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  • Did Muhammad Ever Really Live?

    09/19/2008 5:25:25 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 31 replies · 978+ views
    A number of Islamic associations have put a quick end to their collaboration with a professor -- and trainer of people who are supposed to teach Islam in German high schools -- who has expressed his doubt that Muhammad ever lived. Islam scholar Michael Marx spoke with SPIEGEL ONLINE about what lies behind the debate and the historical person of the Prophet.
  • Work Begins to Try to Save Christianity’s Holiest Shrine: Jesus’ Tomb

    06/23/2016 6:44:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/20/16 | William Booth
    JERUSALEM — Work has begun to save the holiest shrine in Christendom. It won’t be a simple patch-and-paint job. This is the alpha and omega of restoration projects. They are going to repair Jesus’ tomb — with titanium bolts. Over the next nine months, a team of Greek conservationists will restore the collapsing chapel built above and around the burial cave where the faithful believe that Jesus was buried and rose from the dead after the Crucifixion. To fix the chapel, which is buckling under its own weight, the crew will have to enter a few square meters of the...
  • Banned TED Talk: Rupert Sheldrake – The Science Delusion [VIDEO]

    02/13/2015 8:58:43 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 51 replies
    Collective-Evolution.com ^ | 20APR2013 | Joe Martino
    Rupert Sheldrake is a fascinating member of the scientific world. The video below is of his TED talk where he covers “The Science Delusion.” This TED talk was controversially censored by the TED community after being aired. If you have studied any area of science on your own or in school, you may have noticed or have come across the fact that there are many differing beliefs in the scientific world. While this statement seems impossible given that science is supposed to be based on evidence which produces theory, it is a delusion not to realize that much of what...
  • "On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ" JAMA Atticle

    04/18/2014 6:40:36 AM PDT · by Oakleaf · 10 replies
    Journal of the American Medical Association ^ | March 21, 1986 | William D. Edwards, MD; Wesley J. Gabel, MDiv; Floyd E. Hosmer, MS, AMI
    ABSTRACT: Jesus of Nazareth underwent Jewish and Roman trials, was flogged, and was sentenced to death by crucifixion. The scourging produced deep stripelike lacerations and appreciable blood loss, and it probably set the stage for hypovolemic shock as evidenced by the fact that Jesus was too weakened to carry the crossbar (patibulum) to Golgotha. At the site of crucifixion his wrists were nailed to the patibulum, and after the patibulum was lifted onto the upright post, (stipes) his feet were nailed to the stipes. The major pathophysiologic effect of crucifixion was an interference with normal respirations. Accordingly, death resulted primarily...
  • Workers will soon enter the tomb of Jesus — and repair the ‘Holy Stone’ with titanium bolts

    06/20/2016 5:06:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 40 replies
    June 20 at 4:20 PM | By William Booth
    The domed chapel at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is called the Holy Edicule and is built above the site where Jesus was believed to have been buried in a tomb. (William Booth/The Washington Post) JERUSALEM — Work has begun to save the holiest shrine in Christendom. It won’t be a simple patch-and-paint job. This is the alpha and omega of restoration projects. They are going to repair Christ’s tomb — with titanium bolts. Over the next nine months, a team of Greek conservationists will restore the collapsing chapel built above and around the burial cave where the faithful...
  • Georgian Church Decides not to Participate in Pan-Orthodox Council

    06/10/2016 6:31:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/10/16
    Tbilisi, June 10, Interfax - The Georgian Orthodox Church will not participate in the Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete which is slated for June 16-27. "This decision was adopted during today's session of the Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church in which the Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia participated," the report of the Georgian Patriarchate said. Ilia II said in February that the Holy Synod rejected the document 'The relation of the Orthodox Church towards the rest of the Christian world' which was prepared for discussion at the Pan-Orthodox Council. The Synod also opposed a number of other documents...
  • Church of Cyprus criticizes opponents of planned Pan-Orthodox Council

    06/10/2016 11:24:01 AM PDT · by NRx
    Interfax ^ | 06-10-2016 | Staff
    Nicosia, June 10, Interfax - The Orthodox Church of Cyprus opposed the idea to postpone the convocation of the Pan-Orthodox Council, which has been prepared for over half a century and has been slated to take place on Crete in late June, the message of the Archbishop Chrysostom of Cyprus said. "We invite all of the local Orthodox Churches to participate in the work of the Holy and Great Council with a spirit of love, humility, and common mind, so that our witness to the world may be fruitful and effective," the message said. The document said that earlier the...
  • Serbian Orthodox Church Refuses to Participate in Pan-Orthodox Council

    06/09/2016 4:44:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/9/16
    Belgrade, June 9, Interfax - The Serbian Orthodox Church joined a number of local Churches which do not consider participation in the Pan-Orthodox Council slated for late June on Crete possible. "Our Church sees obstacles to participation in the Holy and Great Council and proposes to postpone it for the time being," the letter of the Serbian Orthodox Church Synod to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, who is responsible for coordination of the preparations of the Council, said. Before holding this historical event it is necessary to resolve the differences between the local Churches, reach a consensus and revise...
  • Leading cleric says Orthodox Church’s ‘Vatican II’ is a go

    06/08/2016 12:42:39 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    Crux ^ | 06-07-2016 | John L. Allen Jr.
    "Unity is an objective, not a given," says the Rev. John Chryssavgis, an archdeacon and theological adviser to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. "It may be there spiritually and liturgically and sacramentally, but to make it visible is hard, painful, slow work, and it takes time." In a sense, the “Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church”, conceived as a gathering of all the heads of the 14 independent Orthodox churches around the world in Crete June 16-27, has been at least a millennium in the making. More proximately, planning has been underway since 1961, meaning more than a half-century....
  • Bible translated into emojis ‘for millennials’

    05/31/2016 2:50:48 PM PDT · by bkopto · 18 replies
    Breitbart/UPI ^ | 5/31/2016 | staff
    A new translation of the Bible updates the religious text with modern technology, replacing several words with emojis. The digital text titled “Bible Emoji: Scripture 4 Millenials” uses Apple’s vast library of emoticons to retell all 66 books of the Bible in a way intended to relate to young people.
  • Huffington Post: Jesus Was First Transgender Man

    05/21/2016 10:51:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 19, 2016 | 3:21 PM EDT | Maggie McKneely
    The Huffington Post has uncovered a fact that thousands of Biblical scholars and theologians have missed: Jesus was the first transgender man. To HuffPo writer Suzanne Dewitt Hall, “the current flap in conservative Christian circles about bathroom access is a bit baffling.” She claims that God created transgenders in Genesis, after all. […] “The Holy Spirit comes upon the second Eve, and the child takes flesh from her and is born… with XX chromosome pairing. Born genetically female, and yet trans-formed into man.” …
  • An army in Heaven (hospice nurse on deathbed accounts)

    05/20/2016 1:21:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies
    Spirit Daily ^ | May 20, 2016
    A registered nurse who worked in ICU for years and later went into hospice work has logged fascinating deathbed accounts, including glimpses of hell and Heaven and a vision of Jesus that is among the most compelling we have read in this realm of alleged mystical encounters.The nurse, Kelley Jankowski, a mother of six who lives in Maryland, kept a journal and took meticulous notes after listening to what those dying were telling her and has recorded them in a splendidly written, vivid, and credible book, An Army in Heaven -- consoling indeed!There are stories of the simple process...
  • India: Meteor Foils Persecution Attack (Hindus apologize to Christians after celestial event)

    10/30/2003 7:36:32 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 11 replies · 304+ views
    Worthy News ^ | October 30, 2003
    Severe persecution against church planting ministry in India's Orissa State was interrupted with a sign from heaven when a meteor crashed to earth near the Bay of Bengal. Missionaries with an indigenous church-planting ministry had won to Christ and discipled 15 families in a certain village. So in early September the ministry sent builders to construct a church building on a piece of land donated by one of the local believers. Suddenly on the third day of construction about 50 Hindus gathered about 50 yards away, placed a stone there, and said that someone had dreamed they should construct a...
  • Amateur archaeologist finds Denmark’s oldest crucifix

    05/17/2016 8:42:20 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    cphpost.dk ^ | 5-17-16 | Christian W
    When amateur archaeologist Dennis Fabricius Holm got off work early last Friday and decided to spend a couple of hours searching a little field in Funen with his metal detector, little did he know he was about to make history. Holm stumbled across one of the most extraordinary finds in recent times near the little town of Aunslev when he discovered a crucifix that dates back about 1,100 years – Denmark’s oldest crucifix ever found. It could rewrite Danish history. “It’s a completely sensational find that dates back to the first half of the 900s,” Malene Refshauge Beck, a curator...
  • Three of the Oldest Images of Jesus

    05/14/2016 4:50:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 14, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    None of the four Gospels describes Jesus in detail. However, the Christian tradition has nevertheless represented him using different iconographic models. From the beardless and youthful “Alexandrine Christ,” based on classic Greek proportions and canons normally applied to sculpture, to the long-haired and bearded “Syrian Christ” following the Byzantine Empire’s custom, Christendom has always recognized in the image not only a liturgical, cultural related element but also an effective evangelization tool in a world where reading and writing are not widespread skills.Here, we wanted to share with you just three of the earliest images in the Christian tradition, which bear witness to different...
  • A 1500-Year-Old Underground Byzantine Church Is Found in Turkey

    05/11/2016 1:59:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 11, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    Last February, archaeologists unearthed a unique rock-carved underground church in Nevsehir, in the central Turkish region of Cappadocia. The church was decorated with never before seen frescoes depicting Jesus’ Ascension, the Final Judgement, Jesus feeding the multitudes, and portraits of saints and prophets.The discovery, made during excavations and cleaning operations in an underground city recently uncovered as part of an urban project in Nevsehir, is located within a castle that might date back to the fifth century. Authorities expect it will make Cappadocia an even more important pilgrimage center for Orthodox Christians. Semih İstanbulluoğlu, the archaeologist who heads the works for...
  • Freud or Fraud?

    05/06/2016 8:09:37 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | May 10, 200 | Michael Cook
    It's hard to imagine contemporary society without Oedipus complexes, defence mechanisms, Freudian slips, and the psychiatrist's couch. But Catholic, Dutch psychologist Gerard van den Aardweg is not cracking the champagne on Sigmund Freud's 150th birthday. [This is Freud's 160th.] MercatorNet interviews Dr. Van den Aardweg on the impact of Freudian theories on modern psychology and views on sexuality. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was born on May 6, 1856, 150 years ago. In New York, it was Sigmund Freud Day; in Austria, it was Sigmund Freud Year. For his supporters, the 20th century was the Sigmund Freud Century....
  • 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...