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November 19

Discussions of the Name of God? YHWH as "Being" and Philosophy.

I am trying to find a text that discusses the interpretations of God as "Being" that exist in philosophy (e.g. Spinoza, Hegel, Ancient Greek Philosophy etc) in connection with the common translations of YHWH as "I am". There must be writings on this? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 2:21 AM - 6 answers

November 18

Help me translate / interpret this astrology chart (in Japanese)

I'm starting to study a life-cycle science called Sanmeigaku (Japanese Astrology). I'm slowly translating a book about it with a friend but we found out this table and we're stumped. It seems to be important to determine the correct meaning of the readings. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
posted by Matrod at 2:16 PM - 3 answers

November 16

42 redux

What are some alternate ideas about the ultimate reality of life and death? Everyone knows the standard metaphysics of the major religions: Heaven, hell, karma/reincarnation and so on. But what are some alternate ideas about life and death's true reality? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 5:48 PM - 9 answers

November 8

Currently, are the children of Jewish trans* women recognised as Jewish?

Question over dinner last night from my nine year old daughter after a long (and ongoing) discussion about advocacy and bullying in schools. LittleTaff:"If a trans woman was Jewish, would her babies be Jewish if she used her seed?" [more inside]
posted by taff at 12:48 PM - 13 answers

November 6

Doctors & politics

Is it moral for me to choose my doctor based on political views? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 6:18 AM - 26 answers

November 5

BookFilter: Expert Mode

A long-shot find-me-this-book question, academic edition! A friend has mislaid the title of a book he needs on Mexican popular religion. Do you know the book, or where else on the Internet might be a good place to ask? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 1:04 PM - 2 answers

Were the Pyramids used to store grain?

Ben Carson stated his belief that the Pyramids of Giza were originally used to store grain, rather than royal corpses. I've never heard this hypothesis. Is there any archeological evidence to support this?
posted by jackypaper at 6:01 AM - 25 answers

October 24

What are the most beautiful editions of the Koran?

I am interested in buying some copies of the Koran to use in an art history class. Any recommendations of editions with beautiful calligraphy or embellishments would be much appreciated. Facsimiles of older copies of the Koran would also be great, if they are affordable. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
posted by mortaddams at 2:12 PM - 3 answers

Gabbin' With God

Someone close to me has converted to Sufi Islam, and I'd like to get a better understanding of the Sufi concept of God. Meanwhile, I'm trying to see what I think of God myself. [more inside]
posted by teponaztli at 3:29 AM - 8 answers

October 22

Non-religious quotes for holiday cards

I'm mailing holiday cards out this year to our friends and family, who span many religious denominations and traditions. What are meaningful, non-Bible quotes or verses appropriate for a holiday card, centered around love, contemplation, peace, winter, togetherness and/or gratitude? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 12:28 PM - 15 answers

October 18

Books on Jewish history

I'm looking for exceptionally well written books on topics in Jewish history that don't focus on the Holocaust, the modern state of Israel, or are "complete" histories (i.e. "A History of the Jews") [more inside]
posted by gwint at 2:20 PM - 12 answers

October 17

What are the most interesting / novel illustrated editions of the Bible?

I am interested in building a collection of illustrated Bibles that are varied in form. What are the most unusual Bibles that you know of? I cannot afford thousand-dollar tomes, so mass-produced ones would be better for me. Anything from reproductions of Medieval manuscripts to very contemporary ones would be interesting to me.
posted by mortaddams at 4:54 AM - 12 answers

October 16

Putting things into perspective.

Occasionally, I get a glimpse of exactly how (un)important my first world problems are. How can I hold onto that in everyday life? [more inside]
posted by tworedshoes at 2:00 PM - 10 answers

September 27

Which Pope Francis Biography Should I Buy for My Aunt?

My aunt mentioned that she would like a biography of Pope Francis. So I naively thought I'd just go online and buy her one. But of course it turns out that there are lots and lots of biographies. Which one should I get? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 3:48 PM - 6 answers

September 14

I don't know what or how to teach my 5-year-old about god...

My daughter is starting kindergarten at Catholic school. We are atheists (although raised Catholic). She will be learning about god in school, learning prayers, etc. and I basically just realized that I have NO CLUE how to navigate this. Do I let her believe, or do I tell her it's all just pretend? Is there an in between? Please help. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 11:07 AM - 43 answers

September 10

G.E.M. Anscombe and Catholicism

Why did G.E.M. Anscombe convert to Catholicism? Did she or any of those close to her ever provide an account of the process? Did she ever write anything apologetic?
posted by phrontist at 9:09 PM - 4 answers

September 9

The Footprint on Crusoe's Island & its use in critical theory

The single appearance of the footprint in Daniel Defoe's 1719 novel, Robinson Crusoe, is perhaps one of the most famous events in all of literature. I am interested in who has referenced it, and for what ends, especially in critical theory. I also wonder whether Michel Foucault's famous closing lines to 'The Order of Things' is a subtle reference to the appearance of that footprint? Can other allusions to 'the figure of man' and marks in the sand be traced back to Defoe's novel?
posted by 0bvious at 7:03 AM - 3 answers

September 4

Identifing relgious icons?

Looking for help identifying some symbols [more inside]
posted by jeribus at 5:01 PM - 14 answers

August 31

Looking for articulations of basic rights

I'm looking for examples of what a culture or social group has articulated as the basic rights owed to any person or at least any member of the culture/social group. The universality is the point here. Obvious examples include the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights or the United States' Declaration of Independence and Constitution/Bill of Rights. What other examples can you give me? [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 at 11:22 AM - 19 answers

August 28

What is the best scholarly edition of the Koran?

What is the best scholarly, annotated, edition of the Koran? I am trying to find something in English similar to the Oxford Annotated Bible. I am not a Muslim, and I have little background to date, so an edition that assumes very little in terms of prior knowledge would be ideal for me.
posted by mortaddams at 4:34 PM - 5 answers

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