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Historian Xu Jilin (许纪霖) on the "unversalist expansionism" of the Chinese empire

中华帝国文明奉行普世扩张主义

许纪霖

来源: 凤凰网

For the original website see here ff.

在一个多民族帝国之中,文化是多元的,每个民族和地方都得以保持自身的宗教和文化的原生态和完整性,而在治理方式上也是因地而异、因民族而别,有相当大的自主性,不同的民族、地域只须在国家层次上认同同一个君主。

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Research

Sermon Shoftim - Dragging faith back into the 21st Century

In R. Ishmael’s School it was taught: And like the hammer that breaks the rock in pieces (Jeremiah 23:29): i.e., just as is split into many splinters,  so also may one Biblical verse convey many teachings.

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Judaism

Why Christians should be Intolerant

 Yes, we’ve all seen the bumper stickers on the tailgates of Subaru Outbacks: “Coexist”, and among others, “Tolerance”… and whatever else is trending in the liberal world. 894 more words

Christianity

Poke holes in this theology!

“God is love, and if you don’t believe it He will burn you in Hell for all eternity.”

I read this on a Facebook page I subscribe to, and it was written by John Smith.  123 more words

Universalism

ISIS and the One Ring

I made myself watch the beheading video of James Foley. Not out of morbid curiosity or some sick desire for a Faces of Death show. No, I watched it because I need my faith to work in reality in all its glory and horror. 1,358 more words

Theology

Diodore of Tarsus: "the penalties to be inflicted for their many and grave sins are very far surpassed by the magnitude of the mercy to be showed to them"

“For the wicked there are punishments, not perpetural, however, lest the immortality prepared for them should be a disadvantage, but they are to be purified for a brief period according to the amount of malice in their works. 46 more words

Religious/Theological Reflections