1. Review of Derek Jeffreys Spirituality and the Ethics of Torture by Christopher Sampson of the University of Wisconsin. From Sampson’s review:
“[Jeffreys] joins the current debate on torture by carefully defining the term, asserting that torture is a spiritual assault on the person…”.
Looks pretty interesting. Read the full description on Amazon.
2. How Confucianism could curb global warming – by James Miller (Christian Science Monitor)
Now here’s a curveball to secular Western policy experts: China’s intellectuals are openly debating the role of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism in promoting the Communist Party’s vision of a harmonious society and ecologically sustainable economic development.
3. Twitter as Spiritual Practice by Christine Sine of Godspace
4. The End of Christian America by Jon Meacham of Newsweek. This came out a couple of months ago, but I figured I’d include it. Interesting article about the changing views of the average American, and how Meacham sees the future of Christianity in the U.S. Love it or hate it, its a very in-depth piece.
5. Revolutionary Freedom of Religion by by Michael Kessler of The Washington Post.
Independence Day is a good opportunity to take a moment to ponder how some of our forebears envisioned religious freedom–one of our most fundamental liberties.
6. More pursue careers as spiritual advisers by Lesley Wright of the Arizona Republic.
7. Spirituality isn’t against modern-living by K Balakumar of News Today (India). A Q&A with Swami Dayanandha Saraswathi. An interesting POV.
8. The God Choice by Barbara Bradley Hagerty of USA Today.
Armed with new technology, scientists are peering into the brain to better understand human spirituality. What if, they say, God isn’t some figment of our imagination? Instead, perhaps brain chemistry simply reflects an encounter with the divine.
9. Confessions of a Late Bloomer by Scott Barry Kaufman of Psychology Today.
We have fixed notions about the time course of success and the nature of talent that encourage us to write off the very people who are most likely to (eventually) change the world.
So stop crying that your best years are behind you or that you missed the boat by not being a roaring success in your 20s. I really loved this article!
10. Ever wanted know what Jesus might look like if he lived and died in the U.S.? What Would Jesus Weigh…if American?
Mark Pogue from ProudAtheists gives up a funny glimpse.
Posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2009