Nov 30, 2016

CultNEWS101 Articles: 12/1/2016


"Some of the studies did show that mindfulness meditation or other similar exercises might bring some small benefits to people in comparison with doing nothing, when they are compared with pretty much any general relaxation technique at all, including exercise, muscle relaxation, “listening to spiritual audiotapes” or indeed any control condition that gives equal time and attention to the person, they perform no better, and in many cases, worse."

For more than a year Nicola Benyahia has hidden the truth about her son’s secret life and death.

Sometime in the middle of 2012, a friend of Neil Prakash asked the young Australian if he was religious.

"I'm a Buddhist," said Prakash, "but I believe there is a god, a deity".

"You are not a Buddhist then," replied the friend, "you are confused".

The simple exchange marked the beginning of a journey, literal and spiritual, that took Prakash from Neil Prakash, Buddhist and sometime wannabe rapper, to became Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, dedicated jihadist and top IS recruiter.

There already has been a war of words over this docu-series. The Church of Scientology says Remini, an ex-Scientologist, is a has-been actress who needs to quit “exploiting” her former religion. Remini says she'll stop talking about the Church when it stops “f------ with people's lives.” No compromises here.

"Father Walshe came under fire last year after he testified on behalf of Cardinal George Pell at the sexual abuse royal commission, which was investigating claims then Bishop Pell tried to buy the silence of a victim of notorious paedophile Gerald Ridsdale in 1993.

The appearance prompted a former student priest, John Roach, to reveal he was sexually abused by Father Walshe in 1982."

"In recent years there has been a growing interest in alternative medicines, many of which employ mental or spiritual powers to heal the body. Now research into the biochemistry of placebos is showing that these remedies are not as wacky as they sound and that we are, indeed, capable of curing ourselves."

Learn about the history and social impact of world religions through their scriptures with experts representing several of the world’s religious traditions.

Modules in this series include:

Christianity Through Its Scriptures
Buddhism Through Its Scriptures
Islam Through Its Scriptures
Hinduism Through Its Scriptures
Judaism Through Its Scriptures
Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures

"Toronto resident Jason Pippin, 39, has been helping de-radicalize extremists but is now being deported from Canada over his past at a training camp in Pakistan."

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