This is How Your Brain Reacts During Intense Prayer - The Blaze - Prayer is an essential component in the Judeo-Christian tradition, as it is in many other faith systems. But — what does the act of prayer mean for those who engage in it? How does the human brain react to the practice? Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of research at Myrna Bring Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and Medical College, has set out to answer these very questions. Newberg has studied faith and religion for decades, specifically where these tenets intersect with neuroscience. In a recent study, the doctor injected subjects with a harmless radioactive dye. Then, while they engaged in prayer or meditation, he monitored their brain activity to see how the religious act impacted them. After being injected, the dye goes to the part of the brain where blood flow is strongest (i.e. the most active part of the brain). Read more......
10 Questions the Media Never Or Rarely Ask Pro-Choice Candidates About Abortion - The Blaze - Abortion continues to be a contentious discussion in social and political circles. Every election cycle, without fail and to varying degrees, the issue creeps up and takes it place among a plethora of other contentious subjects (click here to find out where President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney stand on the issue). Just as profoundly interesting as the debate surrounding reproductive rights (and wrongs), is the litany of questions surrounding how media outlets treat pro-life and pro-choice candidates.
Trevin Wax, managing editor of The Gospel Project at LifeWay Christian Resources, published an intriguing list entitled, “10 Questions a Pro-Choice Candidate Is Never Asked by the Media.” Clearly, the list has a conservative, pro-life bent, but it does raise some fascinating curiosities, while also challenging the mainstream media in its handling of candidates’ stances on abortion.
TheBlaze has adapted the original list to share with readers, below. Note that some of the questions have, indeed, been asked, but that, in Wax’s view, these elements have not been explored among pro-choice candidates diligently enough. 1. Considering that pro-choice candidates obviously support a woman’s right to an abortion, the first question focuses upon limitations (in light of the debate surrounding partial-birth abortion, among other practices, this seems like a rational question to ask pro-choice candidates): “Are there any restrictions you would approve of?” Read the remaining 9 questions.......
Chinese Christian was Tortured for Helping Other Believers - Baptist Press - Shi Weihan dangled from a wall inside a Chinese prison, handcuffed to a hook. His interrogators doused him with frigid water and tormented him with electric shocks.
They pried for information: How many Christian books did he give out? What are the names and phone numbers of the pastors he gave them to?
"During that time, the outside world did not know what was happening to me."
Weihan would not remain anonymous for long. His imprisonment under the Chinese government's religious crackdown -- reported extensively by Baptist Press -- would carry him into national publications and be chronicled in detail by the religious freedom monitor ChinaAid.
But Weihan's journey into the ranks of the persecuted faithful began decades ago with no faith at all.
"Growing up in a communist country, I didn't believe in God in that time," Weihan said over the course of several interviews with Baptist Press in October. "I thought it was like a story, not true." Read more..........