NPR series on neuroscience studies of brain dealing w/ spiritual virtuosos, near-death experience,the god chemical, the god spot, etc. "More than half of adult Americans report they have had a spiritual experience that changed their lives. Now, scientists from universities like Harvard, Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins are using new technologies to analyze the brains of people who claim they have touched the spiritual — from Christians who speak in… Read More
Added by Denita on July 29, 2009 at 7:44pm —
While your mind has been kept confused and bemused about the long distant past, you have ignored the present and near future.
Evolution is a process that takes tens of thousands of years if not millions. Evolution is the process of accident. Do you really think that Man will sit idly by and wait? Why should he?
Today, and certainly tomorrow, Man can direct what would have been evolution toward his preference. But in reality, why should… Read More
Added by James S Saint on July 26, 2009 at 1:00pm —
This is today's reading from 365 Tao,
a book by Taoist author, graphic designer, and martial artist Deng Ming-Dao:
“[Day] 207:::: Evolution:
Organic molecules from cosmic clouds,
Millions of years in the midst of eternity.
We sprang from the primordial;
Our spirituality came in the evolution.
There is strong evidence that human beings evolved from basic early molecules.
Those molecules were formed from… Read More
Added by Zijan on July 26, 2009 at 8:44am —
We at RG believe that our most high God is Reality itself to which we refer as ATWI, Reality, or GOD. We distinguish GOD from other concepts of God such as the All Encompassing Principle of Reality (AEPR - much the same as the true Unified Field Theory), the invisible, mystical, and magical God of legend, the acclaimed Son(s) of God, and others yet we do not exclude their possible or even probable existence. But we accept that above all possible Gods, Reality (ATWI) reigns supreme and above… Read More
Added by James S Saint on July 17, 2009 at 11:30pm —
I was there! Kirshgoens, FRG in 1981. I know what we were doing, and what the USSR was doing. I know what my German friends said about the East, and their family stuck there. I know the old folks coming out w/ drinks and snacks when we were on manuvers, still grateful that we stopped their push East at Berlin. Obama has trashed every vet that stood the line from Hitler's death and the fall of the Berlin Wall.… Read More
Added by Jeff H on July 13, 2009 at 1:19pm —
If a Mosque is bombed... it makes a big splash on the news. A Christian Chruch... No big deal, right? Only the smallest of mentions made on the wires...
7 Iraqi Churches Bombed Within 48 Hours
A church in Mosul… Read More
Added by Jeff H on July 13, 2009 at 12:42pm —
I recently read an essay which raised the question: What is the point of prayer?
This question reminded me that, decades ago, as a newly ordained minister I was having a problem understanding the nature and function of prayer. Because of this, I decided to pray about praying. This idea came to me--perhaps from G0D. It came in the form of a brief comment and a question:
An inner voice said to me: Instead of giving G0D a list of all the awful things that… Read More
Added by RevLGKing on July 13, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Also see Discussion Forum - In Religion 2.0, Will the Role of Women Change - more
At the recent Congress of World and Traditional Religions
, the following people were invited to make presentations on a variety of important topics.…
Added by Kernel John on July 8, 2009 at 8:00pm —
Enter no conflicts with fanatics unless you can diffuse them. Oppose a religion with another religion only if your proofs (miracles) are irrefutable or if you can mesh in a way that the fanatics accept you as god-inspired. This has long been the barrier to science assuming a mantle of divine revelation. Science is so obviously man-made. Fanatics (and many are fanatic on one subject or another) must know where you stand, but more important, must recognize who whispers in your ear.
Added by jared milaskey on July 7, 2009 at 3:53pm —
The world's oldest Bible, the Codex Sinaiticus, with chapters previously scattered across the planet, is now available, in its entirety, online. There are images of the ancient pages, with holes, in scraps. No English translation is currently on the website.
Very cool to look at. Even on a website, there is a certain power and mystery. Interesting how, over centuries, the manuscript was changed, lines inserted, words changed, etc.… Read More
Added by Denita on July 6, 2009 at 5:00pm —
Agree to it.
By agreeing to die and be replaced, the gene pool becomes neither of the fittest nor of the most fitted, but of those who tend to agree to die for sake of their replacement. As the numbers of those who agree to give in to being replaced increases, those who fight to stay alive become out numbered and defeated by the mass and momentum of complacency thus are neither fitted nor the fittest. Those remaining fade away.
Evolution cannot work… Read More
Added by James S Saint on July 5, 2009 at 4:12pm —
Two together in harmony are greater than one alone.
1) If I were to genuinely and diligently try to help optimize your awareness of whatever helps you survive, would you consider doing the same for me?
2) If I were to genuinely and diligently try to help optimize your understanding of whatever helps you survive, would you consider doing the same for me?
3) If I were to genuinely and diligently try to help you optimize your feelings toward the hope and need… Read More
Added by James S Saint on July 5, 2009 at 12:30pm —
U.S. Evangelicals join the nuclear-weapon-free world movement
By Rev. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson | 6 May 2009
* The recently launched Two Futures Project is a collection of young Evangelicals who are dedicated to working toward a nuclear-weapon-free world.
* Although Evangelicals traditionally have supported… Read More
Added by Denita on July 4, 2009 at 5:11am —
The best conversations are those in which the connection between the receiver and transmitter understand each other without words. Humans have evolved to use material mechanisms; chisel and stone, dynamic extended markup language, PDA's, pencil and paper, phonographs, Dictaphones, blackberry's, etc. the list goes on. This reliance of technology is widespread because the underlying code creating a connection for communication is trusted. This technical trust humans have with a machine to… Read More
Added by The Grilled Cheese Gang on July 3, 2009 at 3:00pm —
The Connection Manifesto
Added by The Grilled Cheese Gang on July 3, 2009 at 11:30am —
From an international conference of paleontologists, a brave and curious group take a field trip to the Creation Museum.
June 30, 2009
Paleontology and Creationism Meet but Don’t Mesh
By KENNETH CHANG
PETERSBURG, Ky. — Tamaki Sato was confused by the dinosaur exhibit. The placards described the various dinosaurs as originating from different geological periods — the stegosaurus from the Upper Jurassic, the heterodontosaurus from the Lower Jurassic, the… Read More
Added by Denita on July 2, 2009 at 11:44am —
To be fair, this is one of my favorite websites. If you are interested, I have an RSS feed on my page for them here: http://arstechnica.com/
There are two competing ideas on the process that governs the formation and maintenance of beliefs: 1) people maintain a belief because they have limited access to opposing beliefs, or 2) because they actively filter information in a way that avoids… Read More
Added by Dane on July 2, 2009 at 3:08am —
The older I get, the more this sinks in. There are no rules. There are only self-imposed limits. There are only social mores. There are only those things that we judge ourselves by that we think others will judges us by a the same time..
Am I missing something? In all my activities honorable and unhonorable, I've yet to hit a hard and fast wall of behavior. I've yet to come to a point at which anybody reaches their 'limit'. I've yet to see anyone, and I mean anyone, come to a point… Read More
Added by Dane on July 2, 2009 at 2:49am —