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SBL 2014

I'M OFF TO SAN DIEGO for the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.This year I am responding to two reviews of my 2013 book Hekhalot Literature in Translation: Major Texts of Merkavah Mysticism (Brill), on which much background here and links. Show More Summary

Story of Pandavas and Seven Aravalli Sisters – Legend in Tamil Nadu

17 hours agoReligion / Hinduism : Hindu Blog

Seven Aravalli sisters lived during the Mahabharata period in present day Tamil Nadu and... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]

Religion in the American West: New Books Update

Paul Putz The first session of the official, permanent Religion in the American West AAR group will be meeting in a couple days. What better way to celebrate than by highlighting two recent books in the field?The geographic area of focus for the first book would certainly meet with Paul Harvey's approval. Show More Summary

Dakshin Kashi Wai in Satara in Maharashtra - Temples and Ghats at Wai

20 hours agoReligion / Hinduism : Hindu Blog

Wai, which is located around, 33 km from Satara in Maharashtra is known as Dakshin Kashi... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]

Was Zen finally speaking to me?

20 hours agoReligion / Buddhism : The Zennist

Several years after World War II, my teacher studied with Hodo Tobase in San Francisco. Tobase was part of the Soto Mission from Japan. The name of the temple of the Soto mission was Sokoji. My teacher was a graduate...

Pampa Ganapathy Temple – Ganapati Temple at the Base of Sabarimala Mountain on the banks of Pamba River

21 hours agoReligion / Hinduism : Hindu Blog

Pampa Ganapathy Temple, also known as Pampa Ganapati Kovil, is dedicated to Ganesha.... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]

Plant Your Birth Star Tree – Janmanakshatra Vrikshaparipalana by Travancore Devaswom Board

22 hours agoReligion / Hinduism : Hindu Blog

Janmanakshatra Vrikshaparipalana is a green initiative by he Travancore Devaswom Board... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]

New Zealand Parliament to Vote on Updating, but Not Eliminating, Daily Prayer

If your local government is considering some changes to its traditions regarding public prayer, it might be worth your time to consider what's happening in New Zealand's national Parliament (below) right now. Speaker David Carter has...Show More Summary

People Look East! Bishop Conley and His Cathedral Move Ad Orientem for Advent and Christmas

Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska has just issued a pastoral column in the diocesan newspaper, The Southern Nebraska Register, explaining the basics of celebrating the Mass ad orientem. His column also reveals a plan for the priests...Show More Summary

San Francisco Photographers Close Their Business Rather Than Serve a Same-Sex Couple

Another business has closed up shop rather than serve a gay couple.When asked to photograph two men for their wedding, Bay Area-based urloved Photography (ironic name, no?) referred the couple to another photographer because of their clashing beliefs. The owners, Nang and Chris Mai, released a statement on their website explaining their version of what happened:

Mrs. America Austen Williams Aims to 'Share the Love of Jesus' at Mrs. World 2014, Pageant Features Married Women; Airs Tonight

Mrs. America 2014 Austen Williams is gearing up for yet another national title at the final competition for Mrs. World 2014 where she plans to "share the Light of the world" on Wednesday night.

Louisiana High School’s Veterans Day Assembly Included Christian Prayer

On Veterans Day last week, students at Morgan City High School in Louisiana attended an hour-long assembly which began with a Christian prayer. Furthermore, they were told to stand up and bow their heads. Now, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center is asking for an apology on behalf of a student who contacted them:

Acts of Terrorism Rose 60 Percent In One Year, and You’ll Never Guess What the Main Cause Is

From the water-is-wet department, via the Guardian:Religious extremism has become the main driver of terrorism in recent years, according to this year’s Global Terrorism Index. The report recorded 18,000 deaths in 2013, a rise of 60% on the previous year. Show More Summary

“Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis” - A New Book by Peter Kwasniewski

Since he first came on board here at NLM about a year and a half ago, Dr Peter Kwasniewski has given us a large number of valuable contributions on a wide variety of topics. He manages to post a thought-provoking and learned essay almost...Show More Summary

Absence of self knowledge is known as ignorance or delusion – Yoga Vasistha

Absence of self knowledge is known as ignorance or delusion. When the self is known... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]

An Adorable Little Girl Won't Let Santa Eat Breakfast Alone

While they were sitting down, Gracie noticed that Santa had been sitting alone across from them. Without hesitation she ran over and sat down with him.

Students for Life Abortion Debate Shut Down at Oxford University Following Intimidation by Feminist Group

A planned abortion debate at Oxford University organized by a pro-life group was shut down this week following intimidation by members of the Student Union's Women's Campaign group. A barrister has accused the college of caving into "criminal intimidation" and not respecting free speech rights.

Uber CEO apologizes. Kind of.

On Tuesday, Uber's chief executive, Travis Kalanick, attempted to steer the ride-sharing company away from the pileup of criticism that one of his executives caused after suggesting that Uber dig up dirt on its critics in the press.Show More Summary

Muslim, Christian, Jewish leaders unite to condemn jihadi violence

yesterdayReligion : FaithWorld

Senior Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders condemned violence by jihadi militants such as Islamic State (IS) at a Saudi-backed conference on Wednesday in a rare display of inter-faith unity aimed at promoting tolerance and diversit...

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