Posts Tagged ‘Research’

A lot of New Zealanders think Christians should act more and talk less

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Non-Christian New Zealanders feel that Christians could better represent Jesus by letting their actions speak louder than their words, and by living out the values that Jesus represents. This is just one of the many findings contained in the Faith and Belief in New Zealand report released last month. The 67-page report contains a massive Read more

Researchers grow human embryos in lab up to 13 days old

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Researchers have broken the record for growing human embryos in a laboratory, prompting a lament in the Vatican’s newspaper. Two teams of researchers in the United Kingdom and the United States grew embryos until they were 13 days old. The embryos were kept alive and active beyond the stage when they would naturally implant in a mother’s Read more

Priests in early Pacific cultures gained by human sacrifice

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Priests and chiefs in early Pacific cultures, including New Zealand, used ritual human sacrifices to reinforce their power, a study has found. Research involving two New Zealand universities has discovered such acts were used by social elites to maintain their power, the website reported. The study came from researchers from the University of Auckland, Victoria University Read more

Study: Fear of gods may have sparked human cooperation

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Scientists have found an explanation for the rise of widespread co-operation among humans in societies – the fear of an angry god. International researchers, including the University of Auckland’s Associate Professor Quentin Atkinson, have published the results of their study in the journal Nature. They found people who believe their god is more punitive and Read more

Study suggests India as source of Shroud of Turin cloth

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

A new DNA study has added to the mystery surrounding the Shroud of Turin – which some believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus. By sequencing genes from pollen and dust particles on the shroud, Italian researchers have been able to map the type of plants and people that came into contact with the Read more

Religious belonging best for ‘sustained happiness’: Study

Friday, August 21st, 2015

A new study suggests joining a religious group makes for more “sustained happiness” than other forms of social participation. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, analysed 9000 Europeans who were older than 50. Researchers looked at four areas: 1) volunteering or working with a charity; 2) taking educational courses; 3) participating in Read more

Boys teach boys to be boys

Friday, June 13th, 2014

What makes a male child become a “boy,” as we understand that concept socially? In her new book, When Boys Become Boys, Judy Y. Chu reports on her two-year study in which she followed a group of boys from pre-kindergarten through first grade. She concluded that most of what we think of as “boy” behaviour isn’t Read more

US cardinal tried to obstruct study of sex-abuse cases

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Newly-released documents show that Cardinal Roger Mahony, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles, tried to obstruct an extensive study of sex-abuse problems in American dioceses. The cardinal strongly resisted inquiries by researchers from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, who had been commissioned by the United States bishops’ conference to study how dioceses handled Read more

Research reveals racism

Friday, August 26th, 2011

There are those that say the social media will break down barriers and bring people together but research reveals racism in comments made online. Analysis of more than 1,000 online responses to videos featuring infamous New Zealand race furores involving Paul Henry and Hone Harawira are “disturbing” and illustrative of a “dark underbelly” in New Zealand Read more