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I’m down with the Dalai Lama on this one. September 21, 2012

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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An apparently-authentic scrap of papyrus from the fourth century has Jesus referring to “my wife”. Trust Slacktivist to give an interesting breakdown of what that could mean.

End-of-the-world believers: “I got to know a dozen or so believers prior to the scheduled apocalypse….Then, after Jesus was a no-show, I stayed in contact with them—the ones who would talk to me, anyway—over the following days and months, checking back in to see how or if their thinking had changed.”

A history of how people interpreted Christ’s “descent” (these days “descent into Hell”) in the days before the modern concept of Hell had come together.

When Jesus saw this he grew angry, ‘Why did you wreck my roof? Do you have any idea how much that cost to install? Do you know how many tables and chairs I had to make in my carpentry shop to pay for that roof? The reeds alone cost five talents. I had them carted in from Bethany.'”

Old news but good news: “Though the matter won’t be fully resolved until an inevitable Supreme Court case, for now, a federal appeals court this morning ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.” Plus: The first gay wedding on a military base. Awwwwwww. (Bonus: they met through a homophobic church, and started flirting after a fellowship retreat :D)

“All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.” –The Dalai Lama


1. X - September 24, 2012

If the Dalai Lama actually studied Buddhism (LOL), he’d know that was part of Buddha’s teachings, as well as the works of Taoists and other early East Asian polymaths. They combined the fields of science, math, logic, and religion because to them it was all a reflection of the same thing.

It’s the west where – thanks to Aristotle – we had the odd notion of splitting things into categories. That resulted – thanks to Aquinas – in religion being its own thing, removed from science and reason. Hence why our religions tend to be at odds with our science. China never had that problem, hence why they invented the things that gave us our modern age and Europe didn’t.

Erin Ptah - September 25, 2012

If the Dalai Lama doesn’t know what he’s talking about in regards to Buddhism, then I’m pretty sure the rest of us are doomed before we even try.

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