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Archive for August, 2007

Aug
2007
30

Influence of Indian Americans

Indian portal Rediff.com has picked the 50 most influential Indian-Americans, a list that highlights several deep thinkers and spiritual leaders. Akeel Bilgrami, Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, who wrote Belief and Meaning and Self-Knowledge and Resentment. Bilgrami once told India Abroad:  “People like (Oxford...
Aug
2007
28

Spiritual Surf: Michael Vick worse than the Taliban

Dogfighting quarterback: “In My Defense, I’ve Found God” Multimillionaire NFL quarterback Michael Vick goes on record for staging dog fights. If you listen to the first three minutes of that clip, it sounds like an apology. Then, Vick finds God: “In this situation I found Jesus and asked him for forgiveness, and just turned...
Aug
2007
20

Spiritual Surf: The second coming, Jesus sited in a a Connecticut kitchen cupboard

A Manchester, Conn. couple have found Jesus — in their kitchen cabinet, according to an NBC report. Malynda and Eric Smith saw the face of Jesus and have decided to keep the cabinet. It’s not quite a chocolate Virgin or God in your eggplant, but a kitchen cabinet is certainly close. Then there’s the a slightly ...
Aug
2007
19

Spiritual Surf: Church offers iTunes card to new converts

We’ve written before about the cult of consumerism and Steve Jobs’ new Jesus phone. Now a Palm Beach Baptist Minister took it to the next level by offering $15 iTunes gift cards to anybody who filled out a join-up (“connection card”) at the church, the Palm Beach Post reports. Does it smack of a bribe? Nah, it’s ...
Aug
2007
19

Reflections of a Modern Day Pilgrim

In a once-in-a-lifetime religious pilgrimmage, a Virginia couple walks the historic Camino de Santiago in Spain It’s hard to imagine undertaking an activity that will require long distance walking every day for 30days or more. Before I began the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James), I used to think that walking 5 or ...
Aug
2007
19

Camino Reflection #8

I was in the grocery store when someone in the next aisle answered their cell. Harsh words followed. I tired to ignore the intrusive, one-sided conversation as I maneuvered through the onions and potatoes to the bananas. A stranger was inflicting me with their angst. That brought me back to the Camino where I delighted ...
Aug
2007
19

Spiritual Surf: Stripping to save the Earth

Taking a Contrast-Bath for Global Warming We’ve written about the psychological and spiritual benefits of nudity before, but this time Spencer Tunick has taken it, as they say, to a totally new level. The photographer staged 600 volunteers on a glacier in Switzerland in 50-degree weather to draw attention to global warming. The cheeky...
Aug
2007
19

Spiritual Surf: The Virgin appears – this time, in Chocolate

When a Bodega chocolate worker stopped believing in God, the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to her. But the appearance didn’t come down out of the sky, as it did to Juan Diego 500 years ago. The Virgin appeared on the floor of a factory, created from the drippings of a chocolate-making machine, according to CBS. ...
Aug
2007
15

The Tao of Nerds

There’s something inside the psyches of computer programmers that draws them to the intractabality of Zen koans. Combine that with a passion for sci-fi and faux mysticism and it bestows upon all mankind a prolific online library of teacher-student koan dialogues.  Here’s a sample from The Tao of Programming: A programmer from a...
Aug
2007
15

Pastors who are too Busy for God should read David Deida

Sometimes God’s work gets in the way of a person’s relation with God. In no profession is that more true than being a pastor, a new study shows. Six out of every 10 Christians feel their hectic schedules keep them from spending time with God, it reports. Two thirds of pastors surveyed said their overloaded ...