E o Jesus é o Diogo Morgado

santa-claus3O Pew Research Center, realizou um estudo onde sugere que a exposição à religião tem um forte impacto na distinção entre realidade e ficção. Estudaram 66 crianças americanas(nuff said). As crianças expostas à religião tinham mais dificuldades em classificar as personagens de histórias fantásticas como sendo a fingir, as crianças catequizadas eram significativamente menos capazes de associar animais falantes à ficção.

“O ensino religioso, especialmente a exposição a histórias de milagres, criam nas crianças uma maior receptividade ao impossível, uma aceitação de que o impossível pode acontecer e desafiar a ordem comum”.

Eu juro que já ouvi um papagaio a piar umas palavras e também vi o Brasil a  levar 7 da Alemanha. Juro! :)

The black Pope

Now that Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down, its time to move on.

Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson or the Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze are potential contenders.

James Martin, a Jesuit priest, says the Catholic Church will be “a different color” in 40 years. Not only may we have a black Pope, Martin also says there will likely be female priests.

Probably it doesn’t mean a thing

Two contemporaries on opposite directions, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab and Immanuel Kant. Leaders of reform movements usually come with ideas with which people are not familiar, and they are therefore prone to encounter challenge, criticism and opposition. While the leader and the elite around him might be able to defend their new thinking in the face of this opposition, the rank and file of the movement cannot do so. But the movement consists mainly of these common people, and the opposition might adopt a strategy of defying and embarrassing them by asking them questions they cannot answer, in the hope of weakening their hold on those new beliefs, and thus weakening the movement.

This happened to ‘Abd Al-Wahhab’s followers, and he realized the importance of giving these people confidence in themselves and arming them with simple arguments they could understand and use effectively. He encouraged them not to be intimidated by people who were known to be more learned than they because even a learned person is weak so long as he is on the side of falsehood, and a lay person is strong so long as he adheres to the truth. To this end he divided arguments for them into two categories: general arguments which even a lay person could use to answer any objection, and specific answers to the most commonly raised questions. He was very much aware of the fact that he was not a mere preacher or arm-chair scholar but the leader of a movement that sought to effect a real change in society, and that, though the dissemination of knowledge was a first step and necessary condition for that change, it was not enough. Like all practical reformers he was convinced of the necessity of power for the realization of the goals which he advocated. Though he had followers, he did not organize them, he sought power instead in the support of tribal chiefs. One of them, Muhammad Ibn Sa‘ud, the ruler of Dir‘iya, accepted his teachings and promised to implement the Shari‘ah and defend the movement, thus laying the foundation of the state that was later to be known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Kant was the philosopher of human autonomy, he tried to eradicate the last traces of the medieval worldview from modern philosophy, he joined ideas of earlier rationalism and empiricism laying the fundamental principles of both science and morality, by the use of our reason, human beings can discover and live up to the principles of knowledge and action without outside or divine interventions. Kant argued that the unanimity of taste and the systematic organization of both individual organisms and nature as a whole could be postulated, not as metaphysical dogmas but rather as ideals of our pursuits.

 

 

 

Burned shirt

«Sectarian violence in the Giza town of Dahshur south of Cairo broke out again at dawn on Wednesday in the aftermath of the funeral of a young Muslim who died as a result of burns sustained during clashes last week.

The violence began on Friday after a Coptic Christian launderer burned a Muslim customer’s shirt while ironing it. Muslims set fire to the launderer’s home and those of other Copts. Moaz Mohamed, who had suffered serious burns from a Molotov cocktail during the Friday clashes, died on Tuesday at Helmia Military Hospital in Cairo. After his funeral, hundreds of Muslims tried to storm Dahshur’s Mar Girgis church and to set it on fire. They also attacked local police, who responded with tear gas, and evacuated Coptic Christians from their homes. Seven police officers were wounded in the violence.

A priest from Takla Adel church told Masri el Youm online newspaper on Wednesday that all Copts have left the village until the situation calms down. ”But we can no longer return, after the threats to our church,” the priest reportedly said. Security forces have taken control of the village, but attempts at reconciliation have failed so far because neither side is willing to back down, according to Masri el Youm.»

Budismo exotérico

Mas há outro!? Daitoku myo-o é um dos Cinco Grandes Reis exotéricos.

Em Março de 1966, John Lennon disse que os Beatles eram mais populares que Jesus Cristo e em Agosto a rádio KLUE de Longview no Texas organizou uma queima de discos da banda. No dia seguinte a antena da rádio foi atingida por um raio, deixando o director e o transmissor inconscientes.

Meteram-se com o deus errado. :)

Eid Mubarak

No passado domingo teve início o Hajj, o período de peregrinação a Meca.

Começa com o Eid el-Adha, a festa do sacríficio, simbolica da submissão de Abraão, quando Allah lhe pediu que sacrificasse o seu filho, na Bíblia o filho é Isaac de quem descendem os judeus e no Corão o filho é Ismael de quem descendem os muçulmanos. Antes de correr sangue satisfez-se comum cordeiro.

Hajj feliz!

Não havia necessidade

Na província iraniana do Golestão, junto ao Torkaman Sahara(Deserto do Turquemenistão), existem três locais de culto, as sepulturas do profeta Khaled Baba, do seu sogro Alaam Baba e o seu pastor Chupan Ata, cristãos nesturianos, saídos de um cisma ortodoxo e que emigraram para oriente, eventualmente foram os primeiros cristãos a chegar à China.

Não muito longe, junto do que resta do Muro de Gorgan, também conhecido por Sadd-i-Iskandar (Barreira de Alexandre), posto avançado dos “lobos iranianos” contra o invasor helénico, ergue-se, ergue-se é a palavra correcta, um outro lugar sagrado, um cemitério cheio de feel o’rights.

Termino por aqui, para parar com tanta pouca vergonha! :)