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SBNR Daily- September 16th

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Pope Visits Britain, Religious Tolerance, Issues In The State Of Texas…

SBNR Daily- September 16th

BOOK EXCERPT:

Spirituality is from within, the result of recognition, realization, and reverence. My personal understanding of spiritual practice is that it is a way of making my life work at a higher level and of receiving guidance for handling problems.

(from There’s A Spiritual Solution To Every Problem, by Wayne Dyer)

BLOG POSTS:

1. James K.A. Smith: An Atheism A Theologian Can Love

“For antihumanists, humanistic atheism had never really gotten over its theological tendencies; so the result of the death of God was the divinization of Man. But having witnessed the atrocities committed in the name of such anthropocentrism, midcentury theorists sought to displace humanism.”

2. Rabbi Rami: Questions For People Of Faith

“With all the demands for Muslims to answer questions about their faith, I thought it might be helpful to develop six simple questions one can ask of all peoples of faith…”

3. Charles Randall Paul and John W. Morehead: I Believe You’re Wrong: The Trouble With Tolerance

“A recent poll by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life revealed that America is conflicted over its reactions to Islam in a post-9/11 world…The resulting conflict in the public square has often generated more heat than light on talk radio and television, on the web or in print, revealing a population that has a long way to go in dealing with the messy realities of pluralism. Yet it also provides an opportunity for reflection on more appropriate forms of religious disputation”

NEWS:

1. The New York Times: In Britain, Pope Criticizes Response To Abuse Crisis

“EDINBURGH — As Pope Benedict XVI arrived here Thursday for the first state visit to Britain by a pope, he offered his strongest criticism yet of the Roman Catholic Church’s handling of the sex abuse crisis, saying it had not been “sufficiently vigilant” or “sufficiently swift and decisive” in cracking down on abusers.”

2. The Dallas Morning News: Texas Education Board To Consider Rule On Islam’s Portrayal In Textbooks

“AUSTIN – Just when it appeared the State Board of Education was done with the culture wars, the panel is about to wade into the issue of what students should learn about Islam. The board will consider a resolution next week that would warn publishers not to push a pro-Islamic, anti-Christian viewpoint in world history textbooks.”

3. USA Today: Church that Welcomes Gays Breaks With Texas Baptists

“DALLAS (AP) — A Baptist congregation that welcomes gay parishioners severed ties with the state’s largest Baptist group, saying it would rather go its separate way than exclude people because of their sexual orientation.”

MOMENT OF WONDER:

“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.”
~William Stafford

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