Unifying Science and Religion

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Unifying Science and Religion

A Guest Post from Philip Comella (this is an excerpt from The Collapse of Materialism: Visions of Science, Dreams of God, by Philip Comella) *** All scientific theories originate in the mind. The challenge of science is to align a theory with what really happens out in the world. Thus, scientific theory attempts to correlate…
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‘The Haters are Not America” — Robert Reich

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‘The Haters are Not America” — Robert Reich

“The real dividing line in America today isn’t between conservatives and liberals or between Democrats and Republicans. It’s between the haters and the big-hearted. The haters direct their venom not just at child refugees seeking asylum from the drug war we created, but also at gays who want to marry, African-Americans who want to vote…
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Peace in the Middle East

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Peace in the Middle East

The supremacist thinking of Muslim extremists is grounded in culture, politics and nationalism – not in religion. Islam has been co-opted by politicians – technocrats serving as self-appointed arbiters of faith – who limit debate and interpretation rather than expanding it, and use their power to prop up their own political goals. In Palestine, for…
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The End of the Kali Yuga

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The End of the Kali Yuga

From “While the Gods Play” by Alain Daniélou: “It is the lowest instincts that spur the men of the Kali Yuga on. They prefer to choose false ideas. They do not hesitate to persecute sages. Desire torments them. Slovenliness, illness, hunger, and fear spread. There will be severe droughts. The different regions of countries will…
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The ‘Fish’ Symbol in Christianity: The Vesica Piscis

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The ‘Fish’ Symbol in Christianity: The Vesica Piscis

The fish has always been a symbol of Christ and his followers. Saint Augustine would write that Jesus was “a fish who lives in the midst of the waters,” and Tertullian would write, “So many fishes bred in the water, and saved by one great fish.” (Similarly, Joshua, whose name is the same as ‘Jesus’…
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Jesus Putting Fundamentalist ‘Letter-of-the-Law’ Types “To Shame”

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Jesus Putting Fundamentalist ‘Letter-of-the-Law’ Types “To Shame”

He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. “And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight.” The ‘woman’ is the Heart, the emotions, and she has been bent forward, spiritually crippled,…
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How Dare You?

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How Dare You?

[This is a letter to the Times of Israel from Sherri Mandell, an Israeli women whose son was murdered in 2001} “l am outraged, as are all Israelis, as are all civilized people at the violence you Jewish terrorists perpetrated against an Arab boy, Mohammed Abu Khdeir — there is no justification for your barbaric…
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A Story from Ram Dass

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A Story from Ram Dass

One day a rabbi, in a frenzy of religious passion, rushed in before the ark, fell to his knees, and started beating his breast, crying, “I’m nobody! I’m nobody!” The cantor of the synagogue, impressed by this example of spiritual humility, joined the rabbi on his knees. “I’m nobody! I’m nobody!” The “shamus” (custodian), watching…
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Freedom of Religion – NOT a “Christian Nation”

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Freedom of Religion – NOT a “Christian Nation”

The English philosopher John Locke proposed two revolutionary ideas about religion: One, that it is a matter of individual choice – not the decision of the state or the community. Two, if you don’t approve of your neighbor’s choices, too bad! Live and let live and keep the peace. But somewhat later, on this side…
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Two Aphrodites

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Two Aphrodites

In Greek mythology, there are two Aphrodites: one, the “Heavenly Aphrodite”, is the motherless daughter of Uranus (the primeval grandfather of Zeus); the other, the “Terrestrial Aphrodite”, is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. Eros often accompanies the Terrestrial Aphrodite, while Hermes (the Logos) accompanies the Celestial Aphrodite. Of course, these are really just two…
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On Ramadan

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On Ramadan

One day, when the companions were sitting with the Messenger of God, they were joined by someone they did not know – a man whose clothes were glowing white. He sat down facing the Prophet, knee to knee, and to everyone’s astonishment he placed the palms of his hands on Muhammad’s thighs and began to…
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