BBC News reported recently on the release of a collection of rare fifth-century Buddhist manuscripts, known together as the Lotus Sutra, in book form in India.Read the rest of Buddhist manuscript to be released in book form.
David Sloane is an intern for the SSRC project on New Directions in the Study of Prayer. He will graduate from the University of Virginia in May 2012 with a B.A. in Religious Studies.
Posts by David Sloane:
Today at The New York Times, Laurie Goodstein reports on the United Methodist Church’s decision not to divest from companies that supply Israel with equipment used to enforce its control in the occupied Palestinian territories.Read the rest of United Methodist Church, Israel, and divestment.
At The Nation, Norman Birnbaum, professor emeritus at Georgetown University Law Center, rebukes the Catholic Church for its historical “unyielding insistence on the rule of men”; and more specifically, for its decision to reorganize the Leadership Council of Women Religious, an umbrella organization that represents eighty percent of American nuns.Read the rest of War on nuns.
British think tank Demos has recently released a new report, written by Jonathan Birdwell and Mark Littler, entitled “Faithful Citizens.” The report investigates “the different relationship between religion and politics in the UK and Europe.”Read the rest of Religion and civic engagement in Europe.
At Al Jazeera English, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd gives an abridged history of the past half-century of Tunisian politics, and relays the Enahddan notion that the revolution in Tunisia is neither unambiguously Islamist nor secularist.Read the rest of On the secularist-Islamist divide.