Day: November 9, 2015

Zen Buddhism in steep decline in Japan

Zen Buddhism in steep decline in Japan

The Guardian reports that Zen Buddhism in Japan is facing an existential crisis, as the faith dwindles and temples are forced to close. Part of the problem seems to lie in the exorbitant cost of the Zen funeral, which many families can no longer afford in the modern Japanese economy. One Buddhist priest, Bunkei Shibata, […]

Recent study suggests that children of religious families are less altruistic, more punitive

Recent study suggests that children of religious families are less altruistic, more punitive

The controversial claim from a new study is that children from religious backgrounds are less willing to share with others and are more judgmental when confronted with people demonstrating anti-social behavior. The study was conducted among children from seven different countries and many backgrounds, although statistically only Christian, Muslim, and non-religious were considered large enough samples […]

New Starbucks cup is criticized for lack of overt Christmas symbolism

New Starbucks cup is criticized for lack of overt Christmas symbolism

A small and vocal group of Evangelical Christians are protesting the latest holiday cups from Starbucks; the company offers a new design each year, and this year, they’ve avoided the busier, snowflake covered designs of past years by simply placing their logo on a red cup. Outlets like Breitbart, a self-styled conservative news site, have […]