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Friday, April 8, 2011

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Astrophysicist Sir Martin Rees Wins 2011 Templeton Prize, Who Gets to Chat with God?, If Infinity Is The Devil, What Is God?…


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Today’s Friday Fun Feature is a video that serves as an excellent counter argument for the parental stand by “Don’t play with your food!”


Spirituality News & Posts:

1. Reuters: UK Astrophysicist Sir Martin Rees Wins 2011 Templeton Prize
“British astrophysicist Sir Martin Rees, whose research delves deep into the mysteries of the cosmos, has won the 2011 Templeton Prize for career achievements affirming life’s spiritual dimension. The one million sterling ($1.6 million) award, the world’s largest to an individual, was announced on Wednesday in London.”

2. Arjuna Ardagh: Who Gets to Chat with God?
“It’s the delicious dynamic where you neither feel separate enough to be cut off from God, but you’re just separate enough to feel a relationship with the divine. That’s when we experience benevolence in our lives. Small miracles happen. Prayers get answered. You find yourself showing up in the right place at the right time with the right people, not necessarily to get the pleasure you want, but so that you can move freely in the dance you were born to live.”

3. Clay Farris Naff: If Infinity Is The Devil, What Is God?
“Religious narratives about the past, present, and future of the world are indeed unreliable guides to the world, except perhaps as metaphorical inspiration. But has science ruled out rational belief in a Creator? I’m not so sure… Infinity is the devil. Not literally Satan, of course, but a destroyer of rational comprehension. This is as important to religion as it is to science, and more than that, it may provide a bridge between the two.”

4. Joanna Brooks: Beck Loses the Fox Portal into America’s Living Rooms
“I’ll never forget the day I saw the beginning of the end of Glenn Beck. It was March 2010. I had blogged about Beck and Mormonism, and a predictable stream of vitriol from Beck loyalists was pouring into my inbox. But then came the email that changed the way I saw Beck and his movement.”

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