November 23rd, 2012
05:11 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Friday, November 23

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: Pope's book on Jesus debunks Christmas myths
It's Christmas, but not as you know it: a new book by released this week by Pope Benedict VI looks at the early life of Jesus – and debunks several myths about how the Nativity really unfolded. In "Jesus of Nazareth – The Infancy Narratives," the pope says the Christian calendar is actually based on a blunder by a 6th century monk, who Benedict says was several years off in his calculation of Jesus' birth date.

Tweet of the Day:

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Enlightening Reads:

Catholic News Agency: Priest takes food stamp challenge in solidarity with poor
The head of Catholic Charities in D.C. recently experienced the struggle of low-income families relying on food stamps, noting that Christian charity lends vital support to those in need. “Most of us don’t have a real sense of what it’s like to be on food stamps,” said Fr. John Enzler, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

The Guardian: Female bishops: EU anti-discrimination law may be the CoE's salvation
While the Church of England's legalism has halted progress on equality issues by voting against the ordination of female bishops this week, EU anti-discrimination law may prove its salvation.

The Oregonian: Oregon City faith-healing mom to remain in prison while her manslaughter conviction is on appeal
A member of an Oregon City-based faith-healing church will remain in prison while her manslaughter conviction is on appeal. A Clackamas County judge turned down a petition Monday for early release while the conviction of Shannon Mae Hickman, a member of the Followers of Christ church, is reviewed by the Oregon Court of Appeals.

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Opinion of the Day:

An Indian artist gives the final touches to a statue of Hindu goddess Kali ahead of the Diwali festival, the Festival of Lights, in Allahabad on November 10, 2012.

CNN: My Take: A multireligious Thanksgiving
Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation" and frequent CNN Belief Blog contributor, give his “Thanksgiving litany to the gods.”

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CNN: Franklin Graham’s Thanksgiving message: Pray for Obama
With the world facing “perilous times” and “anxiety stemming from economic challenges,” evangelical leader Franklin Graham is asking congregations to pray for President Barack Obama, even though Graham endorsed the president’s opponent in the 2012 election.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. richrichie

    its easy u all know about Christianity and its inconsistencies well proved now by the pope him self on CNN....but why don't u know about Islam now. Not what u see on CNN,not what your mum said nor your pastor or priest said and not what u see some Muslims neighbors of yours do....noooo nay,,, what have u searched your self...i dare u do....find the true,i swear nothing makes any sense as Islam does,those guys know the whole truth.....even if it will hurt,just like Santa-clause when u 12 year or the rats that gives money to the de toothing kid in our Ugandan myth , u deserve to know the truth.....and if no scientist has come out and disproved the divine origin of this universe logically then there must be a mighty some one behind it and that Creator or whatever it is, HE has a way, a straight path to Him and we are obliged to know it....so my adverse to u is look hard for the true coz it is clear from false,even if u may hate it!!, but but look with with an open mind and an open heart...i wish all..

    December 25, 2012 at 2:46 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    November 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...

      November 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      It is arrogant to think you can change the mind of you all powerful god.

      November 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • TrollAlert

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      "pervert alert" is the degenerate.

      This troll is not a christian

      November 26, 2012 at 9:11 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 9:15 am |
  3. Saskia Van Der Lingen

    Jesus was born in the spring, where it was written flowers were blooming. Christmas is a made up day because it was close to the shortest day of the year. So it became a festivity of lights for the shortest days of the year. Good time to pick up Spirits.

    November 24, 2012 at 6:56 am |
    • niknak

      Who cares?

      Either way, all it signifies now is how much cheap Chineese made shiney plastic cra_p one buys from MalWart.

      November 24, 2012 at 9:21 am |
  4. Chick-a-dee

    Go ahead. Type your little fingers down to stubs now. Your classes will be starting again on Monday and the grown ups will come back here. A bientot.

    November 24, 2012 at 6:52 am |
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