Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

A.I. could bring a sea change in how people experience religious faith Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

The Michigan-based company Covenant Eyes markets itself to Christians who want to stop viewing pornography. Its software takes screenshots of a user’s screen activity, uses A.I. to scan it for pornographic imagery, and then sends regular reports to the user and a designated “ally” who has agreed to hold him accountable. The company’s name comes Read more

China ‘re-evaluates’ classic religious texts Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

The Chinese Communist Party has affirmed its determination to control religion by issuing new translations and interpretations of “classic” religious works. The aim is to provide a state-ordained basis for spiritual life. The move signals a profound shift in the Communist Party’s approach to religion, where it is moving from political management to uncompromising constraint. Read more

Greta Thunberg, Jesus’s successor Comments 0

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Seemingly Greta Thunberg can do no wrong in Sweden. A comment about Jesus appointing Greta Thunberg as one of his successors has resurfaced. After initially defending the tweet, last December the Church of Sweden Malamö deleted the tweet and abandoned the account. However the church’s Twitter account has resurfaced, retweeting people who supported and praised Read more

Swiss diocese semi-ok with same sex marriage Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Switzerland’s largest Roman Catholic diocese says it will welcome the arrival of civil marriage equality if the Swiss National Council passes legislation allowing it. The Council is tipped to consider the issue within the next few months. Given that the civil law changes, the Diocese of Basel says it will bless same-sex unions, as long Read more

Faith can be a wellness tool Comments 0

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Lieryn Barnett sometimes is so depressed, all she wants to do is sleep, she said. Other times, she’s so full of energy, she’ll be up in the middle of the night, singing or playing guitar. Or her mind will race at the same time her body won’t have the energy to do anything. All are Read more

Millennials care less about country, religion and family Comments 0

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Millennials don’t value patriotism, family and religion as passionately as previous generations, according to a new survey. “The values that Americans say define the national character are changing, as younger generations rate patriotism, religion and having children as less important to them than did young people two decades ago,” Wall Street Journal reporter Chad Day Read more

Losing my religion: after the Pell verdict, the conflict for Catholics Comments 0

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

There are a few ways you can lose your religion – in a slow drift where the time between mass attendance and sacraments like confession gets longer and longer, until you can’t in good faith claim to be a member of the flock any more. And then there’s the frank event, where something happens and Read more

UN calls for eliminating violence against religion Comments 0

Monday, August 26th, 2019

The United Nations on Thursday marked the first-ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion and Belief, urging for an end to the persecution of religious groups. “On this Day, we reaffirm our unwavering support for the victims of violence based on religion and belief. And we demonstrate that support Read more

What I learned talking to Boris Johnson about religion Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

I don’t pretend to have had extensive discussions about religion with our new Prime Minister, but I did have a couple of brief ones when he edited my first Spectator articles. We once discussed Christian and Muslim ideas of martyrdom, and he was suddenly reminded of a hymn he liked at Eton which he proceeded Read more

Cash for information in China’s religion crackdown Comments 0

Monday, April 1st, 2019

A southern Chinese city is offering cash rewards for information about “illegal religious groups” as the ruling Communist Party continues to tighten its grip over faith communities. A notice posted on the official website of the Guangzhou Department of Ethnic and Religious Affairs said up to 10,000 yuan ($15,000) would be paid for verified information Read more