"In a key study done in Beijing, very interesting differences were found in these two self-processing regions in religious Christians compared to non-religious subjects. In non-religious people, self-judgments (judgments about traits people believe describe themselves) were clearly associated with increases in the 'It’s About Me' brain area. Religious Christians, however, did not show increases in the 'It’s About Me' area when making these kinds of self-related assessments." Jeffrey M. Schwartz explains the effects of religion on an interesting part of the brain.
Not long after Barack Obama’s election in 2008, bumper stickers began to appear on cars that read “Pray for Obama” with the scripture reference “Psalm 109:8.” At first glance, the message seemed a noble call for Americans to pray for their newly-elected president. On further inspection, however, the bumper sticker was intended as a cruel joke.
Political scientist Amy E. Black reflects on what it means to pray for our upcoming election.
I’ve been acting like an absent-minded professor long before I actually became one. I am often so engrossed in my own world that I forget to keep track of my surroundings: running on automatic pilot as I walk (and even drive) from place to place, forgetting people’s names as soon as I’ve been told it for the first time, breaking or spilling things as I clumsily trudge through my day. Most people don’t realize it, but the consequences of this lack of awareness may become dire when it is applied to the landscape of the inner voice(s) that seem to constantly run inside our heads.
Evangelical civil rights pioneer John M. Perkins on getting beyond our divisions to a new conversation in the spirit of humility, confession, and a reception of each other's pain.
Interview Part 1 of 2 with Fr. Richard Rohr | "Our true selves are not created or concocted by any means whatsoever, even religious formulas or decisions."
"To pray unceasingly is to channel our thoughts out of their fearful isolation into a fearless conversation with God... Prayer is not introspection."
Sometimes I have prosopagnosia when it comes to seeing God.
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