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  • Spread @12:42AM, 2016-09-23
    Tags: dreams, neurochemistry, religion, revelations, visions   

    Dreams & revelations 


    “If dreams and visions originate in the same neurobiology that produces psychedelic experiences, of course they can fuel religious experiences and ideas. REM sleep generates the combustible materials that fuel the fire of the religious imagination. Everyone dreams but not everyone has visions or becomes religious. What an individual does with the raw experience of the dream determines who will see visions and burn with enthusiasm for the supernatural, and who will not.” –Patrick McNamara

    Here: Aeon Essays

  • Titus Toledo @4:14AM, 2016-06-16
    Tags: , artifact, , religion   

    The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife 

    On a humid afternoon this past November, I pulled off Interstate 75 into a stretch of Florida pine forest tangled with runaway vines. My GPS was homing in on the house of a man I thought might hold the master key to one of the strangest scholarly mysteries in recent decades: a 1,300-year-old scrap of papyrus that bore the phrase “Jesus said to them, My wife.” The fragment, written in the ancient language of Coptic, had set off shock waves when an eminent Harvard historian of early Christianity, Karen L. King, presented it in September 2012 at a conference in Rome.Never before had an ancient manuscript alluded to Jesus’s being married. The papyrus’s lines were incomplete, but they seemed to describe a dialogue between Jesus and the apostles over whether his “wife”—possibly Mary Magdalene—was “worthy” of discipleship. Its main point, King argued, was that “women who are wives and mothers can be Jesus’s disciples.” She thought the passage likely figured into ancient debates over whether “marriage or celibacy [was] the ideal mode of Christian life” and, ultimately, whether a person could be both sexual and holy.

    Read the rest from The Atlantic

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