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5 Movies That Use Mysticism As The Deus Ex Machina - WhatCulture!

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Tolkien believed that mysticism used in a fictional format had more power to reach people than any other method. It is why I chose to write a novel, The Garden of Souls, over publishing a large nonfiction book. Fiction is more memorable.

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What Your Pronunciation of These Words Tells Other People

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Subjects were asked how they pronounce certain words, and what they thought about people who said them differently.

Via Jukka Melaranta
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Are we putting people off if we pronounce words differently than those around us? The answer would be yes and no, depending on the crowd. Words do have meaning, contrary to some popular politicos trying to convince us otherwise, but the way we talk can move people either away from us or toward us, in spite of content. In some crowds, if you pronounce words correctly according to their origin (foreign words to us Americans) then you could be seen as "putting on airs" if the place you are standing is on a street corner. But, if you're with an academic crowd they would appreciate you pronouncing the word correctly.

 

Being genuine is more important than trying to impress a person or a crowd. If you pronounce a word according to its origin, and the listener learns you aren't the sort to put on airs, then go against the American grain, say it the way it should be pronounced. My goal when speaking is to be correct, not to sound haughty. And, I don't take offense if someone corrects me. Being clear is important.

 

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Shema' Yisrael - Biblical Archaeology Society

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According to a recent article in Biblical Archaeology Review, the Shema' Yisrael on this Jewish amulet discovered near Carnuntum is one of the earliest monotheistic readings of Deuteronomy. The Shema' Yisrael from ...
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Terrific find. The Sh'ma is the first prayer after the Exodus and the giving of the Law.

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Mary is an important part of our faith.

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Gabriel Stone: Jerusalem Unveils Mysterious Hebrew Tablet (PHOTOS) - Huffington Post

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Gabriel Stone: Jerusalem Unveils Mysterious Hebrew Tablet (PHOTOS)
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... Temple, Archaeologists Say.
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Israel is an artifact rich environment. We've only just begun to discover what might be under the layers of dirt in Jerusalem. Perhaps, my novel premise might be right, there is a pathway to the Cave of Abraham, and Eden, waiting to be uncovered by some intrepid archaeologist. It's nice to think about.

 

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Mystery Alignment of Dying Stars Puzzles Scientists

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Dying stars that are among the most beautiful objects in the universe line up across the night sky, and astronomers aren't sure why. These "cosmic butterflies" — actually a certain type of planetary nebula — all have their own formation histories, and they don't interact with each other. But something is apparently making them dance in step, scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory's New Technology Telescope (NTT) have discovered.

 

"This really is a surprising find and, if it holds true, a very important one,"study lead author Bryan Rees, of the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, said in a statement. "Many of these ghostly butterflies appear to have their long axes aligned along the plane of our galaxy. By using images from both Hubble and the NTT we could get a really good view of these objects, so we could study them in great detail."

 

In the final stages of their lives, stars like our own sun puff their outer layers into space, creating strange and striking objects known as planetary nebulas. (No planets are necessarily involved. The term was coined by famed astronomer Sir William Herschel to describe celestial bodies that appeared to have circular, planet-like shapes when viewed through early telescopes.)

Rees and co-author Albert Zijlstra, also of the University of Manchester, studied 130 planetary nebulae in the central bulge of the Milky Way galaxy.

They found most of these objects to be scattered more or less randomly across the sky, but one type — the bipolar nebulae, which have distinctive butterfly or hourglass shapes that are thought to result when jets blast material away from a dying star perpendicular to its orbit — showed a surprising alignment.

 

"The alignment we're seeing for these bipolar nebulae indicates something bizarre about star systems within the central bulge,"Rees said. "For them to line up in the way we see, the star systems that formed these nebulae would have to be rotating perpendicular to the interstellar clouds from which they formed, which is very strange."

 

Faraway bipolar nebulae display this predilection much more than nearby cosmic butterflies do, the researchers said. They suspect that the orderly behavior may have been caused by strong magnetic fields present when the galaxy's central bulge was forming.

 

But little is known about the characteristics of the Milky Way's magnetic fields in the distant past, so the planetary nebula alignment remains mysterious for now. "We can learn a lot from studying

 these objects,"Zijlstra said in a statemnt. "If they really behave in this unexpected way, it has consequences for not just the past of individual stars, but for the past of our whole galaxy."


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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My character Avi, in the Garden of Souls, is shown the origins of the universe. God has created a beautiful universe, filled with wonders. This is just a glimpse into it.

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5 Movies That Use Mysticism As The Deus Ex Machina - WhatCulture!

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Tolkien believed that mysticism used in a fictional format had more power to reach people than any other method. It is why I chose to write a novel, The Garden of Souls, over publishing a large nonfiction book. Fiction is more memorable.

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The Virgin Mary's Birthday - Catholicism - About.com

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When was the Virgin Mary born? Find the date, and learn about the traditions surrounding the Virgin Mary's birthday.
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Some traditional facts regarding Mary.

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A Monumental Underwater Structure in the Sea of Galilee – Biblical ...

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What is a monumental ancient stone structure doing in the Sea of Galilee? In a recent issue of The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, Israeli archaeologists, geophysicists and oceanographers discuss an ...
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This is why my first novel had to be about biblical archaeology. There are so many artifacts and structures that are still unexplored.

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Practical Uses for Photogrammetry on Archaeological Excavations ...

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An illustrated guide by the Jezreel Valley Regional Project's Adam Prins and Matthew J. Adams.
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Using technology in excavations has advanced considerably over the years, but nothing beats the shovel, the trowel, and the brush to get the details. In my novel, The Garden of Souls, everything comes down to hands on with the old romantic brush and shovel in the field, but the lab tests are about as advanced as any hospital.

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Biblical town discovered: Jesus could have ridden in this boat

Biblical town discovered: Jesus could have ridden in this boat | The Garden of Souls | Scoop.it
Archaeologists may have discovered the Biblical town of Dalmanutha mentioned in the Gospel of Mark. According to a Sept.
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Beautiful example of the many artifacts that add to the richness of our Christian heritage.

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