Tag Archive for belief

Healer’s belief may have killed hundreds in Sierra Leone

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Herbalist began inviting clients across the border with promises of salvation. Sierra Leone’s 365 Ebola deaths traced back to traditional healer – Times LIVE. The outbreak need never have spread from Guinea, health officials revealed to AFP, except for a herbalist in the remote eastern border village of Sokoma. “She was claiming to have powers…

Nice to think we have paranormal ‘abilities’ but that doesn’t make it true

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette prints a rosy, comforting, credulous story about paranormal and psychic beliefs and people’s search for answers. Paranormal connections: seeking answers from the other side in Pennsylvania. From the famous and the infamous to the conventional and the kooky, many people seek to be enriched, entertained, improved or comforted by those who claim to…

AP poll has experts lamenting science literacy – It’s more complicated

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Should we be surprised by this? No, I’m not. Disappointed, maybe. But, we should be used to these results by now. Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own…

Bullet in a Bible

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What if he was reading the Satanic Bible instead? Yep, that might have worked just as well. It’s physics, not a miracle. Dayton RTA driver saved by religious text Rickey Wagoner, 49, of Trotwood, was assaulted by three men in the 1900 block of Lakeview Avenue, while standing outside of his bus. Three shots were…

God of the evolutionary gap in science understanding

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While the overall percentage belief in evolution has stayed nearly the same since 2009, more people who characterize themselves as Republican reject evolution. Public’s Views on Human Evolution | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-ten Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things…

Virgin America Part 2: Celebrating Christmas

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Interesting results are out in a new poll from Pew Research about Christmas. Celebrating Christmas and the Holidays, Then and Now | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. Nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. But only about half see Christmas mostly as…

Art Bell returns Sept. 16

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Great. More craziness. Even crazier than before because it will be uncensored. Paranormal expert Art Bell returning to radio Sept. 16 | The Town Talk | thetowntalk.com. Art Bell, radio’s master of the paranormal and outward edges of science, will return to the microphone Sept. 16 with a new nighttime show on Sirius XM Radio.…

Swazi king believes in privilege, for himself

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I don’t have much to add to this except to say DOUBTFUL, indeed. Doesn’t he think a lot of himself?! God visited me, says Swazi king. Swaziland’s absolute monarch, King Mswati III, said he was visited by God at the weekend and this resulted in unseasonal electrical storms in the country – and a new…

Speaking in tongues going quiet in Pentecostal churches

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It sounds like some miss it. Messages in tongues down among Pentecostals. At Three Crosses Church, Pastor Ken Walters urges his parishioners to join him in song and scripture. The charismatic 58-year-old extends his arms skyward and belts out melodies praising God. While the small Assemblies of God congregation goes through all the traditional trappings…

Anti-superstition law hitting resistance in India

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New law in Indian state is causing a dispute about freedom of religion. Does the bill contain too many “et ceteras“? Indian state outlaws profiting on miracles, summoning ‘ghosts’ – CSMonitor.com. A new law against superstition and black magic in India’s Maharashtra state has triggered a debate between religious groups who say that the state…

Maybe End Times believers should just stay home and pray, not make decisions

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Let reasonable people try and deal with the world’s problems. Belief That “Second Coming” Of Jesus Is Nigh May Be Preventing Climate Change Action: A Study : Science : Nature World News. Belief that the “Second Coming” of Jesus is nigh may be stemming climate change action, according to a study published in the Political…

Intelligent design: The stupid that keeps bobbing to the surface

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It may hurt your brain to read this article. It’s so full of brain-stopping moments of nonsense. It is only countered by Josh from the National Center for Science Education. Intelligent design teaching stirs debate. The room was packed as more than 500 people listened intently to Paul Nelson talk about genetics. Some fervently took…

Ghosts: Even if lots of people believe in something, it doesn’t make it true

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A HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted Dec. 17-18 among 1,000 U.S. adults. 45 percent of Americans believe in ghosts, or that the spirits of dead people can come back in certain places and situations. Spooky Number Of Americans Believe In Ghosts. The article states the poll reveals results that are consistent with other polls. It’s not…