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SBNR Daily 10-27-10: Upload Me

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Piety And Body Image, Religious Themes In Video Gaming, Halloween Vs. All Saints’ Day…

SBNR Daily 10-27-10: Upload Me

SPIRITUAL BOOK EXCERPT:

And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.

From: Black Elk Speaks
By John G. Neihardt

SPIRITUALITY POSTS:

1. Paul O’Donnell:
Does My Religion Make Me Look Fat? The Connection Between Piety and Body Image

“A recent study of nearly 300 Jordanian teens and their moms suggests that religious belief itself insulates young women from the impact of media hype about the female form.”

2. Andrea R. Jain: Is Downward Dog The Path To Hell?
“Evangelicals and fundamentalist Hindus come together in their denunciation of yoga’s popularity in the U.S.”

3. Ghassan Rubeiz: Religious Leaders Needed In Peacemaking
“Since religion plays a significant role in justifying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, politicians need the help of religious leaders in their search for a solution.”

SPIRITUALITY NEWS:

1. The Irish Times: It’s Hell Out There As Games Tackle Religious Themes
“Games developers have been criticised for having a negative attitude to religion, though the subject is taken seriously…”

2. The Los Angeles Times:
UCLA’s Ongoing Suspension Of Admissions To Islamic Studies Worries Students

“Admissions were frozen in 2007, pending a reorganization. But that hasn’t happened, and students fear that the program could simply be allowed to die.”

3. The Washington Post:
Michigan Dominican Sisters To Buy John Paul II Cultural Center In D.C.

“The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Mich., have signed a purchase agreement for the John Paul II Cultural Center, a sprawling building near the Catholic University campus that has struggled financially and in attracting visitors since it opened in 2001.”

4. The Huffington Post/RNS: On Halloween Sunday, Some Opt For All Saints’ Parties
“This year especially, some families question whether it is appropriate to revel in ghouls and goblins since Halloween falls on a Sunday, the first time since 2004.”

MEDITATION ON WONDER:

“The greatest danger in modern technology isn’t that machines will begin to think like people, but that people will begin to think like machines.”
~ Author Unknown

This film was intended to represent modern technology and its influence on our capability to control and manipulate one’s image:

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