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Week in Religion
A new documentary and book are now out on the Chinese-Kurdish claims of discovery of Noah’s Ark. The documentary film is produced by Clara Wei, a Hong Kong-based journalist. She took part in the 2010 ark search with the group that claims to have found the ark. The discovery also is documented in a book by Danish journalist Henri Nissen, “Noah’s Ark: Ancient Accounts and New Discoveries.”
The film and book show the discovery of a big wooden structure, 4,200 meters up on Mount Ararat, buried under 5 to 10 meters of big stone and ice. One of the tunnels reveals a wooden structure that is over 10 meters high and has at least three floors, with a staircase in between two wooden walls. There are other rooms and spaces all made of wooden walls. One has a shelf; another has stairs made into one long tree trunk. In some places you can go from one room to another.
Artifacts from the discovery will be on display in a planned new archaeological museum called Noah’s Village near Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey.
According to the Pew Forum, U.S. atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons are the most informed about religion. All these groups scored higher than Protestants and Christians on questions about major world religions.
“A Winter Dream,” by Richard Paul Evans, 288 pages
Joseph Jacobson is the 12th of 13 siblings, all of whom are employed by their father’s successful Colorado advertising company. But underneath the success runs a poisonous undercurrent of jealousy; Joseph is his father’s favorite and the focus of his brothers’ envy and hatred. When the father seems ready to anoint Joseph as his heir, the brothers make their move, forcing Joseph from the company and his Denver home, severing his ties to his parents and ending his relationship with his soon-to-be fianceé. Alone and lonely, Joseph must start a new life. Joseph joins a Chicago advertising agency where his creativity helps him advance high up in the company. He also finds hope for a lasting love with April, a kind woman with a secret. However, all secrets hold consequences, and when Joseph learns the truth about April’s past, his world is again turned upside down. Finally, Joseph must confront his own difficult past in order to make his dreams for the future come true. “A Winter Dream” is an ingenious modern retelling of the Old Testament story of Joseph and the coat of many colors by the master of the holiday novel. - Simon & Schuster
Quote of the Week
“Hate the sin, love the sinner.” ? Mahatma Gandhi
orthodox, orthodoxy: A term used to denote a clear doctrine that implies correct belief according to a particular religion or philosophy. - http://religionstylebook.com/
Religion Around the World
The religious makeup of Niger, Africa:
Muslim: 80 percent
Other (includes indigenous beliefs and Christian): 20 percent
GateHouse News Service