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Doomsday timeline: Dates when David Meade and others said the world was supposed to end

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Doomsday timeline: Dates when David Meade and others said the world was supposed to end

The start to the end of the world is nigh, according to doomsday writer David Meade. Meade told the U.K.'s Daily Express that April 23 will mark the end of the Earth. The conspiracy theorist said that the sun, moon and Jupiter, which supposedly represents the Messiah, will be in Virgo. Meade points to the Biblical passage of Revelation 12:1-2 which says, according to the New International Version: "A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried...

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Taking the UFO Phenomenon Seriously — Religion, Narrative, Media and the Flying Saucer

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Taking the UFO Phenomenon Seriously — Religion, Narrative, Media and the Flying Saucer

More than half of adults and more than 75% of young Americans believe in intelligent extraterrestrial life — a level rivaling belief in God! What happens (is happening) to world religions and deeply embedded social infrastructures as they face increasing pressure to adapt to new scientific understanding of consciousness and intelligence — understandings forced through technological innovation in areas of machine learning and artificial intelligence, advances in neuroscience, increased integration of psychical research and practical occultism in mainstream discourse, and most recently by the mainstream media’s heightened focus on the physical aspects of the UFO phenomenon… These are complicated questions that kind of hurt...

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Religious and supernatural belief linked with poor understanding of the physical world

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Religious and supernatural belief linked with poor understanding of the physical world

The number of people who claim to have “No religious belief” is fast-growing in America and Europe, but the number expressing religious belief is growing faster. What’s more, the irreligious category includes fans of astrology, tarot reading or the paranormal. The tenacity of supernatural belief has prompted scientists to try understand its basis, and so far their answers have mostly implied a defect in believers: the religious have a bias in their visual attention; people with supernatural belief fall for bullshit statements. Now, in a study in Applied Cognitive Psychology, comes the suggestion that believers struggle to understand the physical...

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Are Angels Real?

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Are Angels Real?

Angels surround us all the time — figuratively if not literally — especially during the holidays. They appear in paintings, etchings, figurines, T-shirts, posters and just about everything else. Angels appear in several religions; for example, in Islam, angels are said to be made of light, while Christian angels were willed into being by God. Early versions of angels had no gender, though later Christian angels were tall, slender males with soft features, often dressed in flowing robes specially tailored around their large white wings. Angels are said to be either immortal or greatly long-lived. Though originally they were specifically...

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The Vatican Is Training More Exorcists, With Reports of Demonic Possession Soaring

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The Vatican Is Training More Exorcists, With Reports of Demonic Possession Soaring

The Vatican has reportedly set up a new exorcism training course amid soaring demand for priests trained to rid people of demonic possession. Sicilian priest and trained exorcist Benigno Palilla told Vatican Radio that demand for priests trained in exorcism had tripled in recent years, with 500,000 alleged cases now recorded in Italy annually. He attributed the rise to the popularity of fortune tellers and tarot cards, which he said “open the door to the devil and to possession.” However, he noted that many cases of apparent possession were in fact caused by spiritual or psychological problems. Palilla expressed concern...

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