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This Week in World Religion 2018–08–12


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/08/12

“Two interesting pieces of reading in The Guardian on August 4, 2018. ‘Stripping religion from public view in name of diversity’ by Gerry Bowler, a university professor from Manitoba, speaks about removing religion and religious symbols and language from the motto, the coat of arms and the literature of most universities and the public square in Canada in the name of diversity. It concludes, “A nation with no common values, except that the determination that we will have no common values, cannot long survive.”

And ‘Spiritual famine’ by Rev. D. Blair Sorrey, quoting Prophet Amos who lived eight centuries before Christ and a few other biblical lessons highlights the shortage of hearers of the word of God.

They depict a true picture of the absence or disappearance of the hunger and thirst for spiritual food. Every aspect of social outfit, the politicians, the media, the self-righteous zealots of public propriety, the intellectuals, secularists, modernists and everyone who can articulate anything is vying with one another to prove that there is no God. Or if he is out there he doesn’t have any business with humans and their world today, and there is nothing like spiritual or after life for humans. They deny God whom they do not know nor seek to find. For them, anyone or anything that is not visible, and tangible is non-existent.”


“As I was saying before I was interrupted by the war… this was roughly what Cassandra, a British newspaper columnist, wrote when he resumed his column as peace came after World War 2. I don’t presume to be the legendary Cassandra. Neither was I interrupted by anything so devastating and historic as a global conflict.

But I was laid off by a rather lengthy stay at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Here I am, glad to be back. Before I talk about anything else, I want to say just two things. Please take care of your health. It’s your temple. The only one that you have. Respect it.

Talking about respect, I have only good things to say about the ICU staff of Tan Tock Seng. This is not the first time I’ve been to this hospital. I was there for a month in 2014. I did not have a good experience. At that time, the hospital seemed to be rather messy. Somewhat disorganised. So I had some trepidation when I was admitted there again.”


“Congregational meet-ups without the worship can boost wellbeing in the same way as going to church or attending other religious groups, a new study suggests.

Whether at the temple, church or mosque, worshipping together has long been linked to better mental and physical health.

Now people who regularly attend secular or non-religious groups are shown to get similar feel-good vibes, simply through social bonding, psychologists reveal.”


“Australian school students are becoming more likely to identify with “no religion” even in religious schools, including a 68 per cent increase in Catholic schools.

The trend, which mirrors changes in the wider population, has led the peak independent schools body to warn religious schools to rethink their marketing.

Across all schools, 37 per cent of students identify with “no religion”, according to an analysis of 2016 census data by the Independent Schools Council of Australia. That’s up from 30 per cent in 2011.”


“WEIZHOU, China — A newspaper of the ruling Communist Party said Saturday that no religion is above the law in China, urging officials to stay firm while dealing with a rare protest over the planned demolition of a massive mosque in the northwest.

The Global Times said that local officials in the town of Weizhou in Ningxia, a region that’s home to many ethnic minority Hui Muslims, must act against what it described as an illegal expansion of a religious building.

Thousands of Hui people gathered at the towering Grand Mosque on Thursday and Friday to prevent authorities from demolishing the structure, residents contacted by The Associated Press said. It was a rare, public pushback to the party’s efforts to rewrite how religions are practiced in the country.”



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