Posts Tagged ‘ Islam ’

Segregating Men and Women

September 5, 2013
Segregating Men and Women

On my mission, my companion thought it would be fun to attend a Jewish Synagogue.  We knew Jews worship on the 7th day, rather than the first, so he called on Friday night to find out when “church” would be on Saturday.  To our surprise, the Jewish Sabbath runs from sundown Friday to Saturday, and […]

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Losing My Religion: Weekend Poll

June 23, 2013
Losing My Religion:  Weekend Poll

If the church was suddenly dissolved and everyone was told to pick a new religion, which one would you choose?  Or should I say, which one(s) would choose you (speak to you most)?  Does size matter?  The content of the teachings?  Do you cling to tradition?  Do you prefer more freedom?  Does a community appeal […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

Polygamy in Britain

May 9, 2013
Polygamy in Britain

A congruence of comments on my last post, and media broadcast/articles on this subject resulted in my selection of this topic. Hawkgrrrl commented: “Interestingly, we are now in a position to have to tell converts in countries that allow polygamy that we don’t allow it as we spread to African and Asian countries. India allows […]

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Posted in Agency, Education, Freedom, Morality, Polygamy, Race Relations | 15 Comments »

Honeymoon Problems

December 3, 2012
Honeymoon Problems

Samira and Firas are a Muslim couple married in August 2009.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been watching the TLC program, Strange Sex (also available on Netflix.)  For Firas and Samira, it was love at first sight.  One week after meeting, Firas asked Samira’s father for permission to marry.  Muslims have even […]

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Women and Veils

November 29, 2012
Women and Veils

Once again, I’m thinking about the temple.  Why do women wear veils, and why are they supposed to veil their faces when participating in the true order of prayer?  At a wedding, many women wear veils for the ceremony.  For a wedding, it seems to hold a bit of romance.  In Islam, it is a […]

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There are Wars and There are WARS

September 16, 2012
There are Wars and There are WARS

Unable to sleep a few nights ago, I sought mind-deadening through cable TV. I chanced upon a movie I thought would do the job — a murder mystery set in a mountain abbey in 14th Century Italy. I didn’t get what I expected. Instead, the movie, The Name of the Rose, starring Sean Connery and […]

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Posted in America, Europe, Faith, Freedom, History, Israel, Morality, Politics, understanding, Violence | 18 Comments »

Art Imitates Life? How Civilization V faithfully tells the faith story

June 28, 2012
Civilization V: Gods and Kings Logo

Civilization V’s religions will look nothing like real-world ones. So how do they capture the religious story so well?

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Is “Born Mormon” Enough?

May 23, 2012
BornMormon

I am a Mormon.  I haven’t made a fancy ad of me skateboarding or anything like that, but still, I’m a Mormon.  But “why” am I a Mormon?   What makes me say that? Like many people in the Church, I was “born Mormon”.  I have ancestors who were born in Winter Quarters in 1846 on […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief | 63 Comments »

If I Were In Charge: Stop Requiring Specific Donations For Spiritual Participation

July 13, 2011
10-Charity

Being willing to give away what we have is essential.  Christ told us that we need to be willing to impart of our possessions and to have charity towards others.  Zakat (almsgiving) is one of the fundamental Five Pillars of Islam.  Dana (generosity or giving) in Buddhism is essential to purify oneself and is one […]

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Elsewhere in Patriarchy (Part 3) . . . Obedient Wives Club

June 28, 2011
Elsewhere in Patriarchy (Part 3) . . . Obedient Wives Club

OK, I thought I was done talking about other patriarchal societies, but then I ran across this little gem from Malaysia:  The Obedient Wives club.  This club was formed by a Muslim fringe group called Global Ikhwan on June 4th (earlier this year they also set up a Polygamy Club for women), so it is very much […]

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Simcha Jacobovici Nails It?

April 26, 2011
Simcha Jacobovici Nails It?

Canadian filmmaker and non-Christian Simcha Jacobovici (aka History Channel’s The Naked Archaeologist) is a magnet for Jesus relics.  In 2007 he claimed to locate Jesus’ tomb in Jerusalem – with Jesus and other family members intact.  His latest find is a pair of nails he posits were the crucifixion nails, found in Caiaphas’s tomb (the high priest of […]

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I, the Kafir, the Ingrate

March 12, 2011
I, the Kafir, the Ingrate

About a year ago, I participated in an informal discussion group on religious harmony. Is it possible to achieve? What would it look like? What are commonalities between cultures and religions that might lend themselves to a foundation for harmony? There were a few interesting developments in the class. The first was that the group […]

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Science & Religion #10: Strings and Spirits

December 28, 2010
Calabi_yau

Last time we talked about Flatland and 4-dimensional angels.  Now, we move on to 10-dimensions, finer matter, and more.  It might seem a bit daunting, but it will all make sense.  To start with, though, if you haven’t read the last post in this series (or Flatland itself), it will be easier to start there. […]

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Posted in Science and Religion | 33 Comments »

Gospel of the Birth of Mary

November 29, 2010
Gospel of the Birth of Mary

A few months ago, I picked up a book called Lost Books of the Bible by William Hone on the clearance rack at Barnes and Noble.  It is one of the coolest books I have ever picked up.  There are 26 ancient books included in the compilation, dating to the earliest centuries after Christ.  These ancient […]

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