“Day of Rest” Important as Religious Observances Decline

It’s important to unplug on the Sabbath even if you don’t attend religious services, Naomi Schaefer Riley, a columnist for the New York Post reports.

“Even if you have no religious reason to observe a Sabbath, there’s a lot of wisdom in the concept of taking at least some time out from the usual routine,” says Laura Vanderkam, author of “I know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time.”

Vanderkam says she understands why people have stopped observing a day of rest – weekends are often a time to catch up on activities not completed during the week – but that taking time for spiritual activities, physical activities, friends and family make people happier.

Are people who attend religious services and strictly observe a day of rest more balanced than those who don’t? How do you spend your Sabbath and why? Please comment below.

Is Evolution Killing Religion?

A wealthy world is a less religious one evolutionary scientists say in an article in the United Kingdom’s Independent.

Moralizing religion, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism were introduced by the wealthy to control the poor, Dr. Nicholas Baumard and other evolutionary scientists suggest.

Wealthy people lead a slower lifestyle than poor people as they don’t have to actively pursue material acquisitions or reproduce, Baumard says. This puts wealthy people at an evolutionary disadvantage.

Religion, which imposes resting, fasting and abstinence, levels the evolutionary playing field between the poor and wealthy.

As the world, in general, grows more affluent, the influence of religion will naturally decline, they say.

Do you agree? Are wealth and religion incompatible? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Why A Huffington Post Blogger Hates Religious Christianity

Tyler Speegle, who writes faith-based blog posts, argues that religious Christianity makes people judgmental, self-condemning and entitled.

“I hate religious Christianity. Now, before you think I have gone off the deep end and I’m renouncing my faith – please understand what I mean by religious.

“When I say religious, I’m not talking about a denomination, a doctrine or even a box you might check off on some paperwork. No, when I say religious what I am talking about is a belief that that says your performance, your devotion, your practices or your morals makes you right with God. The idea that righteousness is achieved, rather than received.

“That kind of belief – that kind of religion – will suck the life out of you.”

Read more about the 5 reasons Speegle hates religious Christianity and share your thoughts about his viewpoint below.

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