In Killing the Buddha magazine, Becky Garrison*, a panelist for The Washington Post‘s On Faith column and a regular contributor to The Guardian, The Revealer, American Atheist magazine, and Religion Dispatches rambles about in Virgin Apparitions, Holy Blood, and Me . . .
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During a panel discussion for The Virgin, the Copts and Me, held as part of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, Namir Abdel Messeh, a French filmmaker of Egyptian origin, admitted he had embarked on a seemingly impossible quest. How can one make a movie that proves if an apparition exists or not?
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Within these communal responses we find the power of relics. In Religion Dispatches, Peter Manseau, KtB co-founder and author of Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead, lays out the history of the Shroud of Turin, which clearly indicates that this item cannot be “real.” But he reminds us that “so much focus on explanation misses the point. Belief—any belief, whether in God, the Resurrection, even the Force—requires a partial abandonment of the rational.”
and if you follow up with the article in Religion Dispatches, well, you may not be as convinced as Garrison.
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