Religion: Understanding Islam | TED Studies | Read | TED.com

Series of talks and essays about religion on TED….

TED Studies are curated video collections for students, educators and self-guided learners. In Understanding Islam, TED speakers talk about the faith practiced by more than 1.5 billion people worldwide and often misunderstood.

Source: Religion: Understanding Islam | TED Studies | Read | TED.com

First Impressions #72: Seth Dowland on Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right

“Family values” is more than a political slogan. It’s a core feature in the identity of conservative evangelicals born from a response to the 1960s counterculture. Art Remillard talks with Seth Dowland about his new book, Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right. Dowland is assistant professor of religion at Pacific Lutheran University

Source: First Impressions #72: Seth Dowland on Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right

How much does Trump really know about hi …

How much does Trump really know about his “favorite book,” the Bible? And how do conservative Christians feel about his praise of Planned Parenthood, or his three marriages? Our guest answers these questions and introduces us to a new voting base: Trumpvangelicals……http://goo.gl/Czcblq

Evangelicals who support or endorse Donald Trump are either stupid or hyper hypocritical !

God’s power revisited…..

Interesting book that I want to read…..http://goo.gl/tKqgpN

A recent book by Thomas Jay Oord that presents God’s love as non-controlling has me thinking about how we might imagine this idea at its fullest extension. Tom’s rigorous way of following this line of thinking to a surprising conclusion left me wondering if we need to exercise our imaginations considerably more than usual to consider how much divine love can actually accomplish.

Risen: The Novelization of the Major Mot …

Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture http://goo.gl/sEHiFH

This was an excellent book ! A fictional account of the crucifixtion and resurrection as witnessed and experienced by Clavius the Roman officer in charge of the execution of Jesus and his girlfriend Rachel. The author really get’s into the minds of Rachel and Clavius and I was able to step into Clavius’s shoes and experience the story thru his eyes. Great book !

Religion and the History of Violence by …

Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong http://goo.gl/dx7SaO

Karen Armstrong at Politics and Prose Bookstore
Armstrong demonstrates again and again that the great spasms of cruelty and killing through history have had little or no religious overlay. In modern times Hitler, Stalin and Mao were all atheists, and the power behind the Holocaust, Armstrong says, was an ethnic rather than a religious hatred. An overemphasis on religion’s damage can blind people to the non holy terrors that their states inflict.