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New Scientist: God not-botherers - Religious apathy reigns.

As the prime minister said in his next breath: ‘faith is neither necessary nor sufficient for morality’ – a position many biologists would agree with. Morality arises from the workings of our social brains. And our exploration of the world around us helps us frame moral codes that reflect the world as it is, not as we imagine it to be.” Again, my italic emphasis.

05/01/14 • 12:48 PM • PoliticsPsychologyReligionTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: What Does Buddhism Require?

The first is that life is fundamentally unsatisfactory, permeated by suffering of various types, including pain, aging and death and the inability to control one’s own destiny. The second is that this suffering is caused by attraction and aversion — attraction to things one can’t have, and aversion to things one can’t avoid, and that this attraction and aversion is in turn caused by primal confusion about the fundamental nature of reality and a consequent egocentric orientation to the world.” Facebook has much to teach, then.

04/29/14 • 09:50 AM • HistoryReligionSocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Evolutionary Tree of Religion.

No Pastafarians? Flying Spaghetti Monster will withhold his ‘special sauce’.

04/28/14 • 02:42 PM • HistoryReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Archaeology News Network: Early Coptic image of Jesus found at Oxyrhynchus.

Possibly.Among the plant motifs and inscriptions was something special - the ‘figure of a young man, with curly hair, dressed in a short tunic and with his hand raised as if giving a blessing’ …

04/25/14 • 01:00 PM • HistoryReligionScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Net: Medieval bishop’s theory resembles modern concept of multiple universes.

I’ve linked the subject before, but this article has additional fascinating info.

04/25/14 • 10:35 AM • HistoryReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Alin Suciu: Christian Askeland Finds the “Smoking Gun”.

Looks like the “Jesus Wife” papyrus is a not-so-clever forgery.

04/25/14 • 09:31 AM • HistoryReligionScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PacificStandard: What Life Is Like When Having Your Period Means You Are Shunned.

Helping break these taboos would be more rewarding than the usual ‘Eat-Pray-Love’ self-discovery tourism.

04/23/14 • 02:04 PM • HealthHistoryHuman RightsPoliticsPsychologyReligionTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: UK non-Christian claims ‘absurd’, senior Tories say.

Sorry to see the UK drop to American levels of idiocy.

04/22/14 • 09:02 PM • HistoryPoliticsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: Does Kin Selection Explain The Evolution Of Religion?

Kin selection turns on the concept of inclusive fitness, the idea that an organism’s biological fitness derives not only from the direct production of offspring, but also from aiding the reproduction of its other relatives.” My emphasis. Good luck with that in these net-connected personally-disconnected times.

04/22/14 • 11:07 AM • PsychologyReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican: Religious pilgrims of diverse backgrounds trek to Chimayó.

Today is Good Friday, the day to walk your spiritual needs to Chimayo for blessings.

04/18/14 • 02:34 PM • HistoryReligionSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Italian Ways: The Sacred Mountain of Varallo, the Jerusalem of Valsesia.

A sort of religious Las Vegas; those who could not, or would not make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem could experience a ‘faithful copy’. You’ve got to see this - scroll down to see all the wooden figures. I’ve never seen this before, never knew it existed.

04/16/14 • 11:23 AM • ArtsReligionTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

LA Times: Hollywood tries to win Christians’ faith.

Religious moviegoers may be actively searching out more spiritually engaging content, but they remain on high alert for perceived distortions of biblical doctrine or any attempt at a bait and switch.” If they like Noah, it puts the lie to ‘bait and switch’. Magic sleeping draught herbs indeed ...

04/14/14 • 09:22 AM • EntertainmentReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Pew: U.S. doesn’t rank high in religious diversity.

Hmmm, I’d like to see it plotted against other stats, like violence, etc.

04/07/14 • 10:51 AM • Human RightsReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Observer.UK: Rev’s church could have been where Romeo and Juliet died.

Some historians hold that the tomb scene in Romeo and Juliet, with its ‘stony’ sepulchre in which the tragic lovers end their lives, has similarities to the decaying, tomb-crowded interior of the church. By Shakespeare’s time, the church was already nearly 500 years old, crammed with crumbling tombs and memorials, some of them dating back to the Crusades.

04/05/14 • 07:24 PM • ArtsBooksReligionScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ArtDaily: Spain’s ‘Holy Grail’ faces sceptical inquisition; Experts say a myth.

Torres and Ortega themselves admitted there are 200 supposed Grails in Europe alone, and attempted to debunk some of those contenders.”  Good luck with that.

04/04/14 • 10:14 AM • HistoryReligionScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: Caleb Crain on Darren Aronofsky’s film ‘Noah’.

Aronofsky thought his Noah needed Watchers, to judge by the screen time he gives them. They’re animated in a style that looks like it’s of Davey and Goliath vintage.” Read the whole thing; sounds overwhelmingly dreadful. Pass.

04/03/14 • 09:34 AM • EntertainmentReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Scientist: Shroud of Turin depicts Y-shaped crucifixion.

Whoever made the Shroud must have been a skilled forger to create the correct blood spatter for a crucifixion. The alternative is that they made the right pattern by chance.

04/03/14 • 09:18 AM • ArtsHistoryReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ArtDaily: Found - Impressive Byzantine period monastery with a spectacular mosaic floor.

The prayer hall is paved with a mosaic on which a pattern of leaves is vibrantly portrayed in blue, red, yellow and green colors. The dining room floor is a colorful mosaic pavement depicting floral motifs, geometric decorations, amphorae, baskets and even a pair of birds.”  Quite lovely.

04/02/14 • 11:02 AM • ArtsHistoryReligionScience • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: Creationists Condemn Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s ‘Cosmos’ for Pro-Evolution Stance

Uh-huh.  All one of them.

03/24/14 • 11:59 AM • ReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Vatican Library to digitise archives with Japanese support.

“The Vatican Library has begun digitising its priceless collection of ancient manuscripts dating from the origins of the Church. The first stage of the project will cover some 3,000 handwritten documents over the next four years. [snip] The 3,000 documents to be scanned digitally over the next four years include copies of works of classical Greek and Latin literature and mediaeval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.”  Can’t wait.

03/20/14 • 06:26 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Civil War Memory: “We Learned How the South Was Right.”

The comments are even more interesting: “An institution trying to sell a first-rate educational experience needs to cite a survey that isn’t fourteen years old. I doubt if most of my students have ever heard of Beavis & Butthead. As I discovered yesterday, I have students who don’t remember 9/11.

03/20/14 • 10:10 AM • ChildhoodHistoryPoliticsReligion • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: How Science Mimics Faith.

“It is likely that some people use their ideas about science to make sense of the world and for emotional compensation in difficult situations in the same way that religious people use their supernatural beliefs. [snip] Our findings suggest that it may be belief itself, regardless of its content, that helps people deal with adverse situations.” The faith itself, not the excuse one uses for it.

03/17/14 • 11:37 AM • PsychologyReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Salon: Gentrifying the dharma: How the 1 percent is hijacking mindfulness.

It’s been a litmus test among some social groups in Santa Fe for a while now.

03/06/14 • 12:17 PM • GeneralPsychologyReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mother Jones: Matthew McConaughey Is Right - Science Does Prove the Value of Gratitude.

A decade of research has defined gratitude as a social emotion that, while related to empathy, is nonetheless distinct from it. Feeling gratitude helps bind us to our groups and communities and enhances social relationships.” An unexpected messenger.

03/04/14 • 11:05 AM • EntertainmentReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Art Newspaper: Turkey plans to rebuild religious school next to Hagia Sophia.

Torn on this one. You know the Hagia Sophia was, once upon a time, the great basilica of Constantinople. New construction might give archaeologists access to the grounds around the structure, and reveal new info.

02/26/14 • 11:33 AM • ArtsHistoryReligionScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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