A few months ago, the ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses on Reddit had an idea: They wanted to put up a billboard in Belton, Texas, where a couple of JW conventions were set to take place in late July/early August.
This we now know about yesterday’s horrific shooting at a black church in South Carolina that claimed nine lives: the alleged terrorist is 21-year-old Dylann Roof, pictured above, who has been described as a “white supremacist”. But “Fox &...
Jesuit priest Father Robert Spitzer is an American philosopher, author and academic who recently mapped out four levels of happiness that he says are available to humankind. After a great deal of incomprehensible psycho-babble, Spitzer – President of the Magis Center (motto “Shining Light on Transcendence and Eternity” – explains that the all-important fourth level of happiness involves folk: "Awakening … to the eternity to which they’re called.".
(RNS) The removals are the latest signs that Pope Francis aims to address the accountability of bishops in the sex abuse scandal, while also removing those who don’t reflect a humble and simple lifestyle.
Simon Reynolds denies charges of stealing fees from bereaved families and engaged couples at All Saints Church in Darton, South Yorkshire A Church of England vicar stole thousands of pounds of cash handed over as fees for weddings, funerals and...
A group of Evangelical Christians in Brazil has launched a social network where swearing and erotic content in any form is completely banned. The creators of Facegloria claim the site has attracted 100,000 members since its launch last month. There are 600 words which are forbidden on the site and an "Amen" button for expressing appreciation for a post. Ummaland, a social network for Muslims which launched in 2013, currently has around 329,000 members.
I was a Scientologist for eight years. Although I identified as one I didn’t really understand what actually being a Scientologist fully entailed until after a couple of years of being heavily indoctrinated. The reality of Scientology is deceptively hidden and cleverly disguised. When I look at Scientology today, I have to forgive myself for not seeing through the manipulation sooner. I’ve spent the last 13 years keeping Scientology out of my life. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve realized that the religion is built on a foundation of violence. I’m proud to add my voice to the many who, despite fear of retribution and humiliation, have come forward to tell of our experiences. This is my story.
Crispian Jago created a hierarchy of religious beliefs, from the most harmless at the bottom to the most harmful at the top. He argues you can’t make your way up the pyramid without hitting all the levels below first: Before you can believe in something utterly ridiculous and hateful, you need to first believe in something seemingly slightly less ridiculous and hateful. The best way to believe in something slightly less ridiculous is firstly to make it a cultural norm, so we stop questioning it, and secondly to make sure you start believing in it before you are capable of fully comprehending the ridiculousness of the belief.
Abuse survivors praised the Vatican’s latest actions as the most concrete steps Pope Francis has taken to institute accountability for sex abuse An American archbishop in Minnesota and a deputy bishop have resigned from the Catholic church just...
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