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Islam the Art of Quranic Calligraphy

Quranic, or Islamic, calligraphy is a special form of artistic writing using the Arabic script. Calligraphy took on prominence in Islamic societies because pictures of people and animals can contravene …

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Belief in God

The great poet and novelist Voltaire once said: “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” Despite what others would say, these spirit- and mind-challenging words …

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Overcoming winter blues

A good portion of the population experience winter blues, a condition more common in the northern hemisphere. This is often due to the cold and a lack of sunlight, which …

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Atheism Myths

The most common attempts to discredit atheists in discussion stem from misrepresentation. If only Christian apologists could understand their opponents’ positions, they would have a chance at discrediting at least …

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Reflections on the Torah

Comic, But Not Funny: The One Comic Portion in the Chumash Comedy? In the Chumash? Somehow, we do not think of comedy when we think of Chumash or of the …

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Esoteric Magic

The concept of esoteric magic can mean a wide variety of things. In a modern, practical context, the definition and usage of the term can be traced to Helena Blavatsky …

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Antisemitism in the US Today

Antisemitism, like any form of prejudice, is alive and ‘well’ in the USA. Being raised Jewish in the 60’s I encountered this disturbing phenomenon first hand. Things have progressed from …

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Coming back to the church

Some Catholics become alienated from the Church at times in their lives. This separation can occur for various reasons. As children, most go along with what parents teach, but with …

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Sadhus Holy Men of India

Sadhu is a common name for an ascetic or someone that practices intense yoga. The word “sadhu” comes from the Sanskrit meaning “to practice.” Sadhus are often referred to as …

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The historicity of the Bible

These are two interesting questions. There are many ancient documents that have been determined to be historically accurate but would not be considered a reliable guide to morality. Josephus and …

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buddhism

Zen Koan Case of Pa Lings Snow

Case: A monk asked Pa Ling, “What is the school of Kanadeva?” Pa Ling said, “Piling up snow in a silver bowl.” Pointer: Some called the Buddha “Tathagata.” This is …

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Maintaining a Free People

Behaviors prohibited by biblical morality cannot always wisely be incorporated into national laws in a free society. The more immoral behaviors a society wishes to prohibit via society’s legal system …

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Meaning of Life

Atheists have long been condemned to the idea of a meaningless existence. Religious people find the idea of atheism absurd and unbearable. Without a god to serve, what do you …

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Jesus is salvation

Reducing salvation to a doctrine regulates it to a religious tenant rather than a lifesaving encounter with God. The Church specializes in the “doctrine of salvation” despite the various doctrines …

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Getting what we deserve

“You got what you deserved,” or statements that have similar meanings, have been standard sayings for centuries, showing up in literature and common language. Everyone who hears it knows what …

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The Basics of Buddhism

Buddhism is a philosophy, a way of life, a religion to some but to others mainly a system of ethics. The more than 300 million Buddhists in the world follow …

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Zen Koan Wash your Bowl

Case: A new monk at the monastery asked Joshu Roshi, “What is the secret of Zen?” Joshu answered, “Have you eaten breakfast?” “Yes,” the new monk said. Joshu answered, “Wash …

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Reflections my Hejab my Crown

Hijab: In Arabic, meaning barrier or partition In Islam, however, it has a broader meaning. It is the principle of modesty and includes behavior as well as dress for both …

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