Does some aspect of our personality survive bodily death? Long a philosophical and theological question, in the 20th century this became the subject of scientific research. Fifty years ago, in 1967, Ian Stevenson, then chair of UVA's Department of Psychiatry, created a research unit—now named the Division of Perceptual Studies—to study what, if anything, of the human personality survives after death. In this Medical Center Hour, faculty from the Division of Perceptual Studies highlight the unit's work since its founding,

I just got back from the 2018 GAME conference. It was an amazing experience!


The goal of the board is to empower Muslim youth across Europe to reclaim their own narratives and work for an inclusive world that acknowledges the dignity and rights of all. I was thrilled to join with this process and contribute my knowledge to young Muslims living in Europe.
Heart Matters Project
Posted by Darwish in gods 63 days ago

Being involved with nonprofit and interfaith work means I get to meet some hella dope people doing amazing work.


This is a friend of mine who is focused on tending and nurturing spiritual emotions. She is an amazing human being engaged in helping all of us heal the world together.
As Japan prepares to host visitors from around the world for the 2020 Summer Olympics, a Tokyo sports and cultural events company has created a mosque on wheels that its head hopes will make Muslim visitors feel at home.

In case you need to be reminded that religious doctrine is ever-changing, yet consistently arbitrary. Serious people will be debating the “true meaning” of this ruling regarding ugly rubber shoes for centuries to come.

Long after blacks and Jews have made great strides, and even as homosexuals gain respect, acceptance and new rights, there is still a group that lots of Americans just don’t like much: atheists. Those who don’t believe in God are widely considered to be immoral, wicked and angry. They can’t join the Boy Scouts. Atheist soldiers are rated potentially deficient when they do not score as sufficiently “spiritual” in military psychological evaluations. Surveys find that most Americans refuse or are reluctant to marry or vote for nontheists; in other words, nonbelievers are one minority still commonly denied in practical terms the right to assume office despite the constitutional ban on religious tests.  
 
Rarely denounced by the mainstream, this stunning anti-atheist discrimination is egged on by Christian conservatives who stridently — and uncivilly — declare that the lack of godly faith is detrimental to society, rendering nonbelievers intrinsically suspect and second-class citizens.  
Gone are the days when Nigerian pastors were satisfied with flying (never mind economy class) business or first class on their travels to win souls. Now they need a jet and signed copies of the Forbes magazine to shoo us (mere mortals) out of the way to reach their half starving flocks faster?
A belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a "fairy story" for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said.  
 
In a dismissal that underlines his firm rejection of religious comforts, Britain's most eminent scientist said there was nothing beyond the moment when the brain flickers for the final time.  
 
Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, shares his thoughts on death, human purpose and our chance existence in an exclusive interview with the Guardian today.  
 
The incurable illness was expected to kill Hawking within a few years of its symptoms arising, an outlook that turned the young scientist to Wagner, but ultimately led him to enjoy life more, he has said, despite the cloud hanging over his future.  
 
"I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first," he said.
Christopher Hitchens was scheduled to appear at the American Atheist convention, but had to cancel because of his illness. He sent this letter instead.
Fertility Goddess Asherah:
Posted by dorian in gods 8 years ago
Was 'God's Wife' Edited Out of the Bible?  
 
Some scholars say early versions of the Bible featured Asherah, a powerful fertility goddess who may have been God's wife.  
 
Research by Francesca Stavrakopoulou, a senior lecturer in the department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter, unearthed clues to her identity, but good luck finding mention of her in the Bible. If Stavrakopoulou is right, heavy-handed male editors of the text all but removed her from the sacred book.
Are Muslims Terrorists?
Posted by Darwish in gods 8 years ago
A website to help answer the question, "Are Muslims terrorists?"
My Faith My Voice
Posted by Darwish in gods 8 years ago
Who We Are  
 
My Faith My Voice is a grassroots effort by American Muslims from across the country looking to present their voice on issues affecting Muslims and Islam in America. It is an independent network of individuals that collectively claim no affiliation to any one organization or school of thought.  
 
What We Do  
 
My Faith My Voice serves as a platform for you, me or any one else who wants to reach out and talk directly to America. Through video clips and online social media outreach, we serve to make the voices of the grassroots available to those who choose to hear them.
What Egyptians Really Want
Posted by Mac in gods 8 years ago
Among highlights from the Pew poll:  
 
• 49% of Egyptians say Islam plays only a "small role" in public affairs under President Hosni Mubarak, while 95% prefer the religion play a "large role in politics."  
 
• 84% favor the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim faith.  
 
• 82% support stoning adulterers.  
 
• 77% think thieves should have their hands cut off.  
 
• 54% support a law segregating women from men in the workplace.  
 
• 54% believe suicide bombings that kill civilians can be justified.
26 pages of inside information from film director and screenwriter Paul Haggis.  
Before becoming Scientology’s spokesperson, Davis was a senior vice-president of the church’s Celebrity Centre International network.
 
 
“I was in a cult for thirty-four years. Everyone else could see it. I don’t know why I couldn’t.”
A photoblog dedicated to highlighting the conditions of womens prayer spaces in mosques (i.e., masjids).  
 
From the author:  
"Why create this photoblog? Simply because the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “None of you truly believes, until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.”  
 
Judging from my own experiences and those of others (just look at the comments on The Penalty Box post) there is a need to advocate for better conditions and prayer space accommodations in our mosques."