April 12, 2010

Shroud of Turin Goes on Display for the First Time in 10 Years
Turin Cardinal Severino Poletto led the opening ceremony in Turin’s cathedral. He referred to the debate over the shroud’s authenticity, saying it was “not up to the church but for science to decide.” (Associated Press)

What Does Science Say About the Shroud’s Authenticity?
In 1988, the game seemed to be up. Carbon dating experts from universities in Oxford, Zurich, and Arizona “proved” that it originated from the 14th century and thus could not be Jesus. And yet many now argue that process was flawed. (Tom de Castella, BBC News)

Are There Positive Aspects of Being a Caregiver?
Some 50 percent of carers experienced shock after a loved one was diagnosed with cancer and 45 percent suffered depression. But 46 percent of women and 68 percent of men also reported enriched relationships with those they were caring for, according to the study by the University of Western Sydney School of Psychology. (Australian Associated Press)

God Is Green
A rising chorus of voices is framing efforts to fight climate change in moral and religious terms—from the pope to a leading climatologist. (Wendy Koch, Green House, USA Today)

Why Belief Is Innate
Michael Shermer: Although there is much cultural variation among different religious faiths, all have in common the belief in supernatural agents in the form of God, gods, or spirits who have intention and interact with us in the world. Four lines of evidence point to the conclusion that such beliefs are hard-wired into our brains. (The Wall Street Journal)

Why Belief Is Not Innate
Gregory Paul: A growing body of psychosociological research has already overturned conventional wisdom as it uncovers the actual leading cause of popular faith: dysfunctional socioeconomic conditions. (The Wall Street Journal)

Justice Ginsburg Says Supreme Court Judges Should Not Be Picked Based on Religion
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—one of two Jewish justices on a court dominated by Catholic members—said no justice would want to be identified by his religion. (Matt Cover, CNSNews.com)

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