Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

Bill O’Reilly used religion to fuel fear, and his show Comments 0

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

It’s ironic that Bill O’Reilly — perhaps the most prominent Catholic conservative on American television — was fired the same day he met Pope Francis. The two occupy different intellectual parts of the Catholic Church, and the television personality has made his disdain for some of the pope’s positions known. After Francis derided then-candidate Donald Trump’s Read more

Clergy who don’t believe in organised religion are getting organised Comments 0

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

A meeting to organise religious leaders — for people who don’t believe in organised religion? The humanist clergy — spiritual leaders for people who don’t like to talk about God but do like to gather for a moral purpose — are trying to get a lot more organized Read more Related Posts:Pope to attend final Read more

Where Evangelicals came from Comments 0

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Every few years, it seems, conservative religious groups, quiescent or unnoticed, come blazing back onto the national scene, and the secular press reacts like the bad guy in the 1971 western Big Jake who says to John Wayne, “I thought you were dead.” Wayne drily answers, “Not hardly.” Now, in The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Read more

Who’s afraid of dying? Comments 0

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Who’s afraid of dying? An Oxford University-led international research study on dying and who fears it most has found atheists are among those least afraid of leaving this life. Very religious people don’t fear dying much either. However, the researchers found that people who are religious for its social or emotional benefits suffered the most Read more

Freedom of religion according to Thomas Jefferson Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Much blood has been shed during human history in the name of religion. Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826) knew this all too well. Here are Jefferson’s very words: “Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned” (“Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVII,” 1781-1782). It Read more

Tolerance of others’ faiths comes through understanding Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Here’s a question for you. To what degree do you understand the key principles of the world’s major religions? Judaism. Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism? And how did you develop that knowledge? Through school? Your parents? The media? Your church, perhaps? Or maybe through your own research? I’ll put up my hand and say that Read more

Kiwis losing the faith Comments 0

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Our so-called ‘God’s own’ country is fast becoming anything but. A century ago New Zealand was one of most religious places on the planet, with the great majority of Kiwis, Pākehā and Māori alike, believing in some form of Christianity. Fast forward a few generations and not only Christianity, but belief in any form of Read more

Can studying religion change the world? Comments 0

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

In a recent episode of the CBS show Madam Secretary, there’s a scene where the Secretary of State’s husband—a renowned religion professor—is offered a position leading a special intelligence taskforce to track down Islamic terrorists. “Your religious expertise should be invaluable,” the president and his chief of staff tell Dr. McCord when they offer him Read more

Many Paths: One God Comments 0

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Let’s imagine a circle like a large bicycle wheel. The circle has paths resembling spokes converging in the centre. On the outer edge, my path may seem at a distance from other paths, maybe even opposite; but as I progress towards the centre, the other paths come closer until all unite as one. The circle, Read more

Attendance at Anglican Cathedral services rises by 18% Comments 1

Friday, September 30th, 2016
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Latest figures show an 18% increase in the numbers attending services in England’s Anglican Cathedrals between 2005 and 2015. On average 36,700 people,adults and children, attended cathedral services each week in 2015. Almost all of the increase in attendance over the past decade has been in increasing midweek attendance. But in 2015 attendance at Sunday Read more