The World Wide Religious Web for Wednesday, January 4, 2012


REVIVAL WATCH: “Pentecostal Renewal Transforms Rwanda after Genocide.”

A MORMON TAKE ON BAPTISM IN THE SPIRIT: “Choose a life of constant refinement.”

LET’S HOPE NOT! OR HOPE SO? “The Next Billy Graham Might Be Drunk Right Now.”

CAN A FALSE TEACHING BE FALSIFIED? “Scientologists in feud over leader.” Because he has strayed from the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard…

ATHEIST REDUCTIONISTS, THAT IS: “Reductionists on Parade.” See also “Against Atheist Cant.”

WOULD YOU RATHER CLIMB A HILL OR TAKE A N.A.P.? “Atheists Face Uphill Climb With New Political Party.”

BECAUSE NOTHING RUINS SOMETHING LIKE POLITICS DOES: “Saving Happiness from Politics.” “Beyond a level of basic material needs, personal happiness is and will always be significantly personal and subjective. Attempting to provide it collectively through an assortment of entitlements is bound to fail. There is a thin line between facilitating the individual pursuit of happiness and prescribing it for all of us. That line marks the difference between a free society that maximizes the opportunity for prosperity and the chance of happiness and a compulsive system that reduces the possibility of both. We should therefore treat the happiness revival — in the academy, in politics, and elsewhere — with appropriate skepticism and concern.”

HOW WE COMMUNICATE AND FORM RELATIONSHIPS: “Two Trends Worth Watching in 2012.”

A FOUR-DAY-OLD YEAR ALREADY HAS MYTHS ABOUT IT? “Top 10 Myths About 2012.”

RATIONALIZE = RATIONAL LIES? “The Problem With Rationalizing the Bible.” “Miracles are articles of faith, for true believers today and for the Bible as well. Whether they actually happened or not is debatable. But to chalk them up to freak occurrences of nature is fundamentally to misunderstand the nature both of the Bible and of belief in it.”

LGBT AS A UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHT? “Hillary Clinton and the ‘Laws that Teach.’”

YEP: “How Christians Ought to ‘Occupy’ Wall Street (and All Streets): “Christians therefore must occupy the world in their occupations, doing all their work as Christians, whatever it is, ‘whether in word or deed,’ as the Apostle Paul instructs, ‘in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him’ (Col. 3:17 NIV). In this way the church finds its most significant and transformative cultural engagement through its affirmation of the daily work of Christians who already occupy Wall Street (and all streets).”

THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF CHARLES HODGE: “The Presbyterian Pope.”

FOR MANY REASONS: “Why Have We Seen a Drop in Crime?”

MEXICO HAS A GRAND WARLOCK? “Mexican Grand Warlock Predicts Obama Loss in 2012.”

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  1. Back when I had satellite TV and watched the Spanish station Univision, I saw that Brujo Mayor guy a few times on Primer Impacto, which was roughly their version of “Entertainment Tonight” with an attempt at social news mixed in. Different forms of witchcraft are popular in parts of Mexico, as is the cult of La Santa Muerte (Saint Death). I’ve even seen statues of Santa Muerte in a Mexican bakery here in Little Rock, AR.

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