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When it comes to church growth, it's not the theology, stupid

When it comes to church growth, it's not the theology, stupid | Religion | Scoop.it
Andrew Brown: Evangelicals like to think their beliefs boost numbers. But really it's because they take growth seriously – a lesson liberals could learn
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I like the coment, "if in doubt, become a liberal Anglican"!

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Are atheists smarter than believers? Not exactly. - Religion News Service

Are atheists smarter than believers? Not exactly. - Religion News Service | Religion | Scoop.it
(RNS) Miron Zuckerman is careful to point out that his work does not mean only dumb people believe in God. Rather, he said, it shows only that more intelligent people may have less need for religion.
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The more liberal press in the UK had a field day with the headlines, but their body text was more moderate. It's an interesting piece of research that raises many questions!

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Mohsin Hamid: 'Islam is not a monolith'

Mohsin Hamid: 'Islam is not a monolith' | Religion | Scoop.it
There are more than a billion Muslims in the world, each with an individual view of life. So why are they viewed as a unified group, asks Mohsin Hamid
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An interesting insight into Islam: even a cursory view of the religion notes its richness, complexity and engagement with life. If all we see is the hijab and we hear are horror stories of random acts of violence, our judgement will be skewed towards an obscene caricature of a powerful culture and deep faith. 

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Educational waste: what's missing in Australian classrooms

Have you ever walked out of a class without having learned anything at all?
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Great article from the Conversation on putting our educational dollars and perspiration on things that we know will make a difference.

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Book review: Atheist calls for abolishing religion | Books | NewsObserver.com

Book review: Atheist calls for abolishing religion | Books | NewsObserver.com | Religion | Scoop.it
Brit scholar A.C. Grayling says religion is nothing but a plague and a curse. He advocates for a society based on secular humanism, with no hang-ups about abortion, euthanasia and legalized prostitution.
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Oh dear. Much as I disagree with Grayling's overall thesis, I don't think I would dismiss him with such vituperation as this reviewer. Grayling is thoughtful, often poetic and a worthy spokesman for the ethical capacity of humanism. Any person of faith who dismisses his criticism out of hand is missing the point entirely: we must explain, not excuse, the sectarian violence in contemporary Islamic societies, the supine acceptance of Nazism by most Christians in Europe, the cheap barbarism of the post-colonial wars prosecuted by nations that all too often used a Christian rhetoric. Hindu violence at partition; persecution of minorities by Buddhists in Asia – the historical record holds religion to account. My argument is that a true humanism will be based on spirituality: that is how the capacity of religion to do ill can be limited and religion's true benefits liberated.

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Does God Exist? How Religion and Science Are Actually in Agreement

Does God Exist? How Religion and Science Are Actually in Agreement | Religion | Scoop.it
Are Christians backward, are scientists godless, or are science and religion intertwined and complimentary?
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A succinct statement, but not one that will necessarily satisfy the new Atheists, nor the fundamentalists.

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Mez Munshi's curator insight, February 16, 2014 5:19 PM

One of the responses from Christianity says that science and Christianity can work together. Remember Genesis 1?

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What\'s your theological worldview? | Quizfarm.com

What\'s your theological worldview? | Quizfarm.com | Religion | Scoop.it
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A vastly amusing quiz and one that is bound to confuse. Naturally, I came out as a Catholic liberal!

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Spiritual or religious activity may protect against depression by thickening brain cortex

Spiritual or religious activity may protect against depression by thickening brain cortex | Religion | Scoop.it
Meditation and other such spiritual or religious practices may help prevent depression by prompting a thickening of the brain cortex, researchers have said.
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Well, at least we haven't been completely mad teaching in Catholic Schools.

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Mez Munshi's curator insight, February 16, 2014 5:17 PM

What do you think?

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Reasons To Believe : Faith and Reason

Reasons To Believe : Faith and Reason | Religion | Scoop.it
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I think that this issue will have some deep relevance for me over the rest of the year, particularly as I set out on my pilgimage to Santiago. It has already been an important point of reference as I worked through a number of issues, both before and after my immersion experience at Isoudun with the Cor Novum team. I think that the existential perspective speaks best to me, but I see the affront to our sense of the way of the world reveals a deeper reality than common sense or the scientific method allows us.

Or is that just poetry? Don't go there…

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That's some guestlist! Stunning images show huge dynastic wedding between Ultra-Orthodox Jewish families which attracted 25,000 guests

That's some guestlist! Stunning images show huge dynastic wedding between Ultra-Orthodox Jewish families which attracted 25,000 guests | Religion | Scoop.it
A huge wedding between two of the most important Ultra-Orthodox Jewish families in the world has taken place in Jerusalem, attracting a staggering 25,000 guests.
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Hassidism, ladies and gentlemen!

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Ask the religion experts: Why do so many prayers go unanswered?

Ask the religion experts: Why do so many prayers go unanswered? | Religion | Scoop.it
Our religion experts discuss why so many prayers go unanswered.
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Another one for the resources file, religion teachers!

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Mez Munshi's curator insight, February 16, 2014 5:18 PM

Unanswered prayers: Why?

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Report: Islam could become dominant UK religion in 10 years

Report: Islam could become dominant UK religion in 10 years | Religion | Scoop.it
According to a new analysis of 2011 UK census, one in 10 people under 25 are Muslim, Christianity is declining 50 percent faster than previously thought and in 10 years Islam may become the dominant religion with only a minority identifying as...
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Always good to walk in on Monday morning and find an article like this. Almost a mini lesson in itself for Year 12 Studies of Religion, as it provides an interesting parallel with the Australian situation.

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Pope Francis: a leader for believers and atheists alike

Pope Francis: a leader for believers and atheists alike | Religion | Scoop.it
Jack Persico: The new pope fights poverty and complacency wherever he sees it. He could be a superhero even for an atheist like me
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It's interesting how Francis has been able to generate this enthusiasm, even though his actions are still mainly symbolic. The hope is, I suppose, that he reminds the secular West that Christianity still has considerable moral power; and that he reminds Catholics that the most important commandments have nothing to do with prohibitions on sexual behaviour.

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It's not just Islam - most religions are discriminatory

Yes, Tony Abbott is right.There is something unattractive about a university allowing public meetings at which attendees are segregated by sex.But hang on a moment: is this not the normal arrangement…...
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You've got to love Dennis Altman: he is a doughty stirrer and critique of oppressors. Not sure that I agree with the conclusions, but it is always important to raise the issue of just how far a democratic and pluralistic society can go in tolerating practices which are against the mainstream values of that society. We all are justifiably horrified at female genital mutiliation, but it is always worth while asking whether the basis for the horror does not contain some component of xenophobia and sectarianism. It is always something of a spectrum, after all!

Consider that recent attempts to ban male circumcision in Germany were struck down on the grounds of religion freedom; and we also tolerate other forms of mutiliation like piercing and tatooing. Similarly, we tolerate the male exclusivity of masons, sports codes and – until recently – the military. Simply focusing on segregation and exclusion is not enough to label a religion fundamentalist or anti-democratic. That simply sets up a new sectarianism which would exclude any non-compliant religion from participation in society.

… and, as usual, there is always that fatal step to far in his argument. No one would seriously suggest that the Catholic Church is fundamentalist. Patriarchal, authoritarian, lacking in democratic structures, herarchical, all those things, but strangely not fundamentalist.

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