Harry Potter is evil and other news

A few news things from the Web that caught my eye over the long weekend:

The Evil Harry PotterThe Vatican has decided to host a series of debates in Paris between atheists and agnostics and top Catholic theologians. But they are only prepared to host nonbelievers who are of the “noble atheism or agnosticism” stripe. Whatever that is. Folks like Piergiorgio Odifreddi, Michel Onfray, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens will not be invited. I find the slighting of Richard Dawkins curious. You would think that the Pope and Dawkins would have some common ground since they both hate Harry Potter (he’s evil, you know and will corrupt children). Read about the upcoming dialogue here.

Oxford University Press has just brought out a new book, Science vs Religion: What Scientists Really Think by Elaine Howard Ecklund, a professor at Rice University. Some say there is tension between science and religion, Ecklund investigates this in her study of what scientists really think and believe about religion and how it plays out in their work and personal life. Read the review in the Washington Post.

Elsewhere in the Washington Post: What happens when the Dalai Lama dies?

Jack Kornfield, American Buddhist pioneer, is profiled in the LA Times.

1000 Buddhas in Montana.

The Dalai Lama goes bar hopping in the NY Times.

And, you can Google a Goo Goo Guru here.


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