Day: March 15, 2009

Bishops blogging, March 15 – House of Bishops

Today the bishops are observing 24 hours of sabbath with their only commitment being to celebrate the Eucharist together. Saturday they heard presentations on the current state of the economy and the activities of the US Congress.

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God on the brain

Scientists report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week that they pinpointed where in the brain different types of religious thoughts originate. According to the study, religious musings occur in a variety of regions, confirming previous research showing there is no single “God Spot” in the brain from whence all spiritual thoughts emerge

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Are our hymns becoming stupider

If we think the 19th century (for example) was full of great hymn-writers, it’s just because our hymnbooks today include only the highlights from that entire century. And let’s face it, even the highlights are usually pretty atrocious. Hymns typically suffer either from painfully bad lyrics or from a trivial, no-less-painful sentimentality.

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Episcopal Cafe catches March Gladness

The NCAA’s Selection Show airs this evening, and Episcopal Cafe has caught a case of March Gladness. We are offering a $100 bonus to the MDG-related charity chosen by the winner of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation’s March Gladness competition. The only catch is that you have to register your name with us as a commenter before the first tournament game is played. Find out more.

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Does religion corrupt charity?

It’s often suggested that religious charities must be self-interested. Either they proselytise, or they discriminate to the advantage of believers, or both. It’s also suggested that the people who give to them are really being selfish, because they want to put themselves right with God, and so to benefit from their actions, rather than being truly altruistic. Are these accusations fair? And are secular charities, or state provision, morally superior?

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Cleaned out

At first glance Jesus’ shocking actions in the temple hardly seem loving. Yet they reveal his inexhaustible passion for his Father, a passion and zeal that drives all his actions. The Father yearns to be with his children; he seeks our company and desires that we approach him in right ways.

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