Laura wants to know if the numbers I cited way back at Extraordinary Stat: The Real Face of Jesus on YouTube are for real. Here is a sample of just a few from YouTube. The numbers of viewers, by a quick estimate, to well over six million views (certainly with some duplication) before I got bored. You get the idea.
People are paying attention.
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Plant images on the Shroud of Turin
L’Istituto Scienza e Fede, con la collaborazione di Othonia , ha organizzato questa conferenza del prof. The Institute on Religion and Science, with the collaboration of Othon, organized this conference of prof. Avinoam Danin (Università Ebraica di Gerusalemme), lo scorso lunedì 29 novembre 2010, nell’ambito del programma del Diploma in Studi Sindonici, attivato quest’anno presso l’Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum Avinoam Danin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), last Monday, November 29, 2010, under the program of Diploma Studies Sindoni, activated this year at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
English Translation by Google: The Institute on Religion and Science, with the collaboration of Othon, organized this conference of prof. Avinoam Danin (Università Ebraica di Gerusalemme), lo scorso lunedì 29 novembre 2010, nell’ambito del programma del Diploma in Studi Sindonici, attivato quest’anno presso l’Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum Avinoam Danin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), last Monday, November 29, 2010, under the program of Diploma Studies Sindoni, activated this year at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
Any flies on the wall?
Google Translation of site: Science and Religion in the Media
It looks like the back door to married priests is through high Anglican rite churches moving to Roman Catholicism. Oh, and they can’t take this beautiful building with them. The Anglicans keep that. . It is pretty much people, vestments and a way of life only. CBC News is reporting:
An Anglican church in Calgary is set to become the first in Canada to accept an offer from the Vatican to become Catholic.
The congregation at St. John the Evangelist — the only high Anglican church in the diocese — has felt increasingly isolated as the parent church slowly liberalized, accepting women as priests and blessing gay and lesbian unions.
"There has been very much a lack of unity," said congregation member Richard Harding.
Last year Pope Benedict XVI offered to let disaffected Anglican congregations switch to the Roman Catholic faith through the adoption of Anglican Ordinariates.
After months of meetings with Catholic officials in Calgary, the congregation at St. John voted earlier this month to accept that offer.
Under the new orders, which have not yet been created, former Anglican parishes will be permitted to maintain their distinctive liturgical practices, and priests will still be allowed to marry.
Context: B16 Over Canterbury. Also: CBC News – Calgary – Calgary Anglican parish to become Catholic
"The Real Face of Jesus?" will be broadcast in both Portugal and Spain on Christmas Day 2010. Details:
This new billboard sort of gives you that warm, happy, silver bells Christmas feeling as you enter the Lincoln Tunnel to go Christmas shopping, attend midnight mass or see the Rockefeller Tree.
I’ve never had an issue with reason. I am not particularly troubled by the mythology in the Christmas story. I am troubled by the lack of reason and decency by those who think this is a good thing to do.
UPDATE: We now have dueling billboards. See Dueling Billboards
Maria Zuppello screen-scraped an article by Abigail Zuger that appeared in the New York Times. Here are some interesting tidbits:
Who has seen the mind? Neither you nor I — nor any of the legions of neuroscientists bent on opening the secrets of that invisible force, as powerful and erratic as the wind.
. . . . In the book’s final essay, Joy Hirsch, a neuroimaging specialist at Columbia, sympathizes with readers who hate the idea that they — their essential selves, their likes and dislikes, their premonitions, biases and life decisions — are nothing but neural circuits.
“These cells and molecules, awash in various neurochemical cocktails in my basal ganglia, are presumably the basis for my love and attachment to my husband,” she writes. “Earlier in my academic journey I would have resisted this unavoidable fact of biology on the misguided rounds that a physical basis would diminish the grandeur and centrality of my choice of a life partner.”
Now, however, Dr. Hirsch says she joyfully embraces “the astonishing unity of the physical brain and the mind” for the potential it clearly holds for improving the lot of humankind. And furthermore, she doesn’t see that anyone has much choice about accepting it.
“People assumed for thousands of years that there must be something else,” the scientist Jonah Lehrer writes in the introduction. “And yet, there is nothing else: this is all we are.”