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Published:Thursday | September 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

His every word seems to be expressed with palpable passion.It is understandable for a man who might have stumbled on the nuggets of spiritual truth. His search for meaning has consumed his life.He was a Jesuit priest for 11 years, a calling of which...

Published:Friday | September 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

It wasn't long ago that I watched the 1956 film noir, 'Bad Seed'. The plot centres on a precocious, seemingly amicable girl, Ronda, who turns out to be an unlikely cold-blooded killer. Her mother, an adoptee, whose biological father was a...

Published:Wednesday | August 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

“People condemn what they don’t understand. This is what you call blind non-belief.’’ Caesar Bisono’s words are emphatic and irrefutable. Dressed in traditional Indian wear, Bisono is only 22 years old but speaks with...

Published:Friday | August 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

At the corner of Farragut and 23rd Street in Brooklyn, New York, stands a pristine white multi-storey building that immediately catches the eyes. On entering, you are greeted by a lifelike golden angel perched on a vestibule wall.Therein is the...

Published:Thursday | August 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Reincarnation - the doctrine of birth and rebirth - is integral to Eastern philosophy. It speaks of the soul's immortality and its many incarnations (lives).Faced with many challenges in this school called life, the soul falters but learns...

Published:Wednesday | July 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Another former Jehovah's Witness speaks outMy article headlined 'Shunning: The cult-like practice of Jehovah's Witnesses', which was published on September 13, 2015, sparked widespread reaction.The following interview with 26-year-old Courtney...

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God," reads John 1:1.Interestingly, all religions and mystical movements have ascribed power to particular words."All life is a vibration and the intention behind our words...

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

How grateful I am for the stream of emails from readers. My work has touched many in diverse ways. I have been lauded and encouraged to be provocative."We need to think differently, the old way hasn't worked," said one reader."Keep up the good work...

Published:Thursday | June 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

The new face of African kingship, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogun, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife, recently unveiled a radical message to black people around the world: "Educate and empower your people, especially the youth."Amid throngs of...

Published:Wednesday | June 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Human creation and evolution owe everything to the genital or sex act. Arguably, by virtue of its essentiality as the sole conduit of existence, the genital or sex act is sacrosanct.William E. May, author of Catholic Bioethics and the Gift of Human...

Published:Tuesday | May 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Conversion therapists are confident that their system works; that gays can be cured.Again, it was Minister Tom Brown who sounded genuinely troubled when he said that the problem is disbelief in the supernatural...

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Human Rights Campaign is the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organisation in the United States (US).Founded in 1980, it has repeatedly condemned efforts to "cure" homosexuality...

Published:Wednesday | May 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Would Jesus' apostles have refused to celebrate the Lord's Supper with today's Christians?Would his apostles have shunned Christianity, as we know it? And how would Jesus have reacted to a movement that has deified him?The likely answers to these...

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

There is reticence, shame a taboo surrounding suicide. It is a subject that evokes pain, longing and guilt.Orthodox religions have long held that suicide is reviled by God. There is also a misplaced sentiment that victims are psychologically weak...

Published:Friday | April 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"If the Bible is true, then I am Christ."- David Koresh"We have been so terribly betrayed ... so be kind to the children and be kind to seniors and take the potion ... and step over quietly because we are not committing suicide; it's a revolutionary...

Published:Friday | April 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Five-year-old Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Myers and her parents met Pope Francis recently and she captured worldwide media attention as she stood innocently before the Pontiff.He gave her a traditional blessing and laid his hand over her eyes as he prayed.It...

Published:Wednesday | April 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"In reality, respect for human life is called for from the time that the process of generation begins. From the time that the ovum is fertilised, a life is begun which is neither that of the father nor of the mother, it is rather the life of a new...

Published:Wednesday | March 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

During the 1970s and 1980s, liberation theology was at the fore in the struggle against right wing governments throughout Latin America.Its architect, Peru-born Gustav Gutiérrez, a theologian and Dominican priest, was deeply influenced by his...

Published:Wednesday | March 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"Without the Law of Moses, would we all be running around like little gods, stealing, raping, and spilling blood ...?"- Dan Baker:Losing Faith in FaithWho or what is God? This remains a mystery beyond sensory perception and human imagination.We can...

Published:Thursday | March 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Oftentimes, we hear the expression, "an apple doesn't fall far from the tree," or "a chip off the old block". These are proverbial ways of saying the product always has a likeness in form and substance to its producer.But we cannot always reduce...

Published:Wednesday | March 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"God knows where the money is, and he knows how to get it to you." - Gloria Copeland"God said, 'It is time to tell the money you don't belong to the wicked, you belong to us ... money come to me now'."- Leroy Thompson"You can't expect millions from...

Published:Friday | March 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"I know how persuasive and convincing communicating entities can be. Their charm, clairvoyance, and knowledge can work wonders in massaging one's frail hope ... and earthbound spirits well know how to burrow into the most soft, pliable parts of self...

Published:Wednesday | February 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

A discourse on energy, the unseen dimensions, the fallen cities of Atlantis and Lemuria, the destiny of the soul and the fate of the world cascaded effortlessly.It was not read from a script but intimately conveyed to me by Celeste and Jack Appel,...

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Sufism, oftentimes referred to as the mystical branch of Islam, is emerging as a unifying force, a spiritual discipline that accommodates practitioners of every faith.This is nothing short of ironic, given the sullied image that orthodox Islam has...

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