Friday fragments — 05.03.10

Mosque helps out local church

A church in Ilford, Essex, had its £600 Christian Aid Week collection stolen. The money was replaced by members of the neighbouring mosque, who had already donated to the cause.

I love this kind of story; pity it doesn’t get wider coverage.

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Global Atheist Convention

Andy Hamilton confesses that he is looking forward to the Global Atheist Convention in his town, Melbourne,  ‘with the same tempered gloom that would descend upon me if an international convention of Christian evangelists came to town’. He has written an interesting and thoughtful piece, in part saying

The wellsprings and justification for religious faith, and for other foundational views of life, are to be found in qualities of human experience that are not susceptible to large, knockdown and narrow arguments. Faith in God and in humanity, is rooted in experiences of wonder, questioning, desire and invitation that are delicate and not easily framed in simple argument.

Powerful arguments can and should be built for faith, but the experience on which they are built needs clarification, not codification; amplification, not reduction; ruminative conversation, not assertion.

In conversation we can tease out the subtleties of our intuitions, and the ways in which we account for the beauty and the complexities of our world. We can explore why people find religious faith persuasive, and also come to see how people put together their lives and their world without it.

Go and read more at Eureka St.

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Over 99.9% of young people don’t use heroin

I’m impressed by the young people I see around me.  ASBO Jesus agrees; see this fabulous cartoon.

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Stations of the Cross for the rest of us

Lent is well under way, Holy Week a few weeks away. This is a helpful article as we journey on the way.

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Levitical Law for the home

Hilarious. Here’s a taste:

Of the beasts of the field, and of the fishes of the sea, and of all foods that are acceptable in my sight you may eat, but not in the living room. Of the hoofed animals, broiled or ground into burgers, you may eat, but not in the living room. Of the cloven-hoofed animal, plain or with cheese, you may eat, but not in the living room. Of the cereal grains, of the corn and of the wheat and of the oats, and of all the cereals that are of bright color and unknown provenance you may eat, but not in the living room. Of the quiescently frozen dessert and of all frozen after-meal treats you may eat, but absolutely not in the living room. Of the juices and other beverages, yes, even of those in sippy-cups, you may drink, but not in the living room, neither may you carry such therein. Indeed, when you reach the place where the living room carpet begins, of any food or beverage there you may not eat, neither may you drink.

h/t Seven Whole Days

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