Christian Orthodox worshipers hold candles lit from a flame that emerged from the tomb believed to be of Jesus Christ. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images) by PAUL RATNER Religion is still an integral part of many modern societies, influencing laws and people’s behavior, as well as the way adherents relate to others in the world. Are religions going away any time soon? Despite what some decry, there is little evidence of that. What is changing is the composition of the world’s believers. Christianity has been the world’s largest religion for millennia but its reign might come to an end sometime during … Continue reading Religion isn’t going anywhere, but the demographics are shifting dramatically
by Miles Klee If you follow offbeat news or legal battles, you’ve read stories about the Satanic Temple. The religious activist group has turned up in all corners of the country, counter-protesting anti-choice picketers at Planned Parenthood in Detroit, performing a gay “Pink Mass” over the grave of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps’ mother in Mississippi, and offering to take in Muslims or other refugees following the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. But you probably didn’t know that they lobby against corporal punishment for schoolchildren and seek to debunk pseudoscientific mental health care. You may have not even realized the Satanic Temple is a different … Continue reading A Co-founder of the Satanic Temple on Rebranding Satan in the 21st Century
by Dylan Charles, EditorWaking Times Information is only valuable if it can be used to advance your life in some meaningful way. If it doesn’t serve that purpose, then it is just a distraction from living. And the crux of the matrix is distraction. When you’re distracted from creating and living a meaningful and positive life, the matrix wins. When you’ve no time to give to imagining what this life might look like or feel like if you were in control, the matrix wins. It’s not that the matrix is a top-down conspiracy led by a round table of cigar smoking suits. It’s … Continue reading HAVE YOU SPIRITUALLY OUTGROWN THE MATRIX YET?