JESUSGATE: A History of Concealment Unraveled ~ Ernie Bringas

It’s time that the truth is told to all of us . . . .

“Overall, this work exposes the reasons why our society continues to splash around in the backwaters of 17th century religious naiveté, and provides the knowledge that will help diminish that debilitating handicap.”

This is not a religious book; it is a book about religion. Specifically, this work seeks to assess the Jesusgate phenomenon. The term Jesusgate, used herein, indicates that Christian leaders, by acts of commission and omission, have seriously neglected their responsibility to share with the laity vital information about the origins of Christianity and the Jesus tradition. As a result, an incredible knowledge gap has ensued between what scholars of religion now know, as opposed to what lay people have been led to believe (be they parishioners in the pew, or the person on the street).

Author Ernie Bringas explores how this information gap developed, and then proceeds to share the numerous findings from biblical scholarship that the Jesusgate phenomenon has blocked from the unsuspecting public.

If we unknowingly perceived religion with an antiquated mind-set—and nearly everyone does—wouldn’t we want to know about it? Ignorance of our religious obsolescence has created consequences for our society that are far reaching. It has disrupted the quality of life on all levels, be they personal, political, scientific, or otherwise. In Jesusgate, the problem sees the light of day, and is explained in words that are powerful, understandable, and enlightening.

About the Author

Ernie Bringas has a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, and was ordained as a minister of the United Methodist Church. He is presently an adjunct faculty member teaching Religious Studies at Glendale Community College in Arizona and, under their auspice, previously taught at Arizona State University.

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A Taste of Tagore ~ By Rabindranath Tagore, compiled by Meron Shapland Foreword by Deepak Chopra

A Taste of Tagore enables some of the magical poetry, elegant prose and meaningful prayers of Rabindranath Tagore, India’s first Nobel Laureate, to be used as contemplations in our daily lives. These extracts are taken from his many writings about the environment, education, the arts, politics, travel and humanism. Tagore’s lifestyle embraced simplicity, moderation in consumption, cohesion and harmony between religions, cultures and countries. A Taste of Tagore presents the diversity, depth and spirituality of his writings in one book.

The publishing of this book coincides with UNESCO’s declaration of 2011 as the Year of Tagore to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth in Bengal. The selection was compiled by Meron Shapland, and includes a forward by Deepak Chopra.

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Rare videos of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore 1861-1941

Rabindranath Tagore (Bengali: রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর) (7 May 1861 — 7 August 1941), sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music. Author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”, he was the first non-European Nobel laureate. His poetry in translation was viewed as spiritual, and this together with his mesmerizing persona gave him a prophet-like aura in the West. His “elegant prose and magical poetry” remain largely unknown outside Bengal.

A Pirali Brahmin from Kolkata, Tagore had been writing poetry since he was eight years old. At age 16, he published his first substantial poetry under the pseudonym Bhanushingho (“Sun Lion”) and wrote his first short stories and dramas in 1877. Tagore achieved further note when he denounced the British Raj and supported Indian independence. His efforts endure in his vast canon and in the institution he founded, Visva-Bharati University.

These rare videos have been collated from other YouTube contributors. The recital at the beginning is by an unknown narrator. The poem is from the ‘Gitanjali’. the work for which Tagore won the Nobel prize in literature in 1913. I found the recital quite brilliant and took the liberty of using it to supplement the mute videos. The song of Tagore which follows is vocalised by Kavita Krishnamurti

Which Dogs Are Smartest? | Through the Wormhole


Canine psychologist Stanley Coren measured the intelligence of 100 dog breeds.

Jesse, the the smartest Dog on earth. HD

The smartest dog on earth – from flixx.com-useful dog tricks

Nana the World’s Smartest Dog Performs Amazing Dog Tricks

Meet the world’s smartest Border Collie: my best friend, Nana! From footstalls, to walking front paw handstands, to running backwards, Nana does it all.

All of Nana’s training is done exclusively with the use of positive reinforcement and clicker training. Nana chooses to do all the behaviours in this video, and when she performs a trick, she is rewarded with lots of praise, toys, and treats. She loves what she does, and to her, “training” is all just a big game we play together!

My goal with my training is to show the world that anything can be achieved with Positive Reinforcement! Remember always to use positive training methods with your dog.

No video is sped up or reversed. Nana just likes to perform her tricks fast, and she really is walking backwards.

Nana knows many other tricks that are not included in this video. Be sure to check out her other videos for more amazing dog tricks!

NOTE: I originally had two “World’s Smartest Dog” videos of Nana, but due to complication and confusion between the two, I removed both videos and compiled the best of both of them into this one. I have also included a few new videos of Nana’s tricks. We hope you all enjoy!

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God Is Red by Liao Yiwu

When journalist Liao Yiwu first stumbled upon a vibrant Christian community in the officially secular China, he knew little about Christianity. In fact, he’d been taught that religion was evil, and that those who believed in it were deluded, cultists, or imperialist spies. But as a writer whose work has been banned in China and has even landed him in jail, Liao felt a kinship with Chinese Christians in their unwavering commitment to the freedom of expression and to finding meaning in a tumultuous society.

Unwilling to let his nation lose memory of its past or deny its present, Liao set out to document the untold stories of brave believers whose totalitarian government could not break their faith in God, including:

The over-100-year-old nun who persevered in spite of beatings, famine, and decades of physical labor, and still fights for the rightful return of church land seized by the government

The surgeon who gave up a lucrative Communist hospital administrator position to treat villagers for free in the remote, mountainous regions of southwestern China

The Protestant minister, now memorialized in London’s Westminster Abbey, who was executed during the Cultural Revolution as “an incorrigible counterrevolutionary”

This ultimately triumphant tale of a vibrant church thriving against all odds serves as both a powerful conversation about politics and spirituality and a moving tribute to China’s valiant shepherds of faith, who prove that a totalitarian government cannot control what is in people’s hearts.

Liao Yiwu was born 1958 in Sichuan, and is a Chinese author, reporter, musician, and poet. He is a critic of the Chinese regime, for which he has been imprisoned, and the majority of his writings are banned in China. Liao is the author of The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories, China from the Bottom Up and God Is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China.

In 2003, he received a Human Rights Watch Hellman-Hammett grant, and in 2007, he received a Freedom to Write Award from the Independent Chinese PEN Center.
HARDtalk: Liao Yiwu 1

Stephen Sackur talks to Liao Yiwu, writer and musician, about his time in prison and his work depicting China’s underclass.
HARDtalk: Liao Yiwu 2

Stephen Sackur asks Liao Yiwu, writer and musician, about his feelings towards his country.

HARDtalk: Liao Yiwu 3

Stephen Sackur talks to Liao Yiwu, writer and musician. Has his struggle for freedom become lost in modern day China?

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