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The 8 Most Unexpected Advantages of AnxietyAnxiety can be crippling, but psychology studies find it does have some unexpected upsides. Anxiety can be crippling, but sometimes it is a crucial part of getting the best out of yourself. Artists, comedians, athletes and other performers often talk about the right amount of anxiety and how it can improve creativity and performance.Why Do I have to pay a Televangelist to Pray for Me?I have always wondered why I have to pay someone to pray for me. Does God charge a fee to his children for them to get his blessings? Or Am I condemned going to Hell just because I do not give to a church? These questions prompted me to do a little research. I found out that I was not the only person who was curious on why televangelists and most "preachers" collected money from their followers for them to pray for or send blessings to them. A 2003 survey found that only one out seventeen televangelists were members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
Christian Writer Decries “Intolerance” of Atheist Billboards Telling People To Skip ChurchThank you for your interest in Patheos newsletters! Please enter your email address below and click the "Subscribe" button. Thank you for your subscription.Why Militant Atheism is Necessary - ImmortalWhy Militant Atheism is Necessary Apr 4, 2011 Militant Atheism is necessary as a force to counteract the unbalanced political and social power that popular religious belief systems have wielded for too long through their powerful standardising of beliefs. It is impossible to persuade people to change their point of view when their point of view is not actually their own and they don’t care about the subject matter. As such, the only option left is to challenge the foundation of the belief structure itself so as to undermine the authority of the people who decide what their followers should and should not believe.
NeuroTribes"The Structure of Flame" by autistic artist Jessica Park. Courtesy of Pure Vision Arts: In 2007, the United Nations passed a resolution declaring April 2 World Autism Awareness Day — an annual opportunity for fundraising organizations to bring public attention to a condition considered rare just a decade ago. Now society is coming to understand that the broad spectrum of autism — as it’s currently defined, which will change next year with the publication of the DSM-5 – isn’t rare after all. In fact, “autism is common,” said Thomas Frieden, Director of the U.S.
4 Surprising Advantages of Being DepressedWhy being depressed can sometimes be necessary, even beneficial. Depression can be an adaptive way of dealing with certain problems in life, such as relationship breakdown and illness, say the authors of a new study. While clinical depression is a serious mental health issue, the researchers argue that by examining how depression might have originally arisen, we can better understand how to treat it. Dr. Paul Andrews, who led the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, said:Celebrating Easter? Which Contradicting Biblical Account of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Are You Going to Pick?April 18, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: