December 10, 2010

The “Religious Edge” of Giving
To understand the connection between religiosity and charitable giving, it is useful to distinguish between the “boosting” effect and the “channeling” effect. The former refers to the increase in giving of all sorts that goes with being religious; the latter refers to whether that giving is directed toward religious or secular causes. (David Campbell and Robert Putnam, The Wall Street Journal)

“Measuring the State of Muslim-West Relations”
About half of Muslims surveyed worldwide believe the West does not respect them, according to a new Gallup report, and many say not desecrating the Quran and portraying more “accurate” Muslim movie characters could improve a strained relationship. (Adelle Banks, Religion News Service)

Religious House Republicans Say President Obama Doesn’t Talk About God Enough
Forty-two members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus complained in a letter sent to the White House that in a speech delivered last month in Indonesia, the president substituted the United States’ religious-themed national motto for a more secular alternative. The letter suggests the speech was not an isolated incident but part of a series of remarks that “establishes a pattern” of the president intentionally excluding talk of God from his public remarks. (Russell Goldman, ABC News)

A Protest Against the Nativity Scene in Front of the Franklin County Courthouse in Indiana
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking Franklin County to move the nativity statue from the front of the courthouse. According to county leaders, this is the first and only complaint they have received to remove the statue. (FOX19)

Ginger Pinholster

A recent announcement of the discovery of arsenic-based life on Earth was preceded by intense media speculation about possible implications for the search for extraterrestrial life. Now the journal Science is looking to keep the discussion grounded in a more Earthly reality. (Jeremy Hsu, LiveScience)

What Good is God?

Philip Yancey, a popular evangelical author, traveled to some of the grimmest locations in the world to ask people who had been broken in body and spirit the same question: Does belief in God really matter when life gets tough? Their answers form the heart of his new book. (John Blake, CNN)

Category: Field Notes


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  1. Anirudh Kumar Satsangi says:

    I give Radhasoami Faith view of Creation Theory. In Sar Bachan (Poetry) composed by His Holiness Soamiji Maharaj the August Founder of Radhasoami Faith the details of creation and dissolution has been described very scientifically. It is written in this Holy Book: Only He Himself (Supreme Father)and none else was there. There issued forth a great current of spirituality, love and grace (In scientific terminology we may call this current as gravitational wave). This is called His Mauj (Divine Ordainment). This was the first manifestation of Supreme Being. This Divine Ordainment brought into being three regions, viz., Agam, Alakh, and Satnam of eternal bliss. Then a current emerged with a powerful sound. It brought forth the creation of seven Surats or currents of various shades and colours (in scientific terminology we may call it electromagnetic waves). Here the true Jaman or coagulant was given (in scientific terminology this coagulant may be called as weak nuclear force and strong nuclear force). Surats, among themselves, brought the creation into being.

    These currents descended down further and brought the whole universe/multi verse into being i.e. black holes, galaxies etc. were born.

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