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November 21st, 2012
05:30 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, November 21

By Laura Koran, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: Church of England rejects female bishops by six votes
After decades of debate, the Church of England formally voted down draft legislation that would have allowed women to become bishops. Debate on the draft legislation Tuesday spanned seven hours and saw more than 100 people voice support or opposition for the draft legislation.

Smoke billows from a spot targeted by the Israeli military inside the Gaza Strip last week.

CNN: Name of Israel’s anti-Hamas operation has biblical meaning
To English speakers, the name of Israel’s anti-Hamas campaign sounds pretty straightforward: “Operation Pillar of Defense.” But reading the name of the Israeli operation in Hebrew might provoke some head-scratching. In Hebrew, the Israel Defense Forces have branded their recently launched anti-Hamas effort as “Operation Pillar of Cloud.”

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Reuters: Pope Benedict’s third book on Jesus reaffirms doctrine of his virgin birth
Pope Benedict published the last part of his trilogy on the life of Jesus on Tuesday, delivering an early childhood narrative which strongly reaffirms the doctrine of the virgin birth as an “unequivocal” truth of faith. The book, 137 pages in its English version, is titled “The Infancy Narratives – Jesus of Nazareth” and will be published around the world in some 20 languages. It goes on sale on Wednesday.

CNN: Pakistani court throws out blasphemy charges against Christian girl
A Pakistani court on Tuesday dismissed blasphemy charges against Rimsha Masih, a Christian teenager whose case prompted international outrage. "She is a free woman, like any ordinary citizen," said Abdul Hameed Rana, one of Rimsha's lawyers. The high court in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad found that the accusations against her were legally unsound, he said.

The Jerusalem Post: Israel wins case to retain Austrian Jewish archive
The Jerusalem District Court rejected last week a lawsuit submitted by Vienna’s Jewish community to obtain Austrian Jewish documents from the 17th to 20th centuries. It is a “very important decision” for the archive, Israel’s state archivist Dr. Yaacov Lozowick told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

Religion News Service: Analysis: Film revives questions about Abraham Lincoln’s faith, but offers few answers
There is a moment in Steven Spielberg’s masterful new film “Lincoln” when the 16th president asks the kind of big question usually tackled by religion: Why are we here? “Do you think we choose the times into which we are born,” Daniel Day-Lewis, as Abraham Lincoln, asks two young workers in the telegraph office. “Or do we fit the times we are born into?” That’s as close as the film comes to probing the faith of Abraham Lincoln. But the nature of Lincoln’s faith - or the lack thereof - has remained one of the most fascinating aspects of the man who freed the slaves, preserved the Union and carried the wounded nation through its bloodiest war.

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CNN: Rubio ignites debate with answer about creationism
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio attempted to walk the line between science and faith-based creationism in remarks that that have provoked the ire of liberal blogs, leaving the door open to creationism in responding to a recent question about the age of the Earth.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    November 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • TrollAlert

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      "John 3:16" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" is the degenerate.

      This troll is not a christian

      November 26, 2012 at 9:21 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      November 26, 2012 at 9:27 am |
  2. What is Evel?

    THIS is Evel ! ! !

    November 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  3. myweightinwords

    What is evil?

    November 21, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • Huebert

      Wantonly harming another.

      November 21, 2012 at 11:20 am |
      • myweightinwords

        I would qualify that to "wantonly and willingly harming another"...as to cause harm in a way that may seem wanton, but is not necessarily intentional, would not be something I consider evil. Ignorant, wrong, yes. Evil, not so much.

        November 21, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Huebert

      I can agree with that.

      November 21, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • Robert Brown

      Evil is pride, lying, premeditated violence, murder, and starting trouble.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
      • myweightinwords

        Is pride evil? Or is an unwarranted pride evil? Is it wrong to have pride in something you worked hard to accomplish?

        Is lying always evil? Is a lie that saves a life evil? Is a lie that spares someone hurt evil?

        And....I'm not sure I'd agree with starting trouble. Sometimes starting trouble is exactly the right thing to do.

        November 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • sam

      Robert...you're creepy.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      How so sam?

      November 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      My,
      Excessive pride, boasting, arrogance or robbing God of his glory, be thankful for your accomplishment instead of proud.
      The deceitful lie for trick or gain, the lie that causes another harm.
      Stirring up trouble for personal gain or to harm others.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
      • myweightinwords

        Pride is not evil, in an of itself. Who should I be thankful too when I'm the one who has done the work to accomplish whatever it is I'm proud of? Pride can be healthy and good. Though, excessive or unwarranted pride is cause for concern.

        So you agree that lying itself is not evil...that it is the intent of the lie that determines its nature?

        Sometimes stirring up trouble for personal gain is still the right thing to do. Consider union organizers. They stirred up trouble in order to make a better world for themselves. For personal gain. Should they have sat still and stayed quiet?

        November 22, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • myweightinthespanishinquisition

      Well Robert, Christianity has repeatedly done all of those things you listed, so that makes Christianity evil. Which we already knew, of course.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  4. myweightinwords

    As you look in the mirror, what do you see?

    Who are you in the moment when you are alone?

    What do you bring with you when you walk out your door?

    November 21, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • William Demuth

      Alone?

      You mean you things are real?

      I thought I was the only real thing left, and you folks were just undigested beef???

      November 21, 2012 at 10:32 am |
      • myweightinwords

        Perhaps we are all just figments of one another's imagination...dreams moving through dreams...and none of us is real?

        November 21, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • Huebert

      *Takes blunt from myweightinwords

      Stop babysitting it.

      November 21, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • Huebert

      *Puff, Pass

      Gonna be a good day. :)

      November 21, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  5. William Demuth

    Reuters: Pope Benedict’s third book on Jesus reaffirms doctrine of his virgin birth??

    When I first read this I thought the Pope was saying his Mom was also a Virgin!!

    A virgin Valkyrie, an Aryan goddess, Frau Ratzinger, a close personal friend of Eva Braun, and director of social activities in Auschwitz!

    November 21, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  6. Amber Star

    Look, you can barely see the scars.

    November 21, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  7. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Imagine a world without prayer.

    November 21, 2012 at 7:30 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Not much would change I think. We already live in a world where prayer doesn't do squat.

      November 21, 2012 at 7:33 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      You are right, AtheistSteve. You can't tell now whether a person is praying or just blathering on a Bluetooth phone.

      What is prayer? Just dial an out of service number and start talking and you'll know. Reveal your fears, hopes, dreams and desires. Admit your essential depravity (real or imagined) and beg for forgiveness and salvation.

      November 21, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The number I call to admit my depravity charges $6.99 a minute.
      Prayer seems a much cheaper alternative, though I doubt God talks back as nasty as Krystal does.

      November 21, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • Amber Star

      Hey sweety.

      November 21, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Pink Floyd

      [Phone rings..Clink of receiver being lifted]
      "Hello..?"
      "Yes, a collect call for Mrs. Floyd from Mr. Floyd.
      Will you accept the charges from United States?"
      [clunk! of phone being put down]
      "Oh, He hung up! That's your residence, right? I wonder why he hung up?
      Is there supposed to be someone else there besides your wife there to answer?"
      [Phone rings again...clunk of receiver being picked up]
      "Hello?"
      "This is United States calling, are we reaching...
      [interrupted by phone being put down]
      "See he keeps hanging up, and it's a man answering."
      [whirr of connection being closed]

      November 21, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Akira

      All in all we're just another brick in the wall.

      November 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm |

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