A Social Religion.
Christianity is essentially a social religion, and to turn it into a solitary religion is indeed to destroy it.
John Wesley, 1771
The enormity of our world's needs are overwhelming, and without a compassionate heart, distressing news items can appear to be just black and white. Hopefully, by raising in this Blog a few of these intractable issues would call us to pray, and if necessary, to act.
In the Valley of Orion.
Visualization Credit: NASA, ESA, F. Summers, G. Bacon,
Z. Levay, J. DePasquale, L. Frattare, M. Robberto, M. Gennaro (STScI) and R. Hurt (Caltech/IPAC).
This unfamiliar view of the Orion Nebula from 1,500 light-years away is a visualisation based on astronomical data and movie rendering techniques based on Hubble data on the left to infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope on the right. The perspective at the center looks along a valley over a light-year wide, in the wall of the region's giant molecular cloud. Orion's valley ends in a cavity carved by the energetic winds and radiation of the massive central stars of the Trapezium star cluster. The single frame is part of a multi-wavelength, three-dimensional video that lets the viewer experience an immersive flight through the Great Nebula of Orion.
The Huli are an indigenous people who live in the Southern Highlands districts of Tari, Koroba, Margaraima and Komo, of Papua New Guinea. They speak primarily Huli and Tok Pisin; many also speak some of the surrounding languages, and some also speak English. They are one of the largest cultural groups in Papua New Guinea. They paint their faces yellow, red and white and are famous for their tradition of making ornamented wigs from their own hair. An axe with a claw completes the intimidating effect.
The national flag of Japan is a white rectangular flag with a crimson-red disc in the centre. The flag embodies Japan's nickname as the Land of the Rising Sun. The Nisshōki flag is designated as the national flag in the Law Regarding the National Flag and National Anthem, which was promulgated and became effective on August 13, 1999. The sun plays an important role in Japanese mythology and religion as the Emperor is said to be the direct descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu and the legitimacy of the ruling house rested on this divine appointment and descent from the chief deity of the predominant Shinto religion.
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The brains of introverts and extroverts are measurably different. MRIs reveal that the dopamine reward network is more active in the brains of extroverts while introverts’ brains have more grey matter.
The School of Athens (Scuola di Atene), painted between 1509 and 1511, is one of the most famous frescoes by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael, to decorate the rooms now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The Stanza della Segnatura was the first of the rooms to be decorated, and The School of Athens, representing Philosophy, was probably the second painting to be finished there. The architecture contains Roman elements, but the general semi-circular setting having Plato and Aristotle at its centre might be alluding to Pythagoras' circumpunct. The picture has long been seen as Raphael's masterpiece and the perfect embodiment of the classical spirit of the Renaissance.
He who has acquired purity of heart has conquered fear. But a man who is still in process of purification, at times is conquered by fear, and at times conquers it. A man, however, who does not strive at all after this purity, is either for ever sunk into a state of insensibility and, being a friend of passions and demons and filled with vanity and conceit, "thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing" (Gal 6:3); or he is a slave , delivered into the hands of fear and, being of a childish mind, trembles and is afraid, where for those who fear God there is no fear or trembling.
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