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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards


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How Could Jesus Have Survived the Crucifixion?

A new page. Jesus might have survived his execution because of his short stay on the cross, because he was rescued by Joseph of Arimathea, or he was substituted with Judas the Twin, Thomas or Simon of Cyrene. There is a surprising amount of support for such ideas, and some of the very earliest communities of Christians believed them.
"Arguments That Jesus Survived the Crucifixion"

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How Does Karma Work in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism?

New page. "How Does Karma Work in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism?".

Karma is an important concept in a range of Vedic religions and cultures, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Karma is a universal principal and cosmic law, like the Tao of Taoism. Unlike Taoism, individual beings (and the entire universe) go through a large number of incarnations. It is closely linked to the concept of continual rebirth (reincarnation). In Hinduism and Jainism this liberation is called moksha and in Buddhism the result is the attainment of enlightenment and nirvana. More people on Earth have believed in Karma through a series of rebirths than in any other religious principle.

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Keeping Fit is Good For You and Good For Your Country

New page: "The Advantages of Keeping Physically Fit - Good For You, Good For Your Country".

Keeping fit can "reduce your risk of developing long-term disease, increase your life expectancy, and improve your quality of life in later years". It reduces the risk of coronary heart disease in particular and "can also help to lower your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol level, control your weight and reduce your risk of diabetes. Physical activity is also a good way of relieving stress". Keeping fit makes pregnancy easier, and complications less likely. Exercise also aids mental health. Research is showing that physical exercise allows the brain to retain its effectiveness longer into old age and even when starting after a life of sloth, exercise can help rescue the brain from mental decline, stimulating the growth of new neurones. A healthy lifestyle, including physical fitness and eating sensibly, "can significantly reduce a person's risk of developing dementia".

Lack of physical fitness is not just to the individual's detriment, but has a negative impact on national economic efficiency and causes increases in national health costs. A lot of very expensive long-term therapies can be avoided simply by keeping fit in life. Exercise can be done for free in the home, with no equipment at all. Also with access to the Internet, it is easy to find many session videos to provide instruction. Finally, the Family Doctor Home Advisor gives some guidance: "Start by setting realistic goals. If you are not fit, begin exercising slowly and build up gradually"

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Christian Extremism, Intolerance and Resurgent Fundamentalism

A new page. Christianity has had a very troubled past when it comes to violence and extremism "Christian Extremism, Intolerance and Resurgent Fundamentalism"

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Benefits of EU Membership: The Efficiency and Savings of Joint Endeavours

A new page! "Benefits of EU Membership: The Efficiency and Savings of Joint Endeavours"

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Islamic Violent Fundamentalism and Extremism

New page. "Islamic Violent Fundamentalism and Extremism"

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Agnosticism

A new page - "About Agnosticism". An agnostic beliefs either that (1) god will always be unknowable or (2) that they themselves simply don't have enough knowledge to decide if god exists or not.

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Moral Relativism: Absolute Morality is Not Possible

A new page on an old, old problem.

"Moral Relativism: Absolute Morality is Not Possible"

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Anti-Semitism

International statistics (in which countries do Jews suffer most violence?) and notes on Christianity and Islam.

"Anti-Semitism"

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Rationalism Versus Irrationality: Are Emotions Useful?

A new page! Although some argue that logical thinking require the suppression of emotion, psychologists are saying that our instinctive feelings are productive. "Rationalism Versus Irrationality: Are Emotions Useful?"

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