Spiritual Surf: ‘Headscarf martyr’, the science of afterlife, forgiveness in print, gender-bending priest

“Headscarf martyr” mourned in Egypt

headscarf_girlsAn Egyptian woman stabbed to death in a German courtroom was mourned by a throng of people in Alexandria, Egypt, July 7, 2009. Marwa al-Sherbini, 32 years old and pregnant, was allegedly attacked in court during a case in which a neighbor accused her of being a “terrorist” for wearing traditional Muslim garb. This is what’s in the air over there: President Nicolas Sarkozy has made waves over the past few weeks by advocating a ban of wearing burkas in public.

What happens after you die?

Put this on your summer reading list: Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by neuroscientist David Eagleman. As the title implies, Sum explores 40 possible scientifically-inspired scenarios for the afterlife, including our favorite: one in which you have to put up with better versions of yourself had you gone that extra mile and become a better person!

The ongoing, life-giving power of forgiving

After being run over and nearly killed by a drunk driver, author Holly Payne received a letter from the perp asking her forgiveness. It took her 15 years and a novel, the newly big_mamareleased Kingdom of Simplicity, to do it.

Forgiving the unforgivable is one of the highest of callings in this life: Read Tom Hudgens’ Texas-prison account on Soul’s Code, which could be a book in its own right.

Pushing the boundaries of organized religion

By day he’s a parish priest in Columbus, Ohio. But at night, Father Anthony is “Big Mamma,” a flamboyant drag queen who spins his own dance hall singles, like “Big Mama’s House” and a “Lord’s Prayer” remix. But how many Roman Catholics will appreciate the padre’s gender-bending mix of faith and fun? Read the Religion News Q&A here.

(Muslim girls image by hazy jenius via Flickr, CC 2.0)

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