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Humans, insects set to OBLITERATE frankincense supply
Science, Etc.
Written by laika   
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 11:59

At The Register:

Scientists are warning that frankincense supplies are failing fast, and that 90 per cent of the world’s supply could be gone in the next 50 years, thanks to some spectacularly unwise men.

Teams from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and Ethiopia have published results from the first large scale study of frankincense production and concluded that human activity and insect attack will cripple the production of what was once one of the most valuable substances known to mankind. It was imported into Europe by Frankish crusaders for use in incense for religious ceremonies, thus the name, and is noted in the bible as one of the gifts for the infant Jesus.

QB Tim Tebow: 'New Construct of Manhood'
News, Culture, Society
Written by Judson Roberts   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 11:01


Many evangelicals say they have drawn scorn for bringing faith into the public square, and in [Tim] Tebow they see someone rebuffing critics who wish he’d stop talking about Jesus Christ. They see a courageous ambassador who leads an exceptionally honorable life – a virgin in adulthood, an advocate for disadvantaged children – and they credit the power of Christ within him.

“He has the following that he does, and people are interested in his story from a Christian perspective, because we [Christians] have been attacked in the media, in the entertainment world and in politics,” says Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, a Christian advocacy group. “This is a guy in the public arena, happens to be professional sports, and he’s one of us. And we’re cheering him on.”

Uproar Over Sex Essay at Jewish College
Sex & Sexuality
Written by Juniperus   
Friday, 09 December 2011 18:23

At The Wall Street Journal:

An essay about premarital sex published in a student newspaper has caused an uproar at Yeshiva University, the Orthodox Jewish college in Manhattan, prompting the student council to withdraw the paper's funding and igniting a campus-wide debate over censorship.

By Thursday night, the website for the Beacon had received more than 41,000 hits, including 15,000 unique views on the anonymous first-person story, in which a young woman excitedly describes a hotel room tryst and her subsequent regret over having sex, the editors said.

But many said that the real argument sparked by the piece, published Monday, was over the soul of the university itself.

Interfaith Consensus: Women need not apply
Written by Ella Vadame   
Thursday, 24 November 2011 23:27

Opinion at CNN:

If there is one institution that has made a point of desperately trying to keep women in their place, it's organized religion.

Whether it's Christianity, Islam or Judaism, women are often relegated to secondary roles, their contributions seen as insignificant.

In the Catholic Church, that is taken a step further by refusing to even allow women to become priests. Now, some Catholic churches are alienating women by refusing to allow girls to serve as altar servants.

Brit Women and Islam: A struggle to assimilate
Surveys & Statistics
Written by Bridget bint Jones   
Thursday, 10 November 2011 11:10

At The Independent:

In the past 10 years some 100,000 British people have converted to Islam, of whom some three-quarters are women, according to the latest statistics. This is a significant increase on the 60,000 Britons in the previous decade, according to researchers based at Swansea University.

While the number of UK converts accelerates, many of the British women who adopt Islam say they have a daily struggle to assimilate their new beliefs within a wider culture that both implicitly and explicitly positions them as outsiders, regardless of their Western upbringing.

The Pope's Failing Health
Written by McNews   
Sunday, 30 October 2011 19:41

At The Daily Beast:

Pope Benedict is now 84, the same age his predecessor was at the time of his death, and he’s clearly starting to slow down. But he might not have to die to relinquish the papacy—he could retire.

No matter how long this pope may live, the popular pastime of guessing the next pope—naming the papabili—is already well under way in many Roman corners. But this pope wouldn’t necessarily have to pass away to set the wheels in motion. He could retire. When he headed the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, he tried to retire twice “due to poor health,” but his predecessor John Paul II refused to let him go. He acknowledged in a biography co-written with German journalist Peter Seewald that he saw nothing wrong with retiring from the papacy: “If a pope clearly realizes that he is no longer physically, psychologically and spiritually capable of handling the duties of his office, then he has a right and, under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign.”


Is modern science Biblical or Greek?
Science, Etc.
Written by laika   
Monday, 24 October 2011 16:03

At Asia Times Online:

The "founders of modern science", writes David Curzon in Jewish Ideas Daily [1] of October 18, "were all believers in the truths of the opening chapter in the Hebrew Bible. The belief implicit in Genesis, that nature was created by a law-giving God and so must be governed by "laws of nature," played a necessary role in the emergence of modern science in 17th-century Europe. Equally necessary was the belief that human beings are made in the image of God and, as a consequence, can understand these "laws of nature."

Curzon argues that the modern idea of "laws of nature" stems from the Bible rather than classical Greece, for "ancient Greeks certainly believed that nature was intelligible and that its regularities could be made explicit. But Greek gods such as Zeus were not understood to have created the processes of nature; therefore, they could not have given the laws governing these processes."

How do Mormons answer ‘not Christian’ claims?
Written by Mitt Huntsman   
Saturday, 15 October 2011 19:20

At The Washington Post:
Mormons do not pretend that their understanding of Christ is identical to that of Christian orthodoxy. We embrace the New Testament and much of what the modern Christian world teaches about the Savior of the world, but we do not stop there. We have a lot more to add about the Son of God, and it is that additional revelation that causes the real rub with some orthodox Christians. To us, however, refusing to accept further enlightenment on the mission of Jesus Christ is like a math teacher telling his or her students they must stop at multiplication tables. No algebra or calculus allowed.
Why the Antichrist Matters in Politics
Written by laika   
Thursday, 29 September 2011 12:09

Opinion, from The New York Times:
THE end is near — or so it seems to a segment of Christians aligned with the religious right. The global economic meltdown, numerous natural disasters and the threat of radical Islam have fueled a conviction among some evangelicals that these are the last days. While such beliefs might be dismissed as the rantings of a small but vocal minority, apocalyptic fears helped drive the anti-government movements of the 1930s and ’40s and could help define the 2012 presidential campaign as well.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2011 12:28
Pet Revival 101: Pentecostal minister teaches kids how to raise the dead
Missions & Evangelism
Written by laika   
Saturday, 24 September 2011 10:57

Seen at
Pentecostal minister Becky Fischer teaches kids how to raise the dead. At the six minute mark she explains that kids can successfully pray their dead pets back to life. Good luck, kids!

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