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You've probably seen this around, but just in case you haven't:

Egypt's Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, serving as "human shields".

"In January of last year, on the eve of Coptic Christmas, a drive-by shooting in the southern town of Nag Hammadi killed eight Copts as they were leaving Church following mass. In 2004 and 2005, bombings in the Red Sea resorts of Taba and Sharm El-Sheikh claimed over 100 lives, and in the late 90’s, Islamic militants executed a series of bombings and massacres that left dozens dead."
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It's the first Christmas for this community. May it be a safe and happy one for you all.
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It's the first Christmas for this community. May it be a safe and happy one for you all.
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Here is a thing of joy and beauty, an act of devotion that combines a specific form of Christian meditation with glorying in a Creation that spans billions of years. It's a common thing for science fiction fans to create artworks for display and sale in arts shows at sf conventions, and for one such convention early this year Teresa Nielsen Hayden created several pieces of jewellery -- including two rosaries for Darwin, rosaries crafted from beads of fossil material.

One rosary, The God of the Burgess Shale, was purchased by two other fans as a birthday present for a third -- who happens to be Brother Guy, the Jesuit who is curator of the Vatican meteorite collection. As detailed in the post The Secret Lives of Fossils, the rosary made of fossils is now in the meteorite display case at the Vatican Observatory -- an appropriate spot, as one of the pieces used to make it is not a fossil, but a piece of meteorite.

The comments are worth reading, particularly @46 on The Secret Lives of Fossils. I don't really grok rosaries, but some of the comments gave me a much better understanding of their use as a meditation tool, particularly Abi's comment @75.
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Here is a thing of joy and beauty, an act of devotion that combines a specific form of Christian meditation with glorying in a Creation that spans billions of years. It's a common thing for science fiction fans to create artworks for display and sale in arts shows at sf conventions, and for one such convention early this year Teresa Nielsen Hayden created several pieces of jewellery -- including two rosaries for Darwin, rosaries crafted from beads of fossil material.

One rosary, The God of the Burgess Shale, was purchased by two other fans as a birthday present for a third -- who happens to be Brother Guy, the Jesuit who is curator of the Vatican meteorite collection. As detailed in the post The Secret Lives of Fossils, the rosary made of fossils is now in the meteorite display case at the Vatican Observatory -- an appropriate spot, as one of the pieces used to make it is not a fossil, but a piece of meteorite.

The comments are worth reading, particularly @46 on The Secret Lives of Fossils. I don't really grok rosaries, but some of the comments gave me a much better understanding of their use as a meditation tool, particularly Abi's comment @75.
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Can be found here. He's the guy who called some of the Evangelicals "strident, partisan and self-righteous".
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Cleaning out my inbox today and discovered I'd emailed myself:

Does the Bible Really Call Homosexuality an “Abomination”? which argues thoroughly that "a close reading of the term toevah [mistranslated as 'abomination'] suggests an entirely different meaning: something permitted to one group, and forbidden to another." (Which matches part of the arguments in "Dirt, Greed and Sex" which I reviewed a few months back.)

And now I'm clicking all sorts of links in the general Sex and Gender category there. (And just remembered the link I posted last time is from there too.)
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Cleaning out my inbox today and discovered I'd emailed myself:

Does the Bible Really Call Homosexuality an “Abomination”? which argues thoroughly that "a close reading of the term toevah [mistranslated as 'abomination'] suggests an entirely different meaning: something permitted to one group, and forbidden to another." (Which matches part of the arguments in "Dirt, Greed and Sex" which I reviewed a few months back.)

And now I'm clicking all sorts of links in the general Sex and Gender category there. (And just remembered the link I posted last time is from there too.)
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"Anti-gay bullying is a theological issue because it has a theological base. I find it difficult to believe that even those among us with a vibrant imagination can muster the creative energy to picture a reality in which anti-gay violence and bullying exist without the anti-gay religious messages that support them."
Read more at Sexuality/Gender: Religion Dispatches
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"Anti-gay bullying is a theological issue because it has a theological base. I find it difficult to believe that even those among us with a vibrant imagination can muster the creative energy to picture a reality in which anti-gay violence and bullying exist without the anti-gay religious messages that support them."
Read more at Sexuality/Gender: Religion Dispatches
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I don't know how I missed this comm, since it was apparently mentioned in dw_news, but, hey, I'm here now, thanks to [personal profile] julesjones and a discussion regarding evolution on a mutual friend's LJ. Hello. I suspect that I am a less liberal Christian than some of you, but I trust that what unites us is greater than what divides us.

Aaand speaking of Faith and Science, I thought I'd mention a very good book: "The Language of God" by Francis S. Collins (subtitled: A Scientist Presents Evidence For Belief).
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...and thanks to adelheid for the links to Rev Chuck Currie's posts about book-burning.

If you've arrived on the Dreamwidth version of the comm and are interested in looking at the discussion on old posts, you'll find more comments and one or two extra posts over on the LiveJournal version of the comm.
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...and thanks to adelheid for the links to Rev Chuck Currie's posts about book-burning.

If you've arrived on the Dreamwidth version of the comm and are interested in looking at the discussion on old posts, you'll find more comments and one or two extra posts over on the LiveJournal version of the comm.
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Hi, all - found this comm via a comment in this week's [site community profile] dw_news and [personal profile] zeborah was kind enough to accept my suggestion that a couple of links my interest you all.

Rev. Chuck Currie on why he established the Facebook group "People of Faith Opposed to the Burning of the Qur'an" - Currie is a United Church of Christ Minister in Northwest USA.

And in related news: Currie's access to Facebook was halted for approx. 24 hours, then reinstated. Facebook has apparently refused to explain why.
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Among the Flutterers, Colm Tóibín's review of The Pope Is Not Gay by Angelo Quattrocchi.


For reference purposes: His Holiness and Georg Gänswein
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I've just posted a review of Countryman's Dirt, Greed, and Sex: sexual ethics in the New Testament and their implications for today (that's a DreamWidth link; it's also on LiveJournal).

And on another topic, Abd el-Kader and the Massacre of Damascus may also be of interest:
[...] rioters were running amok, burning homes and slaughtering Christians.

And at that moment, Abd el-Kader, the man who had led his Muslim people in a war against Christian invaders for 15 years, knew what he had to do. [...]

All afternoon of July 10 [1860], Abd el-Kader plunged into the chaos of the Christian quarter with his two sons shouting: "Christians, come with me! I am Abd el-Kader, son of Muhi al-Din, the Algerian... Trust me. I will protect you."
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I've just posted a review of Countryman's Dirt, Greed, and Sex: sexual ethics in the New Testament and their implications for today.

And on another topic, Abd el-Kader and the Massacre of Damascus may also be of interest:
[...] rioters were running amok, burning homes and slaughtering Christians.

And at that moment, Abd el-Kader, the man who had led his Muslim people in a war against Christian invaders for 15 years, knew what he had to do. [...]

All afternoon of July 10 [1860], Abd el-Kader plunged into the chaos of the Christian quarter with his two sons shouting: "Christians, come with me! I am Abd el-Kader, son of Muhi al-Din, the Algerian... Trust me. I will protect you."

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