 15, 2007 | staff writer
    Israelite priests hold first gathering since Temple era Jews belonging to the Tribe of Levi, and particularly the Kohen clan, came together for a mass gathering in Jerusalem on Sunday. It was the first large-scale gathering of biblically-mandated Israelite priests since the time of the Second Temple. The gathering included lectures and seminars on the history and future of the Temple, and culminated with all of the participants declaring the priestly blessing over Israel from the Western Wall. Genetic research over the past several decades has succeeded in isolating a particular DNA signature shared by all members of the Tribe...
  • Carbon Dating Confirms World's Oldest Torah Scroll

    06/01/2013 2:50:07 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    National Geographic ^ | May 30, 2013 | By Diane Cole
    In 1889, an Italian librarian's faulty identification sentenced to archival obscurity an antique Torah scroll that has turned out to be the oldest complete such scroll in existence. This week, University of Bologna Professor Mauro Perani announced the results of carbon-14 tests authenticating the scroll's age as roughly 800 years old. The scroll dates to between 1155 and 1225, making it the oldest complete Torah scroll on record. Like all Torah scrolls, this one contains the full text of the five Books of Moses in Hebrew and is prepared according to strict standards for use during religious services. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------snip------------------ At...
  • Psyche, Nous; Faith and Reason: The Classic View

    05/29/2013 3:16:41 PM PDT · by betty boop · 19 replies
    self | May 29. 2013 | Jean F. Drew
    Psyche, Nous; Faith and Reason: The Classic View By “classic view” we mean to denote the epochal legacy of ancient Greek philosophy, and the epochal genius of thinkers who could and did “isolate” psyche as a bona fide constituent of Reality. Instantly, there seems to be two problems. How is “Reality” to be defined? Who’s doing the “defining?” For answers to such questions, we must have access to Nous. This incredibly compact Greek word is usually translated into English as Reason. But the Greek nous carries other meanings as well: c.f., reason; mind; intellect; self-reflective consciousness; logic; creative will; truth....
  • By Zeus! (Greeks return to paganism)

    02/07/2007 8:11:30 AM PST · by NYer · 49 replies · 803+ views
    Guardian ^ | February 1, 2007
    It was high noon when Doreta Peppa, a woman with long, dark locks and owlish eyes, entered the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus. At first, tourists visiting the Athenian temple thought they had stumbled on to a film set. It wasn't just that Peppa cut a dramatic figure with her flowing robes and garlanded hair. Or that she seemed to be in a state of near euphoria. Or even that the group of men and women accompanying her - dressed as warriors and nymphets in kitsch ancient garb - appeared to have stepped straight out of the city's Golden Age.To the...
  • Who's a Jew {interesting read about Karaites v/s Rabbinical Judaism}

    05/20/2013 11:29:59 PM PDT · by Cronos · 41 replies
    The Economist | May 2013 | Economist
    WHEN is a Jew not a Jew? When he’s a Karaite. Or so says Israel’s chief rabbinate, which, after 65 years of relative harmony with an ancient Jewish sect, is reopening an old and bitter schism. In recent months, rabbis working for Israel’s ministry of religion have deemed Karaite marriages invalid, fined their butchers for claiming to be kosher, and demanded that Karaites marrying Orthodox Jewish women should convert, sometimes having to undergo tavila, or baptism. “We are already Jews,” protests Moshe Firrouz, a computer engineer who heads the Karaites’ Council of Sages. “The rabbinate is denying us our religious...
  • American professor says skeleton may be of John the Baptist

    08/01/2002 6:18:17 PM PDT · by crypt2k · 17 replies · 354+ views
    AP ^ | Aug 1, 2002 | CELEAN JACOBSON
    JERUSALEM - A skeleton discovered near the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found may be the 2,000-year-old remains of John the Baptist, an American professor announced Thursday. But Israeli archaeologists disputed his theory as being far-fetched and said the burial site unearthed is probably that of an 18th century Bedouin man. Professor Richard Freund, director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, was part of an expedition at Qumran in the Judean Desert that made the discovery on Monday. Freund said there was "circumstantial evidence" that the well-preserved skeleton may...
  • Skeleton 'may be John the Baptist'

    08/01/2002 6:52:18 PM PDT · by vannrox · 12 replies · 478+ views
    ANANOVA post of BBC Report ^ | Story filed: 23:26 Thursday 1st August 2002 | Editorial Staff
    Skeleton 'may be John the Baptist' A professor claims a skeleton discovered near where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found may be the remains of John the Baptist. He suggests the phrophet who annointed Christ may also have been the leader of the tribe to which the burial ground belonged. Israeli archaelogists say his theory is far-fetched and that the burial site unearthed is probably that of an 18th century Bedouin man. US professor Richard Freund at a Centre for Judaic Studies in Connecticut, has been art of an expedition in the Judean Desert. Professor Freund says there is "circumstantial...
  • Not a shard of truth (No proof of John the Baptist.)

    02/03/2003 5:00:10 PM PST · by vannrox · 14 replies · 1,045+ views
    wwwHaaretz ^ | 2-3-3 | By Dalia Shehori
    w w w . h a a r e t z d a i l y . c o m Not a shard of truth Sensational claims have been made about bonesfound in Qumran, but no, this is not John the Baptist,say the heads of the dig. In August 2002, Time Magazine carried a headline that aroused curiosity: "Digging for the Baptist." The reference was to an archaeological dig being carried out for the past two years or so in Qumran, near the shore of the Dead Sea. The dig is headed by Prof. Hanan Eshel, head of the...