Elaine Pagels on Faith

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“Is faith necessary to receive the wisdom of religion?”

“I don’t think so at all. Faith is a particularly Christian preoccupation. Protestants talk about it more than Catholics do. If you talk to a Buddhist or many Jews, it’s about practice; it’s about what you do. If you take something like the Torah–“You shall not kill, you shall not commit adultery, you shall honor your parents”–there are very specific ways of acting, and that’s what really matters. It’s about justice and mercy. Buddhism is about the practice of compassion and generosity; it’s about seeing reality the way it is and attempts to do that through meditation. It’s about how you act, what choices you make.”

Pair of Deadly Terrorist Attacks Hits Iran

This is huge–sorry to sound like Trump on this one. But Da’esh is not taking on Tehran in a big way. This is a Sunni attack on Shia at their very core.

Pair of Deadly Terrorist Attacks Hits Iran

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Here’s the Deal With the Saudi-Qatari Breakdown

Something very important happened this week in the “Sunni” Islam world. Qatar has been and continues to be a major problem. Interesting that the Sauds are “cracking down” on Qatar. Here is an excellent summary:

Here’s the Deal With the Saudi-Qatari Breakdown

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