Source of this map, The Guardian.
This is a very good article. REally worth reading.
Here is a quotation:
‘Religion (either secular or theological) does not poison all of society and science should not be feared, but rather embraced. Both can bring humanity to new heights of empathy, imagination and progress. To quote the greatest American reformer, “Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”
13th-century Haghartsin monastery, some 110 km northeast of Yerevan,
pictured on June 8, 2013 (AFP Photo/Karen Minasyan) (Source, AFP)
Haghartsin Monastery (Armenia) (AFP) – Standing next to a newly refurbished bell tower, priest Aristakes Aivazyan says it needed divine intervention to save Armenia’s medieval Haghartsin monastery.
But it also took a lot of money from a very unlikely benefactor —- the Muslim ruler of the resource-rich Arab emirate of Sharjah, Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qasimi.
“I cannot recall anything similar to this happening in our history that some Arab sheikh, a Muslim, helped to restore and rescue an Armenian Christian church,” Aivazyan told AFP.
“Without doubt it was God who brought the sheikh to Haghartsin,” the priest, dressed in long black robes, said. Read More…
m-ai purtat de-atâtea ori pe brațe, frate al meu! încă nu învățasem vorba, nu știam zice merci, dar tu n-ai așteptat niciodată mulțumiri. m-ai dus de mână în grădină și m-ai învățat nume și nume ca pe-o poezie. le repetam stâlcindu-le, bâlbâindu-le, iar tu mă iertai cu îndelungă răbdare.
când am crescut, te-ai făcut îngerul meu păzitor, în carne și oase…
Prin intermediul unui link la un articol al meu pe acest blog, am aflat ca Pr. Piciorus, posesorul blogului Teologie pentru azi, mi-a facut ‘cinstea’ de a ma firitisi cu o pretinsa ‘recenzie’ la teza mea de doctorat: Un model perihoretic al Bisericii. Eclesiologia trinitara a lui Dumitru Staniloae., publicata in 22012 de Editura Lambert, din Saarbrucken.
Voi argumenta pe scurt, mai jos, de ce cred ca nu avem de-a face cu o recenzie, in sensul academic al cuvintului, ci, in cel mai bun caz, cu o incercare ratata. In fapt, avem de-a face cu un text tezist, cu caracter polemic sectar, in nota obisnuita a parintelui. Dumnezeu sa-l ierte!
Autorul incepe halucinant, cu observatia ca doctoratul meu nu este in teologie, ci in… filosofie (PhD = Doctor of Philosophy). Domnia sa isi vadeste prin aceasta afirmatie absoluta ignoranta cu privire la terminologia academica din spatiul anglo-saxon. Read More…
Doan Thanh Liem
Human endurance has its own limits. I suffered terribly in the first two years in jail. I fell into despair. I fell hopeless and helpless. When I was alone in my dark cell, I could rarely sleep soundly. I did not sense any joy whatever in the world. That really was the darkest time of my life.
But gradually I have recovered from this internal crisis, thanks to some inmates who are also political prisoners. I regained my enthusiasm for social service, making some plans for my future action. As my age advances, I will mainly devote my efforts to sociocultural rather than political activities. Certainly I could act as an adviser and supporter to young activists in the political sphere, but personally I like to keep a low profile in public life. Read More…
adevărata cale, am o bănuială, este undeva la intersecția dintre deșertul sihaștrilor și nebunia alergării pentru obținerea pâinii zilnice
voi ști că am ajuns pe ea atunci când le voi confunda fără să simt diferența
btw sunt la antrenament acum
HG Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Church
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His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom testified at a Congressional Hearing on ‘Human Rights Abuses in Egypt’ in Washington DC on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2013. Read More…
Peter Brabeck, CEO of Nestle, at the time when this statement was made, argues that water is NOT a basic human right and, therefore, should be privatised, like any other kind of food. You can find Brabeck’s statement at minutes 1.50 to 3.30.
As a result, Nestle is trying to get a hold of many water resources around the world, wit very little concern for what this does to access to water of the people in that area, let alone the pollution created by the plastic bottles use to distribute that water. Read More…
A few weeks ago I asked here what further news there was about the so-called "Jesus' wife" fragment announced to the world in late summer 2012. Since then, despite direct inquiry to Prof. King (the email address listed for her no longer valid) and asking several scholars who were in various ways directly involved in the analysis of the item last year, it has proven impossible to get anything further than the last notice about it given in early 2013, that it was undergoing further "tests".
Isteria este nu doar zgomotul din amurgul sângeriu al unor zei ci și preludiul din acea noapte purificatoare care reclamă un nou ev, o nouă lumină, un nou dumnezeu. Judecând după infuzia de isterie din lumea noastră, oare la ce zori să ne așteptăm?
(poate părea paradoxal pentru unii dar, chiar dacă vorbește mult despre vremurile sfârșitului, Apocalipsa oferă încredere, speranță și nu are nicio formă de isterie narativă
When I asked for posts on Alberta, I had no idea that I would get this! These photos are travel magazine worthy. Thank you, Justin Mier (The Roaming Lama)! I'm blown away and honored to share your work. Only 6 more days until I can experience it for myself.
Featured writer/photographer: Justin Mier (The Roaming Lama)
Walking into one of Yayoi Kusama’s infinity rooms is like walking into a completely different universe. The door shuts behind you, and suddenly you find yourself surrounded by what appears to be a galaxy of shimmering LEDs. The scene is beautiful, in a surreal, space-age fairy tale sort of way.
But it’s also a little jarring in its intimacy; it’s almost as though you’ve been instantly transported from a whitewashed gallery into Kusama’s buzzing, obsessive mind.
It’s a strange place to inhabit, if only because you get the sense that what goes on inside Kusama’s mind is very different than what’s happening inside, say, your neighbor’s, or your colleague’s. The Japanese artist has lived in a Japanese mental institution since the 1970s, when she checked herself in after a particularly stressful stint in New York City.
But Kusama’s struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder and other mental anguishes is not a shameful secret. In fact, it’s the opposite…
Read more HERE.
10. I meant well, but I’ve been wrong about that.
9. I’d like to offer a little good-natured push-back.
8. While I still disagree, I have a better sense of where you’re coming from.
7. I let my experiences and emotions get in the way of the facts. My bad.
6. Wasn’t aware of that (fact, logical fallacy, etc.) before. Thanks. Read More…
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith,
let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12:1 – NLT)
In your infinite love for women and men,
you incarnated yourself in Christ,
and revealed your nature and your purpose to us;
In your infinite love for poor and wealthy,
you laid aside your glory
and walked among us as one of us;
In your infinite love for every race and tribe and nation,
you brought a new world into being
and taught us to live as citizens of God’s Reign; Read More…
Nelson Mandela and Springbok captain Francois Pienaar
Christian Today has published an excellent article by Michael Trimmer, on the faith of Madiba.
Warning: The fundamentalist stupidity of some of the comments following this article could make you sick. Handle with care.
I paste below some significant quotes from this tribute.
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One of Nelson Mandela’s famous quotes was also an expression of a deeply Christian idea – “until I changed myself, I could not change others”. That expression of being born again, the need for internal revival before one can lead others to their own change, was just one of many expressions of faith Nelson Mandela shared throughout his life.
Although it is almost universally agreed that he was a Christian, his exact denominational allegiances remain a source of discussion. While some have suggested that he was a Jehovah’s Witness, as his first wife, his sister, and many relatives around him identified as such, most believe he was a Methodist. He attended a Methodist church school growing up, and was baptised in a small Methodist stone church in the Eastern Cape village of Qunu. Read More…
“What Would You Do?” by ABC is a hidden camera series where people are put into ethical dilemmas, given the choice between passively accepting injustice and standing up for what they believe is right.
This soldier didn’t hesitate to speak up when a young man started harassing a Muslim cashier, refusing to be served by him because “he’s a Muslim.”
The uniformed man defended freedom of religion for all, stating, “We live in America, he can have whatever religion he wants.” Read More…
Daniela Zeca Buzura, one of the best young writers in Romania, shared today on her Facebook wall this article. I loved it, though I might disagree with the author on a number of point, particularly on the charm of Bucharest, I city I hate – mostly because of the people living there, for many reasons, that I may or I may not explain some other time..
I will list here the 25 things, as a teaser, and let you then enjoy the text at length. Here is some light and charming Sunday reading.
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Romanians. Clearly the people are the main reason for liking any country, though the countryside and the crumbling inner city of Bucharest come close behind…
In Romania under Communism television only broadcast for two hours a day meant until the Revolution the Romanians were spared a huge amount of idiocy and had time instead for reading, conversation, drinking wine, and the national sport, seducing one another…
Romania has so far escaped the worldwide cultural revolution – not Mao’s one, but the one that happened in the capitalist world starting in the 1960s and which is showing no signs of abating. One of the great charms of Romania is that the 1960s did not happen in here. The EU will change that, but not quite yet… Read More…
Gracious and Reconciling God,
Even as we celebrate your grace and love
which has come to us in Christ,
Even as we remember those who, like Madiba,
have revealed your compassion and freedom to us;
We are forced to acknowledge
that we have not always listened, we have not always seen,
and we have all too often failed to act on the call to justice
which you have spoken through them. Read More…
Nu cu mult timp în urmă am postat pe FB știrea despre recunoașterea limbii române ca limbă oficială a Republicii Moldova. Mă întrebam totodată dacă ar fi posibilă unirea acestei țări cu România.
Între rudele și prietenii mei, ideea unirii are susținere entuziastă și nu prea. Unii văd numai relele acestui pas. Adică să nu ne încurcăm și cu demonii corupției de import, că avem materie primă din belșug pe plaiurile mioritice.
My friend British Luke Bretherton, who teaches now at Duke University in NC, has shared on Facebook a very insightful article on the confused attitude towards Pope Francis of those who are politically at the left, as well as at the right.
Here is the beginning of the article:
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Since the release of Evangelii Gaudium there have been countless articles and commentary about the economic portions of Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation. Some of the commentary has been downright bizarre, such as Rush Limbaugh denouncing the Pope as a Marxist, or Stuart Varney accusing Francis of being a neo-socialist. American conservatives grumbled but dutifully denounced a distorting media when Pope Francis seemed to go wobbly on homosexuality, but his criticisms of capitalism have crossed the line, and we now see the Pope being criticized and even denounced from nearly every rightward-leaning media pulpit in the land.
Not far below the surface of many of these critiques one hears the following refrain: why can’t the Pope just go back to talking about abortion? Why can’t we return the good old days of Pope John Paul II or Benedict XVI and talk 24/7/365 about sex? Why doesn’t Francis have the decency to limit himself to talking about Jesus and gays, while avoiding the rudeness of discussing economics in mixed company, an issue about which he has no expertise or competence? Read More…
Scot McKnight continues his analysis of Molly Worthen’s book Apostes of Reason. The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism, which, he contends, ‘will become a potential watershed in that she has revealed why the coalition mindset that many of us want and believe in struggles to find genuine centrality among evangelicals because the gatekeepers would prefer less diversity at the table while also wanting the numbers for support in the movement’.
Here is the beginning of his new blog post, which I hope will convince you it is worth reading the whole of it on the Patheos platform. Read More…
Dupa baptisti (prin citeva lucrari mai degraba teziste si prea apropiate de diversii poli de putere ai acestei comunitati) si penticostali (prin Rascumpararea memoriei, o lucrare remercabila prin acuratetea ei, tinind cint de faptul ca autorul nu este istoric de profesie), iata ca si adventistii din Romania au publicat un text care analizeaza situatia acestei confesiuni sub comunism, cu luminile si umbrele ei. Este vorba de cartea lui Gheorghe Modoran, Biserica prin pustiul rosu. Rezistenta si compromis in adventismul din Romania in perioada comunista.
Deoarece abia astazi am aflat despre ea si abia am comandat-o, nu pot emite niciun fel de consideratiipe marginea acesteia. Va veni, sper si vremea pentru aceasta.
Pina atunci, iata citeva date despre autor si despre carte, de pe situl acesteia. Read More…
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