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Friday, March 25, 2011

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PETA Says Bible is “Speciesist”, Religious Young Adults More Likely to Become Obese, Americans Don’t Blame God for Natural Disasters…

Friday, March 25, 2011
Have a wonderful weekend! -The SBNR Team


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Spirituality News & Posts:

1. Mira Sucharov: What’s Being Lost in the Eternal God Debate
“The ongoing debate between the so-called “new atheists” and men and women of faith is fascinating and entertaining, stimulating and touching, and funny and serious. But it is time to move on. The atheism-vs.-religion industry is distracting us from the issues we should really be thinking about, issues related to the health and vibrancy of community.”

2. Eric Marrapodi: PETA: Don’t Call Animals ‘It’ in the Bible
“PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is calling for a more animal-friendly update to the Bible. The group is asking translators of the New International Version (NIV) to remove what it calls “speciesist” language and refer to animals as “he” or “she” instead of “it.”

3. Cathy Lynn Grossman: Study: Young Adults Firm in Faith, More Likely Fat by 50
“Young adults who go to a religious event such as worship or Bible study at least once a week are 50% more likely to become obese by middle age as young adults with no religious involvement, according to new Northwestern Medicine research based on tracking 3,433 men and women for 18 years.”

4. The Huffington Post/RNS: Poll: Most Americans Don’t Blame God for Disasters
“We may never know why bad things happen to good people, but most Americans – except evangelicals – reject the idea that natural disasters are divine punishment, a test of faith or some other sign from God, according to a new poll.”

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