Monthly Archives: December 2012

Science & Space

Within days after a new comet is first discovered, astronomers can tell you exactly what its path through the solar system will look like. They can calculate when it will make its closest approach to the Sun, how near it will be to Earth at any given moment and even when — or whether — it’s likely to make a return visit.

What they can’t say for sure is how brilliant a show it will put on for us. Back in the 1970’s, Comet Kohoutek was billed as the “Comet of the Century,” but it turned out to be so disappointing that it ended up as a laugh line for Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. Even a well-known comet like Halley’s, whose 1986 appearance was ballyhooed years in advance, can turn out to be a dud.

With that caveat noted, however, there’s a reasonable chance that Earth…

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CNN Belief Blog

Editor’s Note: Tanya Marie (“T.M.”) Luhrmann is a psychological anthropologist and the Watkins University professor in the department of anthropology at Stanford University in Stanford, California. She is the author of “When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God.”

By T.M. Luhrmann, Special to CNN

(CNN)—In the Bible, God spoke directly to Abraham. He spoke directly to Moses. He spoke directly to Job. But to your neighbor down the street?

Most people reading the ancient scriptures understand these accounts of hearing God’s voice as miracles that really did happen but no longer take place today, or maybe as folkloric flourishes to ancient stories. Even Christians who believe that miracles can be an everyday affair can hesitate when someone tells them they heard God speak audibly. There’s an old joke: When you talk to God, we call it prayer, but when God talks to…

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The roadmap of our thoughts

Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.”

We are headed in the direction of our thoughts.

Thoughts are seeds planted. Water them with action or concentration and they will produce tangible fruit in your life…both good and bad, positive and negative (depending on the thought).

But make no mistake, you want to know where you’re headed, examine the roadmap of your thoughts.

Compare them with your attitudes. Track the action behind them. You will see where you are and who you are becoming.

If you don’t like the direction you’re headed in, simply think something differently. Change happens from the inside out.

Studies show that it takes somewhere around 21 days for thoughts or actions to become habit. Why not take the opportunity now to form good, positive, healthy habits in your mind? You can take control of your life by taking control over your thoughts! But rather than trying to fake it till you make it, try to faith it as you pray it.

Think higher. Do more. Be more. Refine yourself.

Guard your mind. Your thought-life is the core of who you are.

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end of the world billions of years away says chief astronomer for the Pope

Before you slam the lock shut on the bunker and tell the job where it can go, the Vatican has an 11th hour message for you: That whole Mayan Calendar-World-Coming-To-An-End thing that’s supposed to happen tomorrow, isn’t going to happen after all. In fact, the end of the world is at least a few billion years away.

Father Jose Gabriel Funes, an Argentinian Jesuit priest and Director of the Vatican’s Observatory, said contrary to what you’ve heard, if the world ends at all, it is certainly not going to be tomorrow or any time in the near future.

According to Funes, the doomsday and apocalyptic deluge flooding Internet circles and cultic sects has no scientific basis. Even if it did, for followers of Christ, death is not the end. So truly there is nothing to worry about….

…unless a gigantic asteroid comes hurdling towards Earth or a super-volcano erupts ushering in the trumpet events of Revelation 8:6-13….in which case, we are all seriously screwed :-).

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Very interesting perspective….not quite sure if I agree, but thought provoking perspective nonetheless.

CNN Belief Blog

Editor’s note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of “The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation,” is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

(CNN) — There are a lot of things I am sick of hearing after massacres such as the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Here are six of them:

1. “It was God’s will.”

There may or may not be a God, but if there is, I sure hope he (or she or it) does not go around raising up killers, plying them with semiautomatic weapons, goading them to target practice, encouraging them to plot mass killings and cheering them on as they shoot multiple bullets into screaming 6- and 7-year-old children. Much better to say there is no God or, as Abraham Lincoln did, “The…

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What is going on in America?!?!

This Just In

A man stood in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Southern California on Saturday and fired 50 shots into the air.

Police didn’t say why, but his actions prompted many stores in the open-air Fashion Island mall in Newport Beach to lock their doors.

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