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SBNR Daily 9-28-10: Crab Supernova

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U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, Dead Sea Scrolls Cause Drama, Supernova Is Love…

SBNR Daily 9-28-10: Crab Supernova

SPIRITUAL BOOK EXCERPT:

If we are willing to look into ourselves, we can see that anything with which we don’t identify ends up causing us more fear and suffering.

From: The Path of the Human Being
by Dennis Genpo Merzel

SPIRITUALITY POSTS:

1. Christopher Stedman: Should The Nonreligious Join In Interfaith Work
“I see interfaith cooperation as the key to resolving the world’s great religious problems. All the more, I want my secular community to join me, to share their stories and learn from those of the religious.”

2. Matt J. Rossano: The Surprising Effect Of Religious Devotion On Suicide Attacks
“…prayer frequency was negatively correlated with support for parochial altruism; that is, more devoted Muslims were more likely to oppose suicide attacks.”

3. Rabbi Rami: Talk Me Out Of This, Please
“If Israelis want to be held hostage to Orthodoxy and medieval mores, that is their business, but don’t ask me to care, and don’t ask me to donate money to support it.”

SPIRITUALITY NEWS:

1. Pew Research Center: U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey
“Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions.”

2. The New York Times: A Trial On Identity Theft, With Scholarly Discourse
“Mr. Golb faces charges that he stole the identity of and impersonated a New York University professor and others who disagreed with his father’s theories about the origin of the Dead Sea Scrolls in an effort to discredit them.”

3. The New York Times: Chechnya Coerces Women On Dress, Activists Say
“Women in Chechnya are under pressure to adopt Islamic dress, according to human rights activists and an Islamic fundamentalist video circulating on the Internet in the latest example of deteriorating women’s rights under Ramzan A. Kadyrov, the president of the restive southern Russian republic.”

MEDITATION ON WONDER:

“The reduction of the universe to a single being, the expansion of a single being even to God, this is love.”
~Victor Hugo

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