Religious Components of Gnosticism

Religious Components of Gnosticism Mandaean Sabians Conduct Golden Baptism Ritual

Religious Components of  Gnosticism  Gnosticism encompasses a very wide range of beliefs and is better viewed as a collection of religions sharing some common themes rather than as one specific religion. There are two basic components to beliefs commonly labeled as Gnostic, although the importance of one over the other can vary immensely. The first is gnosis and the second is dualism. GNOSTIC BELIEFS Gnosis is a Greek word for knowledge, and in Gnosticism (and religion in general) it refers to awareness, experience, and knowledge of the presence of God.…

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Muslim And Jewish Religious Leaders Denounce Violence In Historic Israeli Palestinian Meeting

Muslim And Jewish Religious Leaders

Muslim And Jewish Religious Leaders Denounce Violence In Historic Israeli Palestinian Meeting Muslim : Chief Sephardi Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and Sheikh Mahmoud Habbash attended an historic Washington Institute meeting on October 13, 2016, hosted by Israeli President Rivlin that brought Israeli Jewish and Palestinian Muslim Religious Leaders together for the first time. (Jerusalem, October 13) — In the first event of its kind, top Israeli Jewish and Palestinian Muslim religious leaders – including one of Israel’s chief rabbis and the religious affairs advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi…

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As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution ‘intensifies’

As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution 'intensifies'

As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution ‘intensifies’ Atheist : From an altar in a dingy backyard four hours from Beijing, Paul Dong is conducting mass. He’s also breaking the law. Dong and his parishioners are among millions of illegal Christians worshiping in officially atheist China. According to a new report from US-based NGO Freedom House, persecution of Chinese Christians and other faith groups has “intensified” in recent years. “Combining both violent and nonviolent methods, the (Communist) Party’s policies are designed to curb the rapid growth of religious…

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Muslim Man Breaks Religious Barriers, Performs Hindu Friend’s Last Rites

Muslim Man Breaks Religious Barriers, Performs Hindu Friend's Last Rites

Muslim Man Breaks Religious Barriers, Performs Hindu Friend’s Last Rites Religion has at times come in the way of love, happiness and friendship. But this time it wasn’t to win. Rising above his religious beliefs and the faith he practiced, Razzak Khan Tikari, a resident of Chhattisgarh, did what only a few of us have the heart to do. Breaking all religious barriers Razzak, despite being a follower of Islam, performed Hindu rites for his deceased friend, Santosh Singh. Singh who belonged to Harda area and was living with his…

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Religious war brews as Imams demand arrest of CAN president, others over Kaduna mayhem

Religious war brews as Imams demand arrest of CAN president, others over Kaduna mayhem

Religious war brews as Imams demand arrest of CAN president, others over Kaduna mayhem Religious : The Council of Imams and Ulama in Kaduna state has demanded the arrest and prosecution of the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and others for the alleged escalation of the mayhem in Southern Kaduna. The Imams in Kaduna said the statements by the Christian leaders provoked more violence The part of Kaduna has since late 2016 witnessed heavy attacks and killings despite security deployment and curfew imposed by the government. The…

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WHICH RELIGIOUS GROUPS ARE THE MOST EDUCATED?

WHICH RELIGIOUS GROUPS ARE THE MOST EDUCATED?

WHICH RELIGIOUS GROUPS ARE THE MOST EDUCATED? MUSLIMS AND HINDUS ARE THE LOWEST EDUCATED GROUPS, BUT BOTH ARE MAKING GIGANTIC LEAPS IN INCREASING THEIR EDUCATION LEVELS. The most highly educated are the Jews, followed by Christians, while the groups that receive the least higher education are Muslims and Hindus. However, education in these groups is rising steadily, especially among their women. The findings are brought to us by a global demographic study by the Pew Research Center. Which Religious Groups are the Most Educated? TWEET THIS There are two patterns…

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Saudi Arabia hopes for religious tourism boost

Saudi Arabia hopes for religious tourism boost

Saudi Arabia hopes for religious tourism boost Image copyrightAPImage captionSaudi Arabia says 30 million pilgrims could visit the country annually by 2030 With Saudi Arabia’s government announcing reforms aimed at moving the kingdom away from its dependence on oil, another source of income looks set to become a major contributor to the economy – religious tourism. The authorities plan to relax restrictions governing visas for Muslim pilgrims, meaning those travelling to Mecca and Medina will be able to extend their stay and visit non-religious cultural cities and sites. Projected growth…

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Theists Vs. Atheists: Who’s Better Off

Theists Vs. Atheists: Who's Better Off?

Theists Vs. Atheists: Who’s Better Off Like any religious conflict, this debate can only be settled with a point system. A Darwin fish meets a Jesus fish.iStockphoto Atheists typically fancy themselves to be an intelligent bunch, so it’ll hearten them to know that a recent review of decades of research over 63 studies has found that atheists are on average more intelligent than believers. As is the case with any theological zero-sum game between atheists and theists, the study has sparked a torrent of evangelical atheist boasting on news comment…

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Religious People More Emphatic But Less Likely To Be Critical Thinkers: Study

Religious People More Emphatic But Less Likely To Be Critical Thinkers: Study - See more at: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/144736/20160328/religious-people-more-emphatic-but-less-likely-to-be-critical-thinkers-study.htm#sthash.sz8Fi2Lz.dpuf

Religious People More Emphatic But Less Likely To Be Critical Thinkers: Study Religious : In their hit single “Science & Faith,” Irish pop rock band The Script mused, “You won’t find faith or hope down a telescope / You won’t find heart and soul in the stars.” A group of scientists found that when it comes to science and faith, it all boils down to how the brain works and empathy. Empathy, Not Sympathy Empathy is the ability to understand and share the emotions of another human being even if…

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Religious people ‘more likely to be viewed as generous and trustworthy’

Religious people 'more likely to be viewed as generous and trustworthy'

Religious people ‘more likely to be viewed as generous and trustworthy’ Religious : Going to church or temple regularly can leave a greater impression than ‘more dramatic public ritual acts [that] involve enduring serious pain’ People who regularly attend religious services are more likely to be seen as an upstanding member of the community than those who take part in more dramatic displays of religious devotion – such as walking over hot coals, being stabbed with a spear or becoming possessed – according to a new study. Dr Eleanor Power, of the…

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