Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

Religion’s search for belonging

Thursday, May 12th, 2022
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Among clergy and sociologists, film directors and songwriters it’s become practically a matter of cliché that people are searching for wholehearted belonging and not finding their needs met — the phenomenon, in short, behind the phrase “spiritual but not religious.” These people are setting out on an open-ended quest, on their own or with trusted Read more

As spiritual innovators renew religion, will their traditions’ wisdom carry forward?

Thursday, April 21st, 2022
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Anyone who has been tracking population trends over the past few decades knows two things: America is growing more diverse, and Americans are leaving their traditional religious homes. But while many are leaving behind their formal religious affiliations and practices, this growing nation is still seeking to connect with religious and wisdom traditions — either Read more

Religion and education: Learnings from 3290 teenagers

Monday, March 21st, 2022
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American men are dropping out of college in alarming numbers. A slew of articles over the past year depict a generation of men who feel lost, detached and lacking in male role models. This sense of despair is especially acute among working-class men, fewer than one in five of whom completes college. Yet one group Read more

Does religion make people more likely to welcome refugees? It’s complicated.

Thursday, December 9th, 2021

On Sunday, December 5, Pope Francis, visiting the Greek island of Lesbos, made an emotional pitch for European states to be more welcoming to foreign migrants. The pontiff called on Europeans to stop ignoring their suffering, insisting that Jesus “is present in the stranger, in the refugee, in those who are naked and hungry.” “I Read more

Vatican Astronomer: I am a Jesuit scientist, I’m all for vaccines, but we have to do more than just ‘follow the science’

Thursday, October 28th, 2021
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In the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the scientific evidence in favour of vaccination is overwhelming. With this in mind, there are many people who see universal vaccination as the only way to bring the pandemic to an end, often invoking the mantra of “follow the science.” As a slogan it would seem to have Read more

Religion goes online. Can it stay there?

Thursday, October 14th, 2021
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The temple is emptier than it should be. The idols are alone. The country is in lockdown to manage the delta outbreak, and all the worshippers at Sri Venkateswara, a Hindu temple in Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt, are at home. Online, though, the bells are ringing. A priest chants prayers on the Facebook livestream, and for Read more

Catholic bishop says protecting children overrules confessional secrecy

Thursday, October 14th, 2021
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In an abrupt volte-face, France’s top Catholic bishop says protecting children from sexual abuse overrules confessional secrecy, the RFIa French news and current affairs public radio station has reported. This remark made by Bishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort (pictured) completely contradicts the comments he made last week when he suggested priests should not violate the confessional Read more

Psychology rediscovering what religion has known for centuries

Monday, September 20th, 2021

Much of what psychologists and neuroscientists are finding about how to change people’s beliefs, feelings, and behaviours echoes ideas and techniques that religions have been using for thousands of years. Read more Related Posts:Religions have have always known what neuroscientists are…Psychologists struggling as NZ’s mental health crisis…Students who are more adaptable do best in remote Read more

Don’t blame the boomers for decline of religion

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
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The generation born in the two decades after World War II has long touted itself as the revolutionary religious demographic that grew up dutifully sitting in the pews before rebelling — as they did in music, politics, art and the bedroom — and freeing American culture from its hidebound superstitions. OK, boomer. Examining the data Read more

‘Big Tech’ censorship of religion is real and deserves an effective response, critics say

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
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The power of major internet companies like Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, and Twitter over public life is a particular threat to religious groups that focus on controversial issues like abortion, marriage, and sexuality, several commentators said at a roundtable last week. These groups should prepare for the possibility of censorship and organize effective countermeasures, they said. Read more