Much media attention lately has focused on the difficult negotiations between the Iranian Government and representatives of what is commonly called the ‘P5 + 1’ (which consists of France, Germany, UK, USA, China and Russia). An atmosphere of distrust typically permeates such meetings, although recently this has abated somewhat. What many people are not aware … More Iran, Faith & Weapons Of Mass Destruction
As the musician and activist Kathy Mattea once sagely observed: ‘That’s the great paradox of living on this earth, that in the midst of great pain you can have great joy as well’. Nowhere have I observed this paradox played out with such thought-provoking beauty and profundity than in the experimental non-narrative documentary by Ron … More Paradox And Interconnectedness: Seeing The World Through New Eyes
In September 2005, one hundred and forty people of varying ages and backgrounds came together for three days near Yosemite National Park. Their reason? To participate in an initiative known as the ‘Palestinian/Jewish Family Peacemakers Camp’. Attendees hailed from both North America and the Middle East and they had a common goal – to begin … More Peacemaking: The Art Of The Possible
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” So said Mohandas Gandhi. But the question still remains: how do you deal with a bully without resorting to violence and becoming a thug? In a superb TEDtalk, peace activist Dr. Scilla Elworthy … More Waging Non-Violence
The question as to whether or not we are hardwired for religion and spirituality is an important one from a range of different perspectives says pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg. The philosophical, theological and biological implications of the answer to this question are profound. “When we look at how the brain works, we see it’s … More The Human Brain: Hardwired for God?
The last decade or so has witnessed a surge of spiritism throughout Latin America which is often grafted on to, or developed from, the majority religion (which in most cases is Catholicism). The creation of “folk saints” is one such phenomenon. Where the saints of the church may seem other-worldly and inaccessible, the “folks saints” … More The Rise of Spiritism and the Decline of the Church
This video post on the CBS News website is an interesting insight into the basic beliefs of Hindus, Zoroastrians and Bahá’ís. It doesn’t go in to a great deal of detail concerning comparative doctrine, but it is most certainly a useful starting point for further investigation. You can access it here: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7405258n&tag=api
It was Martin Luther King Jr who once remarked: ‘At the centre of non-violence stands the principle of love’. This short film by Journeyman Pictures – aptly named ‘Settlers for Peace’ – investigates love in action. The Israeli and Palestinian, Jew and Muslim, seek to understand one another and to explore their different perspectives in … More Settlers for Peace – The Beauty of Non-violence
The Buddhist concept of reincarnation, while both mysterious and intriguing, is hard for most Westerners, particularly those of us who subscribe to a Christian worldview, to grasp. That’s why this educational film is so important. ‘Unmistaken Child’ follows the four year search for the reincarnation of Lama Konchog, a world-renowned Tibetan master who passed away … More Explaining Reincarnation to a Christian
According to Robert McCauley, the William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor and the director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture at Emory University: Religion involves cognitive representations and cognitive processing that come naturally to human minds, while science traffics in radically counterintuitive representations and in forms of cognitive processing whose acquisition and mastery require disciplined … More Why Might Our Minds Be Better Suited to Religion Than to Science?