December 23, 2009

Israeli Antiquities Authority Remains of Nazareth Dwelling Could Date Back to Time of Jesus
The dwelling and older discoveries of nearby tombs in burial caves suggest that Nazareth was an out-of-the-way hamlet of around 50 houses on a patch of about four acres. It was evidently populated by Jews of modest means, said archaeologist Yardena Alexandre, excavations director at the Israel Antiquities Authority. (Associated Press)

State of Happiness
New data reveal that Louisiana, Hawaii, and Florida are the happiest states whereas Michigan, Connecticut, and New York are the most miserable. The media have glommed on to the state-by-state happiness rankings that are incidental findings in a new study to be published in Science. (Jonathan Rottenberg, Charting the Depths, Psychology Today)

Can Tylenol Reduce the Pain of Hurt Feelings?
A study to be published in the journal Psychological Science set out to explore the link between the way we experience physical pain and how we process the pain of social rejection—a novel line of research that has been picking up steam in the past year or so. (Melissa Healy, Booster Shots, Los Angeles Times)

‘Tis the Season to Be a Techie
Maybe you’ve been inspired by the holidays to reconnect with your faith. Well, technology is making that easier. You could call it religion 2.0. (Jessica Alpert, All Things Considered, NPR)

“Simpsonian Theology”
To put it as the devout Ned Flanders would, the Vatican’s newspaper thinks The Simpsons are an okely dokely bunch. L’Osservatore Romano congratulated the show on its 20th anniversary, praising its philosophical leanings as well as its stinging and often irreverent take on religion. (Associated Press)

OBIT
Charles Birch

He believed progress could only be made when spiritual values were married to the empirical world he probed as a scientist. (Malcolm Brown, The Sydney Morning Herald)

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