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Religious beings psychologically useful and ambiguous

http://bit.ly/2oyAvMk “This ambiguity attribute is interesting as it gives people latitude to form interpretations of religious beings that are personally appealing and plausible,” Dr Swan…

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Buddhists most trusted, Evangelicals least

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/08/which-religious-groups-do-kiwis-trust-the-most-and-least.html We found that the most trusted religious group in New Zealand is a small non-Christian group: Buddhists. In the most recent 2013 Census 58,000…

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Posted in Religion Sexual Abuse

No need to forget that anyone can be a victim

On March 1, 2013 the @washingtonpost published an article about survivors of clergy abuse. Here's the image the newspaper lead with. It represented all survivors.There's…

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No more than 50 percent of Roman Catholic clergy practicing celibacy

https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/examining-crisis/secret-sex-celibate-system To the average person, this demand of Canon Law 277 imposes a seemingly impossible task, namely perfect and perpetual continence. Although the church propagates…

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Pope backs down on gay conversion therapoy

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/28/vatican-erases-popes-remarks-about-psychiatric-help-for-gay-children The Vatican has rolled back on a recommendation by Pope Francis that parents seek psychiatric help for children who show homosexual tendencies. The pope…

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Internal Coherence is Not Truth

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/hot-thought/201808/if-truth-isn-t-truth-what-is-it Second, science is unusual compared to other social enterprises such as religion and fashion design in having a remarkable amount of agreement among its…

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Kinds of irreligion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irreligion Secular humanism embraces human reason, ethics, social justice, and philosophical naturalism while specifically rejecting religious dogma, supernaturalism, pseudoscience, and superstition as the bases of…

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Pope Francis confirms there is no hell

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/our-humanity-naturally/201803/smile-there-is-no-hell-even-the-pope-says-so Controversy erupted this week with reports that Pope Francis denied the existence of hell (link is external). Quoted by an Italian journalist who is…

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Pope says Imagine There is No Hell

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/our-humanity-naturally/201803/smile-there-is-no-hell-even-the-pope-says-so It’s worth noting that Francis is not the first pontiff to redefine the notion of hell. Pope John Paul II (link is external) also…

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Cult or religion ?

https://aeon.co/essays/theres-no-sharp-distinction-between-cult-and-regular-religion The historian J Gordon Melton of Baylor University in Texas says that the word ‘cult’ is meaningless: it merely assumes a normative framework that…

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