Don’t Quote Me- Quote Henry David Thoreau

“Faith keeps many doubts in her pay.  If I could not doubt, I should not believe.”

Henry David Thoreau


What the Heck Happens at the Hajj?

The Hajj, or Muslims’ annual pilgrimage to Mecca, is happening now (October 13-18).  Some of you may be wondering what exactly is the Hajj.  Let’s start with the basics.  Islam has 5 pillars of faith:

1) There is no God but God.

2) Pray 5 times a day towards Mecca.

3) Fasting during Ramadan.

4) Giving to charity.

5) Make a pilgrimage to Mecca (if one is physically and financially able to do so)

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Why Should Christians Care About Science?

This article is amazing.  I am not the most science-minded person (I am sure my husband is sick of trying to explain black holes to me) but I like that there are people out there who are trying to find out answers for how everything works: our bodies, our planet, and our universe.  I have always thought that trusting in the facts of science and believing in the presence of God could co-exist.

What the heck happened under the Bodhi tree?

So we all know about Buddha and my hope is that you have seen a statue of him somewhere other than a Chinese restaurant.  And while they may have different features depending on the region of the worshipper who made the statue, the original Buddha, Shakyamuni, is the one who helped spread the idea of Enlightenment.

The Shakyamuni Buddha was born Siddhartha Gautama, a prince in what is now India.  Some men told the king that his son would become a really important person, someone who will go on to help others. Siddhartha’s dad replied with a “Fuck that. He is going to be a great leader and I am going to give him everything his ruling heart desires. Oh, and I will shelter him from pain in the world so that he doesn’t see any of the bad things.”  And the king did just that. Siddhartha had multiple palaces and had a little hottie with a body for a wife. They even had a son. The king, by some accounts, would even send guards out ahead of the prince to get the unwanted people (old, poor, sick, dying) off the streets before the prince ventured out so that Siddhartha wouldn’t realize that people where suffering. (Foreshadow alert!)

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