HOMOSEXUALITY IN ORTODOX JUDAISM

Following the controversy surrounding the issue of reparative therapy for people with same sex attractions within the Jewish community, orthodox Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet argues that religious leaders should separate biblical condemnation of homosexual acts from the way the religion treats…

THE BIBLE DOESN’T SAY ANYTHING…

The Bible says… This is a powerful statement. We've all heard it before, from a pulpit or politician, friend or foe. These three words conjure an absolutist stance and the highest authority, but the fact is, the Bible doesn't say…

TEN REASONS YOU SHOULD NOT FEAR MUSLIMS

When I was a toddler, I was terrified of ladybugs. There was just something about how different they looked that made me fear and despise them. To me, they looked harmful. As I grew older, I learned that ladybugs are…

THE HOUSE OF ONE: Three Religions Under One Roof

Berlin is soon to become home to something truly unique. Jews, Christians, and Muslims are planning to build a house of worship here – one that brings a synagogue, a church, and a mosque together under one roof. The three…

EXTREME RELIGIOUSNESS AS MENTAL ILLNESS (?)

“A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith proves nothing” – Nietzsche. I think (but am not sure: the inevitable encroachment of entropy has claimed more than a few brain cells) that I’ve been on about this for some…

DALAI LAMA: “I Am Marxist “

At a lecture in Kolkata, India’s Presidency University earlier this week, the Dalai Lama spoke about the growing divide between rich and poor. “We must have a human approach. As far as socioeconomic theory, I am Marxist,” he said in…

MIMU MAXI: Mimi Hecht + Mushky Notik Make Modesty Haute

No matter your cultural or religious background, you have some conception of what's okay and not okay to wear in public. For most of us, the rules are pretty relaxed: Cleavage is usually fine, but you should probably keep your…

THE YHWH CODE

The mapping of the genetic code, known as DNA, is probably the most important scientific breakthrough of the new millennium. On June 26, 2000, President Clinton and a group of world renowned scientists presented the first genetic map of the…

BEYOND: The Essence Of Life (Documentary)

“Beyond”, is an exclusive documentary featuring photographer Joey L. Set in Varanasi, India. The documentary by filmmaker Cale Glendening follows Joey and his assistant Ryan as they complete their latest photo series- "Holy Men." Almost every major religion breeds ascetics;…

FIVE REASONS TO SUSPECT JESUS NEVER EXISTED (?)

A growing number of scholars are openly questioning or actively arguing against whether Jesus lived. Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.” In other words, they think that around the start of the first century…

THE ISLAMIC FASHION FESTIVAL IN KULA LUMPUR

There are so many fashion weeks these days, from the Big Four (London, New York, Paris and Milan) to Tokyo, Rio, Miami and Abu Dhabi, among others, that I often think I could pass the year going from one to…

ZEALOT: The Real Jesus (?)

Very little is known about the historical Jesus, as opposed to the Jesus of myth who appears in the New Testament. He is mentioned by the 1st-century historian Flavius Josephus in reference to his brother, James, who led Jesus’ followers…

MY BOY, THE RADICAL MUSLIM

Two years ago this week, my stepson came home wearing an Arabic black thawb. He walked into the sitting-room, smiled defiantly at me and at his father, and asked us how he looked. We were a little shocked, but being…