A Sense of the Sacred; ‘Prisoner of Hope, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Passes; Religious Scholars on Death and Faith; Alien Contact? NASA Asks Religious Scholars to Participate; Zoroastrians Facing Multiple Funeral Challenges; Giant Statue of Buddha Destroyed by Chinese Communists
‘Prisoner of Hope’ Archbishop Desmond Tutu Passes
Religious Scholars on Death and Faith
Philosopher George Yancy interviewed religious scholars on death and faith. While each articulated a different interpretation of what happens after death, it was not long before othe conversations turned to matters of life, on the importance of what we do on this side of the grave. Death is loss, each scholar seemed to say, but it also illuminates and transforms life, and serves as a guide for the living.
Alien Contact? NASA Asks Religious Scholars to Participate
A priest, a rabbi and an imam are among theologians hired by NASA to examine how the world would react if life beyond earth was found on other planets. NASA has reportedly recruited at least 24 scholars so far to participate in a program at Princeton University’s Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) in New Jersey. The center, which received a $1.1 million NASA grant in 2014, describes its main objective as building “bridges of understanding” between academics of various disciplines, scientists, and policymakers on “global concerns.”
Zoroastrians Facing Multiple Funeral Challenges
Giant Statue of Buddha Destroyed by Chinese Communists
The Chinese Communist Party continues to destroy megastatues of the Buddha, a visual reminder that people still believe in religion after decades of repression and atheistic propaganda. The last victim of this campaign was a 30-meter (99-feet) tall bronze statue of the Buddha in Drakgo (Ch. Luhuo). Drakgo is under the administration of Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and is part of Kham, one of the regions of historical Tibet, now incorporated into the province of Sichuan.
Quote: A Sense of the Sacred