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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New on the shelf: Deus in Machina: Religion, Technology, and the Things in Between

Deus in Machina: Religion, Technology, and the Things in Between
Jeremy Stolow; Paperback: 368 pages, Fordham University Press (2012); ISBN-10: 0823249816

  • (Re)locating religion in a technological age: Book by Concordia professor explores intersection of religion and technology, September 24, 2013 By: Cléa Desjardins -- Extract: 

    Deus in Machina brings respected scholars from around the world together to evaluate the philosophical, cosmological and ethical terms on which technology has been imagined as the opposite of religion.
    Their essays — on subjects ranging from the development of mechanical clocks in medieval Christian Europe and the healing power of prayer in premodern Buddhist Japan to Islamic debates about organ transplantation in contemporary Egypt — call attention to what can be created once this division has been done away with.

    Table of Contents:

    >>Introduction: Religion, Technology, and the Things in Between Jeremy Stolow
    >>Ticking Clock, Vibrating String: How Time Sense Oscillates Between Religion and Machine Wolfgang Ernst
    >>The Electric Touch Machine Miracle Scam: Body, Technology, and the (Dis)authentication of the Pentecostal Supernatural Marleen De Witte
    >>The Spiritual Nervous System: Reflections on a Magnetic Cord Designed for Spirit Communication
    >>An Empowered World: Buddhist Medicine and the Potency of Prayer in Japan Jason Ananda Josephson
    >>Does Submission to God's Will Preclude Biotechnological Intervention? Lessons from Muslim Dialysis Patients in Contemporary Egypt Sherine F. Hamdy
    >>The Canary in the Gemeinschaft? Disability, Film, and the Jewish Question Faye Ginsburg
    >>(Re)Locating Religion in a Technological Age
    >>Thinking about Melville, Religion, and Machines That Think John Lardas Modern
    >>Amazing Stories: How Science Fiction Sacralizes the Secular Peter Pels
    >> Virtual Vodou, Actual Practice: Transfiguring the Technological Alexandra Boutros
    >> TV St. Claire Maria José A. De Abreu

Monday, September 23, 2013

Film and Dialogue: "Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity"

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 Meetup
5:30 PM to 
5600 City Avenue, PhiladelphiaPA (map)
Campion Student Center Presidents Lounge

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity
Film Screening and Dialogue Event 
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Religion: Guide to the latest information -- Statistics Canada

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Thursday, September 19, 2013


By Suzanne E. White, B.A., LL.B., and Terrance S. Carter, B.A., LL.B.

Submitting the form to:
Marriage Office
Ministry of Consumer and Business Services
Registration Division
Office of the Registrar General
P.O. Box 4600
189 Red River Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6L8
Tel: (416) 325-8305
Fax: (807) 343-7284

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Florida Pastor Accidentally Burns 2,000 Bibles in Protest of 9/11 Attacks

Fla. Pastor Accidentally Burns 2,000 Bibles in Protest of 9/11 Attacks -

Extract:   Newslo       MULBERRY, Fla. — A Florida pastor set fire to more than 2,000 Bibles that he believed to be Qurans before authorities could extinguish the flames and arrest him. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Rev. Terry Jones and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr., set out to burn 2,998 Qurans, one for every victim of the 9/11 attacks.

The two men were arrested Wednesday on felony charges as they drove a 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck “towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with Qurans soaked in kerosene.”Sheriff’s officials said that the trailer caught fire as the truck was being towed. After the fire department extinguished the flames, a closer examination revealed that the books, which were stacked inside highly flammable cardboard boxes, were actually Bibles.

“We don’t condone the burning of any religion’s holy book,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, “but we were absolutely sickened to discover that Pastor Jones reduced a couple thousand Christian Bibles to ashes.”While Jones was not available for comment, Frann Ingram, a spokeswoman for his Dove World Outreach Center, said that Jones ordered copies of the Muslim holy book wholesale from Amazon. “They were supposed to arrive on the 10th, but they were a day late. We were in a hurry, and we didn’t check inside the boxes.” continue reading Newslo

Monday, September 16, 2013

Aaron Alexis, 34 ... used to worship twice a week at a Buddhist Temple

Aaron Alexis, 34, is dead gunman in Navy Yard shooting, authorities say 

By  and September 16, 2013, The Washington Post

Extract: "Those who knew Alexis in recent years describe him as a “sweet and intelligent guy” (a regular customer at the Thai restaurant where he had been a waiter) and “a good boy” (his landlord), but also as “very aggressive,” someone who seemed as though he might one day kill himself (a lay worker at the Buddhist temple where Alexis worshiped)." continue reading The Washington Post

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Holy Water Bacteria, 21 springs in Austria and 18 fonts in Vienna: Medical University of Vienna study

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Interfaith Service Initiative to launch at MSU (Mississippi State University) for Disaster Preparedness

Extract: "STARKVILLE, Miss.–Mississippi State University’s Interfaith Service Initiative represents an opportunity for people, whatever their faith, to collaboratively improve Oktibbeha County citizens’ disaster preparedness.
The university’s Interfaith Involvement Fair and Social will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday [Sept. 12] in the second-floor lobby of Colvard Student Union. Faith-based organizations, as well as campus groups, should visit to reserve a free table.
At 6 p.m., the Interfaith Dialogue will begin in the nearby Bill R. Foster Ballroom. Faculty members to lead the dialogue and breakout sessions include Albert Bisson, instructor of philosophy and religion; Jonathan Edelmann, assistant professor of philosophy and religion; Seth Oppenheimer, professor and director of mathematics and statistics; and Rani Sullivan, associate professor of aerospace engineering." ... The list of items for the emergency preparedness kits, as well as other information about the Interfaith Service Initiative at MSU, is available at continue reading
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During the 2013-14 school year, Mississippi State University’s Interfaith Service initiative will bring together people of different faith backgrounds to improve the disaster preparedness of citizens of Oktibbeha County.
  • August 27, 2013 - Interfaith supply drive # 1. Volunteers will check-in at 306 Moseley Hall before getting their drop assignments. Email to assist.
  • September 12, 2013 – “Serving a Neighbor in Need” interfaith dialogue kick-off event in the Colvard Student Union.
  • September 16-21, 2013 - Emergency Preparedness Week Training and Events, to register and volunteer

Friday, September 13, 2013

Seeing a Woman: Object, subject and much more

Seeing a Woman: A conversation between a father and son by Nate Pyle
Someday I am going to have to have the conversation with my son. No, not the conversation all parents dread giving and all kids are mortified having. I enjoy making people uncomfortable so that conversation should be fun.

No, I’m talking about another conversation. The one that happens after I catch his eye doing what male eyes do well – following an object of lust. We will probably be out at the mall, because that’s what dads do with their sons, and I’ll catch the look. Maybe we’ll go to the beach and see it. Doesn’t matter where it is, there will come a time when I will see it. And then it will be time for this conversation. continue reading: From One Degree to Another

Sunday, September 08, 2013

The monk who lives up a rock to get closer to God

A Georgian monk has lived up a 131ft pillar of rock for 20 years in a lonely quest to get closer to God.  By 06 Sep 2013,Telegraph -- Last of the Stylites Maxime Qavtaradze, who lives on top of the Katskhi Pillar, Georgia. continue reading Telegraph

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Spending God's Money: Opportunities, Limits, Extravagance And Misuse

Friday, September 06, 2013

MUSIC and SPIRITUALITY: Faith-based Resources

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