Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This Month in Religion (Links)

I have read some mighty interesting things online this month regarding religion of all stripes. Check it out!

A scientist waxes poetic about spirituality and how science and religion can coexist; while Science Blog tells us that religion helps people with traumatic brain injuries recover.

"That's not in the Bible!" is an interesting post on CNN about phrases and parts of stories that many people assume are in the Bible, but are not.

Faithful America launches, with a contest. What is Faithful America?

"Faithful America is an online community of tens of thousands of citizens motivated by faith to take action on the pressing moral issues of our time. We come from diverse faith traditions but share a unifying commitment: to restore community and uphold the common good in America and across the globe. In service to this core commitment, we seek to:
  • end poverty and promote economic security for all
  • promote peace and restore America's commitment to human rights and diplomacy
  • prevent the catastrophic effects of climate change
  • counter hate speech and misinformation in the media pertaining to people of faith
  • work for welcoming communities where immigrants and people of all faiths are welcome
By speaking out, mobilizing and taking action in the public square, we are building a powerful grassroots movement to put justice and the common good back at the center of the American values debate. At this critical juncture, when our actions or inaction will have profound and permanent global consequences, our faiths demand nothing less."
 Mrs. B, over at Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom, updates us on the African Witch Hunt problem.

Turns out, the Incas did have a written language after all. Oops.

An amazing article in the NY Times about a man who killed people because he thought they were Muslim, and how one survivor is petitioning for him not to be put to death. An interview with both men. Amazing. Says the murderer, a few weeks before his scheduled execution:
"Not only do I have all My friends and supporters trying to Save my Life, but now i have The Islamic Community Joining in...Spearheaded by one Very Remarkable man Named Rais Bhuiyan, Who is a Survivor of My Hate. His deep Islamic Beliefs Have gave him the strength to Forgive the Un-forgiveable...that is truly Inspiring to me, and should be an Example for us all. The Hate, has to stop, we are all in this world together."

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