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Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God isn't 'a magician with a magic wand'

Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God isn't 'a magician with a magic wand' | Philosophies, Spirituality and Religion | Scoop.it
The theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real and God is not “a magician with a magic wand”, Pope Francis has declared.
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Hopefully we will soon realize that science and faith are not enemies.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson vs. the right: “Cosmos,” Christians, and the battle for American science

Neil deGrasse Tyson vs. the right: “Cosmos,” Christians, and the battle for American science | Philosophies, Spirituality and Religion | Scoop.it

The reason any somewhat knowledgeable Christian is frustrated by these debates is that they simply pit one fundamentalist against another. One tries to use science to disprove religion, the other to prove it — both apparently unaware that belief is something that cannot be “proven.” That’s the entire point! 

 

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For a religion that insists on faith it spends a lot of time trying to prove that their religion is based on science and fact. Which is it? If you believe in Jesus because you can prove it, then how is that faith?

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10 Theories That Will Encourage You To Rethink Your Perception Of The World.

10 Theories That Will Encourage You To Rethink Your Perception Of The World. | Philosophies, Spirituality and Religion | Scoop.it

 

Eternalism is the exact opposite of presentism. This is a philosophical theory that says that time is multi-layered. It can be compared to a pound cake (however, unlike the time, a biscuit is not up for philosophical debate). All time exists simultaneously, but the measurement is determined by the observer. What he sees depends on which point he is looking at.

Thus dinosaurs, World War II and Justin Bieber all exist simultaneously but can only be observed from a specific location. If one takes this view of reality then the future is hopeless and the deterministic free will is illusory.

 

Kristina Treleaven Ray's insight:

Just like most things, I think they are all true and all false. Religion is made up of our perceptions of God. There are as many perceptions of God as there are human beings. The same can be said for life. Our theories are simply our individual perspectives. The way we see it is always true for us. Our view point is forged through our own experience, and no "truth" or "proof" can change that.

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Stephen Fry Defines Humanism

Stephen Fry Defines Humanism | Philosophies, Spirituality and Religion | Scoop.it

This way of thinking means that there is not just one big meaning of life but that every person will have many different meanings in their life. Each one of us is unique and our different personalities depend on a complex mixture of influences from our parents, our environment, and our connections. They change with experience and changing circumstances. There are no simple recipes for living that are applicable to all people.

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I know very little about humanist philosophy, I've never considered my self a humanist, but these words resonate.

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Mindfulness Rising Among The Young.

Mindfulness Rising Among The Young. | Philosophies, Spirituality and Religion | Scoop.it

"The Way of Mindful Education is part of this movement of making meditation accessible yet not dumbing down the potent practice of meditation, and for that reason I highly recommend it....
Both for our children and our Millennials, meditation is the practice that will aide them in becoming upstanding, compassionate citizens...
Mindfulness has penetrated our workplaces, our social change movements, and now our educational system to the point that Meditation Club is just as normal as photography and theater."

Kristina Treleaven Ray's insight:

Obviously, meditation is not as normal as photography and theater in many parts of the world. There are parts of the United States that still think such things are satanic, but there are areas where this is becoming the norm. 

 

When I was in  6th grade my school was preparing to facilitate a a workshop that included meditation, among other things. When parents with fundamental christian mindsets found out, they put a stop to anything that sounded "new age" or part of  "eastern religions". The overnight workshop got scaled back to almost nothing, removing the most helpful and needed parts.

 

Even at eleven, I knew something was fucked up about the fact my friend's parents were able to prevent me from the experience because they had issues with it. I was disappointed because I had no idea "how to meditate" or what mindfulness was, but  the ideas intrigued me. Living in a small town before the days of the internet, I had no where else to find such information. My classmate's parents robbed me of that learning opportunity. It was 20 years later before I found the next one and attempted meditation for the first time. My life hasn't been the same since. I missed out when I was young, thankfully the tide is turning for this future generation.

 

We are now beginning to offer our young people the tools they need and can put into practice.  Let's see what happens when we stop invalidating the young for their non-religious spiritual pursuits. I believe we will see the world change exponentially as we empower the youth.

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Magic Mushrooms Being Used Therapeutically, Changing Lives.

Magic Mushrooms Being Used Therapeutically, Changing Lives. | Philosophies, Spirituality and Religion | Scoop.it

Fourteen months later, 94% said their trip on magic mushrooms was one of the five most important moments of their lives. Thirty-nine percent said it was the most important thing that had ever happened to them. Their colleagues, friends, and family members said the participants were kinder and happier; the volunteers had positive experiences ranging from more empathy and improved marriages to less drinking

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The videos of their experiences with therapeutic mushrooms are beautiful to watch if you have time. Their lives were changed dramatically.


The article discusses the research and it is pretty amazing. After watching the videos there is very little question that this wasn't life altering. The beneifits seem almost "magical".

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This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education

This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education | Philosophies, Spirituality and Religion | Scoop.it
Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead. Not only was he home schooled, but Logan had the ability to tailor his education to his interests and also his style of learning, something traditional education does not offer. As Logan has mentioned, when […]
Kristina Treleaven Ray's insight:

I love this kid. He is an inspiration to those of us who believe in finding a better way for our children.

 

What do we want for our children? What do we want them to be when they "grow up"? Do we have a specific role we want them to play? Or do we want them to be happy and healthy?

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