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"Jesus — The Prophet Who Didn't Die: An Islamic and Quranic explanation about Jesus, Mary, and other fundamentals of Christianity" by IqraSense
This book's goal is simply to provide information from Quran, Hadith, and Scholarly explanations — Quranic interpretations about the story of Jesus and the counter-arguments in the Quran about Jesus and other Christianity fundamentals. Taking you back in time, this book narrates the Islamic viewpoints on the day of the crucifixion, the story of the disciples of Jesus, Mary, Jesus's disciples and more — all from the Islamic standpoint.
Week in Religion
"It takes drastic change to alter deeply held relgious beliefs." This simple conviction was Timothy Kurek's motivation to spend a year pretending to be gay, according to CNN. The experiment began after a lesbian friend opened up to Kurek about being excommunicated by her family. All the avowed evangelical Christian could think about, Kurek says, "was trying to convert her."
Disgusted by his response, Kurek decided to do something drastic, he would pretend to be gay for a year while documenting his experience. "The Cross in the Closet" — Kurek's recent book — has received international attention and elicited some biting criticism. For Kurek, his year as a gay man radically changed his view of faith and religion, and he is now working on a proposal for a follow-up book. "I want to tell more stories," he says "and humanize the people who Christians always want to look at as labels."
In more than 320,000 interviews conducted by Gallup between Jan. 2 and Nov. 30, data shows that 69 percent of American adults consider themselves very or moderately religious. These self-reports showed that 40 percent of the people within this group attend religious services regularly and say religion is important in their daily lives.
Quote of the Week
"Religion is essentially the art and the thoery of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation."
— Edmund Burke
Ordination: The process of authorizing a person to perform ministry in an official capacity for a specific religious organization, usually Christian or Jewish. Many denominations require formal education and training, and many ordain deacons as well as clergy.
Religion Around the World
The religious makeup of Fiji, according to the CIA World Factbook:
55.4 percent: Protestant
27.9 percent: Hindu
9.1 percent: Roman Catholic
6.3 percent: Muslim
0.3 percent: Sikh
0.3 percent: Other or unspecified
0.7 percent: None
GateHouse News Service