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  • Christians converge on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to carry candles lit by holy fire

    04/30/2016 8:01:15 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 8 replies
    haaretz.com ^ | Apr 30, 2016 | The Associated Press
    Thousands of Christians have gathered in Jerusalem for an ancient fire ceremony that celebrates Jesus' resurrection. In a ritual dating back at least 1,200 years, they crowded Saturday into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christian tradition holds that Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. During the annual ceremony, top Eastern Orthodox clerics enter the Edicule, the small chamber marking the site of Jesus' tomb. They then emerge to reveal candles said to be miraculously lit with "holy fire" as a message to the faithful from heaven. The details of the flame's source are a closely guarded secret. Roman...
  • Thousands of Christian Egyptians Enter Israel for Easter Holy Fire Rite in Jerusalem

    04/30/2016 12:30:05 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 5 replies
    haaretz.com ^ | Apr 28, 2016 7:59 PM | Nir Hasson
    Around 6,000 Egyptians, almost all of them Coptic Christians, have entered Israel to attend the annual Holy Fire ceremony at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Saturday. There has been a sharp rise recently in pilgrimages to Jerusalem by Egyptian Copts, after the Coptic patriarch, Pope Tawadros II, in effect rolled back a ban imposed by a predecessor in 1980, in the wake of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. Tawadros himself visited Israel in November for the funeral of Archbishop Anba Abraham, the Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Archbishop of Jerusalem and the Near East.
The accession of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi in June 2014...
  • The Copts Return to Jerusalem

    04/27/2016 6:36:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 4/26/16
    Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - Palm Sunday, celebrated the day before yesterday by the Churches that follow the Julian calendar, saw an exponential increase of Egyptian Coptic pilgrims who have come to celebrate the rites of Holy Week in Jerusalem. According to the Egyptian media, in the current year already at least 5,700 Coptic Orthodox Christians have reached the Holy City, an increase of more than a thousand units compared to the Coptic pilgrims who had carried out a pilgrimage to the Holy Places of Jerusalem in 2015. The growing presence of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox in the Holy City marks...
  • Radiant zinc fireworks reveal human egg quality

    04/30/2016 2:45:49 PM PDT · by fella · 6 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 26 April 2016 | Northwestern University
    A stunning explosion of zinc fireworks occurs when a human egg is activated by a sperm enzyme, and the size of these "sparks" is a direct measure of the quality of the egg and its ability to develop into an embryo, according to new research from Northwestern Medicine. The discovery has potential to help doctors choose the best eggs to transfer during in vitro fertilization (IVF), the scientists said. This is the first time the zinc sparks have been documented in a human egg. "This means if you can look at the zinc spark at the time of fertilization, you...
  • Bright flash of light marks incredible moment life begins when sperm meets egg

    04/26/2016 10:06:18 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 46 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 26 APRIL 2016 | Sarah Knapton
    Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing fireworks on film. An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception. Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other animals but it is the first time is has been also shown to happen in humans. Not only is it an incredible spectacle, highlighting the very moment that a new life begins, the size of the flash can be used to determine the quality of the fertilised egg. Researchers...
  • Bright flash of light marks incredible moment life begins when sperm meets egg

    04/26/2016 11:47:31 AM PDT · by jennychase · 9 replies
    telegraph ^ | 4/26/2016 | Sarah Knaptong
    Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing fireworks on film. An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception. Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other animals but it is the first time is has been also shown to happen in humans.
  • Bright flash of light marks incredible moment life begins when sperm meets egg

    04/26/2016 7:36:17 AM PDT · by Trump-a-licious · 148 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 26 APRIL 2016 11:49AM | Sarah Knapton
    Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing fireworks on film. An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception.
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks there's a 'very high' chance the universe is just a simulation

    04/24/2016 7:20:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/22/2016 | Kevin Loria
    We trust the scientists around us to have the best grasp on how the world actually works. So at this year's 2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History, which addressed the question of whether the universe is a simulation, the answers from some panelists may be more comforting than the responses from others. Physicist Lisa Randall, for example, said that she thought the odds that the universe isn't "real" are so low as to be "effectively zero." A satisfying answer for those who don't want to sit there puzzling out what it would mean for...
  • Is our universe FAKE? Physicists claim we could all be the playthings of an advanced civilisation

    08/04/2015 6:57:14 PM PDT · by dennisw · 116 replies
    dailymail ^ | 4 August 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Physicists say there is a possibility that our world is merely a simulation They claim there may be evidence of this if only we know where to look For instance, some of the laws of physics may not quite add up, they say The year is 2050 and super-intelligent robots have taken over the planet. Except you have no idea, because you're living in a computer simulation, depicting what life was like in 2015. Everything you see and touch right now has been created by robotic overlords who are using humanity as playthings in their virtual game. That's the radical...
  • Brain research results in better understanding of behavior

    02/16/2014 2:40:31 PM PST · by usalady · 12 replies
    Examiner ^ | February 16, 2014 | Martha
    As neuroscientists from around the world continue to unravel brain processes they include a multidisciplinary approach that goes beyond the brain cells. New research has used neurobiology and nano-scale engineering to study neural circuits and their link to behavior.
  • Are we living in a HOLOGRAM? Physicists believe our universe just a projection of another cosmos

    12/16/2013 3:47:30 AM PST · by NYer · 74 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 12, 2013 | ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD
    The universe is a hologram and everything you can see - including this article and the device you are reading it on - is a mere projection. This is according to a controversial model proposed in 1997 by theoretical physicist Juan Maldacena.Until now the bizarre theory had never been tested, but recent mathematical models suggest that the mind-boggling principle could be true.Professor Maldacena's model suggests that the universe exists in nine dimensions of space and one of time.Now Japanese researchers have attempted to tackle this problem by providing mathematical evidence that the holographic principle might be correct, according to a...
  • Fermilab will measure smallest details of space time and test if the universe is a hologram in 2011

    10/26/2010 7:41:26 AM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 52 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | October 27, 2010 | Next Big Future
    If you "lived inside" a hologram, you could tell by measuring the blurring. Fermilab is building a interferometer to test space time for holographic blurring. Possible consequence of holography Hypothesis: observable correlations are encoded on light sheets and limited by information capacity of a Planck wavelength carrier (Planck information flux limit) Predicts uncertainty in position at Planck diffraction scale
  • Caltech Neuroscientists Find Brain Region Responsible for Our Sense of Personal Space

    08/30/2009 5:54:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,159+ views
    Finding could offer insight into autism and other disorders Related Links: Dr. Ralph Adolphs Pasadena, Calif.—In a finding that sheds new light on the neural mechanisms involved in social behavior, neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have pinpointed the brain structure responsible for our sense of personal space.The discovery, described in the August 30 issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience, could offer insight into autism and other disorders where social distance is an issue.The structure, the amygdala—a pair of almond-shaped regions located in the medial temporal lobes—was previously known to process strong negative emotions, such as anger and...
  • Our world may be a giant hologram

    01/18/2009 4:47:55 PM PST · by Crimson Elephant · 54 replies · 2,350+ views
    New Scientist ^ | January 15th, 2009 | Marcus Chown
    DRIVING through the countryside south of Hanover, it would be easy to miss the GEO600 experiment. From the outside, it doesn't look much: in the corner of a field stands an assortment of boxy temporary buildings, from which two long trenches emerge, at a right angle to each other, covered with corrugated iron. Underneath the metal sheets, however, lies a detector that stretches for 600 metres. For the past seven years, this German set-up has been looking for gravitational waves - ripples in space-time thrown off by super-dense astronomical objects such as neutron stars and black holes. GEO600 has not...
  • Our world may be a giant hologram

    01/15/2009 10:56:37 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies · 1,116+ views
    newscientist.com ^ | January 15, 2009 | Marcus Chown
    DRIVING through the countryside south of Hanover, it would be easy to miss the GEO600 experiment. From the outside, it doesn't look much: in the corner of a field stands an assortment of boxy temporary buildings, from which two long trenches emerge, at a right angle to each other, covered with corrugated iron. Underneath the metal sheets, however, lies a detector that stretches for 600 metres. For the past seven years, this German set-up has been looking for gravitational waves - ripples in space-time thrown off by super-dense astronomical objects such as neutron stars and black holes. GEO600 has not...
  • Does Chaos Rule the Cosmos?

    10/12/2006 9:53:30 PM PDT · by phoenix0468 · 7 replies · 353+ views
    Discover ^ | November 1992 | Ian Stewart
    Science has long been based on the notion that law and order rule the universe. When primitive people looked at the sky, they could make sense of what they saw only by attributing it to the whims of powerful gods. But in the sixteenth century the German astronomer Johannes Kepler reduced the motion of the planets to three simple laws that guided them along elliptical orbits. His work led Isaac Newton to discover a law of gravitation that applied to any object in the universe. The universe, scientists subsequently assumed, is a predictable, clockwork system. Some parts are more complex...
  • Breaking Through Conventional Scientific Paradigm

    07/16/2006 4:45:40 PM PDT · by walford · 76 replies · 2,530+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | July 3, 2006 | Nataly Teplitsky, Ph.D.
    "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods." Albert Einstein The general, historical dialogue between religion and science goes back a long wayat least to Plato, Aristotle, and Leibniz. Before the 17th century, the goals of science were wisdom, understanding the natural order, and living in harmony with it. Ever since the "quantum revolution" of about 70 years ago, various scientists have been finding the intriguing parallels between their results and certain mystical-transcendental religions. Heisenberg, Bohr, Schroedinger, Eddington, Einsteinall held a mystical, spiritual...
  • Creation - Holographic Universe...An Open Discussion On Existing

    01/14/2002 8:14:36 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 197 replies · 2,152+ views
    crystalinks.com ^ | 1/14/02 | Author Unknown
    Creation - Holographic Universe The Universe as a Hologram Author Unknown In 1982 a remarkable event took place. At the University of Paris a research team led by physicist Alain Aspect performed what may turn out to be one of the most important experiments of the 20th century. You did not hear about it on the evening news. In fact, unless you are in the habit of reading scientific journals you probably have never even heard Aspect's name, though there are some who believe his discovery may change the face of science. Aspect and his team discovered that under certain ...
  • Bible removed from POW display at Wright-Patterson medical center [FU Mikey Weinstein]

    04/11/2016 3:20:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 4/11/16 | Barrie Barber
    Wright-Patterson Medical Center has removed a Bible from a POW/MIA display after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation lodged a complaint, according to a base spokesperson. Mikey Weinstein, MRFF founder and president, said in a telephone interview today the organization was contacted by 31 people who objected to the Bible as part of the table display and 10 of those who complained were identified as Christians. They objected very clearly that having the Christian Bible on that table provided supremacy to one faith over all the other faiths and since these are government facilities thats a direct violation of the no...
  • A Whole Field of Psychology Research May Be Bunk. Scientists Should Be Terrified.

    03/08/2016 6:01:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies
    Slate ^ | March 7, 2016 | Daniel Engber
    [SNIP]The diminution of the Big Idea isnt easy to accept,even for those willing to concede that there are major problems in their field.An ego depletion optimist might acknowledge that psychology studies tend to be too small to demonstrate a real effect,or that scientists like to futz around with their statistics until the answers come out right.(None of this implies deliberate fraud;just that sloppy standards prevail.)Still,the optimist would say,it seems unlikely that such mistakes would propagate so thoroughly throughout a single literature,and that so many noisy,spurious results could line up quite so perfectly.If all these successes came about by random chance,then...
  • The Muratorian fragment, dated 170 A.D., affirms 22 out of 27 New Testament books

    03/24/2016 5:42:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    Wintery Knight ^ | 03/19/2016
    The Muratorian fragment / The Muratorian canon (click for larger image) I sometimes hear this odd objection that the books that were to be included in the Bible were not decided until the 4th century. I think it comes from some Hollywood movie, or maybe a TV show. Anyway, this post should help fix that myth.I’m going to quote from New Testament expert Dr. Michael J. Kruger from his blog.He writes: One of the key data points in any discussion of canon is something called the Muratorian fragment (also known as the Muratorian canon). This fragment, named after its discoverer...
  • Greek Gods And Those Who Doubted Them

    11/14/2005 1:54:01 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 902+ views
    Redlands Daily Facts ^ | 11-14-2005 | Gregory Elder
    Greek gods and those who doubted them Gregory Elder For the Daily Facts It was a bad day in the year 406 B.C. Euripides, an elderly playwright, was wandering around the palace, skulking in his gloom. For decades he had dedicated himself to the theater and written and directed more than 90 plays, performed before thousands of people. Yet for all his pains, he had won prizes for only three of his dramas, a minuscule number compared to his rivals Sophocles and Aeschylus. More than once, he had been held up to public ridicule by the tart-tongued comedian Aristophanes. In...
  • 1,100 year-old Denmark crucifix may change history

    03/17/2016 12:25:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    www.thelocal.dk ^ | 03-17-2016 | Staff
    A cross discovered by an amateur Danish archaeologist may "change history" according to an expert, who believes the cross may date from before Christianity is thought to have reached Denmark. An amateur archaeologist on the island of Funen made a startling discovery last week a necklace resembling Jesus on the cross. But after posting a picture of the discovery on Facebook, Dennis Fabricius Holm quickly found that the item may have a lot more significance than he had initially thought. I finished work early last Friday, so I decided to spend a couple of hours searching with my metal...
  • The Surprisingly Early History of Christianity in India

    03/13/2016 10:17:54 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 16 replies
    smithsonianmag.com ^ | FEBRUARY 19, 2016 | Paul Zacharia; Photographs by Lynn Johnson
    Modern Syrian Christians of Kerala (the majority Christian population here) believe that the Apostle Thomasthe one who so famously questioned Jesusvisited here in a.d. 52 and baptized their forefathers. Historians surmise that the diverse, rich trading center of Kerala may well have drawn this Palestinian Jew of the Roman Empire who wished to preach the Gospel. Thousands of churches today bear his name, their rituals and theology derived from Eastern Orthodox traditions in the liturgical language Syriac, a formation of Aramaic, the dialect Jesusand Thomasspoke. For decades now, the liturgical language of Kerala Christians has been Malayalam, the language of...
  • Hampton Court Vespers Mark First Catholic Service Since Reformation

    02/09/2016 7:23:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    (Vatican Radio) English Cardinal Vincent Nichols will preside at Vespers in the Chapel Royal of Hampton Court Palace on Tuesday, for the first Catholic service to be held there in over 450 years. The Anglican bishop of London Richard Chartres will preach the sermon at the service, which will be preceded by a conversation between the two Church leaders, focusing on the history and unique musical tradition of the Chapel Royal. World renowned ensemble 'The Sixteen' which specializes in early English polyphonic music, will perform works from the Reformation period, highlighting how - in the cardinal's words - "music can...
  • Belief in all-knowing, punitive gods aided the growth of human societies, study says

    02/11/2016 12:45:38 PM PST · by Reeses · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/10/2016 | Amina Khan, cheap labor reporter
    Belief in moral-watching, all-knowing, punitive gods might have helped human societies grow far beyond small, close-knit groups, a new study shows. Researchers who ran an experiment with a total of 591 people in eight different small-scale societies around the world found that people who believed their deity of choice knew about their misdeeds and would punish them were more likely to play fairly in a game where money was on the line. The findings, described in the journal Nature, hint at the integral role that certain religious beliefs may have played in the dramatic expansion of human societies.
  • Sick and Tired of ‘God Bless America’

    02/08/2016 8:20:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/08/2016 | Susan Jacoby
    THE population of nonreligious Americans -- including atheists, agnostics and those who call themselves "nothing in particular" -- stands at an all-time high this election year. Americans who say religion is not important in their lives and who do not belong to a religious group, according to Pew Research Center, have risen in numbers from an estimated 21 million in 2008 to more than 36 million now. Despite the extraordinary swiftness and magnitude of this shift, our political campaigns are still conducted as if all potential voters were among the faithful. The presumption is that candidates have everything to gain...
  • How religious schools led to the decline of Arabic science

    01/21/2016 6:54:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Patheos ^ | January 14, 2016 | Epiphenom
    The world’s first scientific renaissance took place not in Italy, but in the Arab world. The period between the 9th and 11th centuries AD, when Islam took hold of a band of territory strategy from Spain in the West through to what is now Pakistan, saw an extraordinary intellectual flowering. Scientists in the Arab world during this period made important advances in fields as varied as astronomy, mathematics, medicine and optics – advances that fed into and stimulated the later European Renaissance. Which makes it all the stranger that modern Islamic nations have such a lamentable record in science. Where...
  • “This is war against the Church” - Greek hierarchs on decision cremation in Greece

    01/21/2016 1:22:40 PM PST · by NRx · 26 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 01-21-2016
    Athens, January 21, 2016 Hierarchs of the Church of Greece have commented on the decision of local authorities to open a crematorium in the city of Patras, reports AgionOros. Bishop Chrysanthos stressed that "the war against the Church is now being waged openly. Cremation and other manifestations of the new morality (for example, "free cohabitation", civil partnerships and so on) have nothing to do with the Orthodox tradition of Greece". *** Metropolitan Justin of Kalamaria, commenting on the decision to open the crematorium, said: "Many claim that the Church should care for people's souls only and leave the body alone....
  • British police raid pub in search for 'Holy Grail'

    08/07/2014 11:25:42 PM PDT · by goeken · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/7/2014 | William James
    LONDON (Reuters) - British police raided an English country pub this week in search of a stolen wooden relic believed by some to be the Holy Grail - a cup from which, according to the Bible, Jesus is said to have drunk at his final meal before crucifixion.
  • Vatican spokesman: Islam teaches “non-violence in the name of God”

    How could an organization that claims to speak for God and to be led by the Holy Spirit be so indefatigably committed to a lie? For it isn’t only Bruno Forte: the Pope has said the same thing, and it’s the official policy of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which winks at dissent on any number of actual Church teachings, but moves ruthlessly to suppress voices that dare to suggest that maybe Islam is not a Religion of Peace. It appears as if protecting the image of Islam is more important to Church leaders today than teaching the contents...
  • Scalia: Establishment clause doesn’t require government to favor secularism over religion

    01/04/2016 8:07:36 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Which is obvious to anyone not intentionally misreading it. The real news here is not that Antonin Scalia said this, but that it’s the slightest bit controversial. But that’s not something that happened overnight. The secular left and their media servants have spent decades pushing the idea that the establishment clause is about protecting the non-religious from maniacal Jesus freaks - especially the nightmare scenario in which the Jesus freaks get a job with any public entity and are guided in any decision by biblical principles. Scalia is a man who actually knows about the founding of the nation and...
  • Historic Vatican accord with Palestine takes effect

    01/02/2016 11:10:19 AM PST · by SaveFerris · 29 replies
    Yahooooo ^ | 2 hours ago | AFP
    Vatican City (AFP) - The Vatican's first accord with the Palestinians -- an agreement that Israel has attacked as counter-productive to the Middle East peace process -- has come into force, the Holy See announced Saturday. The accord was signed in June, just over two years after the Roman Catholic Church recognised the Palestinian territories as a sovereign state in February 2013. The accord covers the operation of the Church in areas of the Holy Land under Palestinian control but its significance has been seen in broader terms as a symbol of growing international backing for a Palestinian state. "With...
  • Syria's mysterious Dead Cities

    01/14/2010 7:09:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 678+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday January 9, 2010 | Kevin Rushby
    The stone window ledge has two rows of seven shallow depressions cut into it, and I am sitting next to them, trying to remember where on earth I've seen this pattern before. Far away, beyond the massive fortifications and the moat, are the white-capped mountains of Lebanon. I had not expected to see so much snow around, but then Syria throws up surprises all the time. Even this 12th-century crusader castle, Krak des Chevaliers, a fabulous place long picked over by archaeologists and historians, is full of mysteries. Like the timeworn inscription I found tucked away in a corner: "Ceso:...
  • Is this the first EVER finished Koran? Fragments at Birmingham University may belong to the original

    Fragments of the oldest Koran in existence, which were discovered at a British university library, could be from the original copy of the Muslim holy book. Leading academic Jamal bin Huwareib believes the pages found at Birmingham University earlier this year are from the first assembled Koran by the Prophet Muhammad's close friend Abu Bakr. The pages, thought to be between 1,448 and 1,371 years old, were discovered bound within the pages of another Koran from the late seventh century at the university's library. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3373020/Is-finished-Koran.html#ixzz3vJuIrw7F Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Inside the abandoned City of Libraries

    09/02/2015 4:02:19 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1st September 2015 | Michael Huniewicz
    'The desert city of Chinguetti, sinking ever-deeper under the sands of the Sahara, is the last place in the world you would expect to find a library. Yet this crumbling outpost in the west-African country of Mauritania is home to around 6,000 rare books and manuscripts, including some of the oldest Koranic texts in existence which date back to the 9th Century. It was once the prosperous and bustling trade centre of several 'trans-Sahara' trade routes. Traders from all over Europe, north-Africa and the Levant would stop in Chinguetti before moving on to sub-Saharan Africa. There, they would rub shoulders...
  • The Yemeni Koran

    12/14/2009 5:55:25 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 975+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 12-14-09 | Jamie Glazov/Robert Spencer/Moorthy Muthuswamy.
    Explosive ramifications result from new evidence revealing the Muslim holy book has undergone a textual evolution Frontpage Interviews guests today are Robert Spencer and Moorthy Muthuswamy. Moorthy Muthuswamy is an expert on terrorism in India. He grew up in India, where he had firsthand experience with political Islam and jihad. He moved to America in 1984 to pursue graduate studies. In 1992, he received a doctorate in nuclear physics from Stony Brook University, New York. Since 1999 he has extensively published ideas on neutralizing political Islams terror war as it is imposed on unbelievers. He is the author of the...
  • Higher Criticism of the Koran Resisted

    11/02/2009 5:50:14 PM PST · by Tefilo · 13 replies · 547+ views
    Folks, Sandro Magister, the world-renowned vaticanista, hosted in his website an exchange between Muslim theologian Aref Ali Nayed and the Catholic Islamologist Michel Cuypers which I think you should read. The subject of the exchange is one that Ive covered repeatedly in these humble folios, having to do with the need for a higher criticism of the Koran in order to know, expose, and study its literary genres, its historical context, the oral traditions that converged in its formation, and the phases in its redaction that gave us the text as we read it today. Of course, such an...
  • Brass tacks discussion on Islam

    11/18/2015 8:12:10 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 238 replies
    Ok, let's get down to brass tacks. How long has the Islam religion been around and have they always been so hateful and violent (like so many of them are today)? I believe they claim to be direct descendants of Abraham but I also believe that Abraham was a favorite of our one true Judeo-Christian God, and was the father or grandfather of the Jewish and Christian religions. I have a hard time believing that our loving Judeo-Christian God is also the Islam God, Allah, whose Muslim followers seem to be so misplaced. Haven't the warlike Muslim tribes fanned out...
  • 'Birmingham Koran' fragment could shake Islam, carbon-dating suggests it is OLDER than Muhammad

    09/01/2015 6:46:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09/01/2015 | By JENNIFER NEWTON
    The 'Birmingham Koran' fragment that could shake Islam after carbon-dating suggests it is OLDER than the Prophet Muhammad Fragments of the oldest Koran were discovered last month in BirminghamCarbon dating found the pages were produced between 568AD and 654AD But several historians now say that the parchment may predate MuhammadThey believe that this discovery could rewrite the early history of Islam Fragments of the world's oldest Koran, found in Birmingham last month, may predate the Prophet Muhammad and could even rewrite the early history of Islam, according to scholars.The pages, thought to be between 1,448 and 1,371 years old, were...
  • THE BBC REALLY WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE THE QURAN IS AUTHENTIC [Will bend truth to convince you]

    07/23/2015 8:07:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/23/2015 | Robert Spencer
    The BBC announced enthusiastically Wednesday that what may be the worlds oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham. This news is not only of interest to scholars and Muslim intellectuals; it appears to buttress the Islamic claim that the Qurans text has remained unchanged for 1,400 years which is purported to be proof of its divine origin. There is only one problem with all this: the BBC article raises more questions than it answers, and reveals more about the wishful thinking of the academic and media establishments than it does about the...
  • 'Oldest' Koran Fragments Found in Birmingham University

    07/22/2015 1:16:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 22 July 2015 | Sean Coughlan
    What may be the world's oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham. Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence. The pages of the Muslim holy text had remained unrecognised in the university library for almost a century. The British Library's expert on such manuscripts, Dr Muhammad Isa Waley, said this "exciting discovery" would make Muslims "rejoice". The manuscript had been kept with a collection of other Middle Eastern books and documents, without being identified as one of the oldest fragments of the...
  • Science vs. scientism: a necessary distinction

    12/21/2015 9:28:05 AM PST · by Heartlander · 8 replies
    sbts.edu ^ | 12/1/2015 | J. Daniel McDonald
    Science vs. scientism: a necessary distinction J. Daniel McDonald — December 1, 2015 We all have those TV shows that define our childhood - shows that captured our little minds and imaginations. For me, it was Sesame Street (don't laugh; some of you watched Barney), Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, and Dukes of Hazzard. While I have no interest in these shows now, I look upon them with a sense of nostalgia because they represent, in part, may days as a young tike whose greatest concerns were snack time and Hot Wheels.A show that many of our Boyce students (and Southern students?)...
  • A Fight for the Soul of Science (physicists, philosophers debate boundaries of science)

    12/17/2015 10:01:58 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 28 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 12/16/15 | Natalie Wolchover
    A Fight for the Soul of Science String theory, the multiverse and other ideas of modern physics are potentially untestable. At a historic meeting in Munich, scientists and philosophers asked: should we trust them anyway? Laetitia Vancon for Quanta MagazinePhysicists George Ellis (center) and Joe Silk (right) at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich on Dec. 7. By: Natalie WolchoverDecember 16, 2015 Comments (17) Share this: facebooktwitterredditmail PDF Print Physicists typically think they “need philosophers and historians of science like birds need ornithologists,” the Nobel laureate David Gross told a roomful of philosophers, historians and physicists last week in Munich, Germany,...
  • 6 Shocking New Discoveries About Jesus of Nazareth

    12/22/2015 11:32:34 AM PST · by amorphous · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 22 Dec 2015 | Robert J. Hutchinson
    The entrance to the Mary of Nazareth International Center in central Nazareth doesn't look like much. It's just a simple doorway off narrow Casa Nova Street, a few hundred yards from the Basilica of the Annunciation. Yet inside this recently built Catholic evangelism center lies an amazing discovery that has sent shockwaves through the world of Biblical archaeology: the remains of a first-century stone house reliably dated to the early Roman period in Palestine. The Nazareth excavations are the first concrete archaeological proof that Nazareth was settled in the time of Jesus - and, judging from the limestone cups found...
  • Saint Nicholas and the Origins of Santa Claus

    12/21/2015 9:34:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Ligonier.org ^ | 12/21/15 | Stephen Nichols
    ....The legend behind Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas, the fourth-century bishop of Myra. His hat was the bishop’s mitre. Nicholas was born in modern day Turkey to a rather wealthy family. Losing his parents at a young age, Nicholas dedicated both his fortune and his life to the Christian church. Very quickly he was appointed the bishop of Myra, on the southern coast of modern day Turkey.
  • 12 December AD 639: The Islamic Conquest of Christian (Coptic) Egypt Began

    12/11/2015 8:18:45 AM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    On Coptic Nationalism ^ | 12-11-2015 | OCN
    The Arab Conquest of Egypt was largely complete by the summer of 642 AD, and on the 17 September the Romans of the Byzantine Empire evacuated Alexandria, the capital of the Egyptian Province, and handed it over to the invading Arabs and Muslims. The Arab occupation of Egypt had started a little more than three years earlier. The first time the invading Arabs touched with their feet the sacred Egyptian soil was in 639 AD. Arab chronology of the Arab Conquest of Egypt is generally not to be trusted as prominent historians have more than once observed; however, there is...
  • Tiny 2,700-year-old royal seal of Judah's king Hezekiah found in ancient rubbish dump in Jerusalem

    12/09/2015 8:50:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/09/2015 | By RICHARD GRAY
    * The oval piece of clay bears the symbol of a winged sun and hieroglyphs * Archaeologists said it was the private seal of the biblical King Hezekiah * During his rule, the Kingdom of Judah saw its power rise dramatically * The seal has provided new clues about Hezekiah's life and politics ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A 2,700-year-old royal seal bearing the mark of the biblical King Hezekiah has been unearthed in Jerusalem. The tiny oval piece of clay bears the impression of a sun with two wings turned downward, flanked by two ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs that symbolise 'life'. King Hezekiah's rule...
  • Religious scholar finds ancient New Testament papyrus on eBay for $99

    12/09/2015 8:45:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    NewOK ^ | 11/25/2015 | Herb Scribner, Deseret News
    You could have bought an ancient religious text online for less than $100. That text was an ancient Greek papyrus fragment of the Gospel of John (likely John 1:50-51), and was listed on eBay with an opening bid of $99, according to The New York Times. The papyrus -- called the "Willoughby Papyrus" since it belonged to Harold Willoughby, a University of Chicago professor, according to the eBay listing -- didn’t stay there for long. Dr. Geoffrey Smith, who researches Christianity at the University of Texas, contacted the seller and asked if he could research the fragment, The Times reported....
  • A Carved Stone Block Upends Assumptions About Ancient Judaism

    12/08/2015 7:32:46 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 47 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/8/15 | Isabel Kershner
    BEIT SHEMESH, Israel — The carved stone block is about the size of an occasional table. It has held its secrets for two millenniums. Whoever engraved its enigmatic symbols was apparently depicting the ancient Jewish temples. But what makes the stone such a rare find in biblical archaeology, according to scholars, is that when it was carved, the Second Temple still stood in Jerusalem for the carver to see. The stone is a kind of ancient snapshot. And it is upending some long-held scholarly assumptions about ancient synagogues and their relationship with the Temple, a center of Jewish pilgrimage and...