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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Five Ways the Internet Has Been Trying to Kill Religion, Plus Weekly faithwise roundup



  • 5 Ways the Internet Has Been Trying to Kill Religion
    1. Bad proofs that God exists
    2. Bad proofs that God does exist that are supposed to be good
    3. Search-engine cop-out
    4. Download your brain to a computer
    5. Play a game instead
  • A surprising map of the world's most and least religiously diverse countries by Max Fisher ! FOLLOW VOX!

  • The US is not as diverse as you might think; East Asia is the world's most religiously diverse region; Africa has lots of diversity along the Christian-Muslim divide; The Middle East is extremely homogenous — with key exceptions

  • Mike Ghouse A Muslim Pluralist Celebrates Easter 2014
  • Fostering social compassion at Easter and beyond Jakarta Post
  • Kirpans to be Accommodated at Canadian Missions Around the World, Source: Info@WorldSikh.Org 
  • Humor: This Guy Proves It’s Crazy to Be Atheist With One Simple and Hilarious Question : Christian comedian Brad Stine pokes fun at one of the most widely heard defenses against belief in God … and totally kills it! 
  • Exploring Interreligious Relations & Interfaith Culture : Editorial Taking on Religion’s Shadow Side by Paul Chaffee, The Interfaith Observer (TIO) 
  • Hollywood tries to win Christians' faith
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

    The Rules Of Being Human


    The Rules Of Being Human:
    Probable source: Sanskrit (Hindu / Dharmic philosophy) 
     1. You will receive a body.
    You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for as long asyou live. How you take care of it or fail to take care of it can make an enormous difference in the quality of your life.
    2. You will learn lessons.
    You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called Life. Each day, you will be presented with opportunities to learn what you need to know. The lessons presented are often completely different from those you think you need.
     
    3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.
    Growth is a process of trial, error and experimentation. You can learn as much from failure as you can from success. Maybe more.
     
    4. A lesson is repeated until it is learned.
    A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it (as evidenced by a change in your attitude and ultimately your behavior) then you can go on to the next lesson.
     
    5. Learning lessons does not end.
    There is no stage of life that does not contain some lessons. As long as you live there will be something more to learn. 
    6. “There” is no better than “here”.
    When your “there” has become a “here” you will simply discover another “there” that will again look better than your “here.” Don’t be fooled by believing that the unattainable is better than what you have.
     
    7. Others are merely mirrors of you.
    You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself. When tempted to criticize others, ask yourself why you feel so strongly.
    8. What you make of your life is up to you.
    You have all the tools and resources you need. What you create with those tools and resources is up to you. Remember that through desire, goal setting and unflagging effort you can have anything you want. Persistence is the key to success.
    9. The answers lie inside of you.
    The solutions to all of life’s problems lie within your grasp. All you need to do is ask, look, listen and trust yourself 
    OR a variation in a book:
    If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules by Cherie Carter-Scott (1998)
    The Ten Rules For Being Human:
    1. You will receive a body.
    2. You will be presented with lessons.
    3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.
    4. Lessons are repeated until learned.
    5. Learning does not end.
    6. "There" is no better than "here."
    7. Others are only mirrors of you.
    8. What you make of your life is up to you.
    9. All the answers lie inside of you.
    10. You will forget all of this at birth.

    An adapted version: By Kevin Kelly:

    RULES FOR BEING HUMANMostly by Cherie Carter-Scott; Additions by me

    Please study this manual before you are born.

    You will receive a body. Quality varies. You may like it or hate it, but it's yours for the entire period.

    You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called "life."

    Your assignment is to figure out what your assignment is. It will take all your life to complete this assignment.

    Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

    If you're alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.
    You will be graded not on what you accomplish, but on how you achieve.

    What you respond to (love or hate) in other people is merely a mirror of yourself. This program called life provides other people around you so they can illuminate the inside of you. You can not understand yourself without them.

    You have been provided with ALL the tools and resources you need for your lessons. You lack nothing essential.

    Greatness is overrated; happiness not promised. The only thing guaranteed is a full 3D sensorama (highest resolution, smell and taste included) with unlimited opportunities to use matter, energy, and love to affect others and to create.

    Try to make new mistakes.

    Good results come from treating others the way you want to be treated.

    Don’t be distracted by the successes of others. Your assignment will be unique. You can’t get to the next level imitating someone else.

    Everything will turn out okay in the end. If everything is not okay, it is not the end.

    You will forget all this.

    Tuesday, April 01, 2014

    Mary (or Maryam) in the Qur'an: A Brief Bibliography


    Books (text) and Audio (recitations of the Chapter, Maryam):
    Web-based articles, and readings:


  • The Virgin Mary in the Koran
  •  Mary and the Koran - DigitalCommons@Providen
  •  Mary in the Quran
  • Jesus and Mary in the Quran (ppt), by Jonathan Brown @ University of Washington (ask me for the link)
  • The Story of Jesus from the Sura of Mary 
  • Mariam's Spiritual Journey - SuhaibWebb.com


  • On the same shelf:

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

    Discernment as a spiritual journey -- Pathfinder

    Discernment
    "Both the physical world and the spiritual world enter human experience only as they are thought by a person. "Discernment of thoughts" is the inner pathfinder for our spiritual journey and the final arbiter of every good act of the graced human will." Read More @ William Wilson's Spiritual Life Ministry and this web site are dedicated to helping people understand and practice these Four Essentials of Spiritual Practices.

    Image courtesy: disruptive grace: Getting Naked – a spiritual journey… and ‘Blankets


    Readings:




  • The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment Tim Challies  (2007)

  • Chapter 1: A Call to Discernment; Chapter 2: The Challenge of Discernment; Chapter 3: Defining Discernment; Chapter 4: The Heart of Discernment; Chapter 5: Truth and Discernment; Chapter 6: The Will and Discernment; Chapter 7: The Gift of Discernment; Chapter 8: The Dangers of Discernment; Chapter 9: Developing Discernment; and Chapter 10: The Practice of Discernment











  • The Discerning Heart: Exploring the Christian Path by Wilkie Au and Noreen Cannon Au (2006)
  • The Role of Discernment in Spiritual Growth [Podcast]
  • The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making Elizabeth Liebert (2008)
  • Urgings of the Heart: A Spirituality of Integration Wilkie Au
  • Decision Making and Spiritual Discernment: The Sacred Art of Finding Your Way (Art of Spiritual Living) Nancy Bieber
  • By Way of the Heart: Toward a Holistic Christian Spirituality S.J. Wilkie Au
  • Spiritual Discernment and the Mind of Christ Francis Frangipane (2013)
  • Spiritual Discernment Watchman Nee
  • The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living Timothy M. Gallagher (2005)
  • Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path Mariana Caplan
  • The Inside Stay: Journey of a Former Jesuit Priest and Talk Show Host Towards Self-Discovery Neil McKenty
  • Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks Priscilla C. Shirer
  • Spirit that guides : discernment in the Bible and spirituality / guest editor, Pieter GR de Villiers. 9781939681171 (hardcover) 9781939681232 (trade paper) 
  • How Do You Pray?: Inspiring Responses from Religious Leaders, Spiritual Guides, Healers, Activists and Other Lovers of Humanity Celebrate the Spirit that Unites Us Celeste Yacoboni
  • Discernment of religious vocation : formation towards transformation / Charles Serrao. 8189144006
  • A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God: Sunday Scripture Readings from the Revised Common Lectionary by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck and John S. Mogabgab (Oct 2013) 9780835812269 
  • Art of Discernment: Making Good Decisions in Your World of Choices (Ignatian Impulse) Stefan Kiechle 
  • Finding and Following God's Will Jane A. G. Kise
  • What do you want? : understanding God's will : leader's guide / by Rick Bundschuh. 
    0310258340 (pbk.)
  • Destination Unknown: A Guide to Discovering God's Will Gordon S. Jackson .
  • Discernment and Truth: The Spirituality and Theology of Knowledge Mark A. McIntosh.
  • ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR DISCERNMENT AND SPIRITUAL FORMATION
  • Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics Richard A. Burridge
  • Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words Brian D. McLaren
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