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October 9

Does anyone know the inscriptions on the doors of the Milan Cathedral?

I've read online that over the triple doorways of Milan Cathedral are three inscriptions spanning the arches. Above one is carved a wreath of roses, with the words, “All that pleases is but for a moment.” Over the second is a cross, with the words, “All that troubles is but for a moment.” Underneath the great central entrance to the main aisle is inscribed: “That only is important which is eternal.” I presume the inscriptions are in latin or something. Can someone confirm, and provide the exact wording in latin? [more inside]
posted by hellomina at 6:58 PM - 7 answers

October 5

How do you navigate interfaith practices as a couple?

How do happily married interfaith couples (or those with one religious and one non-religious partner) make it work? What do your daily routines look like? And how do you maintain intimacy and avoid conflict around differing religious practices and beliefs? Looking for stories, anecdotes, books, articles, or other information about how interfaith couples navigate difference. [more inside]
posted by carrioncomfort at 12:19 PM - 9 answers

September 29

Readings about the foregiveness

What books, essays, novels, and poems about forgiveness can you recommend? I'm trying to wrap my head around how it works, what it requires, and what it feels like. When is it appropriate and when is their virtue to holding on to anger? How does it relate to reconciliation? I realize there is lots of material on the subject from a Christian perspective, and that's okay so long as it is somewhat accessible for the skeptic or non-believer.
posted by Alluring Mouthbreather at 9:12 AM - 24 answers

Best Place to Purchase an Astrological Natal Chart

My girlfriend enjoys horoscopes, and for her birthday I'd like to purchase her a full interpretation of her natal chart, and then have the chart itself converted into an art piece. I've already found an artist to do the art part, but I have no idea how to identify an astrologer. [more inside]
posted by philotes at 6:11 AM - 14 answers

September 18

How did lucid dreaming suddenly manifest in my life?

For the past couple nights I have been aware of dreams in which I was sitting up, yet knew I was asleep and my first thought was "don't wake the cat" who sleeps curled up with me. Are these really lucid dreams - and if so, how shall I foster and welcome them? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 8:26 PM - 7 answers

September 12

Did Camus say this?

I have a Japanese source that contains a quote attributed to Albert Camus. The Japanese reads: 対話のないところには生命はない。 I translate this to, "Where there is no dialogue, there is no life." I've been trying to locate the English translation of the same quote, but none of the variations I've tried turn up anything close. Some Japanese blogs show the quote, extended to add "ところが今日、世界の大部分のところで 対話は論争に置き換えられている。" ("But today, in most of the world, dialogue has been replaced by dispute.") None of these blogs show an original source. Where did Camus say/write this? Or, maybe it's misattributed to him?
posted by mariokrat at 4:33 AM - 5 answers

September 8

Let Us Now Praise Famous Shadows

I just read In Praise of Shadows by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki. I loved it; the lament for the past combined with no desire to relinquish the future, the insight into Japanese architecture, etc. Do you have any suggestions of books like this one? I'm interested in directly similar books, but also books that have the same feel. The books don't need to be about Japanese subjects. I do not want to read academic books that are written in a style that's designed to make the author sound smart. [more inside]
posted by gregr at 1:39 PM - 5 answers

Ethical theory 101

Um....anonymous because I teach and I guess I'm supposed to know this. Can someone explain why it's not okay to use one ethical theory for some situations but a different one for other situations? Why are ethicists always trying to defend their particular line of reasoning and never admit that certain aspects are better dealt with by another kind of theory? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 AM - 17 answers

August 30

Help me find the aphorism, from my paraphrase

I read a wonderful quote not that long ago, an aphorism about relationships, but now, no matter how hard I Google, I can't track the original down. Maybe you can help? The essence of it was: We misjudge the people we love twice: First for the better, and second for the worse. [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 4:39 PM - 1 answers

August 18

Help me understand my great-grandfather's chart

And maybe give me some historical / religious context here into the mind of a premillennialist man of God. [more inside]
posted by komara at 8:32 PM - 5 answers

August 16

Is the world extra horrible, or is horror just the human condition?

Maybe it's a nexus of my middle age with an especially bad year for current events, but I feel what can only be described as horror, on a deep emotional and even physical level, almost every day. Is this a thing that has been happening to people for a long time, or is the world measurably worse now making that feeling stronger, or is it just what happens to people as they age, or is it just me? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 10:14 AM - 37 answers

August 12

Morality and genocide memorials

I'm going to Cambodia. Should I see memorials/monuments/museums dedicated to the genocide? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 10:44 AM - 9 answers

August 8

Seeking recommendations for intellectual history

I'd like references for books that describe the intellectual history of the past 200-odd years in the West, e.g. modernism, postmodernism, and whatever was before and after. [more inside]
posted by uninformative at 8:19 PM - 6 answers

August 5

Wanted: Objectivist Child Care Resources for Fictional Purposes

I'm looking for links to Objectivist discussion sites/articles about how non-parent childcare (for orphans etc.) would work in an Objectivist/Randian society. I have some links; they don't cover this exact topic. [more inside]
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 3:51 PM - 10 answers

August 3

What is the history of the belief in karmic rebirth?

Need help researching karmic rebirth in Buddhism [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 7:55 PM - 8 answers

Resources for expanding your mind

It's natural to get comfortable with your day to day reality, which includes routines and norms that we take for granted. How can I push those boundaries (without drugs)? [more inside]
posted by Cybria at 5:09 PM - 9 answers

July 21

Recommend a survey text on the (History of the) Philosophy of Religion

I'm looking for a basic survey or overview text on the History of the Philosophy of Religion. Not an exhaustive text but one that would provide explicitly a kind of syllabus for background on key works in this thread of philosophy. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 11:21 PM - 6 answers

July 12

Are ferrets haram?

Kids living around us are fascinated by the occasional time we have taken our ferrets for a walk. A few of them have asked whether ferrets are haram. Not knowing, I've suggested that they ask their parents but would like to be able to tell them next time. Google suggests that they are ok but I can't find any more substantive sources than yahoo answers. Thanks!
posted by threetwentytwo at 11:55 AM - 8 answers

June 30

How to find grace as an atheist?

How do I find grace - the feeling that no matter what, I am loved and lovable - as an atheist? [more inside]
posted by beigeness at 2:05 PM - 43 answers

"Hell House" script wanted!

Where can I download or view a "Hell House" script, as used by Christian churches to warn teens of the evils of abortion, homosexuality, etc? (These used to be sold as kits, but I can't seem to find where to order one.) A scene by scene breakdown would also be useful... Thanks in advance, sinners!
posted by Unsomnambulist at 10:38 AM - 4 answers

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