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Grim Reaper on All Saints Day
Stone A. Washington - 3/6/2013
Are You the one in costume or is it Me? Am I the young man behind the mask… or is it Thee?
Stone A. Washington - 1/30/2013
My father, Ellis Washington, is a law professor and a legal commentator for WorldNetDaily.com and GlobalPolitician.com. Every year he writes a special Christmas essay during Advent. For Christmas 2011 he wrote an article titled, Prophetic Women regarding the little appreciated, but magnificent historical legacy of the Sibyls—Women prophets, who in biblical and pagan sources were also known as seers and oracles. Sibyls were often residents at shrines and temples throughout the ancient world. Inspired by my father’s opus, I am writing my own essay on the Sybil.
Christmas – an apt time for reflection on compassion and mercy towards animals
Senaka Weeraratna - 1/2/2013
A key test of a civilized society and basis of functioning communities is the protection afforded to the vulnerable. Whether those in need of protection happen to be children, the sick, aged, enfeebled, destitute, exploited humans, or animals, a value measure of civilization is the degree to which their rights and welfare are protected by law and other community practices.
Knowing God in an Age of Uncertainty
Ron Coody - 12/8/2012
This is an age of uncertainty. The country band Little Texas made this clear with their lyrics, "the only thing I'm sure of/is I don't know what I'd do without your love." Politicians on both sides of the fence tell us to "believe" or "hope" or have "vision", but the details about all this hoping and believing are pretty slim. Now that the dust has settled from the recent elections we see that people a wide range of opinions about the issues. The answers don't seem easy to find or agree upon. So folks look around at the wide variety of opinions, shrug their shoulders, try to keep a tolerant, open mind.
Who is Actually Insulting Islam?
Rashidul Bari - 10/1/2012
The whole Muslim world—especially the Middle East—has been on fire for days.
The ignorance of faithless believers
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 9/29/2012
Which subtler way to put the recent display of violent demonstrations in parts of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan and now northern Nigeria, which was characterised by burning of flags and pictures, and even leading to the killing of people in some cases, over a stupid obnoxious video clip?
The Lost Son Parable and Repentance
Elias Bejjani - 3/14/2012
Lent is a prime time for spiritual change through genuine praying, serious and in depth self-examination, return to the roots of faith, repentance and forgiveness.
The United States of Islam
Alexander Maistrovoy - 3/10/2012
Arabic Caliphate is not a figment anymore: fragments of the Middle Eastern regimes will soon form a group of islands called The Muslim Archipelago
Valentin'e Day for Love
Professor Nanxi Cao - 2/10/2012
You are far from me!
You are close to me!
You are in me!
Written by Jothi, www.123.greetingcards.com
The above poem speaks of not just romantic love, but of all forms of love in the world. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, for one’s lover, one’s spouse, one’s family, one’s friends, for those in need of the healing touch of love, for one’s fellow man, and for the universe in such turmoil today. Love comes in all different sizes, purpose, and need. We all need love in our lives. Love keeps us alive, giving us all a purpose...
Is Religion the Root of All Evil? Is Dawkins Right?
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 1/17/2012
Richard Dawkins, the famous evolutionary biologist, traces the roots of evil to organized religion and to faith itself: the belief in a God has spawned all manner of wickedness and malice throughout history, he claims.
Judaism’s Child Play
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 1/8/2012
Judaism is the only monotheistic religion which expressly allots a crucial role in its rites and ceremonies to infants, their predilections, and their pursuits. Children are positively encouraged and incentivized – often monetarily – to disrupt even the most solemn proceedings with questions (in Passover, during the Seder) or with raucous displays (in Purim, when they use their rattles to mark the names of Haman and other ill-wishers.)
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 1/3/2012
Now is come the last age of Cumaean song; the great line of the centuries begins anew. Now the Virgin returns, the reign of Saturn returns; now a new generation descends from heaven on high. Only do you, pure Lucina, smile on the birth of the child, under whom the iron brood shall at last cease and a golden race spring up throughout the world! Your own Apollo now is king!
Martyrdom of Hussein, Enemies of Islam
Tanveer Jafri - 12/14/2011
I. Martyrdom of Hussein reminds of victory of truth
Ahmadi-Muslims: the Moderate Muslims of Islam
Allison Knight-Khan - 11/16/2011
The media often asks the question: “Where are the moderate Muslims?” This question has been repeated often since 9/11. The question doesn’t really beg for an answer. It suggests that there are no moderate Muslims. In fact, it is a criticism. They are not looking for the moderate Muslims at all. I mean, if you look, you might find something…and that is not their intention at all. What they suggest or insinuate by asking this rhetorical question is: there are no moderate Muslims.
REVIEW Thieves: One Dirty TV Pastor and the Man Who Robbed Him
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 8/18/2011
TITLE: Thieves: One Dirty TV Pastor and the Man Who Robbed Him (Denver, Trey Smith Books, 2011)
Who will tell the Men and Women of God?
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 7/18/2011
Up until not too long ago, everybody we knew was Anglican, Catholic or something similar to that. The clergymen were then known by titles such as canon, reverend, father and vicar. They were known for their robes, collar and demeanor; they were not necessarily good public or motivational speakers but they were clearly knowledgably, well read, generally full of commonsense and always capable offering administrative aid such as letter writing and providing reference and representations. Miracles were not part of the most frequently discussed topics of the clergymen of then and their congregations were quite content.
To Believe or Not to Believe
Ron Coody - 5/26/2011
Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned physicist tells us there's no heaven. This is hardly an original thought. The Buddhists and Hindus and other religions have opted out of having a coherent theology of heaven since the beginning. The ancient Jews didn't really have a clear idea either, and the Jewish sect of religious leaders called The Sadducee didn't believe in the resurrection.
Of Heaven and Hell
Ron Coody - 5/17/2011
Two books have caught my attention lately. From the title of this article you may be able to guess which two.
Bin-Laden’s glorification: An insult to Islam
Tanveer Jafri - 5/17/2011
Osama Bin Laden, the face of the global terrorism spread in the name of Islam and the killer of thousands of innocent people, was ultimately killed by the American forces earlier this month in Abbottabad, near Pakistani capital Islamabad.
The Story in Metal
Ron Coody - 5/5/2011
With Easter just past many folks have paused to think about the story of the Passion of Jesus. The story says that a first century Jew from the northern Palestine province of Galilee became a folk hero through his moral and spiritual teaching, purported miracle-working, unjust death on a Roman cross and alleged resurrection three days later.
Fundamental Structures of Buddhism: The Law of Change and the Principle of Self-Reliance
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 5/2/2011
Buddhism is one of the foremost religious-spiritual, social, and indeed, political philosophies of the world. As is well-known, Gautama Buddha, the Light of Asia, not only brought about a revolution in religious-spiritual thinking, but also divulged the reality of existence for all forms of life on this planet.
Multifarious faces of Islam
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 3/10/2011
During the Cold War, people in the West asked two questions about communism. Was it reformable? And could we live with it? Without equating Islam and Communism, the West should perhaps be asking the same question about radical Islam.
Book Review: Allah Is Dead: Why Islam is not a Religion
Siavosh Rajizadeh - 2/25/2011
Books on Islam is a saturated market, an editor friend of mine told a few months ago. At the time I though she might be right. I had only recently read a couple of works that, for want of a better description, read like second rate Bruce Bawers. Maudlin and self-absorbed, these books (which shall remain nameless) tell us more about the authors than they do about radical Islam. Former boyfriends, Holland in the Springtime, and hints that the Pulitzer Prize went to the wrong author, are punctuated with references to female genital mutilation, terrorist acts, and hook-handed radical preachers.
Why Do Christians Remain Silent About the Persecution of Christians in Muslim-Majority Societies?
Prof. Barry Rubin - 11/11/2010
Christians in Iraq have been, and not for the first time, deliberately targeted in a major terrorist attack. Indeed, from Indonesia to Pakistan to Iraq, from the Gaza Strip to Egypt to Sudan to Nigeria, Christians are being assaulted, intimidated, and murdered by militant Muslims.
Dark Corners of Cosmology
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 10/21/2010
When we look out to the Cosmos, we survey an inventory of all the objects – stars, galaxies, and, now, planets – that had ever existed. Owing to the limited speed of light, our telescopes peer not only out to space but back in time as well. There is no way of knowing whether what we see still exists. Example: light from the binary star Alpha-Centaury requires 4.4 years to reach us. Thus, at any given moment we can ascertain that it had existed 4.4 years ago. Had it exploded 1 year ago, we would still count it as among the living for the next 3.4 years. Thus, the disciplines of cosmology and as...
Sexsomnia and the Immaculate Conception of Jesus Christ
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 7/16/2010
"I am with child” – says Mariam, her eyes downcast. In the murk he could not tell if her cheeks are flushed, but the tremor in her voice and her posture are signs enough. They are betrothed, he having paid the mohar to her family two moons ago with witnesses aplenty. She was a virgin then: the elders of both families made sure and vouched for her. At 14 years of age she was no beauty, but her plainness and the goodness of her heart appealed to him. She was supple and lithe and a hard worker. He liked her natural scents and she often laughed, a bell-like tintinnabulation that he grew fond of as...
Order and the Universe
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 7/14/2010
Earth is a complex, orderly, and open system. If it were an intelligent being, we would have been compelled to say that it had "chosen" to preserve and locally increase form (structure), order and complexity.
Palestinians Celebrate Those Who Turned Christianity's Holiest Shrine into a Military Bunker
Prof. Barry Rubin - 4/11/2010
The Obama Administration doesn't understand this but it is signaling the Palestinian Authority (PA) that it can get away with anything, thus further dooming any hope for serious negotiations and perhaps leading to a restart of large-scale violence.
Christians' and Muslim' Image Problems
Shirin Taber - 3/11/2010
Christians and Muslims in America have an image problem. The rest of the world sees us as intolerant, belligerent, prideful, nationalistic, and extremist. As the daughter of Christian and Muslim parents, I feel like a kid stuck in a bad marriage, trying to salvage my parent’s reputation and begging them to get along. As a child I remember feeling conflicted in a home that followed two religions and suffering shame after the 1979 hostage crisis. Today I encounter this drama played in our country.
Does the Bible Promote Violence to Fight Injustice?”
Ron Coody - 7/27/2009
Zecharias Butros lives with a high price on his head. This gray-bearded, sagely Coptic priest from Egypt has dared to become one of the most outspoken experts on the subject of Islam. Because he speaks and reads Arabic, he can study Islamic documents in their original language, giving him an advantage over others, including hundreds of millions of Muslims who cannot understand Arabic. The reason he has a high price on his head, is because like his secular counterpart Salmon Rushdie, he has dared to question and dissent.
Theodicy: The Problem of Evil
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 5/22/2009
''There is nothing that an omnipotent God could not do.' 'No.' 'Then, can God do evil?' 'No.' 'So that evil is nothing, since that is what He cannot do who can do anything.'
God, the Fine-tuned Universe and the Emergence of Life
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 5/11/2009
"The more I examine the universe, and the details of its architecture, the more evidence I find that the Universe in some sense must have known we were coming." — Freeman Dyson
Is God Necessary?
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 5/4/2009
Could God have failed to exist (especially considering His omnipotence)? Could He have been a contingent being rather than a necessary one? Would the World have existed without Him and, more importantly, would it have existed in the same way? For instance: would it have allowed for the existence of human beings?
Dissecting Biology and Theology
Ron Coody - 3/10/2009
In the eighties at High School I had to take biology along with all other sophomores. One day we got to the chapter in the textbook on evolution. My teacher simply stated that she didn’t believe in evolution, that God created everything, but that we could read the chapter if we wanted. At that time it was legal in Louisiana to give equal time to both perspectives about the origin of the species. That short discussion is one of the very few things I clearly remember from tenth grade.
Proof of Existence of God
Dr. Temur Z. Kalanov - 6/1/2008
The work is devoted to the 21st century’s most urgent problem – the problem of existence of God. The theoretical proof of the existence and of the uniqueness of God, based on the correct method of knowledge – unity of formal logic and of rational dialectics, – is proposed. This proof represents a theoretical model of God: a system of axioms from which the principle of existence and of uniqueness of God is deduced. The principle runs as follows: God exists as the Absolute, the Creator, the Governor of the essence (information) and of the phenomenon (material manifestation of information). The t...
A war between RIGHT and WRONG
Sunita Paul - 4/14/2008
United States is the only country in the world, which not only hold absolute trust in God, but also announces such position proudly, while many of the nations in the world are rather shy in expressing their beliefs in God. One of the mightiest currencies in the world, US Dollar bears a very clear slogan saying "In God we trust". And, who knows, such trust in God is always helping United States in achieving prosperity and strength almost every hour. But, we really witness almost an opposite in the minds of less developed and undeveloped countries in the world, especially in Asian Continent, who...
Christ has Truly Risen and we are Witnesses to His Resurrection
Elias Bejjani - 3/23/2008
But what does it say? The word is with you, in your mouth, and in your heart; that is, the word of faith, which we preach: that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says; whoever believes in him will not be disappointed. (Romans 10: 8 -11)
The Gospel of "No!"
Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. - 2/21/2008
If you ask people what comes to mind when they think of Christians, you might be shocked at the results. Here's some of what I suspect you may hear.
Why 'Low human development and inequality' is associated with deeply religious societies
Iqbal Latif - 2/18/2008
The Human Development Index (HDI) is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education, and standards of living for countries worldwide. It is used to distinguish whether the country is a developed, a developing, or an under-developed country, and also to measure the impact of economic policies on quality of life. The index was developed in 1990 by Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq and Indian economist Amartya Sen.)
Why 'Low human development and inequality' is associated with deeply religious societies
Iqbal Latif - 1/30/2008
The Human Development Index (HDI) is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education, and standards of living for countries worldwide. It is used to distinguish whether the country is a developed, a developing, or an under-developed country, and also to measure the impact of economic policies on quality of life. The index was developed in 1990 by Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq and Indian economist Amartya Sen.
War, Peace and Religion
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 1/13/2008
It was indeed a matter of pleasure to receive an invitation in 1999 from my Danish friend Niels Thomassen to speak before teachers, students and researchers of the South Denmark University on 'War and Peace in Relation to Religion'. I was keen to discuss the topic in some detail. But Niels mentioned the words 'little' and 'short' in the invitation. It was his loving restriction imposed upon me. I would not have cared for it much, had I received his invitation a month earlier. But I got it only a week before my departure to Denmark. Therefore, I was not in a position to dwell at length on the t...
The Necessity of Religion
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 1/10/2008
I vividly remember that day of August, 1998 when Maothong asked me, "What is the necessity of religion?" i.e. "Can't we live without religion?" Although Maothong's pertinent question urged me to give a prompt reply there only, but I thought it would be inappropriate at the moment to do so. That's why I told her," I will answer your question on my forthcoming visit to the campus. Please wait until then." And it was after 10 months during my next visit to the Campus of the PSU, Pattani, Thailand when I got an opportunity to answer the question of Maothong in brief by citing a real example. I als...
The Role of Religion In Life
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 12/15/2007
What a childishness those people display who try to subdue or deny the role of religion in human life, or even brand religion as unnecessary. Throughout the world, I myself have come across many such people who deny the role of religion in human life saying that it is unnecessary. A young friend of mine from Odense city in Denmark even wrote a letter to me on this subject and quoted the sayings of Karl Marx.
Religion and Caste
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 11/30/2007
It is an irony that we try to intermingle caste system with religion. It is also regrettable that we affix seal of religion on caste system and thereby we intentionally keep ourselves away from true religion. The truth happens to be that religion can never be, in any way, a helping hand to a system like caste system that is identified, as a factor of disintegration in society. Not only this, the aims and objects of any religious community are as distant from the caste system as the earth is away from the sun.
Ron Coody - 11/9/2007
A rash of bestseller books and international debates has brought several atheists into public prominence. They argue that we now know for certain that God does not exist because natural processes can explain everything from lightening to life, from the origin of the universe to the origin of your ability to read this article. Richard Dawkins, leader of the pack, admits that cosmology still holds many mysteries as to why the cosmos appears highly fined tuned for life, but he has faith---oops, I mean, hope--that eventually cosmology will have a breakthrough similar to the one Darwin gave biology.
Jesus Christ, Narcissist
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 10/20/2007
Note: Though most of the quotes in this essay are from the Gospel of Saint Matthew, I was careful to compare them with the texts of the other three canonical gospels. Where the gospels disagree, I avoided using the quote altogether.
Gautama Buddha: Human Religion and Peace
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 9/16/2007
A consideration has been continuing since utmost early stage of human life. The consideration is regarding controlling others. A person wants to keep him or herself in a higher position in comparison to others. This factor has been responsible for disintegration of society. Many nations faced degradation on this accord. A person forgets that he cannot be master of others. He is master of self only. Sooner or later, we shall have to admit and adopt the concept of equality and it indicates friendliness. Lord Gautama Buddha preached this in times past: