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The Need of Recognizing Allah’s Proof

Allah has created man for His worship. Even wisdom dictates that worshipping God is necessary for man. Obedience to Him is the best way of thanking Him for His bounties. However, wisdom on its own is unable to establish the method of worship, as this is beyond its limit. Those …

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Islamophobia in Western Media

Post-9/11, Western media, especially in America and Britain, describe Muslims as fundamentalists, extremists, terrorists, and fanatics. Throughout the West, Islam is identified with violence, when, in fact it has common roots with Christianity and Judaism. Their tenets are based on love, not hate; peace, not violence; charity, not exploitation; and …

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Humanistic Psychology and Privatisation of Spirituality

In 1950, the Harvard psychologist Gordon Allport advanced the privatisation of religion in his work The Individual and His Religion. In attempting to develop a positive religious sentiment, Allport upheld the American values of democracy and freedom of choice to create an engagement with religion that allowed a rejection of …

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THE CONTEMPORARY MASS MEDIA EDUCATION IN RUSSIA

THE CONTEMPORARY MASS MEDIA EDUCATION IN RUSSIA: IN SEARCH FOR NEW THEORETICAL CONCEPTIONS AND MODELS Abtract. Media education in Russia in general has still not moved from the theoritical conceptions and  local experiments to the wide practical implementation. It is necessary to consolidate pedagogical institutions of higher education, universities, faculties …

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artificial humans and mad scientists

techno-heaven: antiquity through the machine age The religious vision of a techno-utopian future derives froman ancient attraction to machine-based utopias. The Bible, in the Book ofRevelation (21:1–27), projects a mythical image of a techno-transcendentutopia: the New Jerusalem. Manufactured by God out of pure gold, this lustroussuper-city emerges from the Day …

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The Pseudo-Mahdis

Excerpts made from Imam Mahdi the Just Leader of Humanity]On the appointed evening friends came together at Dr. Fahimi’s house. After the usual formalities and enquiries the session began. Mr. Hoshyar began to speak.Mr. Hoshyar: There is another matter worth considering as further evidence and related to the topic about …

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The Privatisation of Religion

The engagement of psychology with religion is, on the whole, the history of the privatisation of religion and the reconfiguration of religion in terms of the private, psychological self. This shift in religious understanding has, unwittingly in some cases, and intentionally in others, played into the hands of a neoliberal …

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New Age Commodification and Appropriation of Spirituality

MICHAEL YORKABSTRACT The New Age Movement can be seen as one response to the decline of traditional religion in the West. It conforms to the spiritual pluralism that Bryan Wilson understands as a consequence of secularization. From a New Age perspective, the world’s various spiritual traditions are now public property …

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