Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler says that Christians shouldn't do yoga. Mohler told the Associated Press that it's not good to think that "the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine." Of course, yoga practitioners, including Christian ones, vocally disagree. The controversy started with an essay titled "The Subtle Body – Should Christians Practice Yoga?" that Mohler posted on his blog late last month. Yesterday, Mohler responded to his critics with another post, titled "Yahoo, Yoga, and Yours Truly." Now, it's worth noting that Mohler's organization isn't a fringe group. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is the country's oldest seminary affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, and is apparently one of the largest theological seminaries of any kind in the world. From the Associated Press:
Mohler argued in his online essay last month that Christians who practice yoga "must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga."
He said his view is "not an eccentric Christian position."
Other Christian leaders have said practicing yoga is incompatible with the teachings of Jesus. Pat Robertson has called the chanting and other spiritual components that go along with yoga "really spooky." California megachurch pastor John MacArthur called yoga a "false religion." Muslim clerics have banned Muslims from practicing yoga in Egypt, Malaysia and Indonesia, citing similar concerns.
"Southern Baptist leader nixes yoga for Christians"
Police in Guthrie, Oklahoma arrested Stephen Jennings and Rachael Rivera after pulling them over due to an expired license tag. Turns out, the car was reported stolen. Also turns out that inside the car, the pair had a pet rattlesnake, a gun, open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe, and “a canister of radioactive powdered uranium.” From […]
The clip above is from Stay Tooned!, a 1996 computer game developed by Funnybone Interactive. From Wikipedia: The player takes the place of an ordinary patron living in an apartment. The player starts off simply channel-surfing with a TV remote and watching short cartoons and commercials that parody real-life shows (such as Seinfeld, which is […]
Nick Griffiths suffered from frostbite while running in the Yukon Arctic ultra-marathon. After surgeons amputated three of his toes, he mailed two of them to Dawson City in the region where the Downtown Hotel’s Sourdough Saloon uses (and reuses) disembodied digits in their infamous Sourtoe Cocktail that’s been on the menu for forty years. From […]
Theoretically, there’s never been an easier time for marketers. The ubiquity of social media means a good word – or a good brand – can spread like wildfire with very little effort. But as limitless as the internet is, there’s a lot of competition and noise to contend with. And the vast graveyard of failed […]
They might be the shiny new thing, but AirPods aren’t for everybody. Maybe you’re looking for a new sound or you understandably lost those tiny buds during a brisk run. If so, here’s 10 headphones and earbuds that break out of the Apple mode with a return to quality and wearability. Klipsch R5 Bluetooth Neckband […]
When it comes to passwords, there’s no such thing as paranoia. You want them secure and complex, and you definitely don’t want to repeat them on all your accounts. The trouble is, the internet seems to keep growing. And so do those accounts. Just one lockout from an important email or banking site is enough […]