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Ashura 2014: Dates, Rituals And History Explained (PHOTOS)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Category: Religion

From www.huffingtonpost.com

Ashura, an optional fast day for Muslims that commemorates different things for Sunnis and Shiites, falls on Nov. 2-3, 2014. The word itself, ashura, means 10, and the holiday is the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram.

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Young Adults Flirt With Faith

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Category: Religion

From beijingtoday.com.cn

It’s odd to imagine that Jesus is more discussed than historic leaders, but Weibo chatter suggests precisely that. An infographic published by Foreign Policy last month showed that discussion about Christian terms is several times more common than similar political phrases.

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Ashura – An Important Day for All Muslims

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Category: Religion

From www.patheos.com

It’s the Ashura today (or ninth of Muharram, depending on what version of the Islamic calendar you follow). By way of a quick history, Ashura, which falls on the 10th of Muharram (the first month in the Muslim lunar calendar), is a significant day for all Muslims, but is marked as a major religious occasion for Shi’a Muslims.

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How different religions would deal with aliens - Ideas - The Boston Globe

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Friday, October 31, 2014
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From www.bostonglobe.com

Religions have surprisingly diverse approaches to the issue of possible extraterrestrial life, David Weintraub found. Below, a quick survey adapted from his book “Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?” and interviews with the author.

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The Love and Importance of Cats in Islam

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: Religion

From islam.ru

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was tender and kind towards cats. He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) appreciated cats. Hazrat Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) 's favorite cat was called Muezza.

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Overcoming Bias : Why We Believe

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Category: Religion

From www.overcomingbias.com

Long ago, I first believed in religion as a young kid because I believed what I was told. Then I also believed because religious claims seemed to explain the strong emotions that religious contexts induced.

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From Bible-Belt Pastor to Atheist Leader - NYTimes.com

Saturday, August 25, 2012
Category: Religion

From www.nytimes.com

Late one night in early May 2011, a preacher named Jerry DeWitt was lying in bed in DeRidder, La., when his phone rang. He picked it up and heard an anguished, familiar voice. It was Natosha Davis, a friend and parishioner in a church where DeWitt had preached for more than five years.

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Walter Kirn: Confessions Of An Ex-Mormon

Friday, July 20, 2012
Category: Religion

From www.tnr.com

Headed home from a job-hunting trip to Blackfoot, Idaho, while changing planes in Salt Lake City, my father suffered a breakdown in the terminal. His haunted mind attacked itself, nearly paralyzing him at the gate.

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Is Mormon underwear magic?

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Sunday, July 15, 2012
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From www.salon.com

In Mormon folk religion, Garments have special powers. Stories are told of wearers being saved from bullets or a fiery death in a car crash. One story tells of a Mormon soldier during WWII who was killed by a Japanese flame thrower " but his Garment survived intact.

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How the Mormons Make Money

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Category: Religion

From www.businessweek.com

Watching a religious leader celebrate a mall may seem surreal, but City Creek reflects the spirit of enterprise that animates modern-day Mormonism. The mall is part of a vast church-owned corporate empire that the Mormon leadership says will help spread its message, increase economic self-reliance, and build the Kingdom of God on earth.

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