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The Mystic In The Machine – Sam Barlow – Medium. The Tao of computation Imagine a black dot on white paper.

The Mystic In The Machine – Sam Barlow – Medium

Claire Beckett photographs American converts to Islam in her series, “The Converts.” Copyright Claire Beckett In post–Sept. 11 America, some have—wrongfully—imagined a line between American-ness and Islam.

Claire Beckett photographs American converts to Islam in her series, “The Converts.”

Claire Beckett’s portraits of American converts to the faith complicate that notion by shining a humanizing light on those who’ve experienced both sides of the supposed divide. “I intend for my photographs to open up questions for the viewer, to allow someone seeing this work to think through the issues on their own. Vigilantes In India: Protecting Sacred Cows, Promoting A Hindu Way Of Life : Parallels. A buffalo market in central Rajasthan, India.

Vigilantes In India: Protecting Sacred Cows, Promoting A Hindu Way Of Life : Parallels

Drivers ferrying these animals to slaughterhouses have been intercepted and accused of transporting cows, an animal many Hindus consider sacred. A new report from Human Rights Watch says that this devotion to protecting the cow has contributed to recent vigilante violence. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption toggle caption Julie McCarthy/NPR. You're not going to believe what I'm about to tell you. Comics Blog Books Shop Comics: Random Most Popular All Cats Grammar Food Animals Tech.

You're not going to believe what I'm about to tell you

Why the only future worth building includes everyone. How do you sell God in the 21st century? More heaven, less hell. A couple of years ago, a Chicago-based corporate-identity consultant Chris Herron gave himself the ultimate challenge: rebrand hell.

How do you sell God in the 21st century? More heaven, less hell

It was half gag, half self-promotion, but Herron took the project seriously, considering what it would take for a place like hell to become a premier destination in the travel market. Herron decided that what hell needed was a complete brand overhaul. The pagan roots of Easter. Easter is a pagan festival.

The pagan roots of Easter

If Easter isn't really about Jesus, then what is it about? The Pagan origins of Easter. Easter Sponsored link.

The Pagan origins of Easter

Origins of the name "Easter": The name "Easter" originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God. The Venerable Bede, (672-735 CE), a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). An alternative explanation has been suggested. The Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of Rumi. A couple of years ago, when Coldplay’s Chris Martin was going through a divorce from the actress Gwyneth Paltrow and feeling down, a friend gave him a book to lift his spirits.

The Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of Rumi

It was a collection of poetry by Jalaluddin Rumi, the thirteenth-century Persian poet, translated by Coleman Barks. “It kind of changed my life,” Martin said later, in an interview. Study: Turns out religion is kinda like an opiate. Islamic Sects, Schools, Branches & Movements — Information is Beautiful. Life after a sex cult: 'If I’m not a member of this religion any more, then who am I?' Of his eight siblings, Michael Young was the most zealous street missionary.

Life after a sex cult: 'If I’m not a member of this religion any more, then who am I?'

As a child growing up in Monterrey, Mexico, he preached up to 10 hours a day, three to four days each week. He spoke to strangers on the streets and often went door-to-door. He’d ask them, in broken Spanish, if they wished to go to heaven. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 1–10 of 88 documents found source of mysticism and the mystical elements in Islam are to be traced to the Qur’an and the Islamic doctrine...viewed by the mystics and philosopher-mystics of Islam as allegorical and esoteric hints for those who ...within an Islamic milieu.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Mystical elements exist in Islam in two different and independent ways. Fundamentalists hacked my husband to death. The same hate is spreading across the world. I have no memory of the attack, but the pictures of my husband’s bloody, motionless body on the street, me next to him pleading for help, the four large stab wounds on my head and a sliced-off thumb, will remind me forever of the hatred and intolerance that changed my life.

Our assailants, armed with machetes, were Islamists who on 26 February 2015, ambushed us while we were visiting our homeland, Bangladesh, for a book-signing trip. They hacked my husband, Avijit Roy, to death and left me gravely injured. Why did we deserve such violence? Because fundamentalists were threatened by our writings – on science, philosophy and criticism of religious dogma – and they identified us as enemies of Islam. The FBI and Religion: Muslims, Mormons, Jews, and More - The Atlantic. Historians have looked harshly on the FBI’s legacy in dealing with religious groups. The Bureau famously investigated and threatened Martin Luther King Jr. at the peak of the civil-rights movement.

A 1993 standoff with a group called the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, ended with a massive fire, killing more than six dozen men, women, and children. And since the terrorist attacks of September 11, the Bureau has repeatedly been accused of illegally surveilling and harassing Muslim Americans. The story of the FBI and religion is not a series of isolated mishaps, argues a new book of essays edited by Steven Weitzman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and Sylvester A. Johnson, a professor at Northwestern University. MythBlast: Shiva and the Great Dance – JCF: Home. Shivaratri, The Great Night of Shiva, is celebrated this year on the 24th of February, the 6th night of the Phalgun, and devotees fast and maintain vigil all night.

This, the largest of Shiva celebrations, centers on the tradition which allows that on this night, Lord Shiva performed the Tandava, the dance that is the source of the cycles of creation, dissolution, and destruction. Tradition also holds that it was on this day that Shiva and Parvati were married. Religious penance may be found during Shivaratra through a night long practice of meditation and yoga. Various scholars have noticed similarities between Shiva and other Greek deities; even Alexander the Great called Shiva the “Indian Dionysus” and his phallic symbolism is shared by Nordic, Irish, and Roman gods as well.

How Do People Become Indoctrinated Into Cults? How did it happen? No question has been uttered more often in regards to cults. Throughout recorded history (and probably much longer) humans have been susceptible to charismatic leaders that have, either by nature or training, understood the psychology of acquiring followers. Even though we’re aware of the dangerous mechanisms of cult machinery, people continue to fall, again and again. The Cognitive Origins of Religion. To understand the human brain we often turn to neuroscientists and psychologists. Two decades ago, Professor of Archaeology Steven Mithen decided to explore the origins of our nervous system (and much more) through his field of study.

Besides popularizing the term ‘cognitive fluidity,’ in his landmark book, The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion, and Science, Mithen speculated on exactly how primates evolved to the current iteration of the brain. Mithen believes three major phases occurred to get from primate to modern humans. In Phase One, our ancestors exhibited general intelligence: I know the river floods when the sun is at that arc in the sky.

Mythology/ Religion - Joseph Campbell & other wise minds

Japan: The Most Religious Atheist Country. When the Agency for Cultural Affairs commissioned a report into religious beliefs in Japan, they were initially confused by their results. Totaling up the number of people who belonged to religious groups in Japan, they got the result that 209 million people belonged were religiously affiliated. Not the Time for Reconciliation. How We Can Begin to Rebuild the American Community. The Dalai Lama recently co-authored (with Arthur C. Brooks) an Opinion piece in the New York Times that presents a compelling reason for the anger that drove the 2016 presidential election: A feeling among many that the world no longer has any use for them. (The choice of messenger is a separate issue.) JINJA HONCHO - Association of Shinto Shrines. This Land Is Mine. If churches are openly political, why are they not paying taxes? While the desire to tax churches is not new, it seems as far from reality as possible at this moment. As has been commented, no atheist could possibly hope to win an election in today’s political climate—a freethinking man like Robert Ingersoll would have no influence with the majority of our electorate.

Our cultural dependency on the necessity of faith is affecting our society: According to a University of Tampa study, not taxing churches is taking an estimated $71 billion from our economy every year, and this fact remains largely unquestioned. The general argument over why churches do not pay taxes goes like this: If there is a separation of church and state, then the state (or fed) has no right to collect money from the church. In exchange, churches cannot use their clout to influence politics. A brief overview. Like a penis. Pastor cautions about Trump-loving Men of the Christian Right— he NAILS it. John Pavlovitz is a veteran minister in Raleigh, North Carolina who’s not afraid to call out men of the Christian Right (sometimes known as The Religious Right or DonaldTrump lovers, supporters, and defenders).

In a recent blog, Pavlovitz bluntly tells Christian women/all women that they don’t matter to these right-wing religious zealots who build up and defended Trump and the misogyny he brings to the table. Panoramic view Valley of the Kings Egypt. Saudi Arabia, Exporter of Oil and Bigotry. Photo. THE BIG MYTH - an animated study of world creation myths.

The Next Time Someone Uses The Bible To Say Homosexuality Is A Sin, Show Them This. Dr. Animated map shows how religion spread around the world. HISTORY OF IDEAS - Rituals. Eastern Religion and Philosophy. Misunderstandings of Religion. Chuang Tzu: The Next Voice. Refinement of Energy and Perfection of Spirit. Chuang Tzu (399 - 295 B.C.) has always been an influential Chinese philosopher. His writing is at once transcendental while at the same time being deeply immersed within everyday life. How life on Earth began. Where Does Religion Come From? By Derek Beres If we were to ask a priest where religion originated, his response would most likely be rooted in his theology. 3-Question Quiz Predicts Whether You Believe in God.

By Steven Mazie According to a Harris Poll conducted last year, about three-quarters of Americans—74 percent, to be precise—believe in God. 6 unexpected findings about Mormon doubters — and one that’s no surprise. Religious Right and the Trump problem. Religion Is a Social Science, so Why Isn't It Studied Like One?

The Rise and Not-Quite-Fall of Religion in American Politics. Which Holy Book Is More Violent? Lack of belief in gods. Logic and Fallacies. 'Inventing American Religion': What Is Lost in Trying to Understand Religion Through Polling and Statistics? Sam Harris - Why a Loving God would Damn All Other Faiths To Hell 2 click. Who said it: Bernie Sanders or Pope Francis? First Muslim Gay ‘Imam’ Says ‘Quran Doesn’t Call for Punishment of Homosexuals’ How the uninformed help ISIS. She Discovered Jurassic Dinosaur Fossils that Challenged Bible-Based Creationism.

THUNK - 86. Cognitive Biases & the Socratic Method. THE EYE-OPENER. Religious literacy. Saraswati’s life was one of a million mutinies – but she always had the last word. Understanding (and Refuting) the Arguments for God.