Purdue University: Religion in China is highly diverse by region, research shows

Purdue University: Religion in China is highly diverse by region, research shows. “When people think about religion in China, they tend to think first about Buddhism. ‘But that is not the case in many places in China, not anymore,’ said Fengang Yang, author of the book ‘Atlas of Religion in China: Social and Geographical Contexts.’… ‘To complement the Atlas book, we are developing the Online Spiritual Atlas of China. OSAC will allow users to view the religious landscape by province, prefecture, or county, input information of religious sites that are not already in the database, or suggest corrections of existing sites,’ Yang said. ‘We are also developing plans to expand the mapping of religion and society beyond China.'”

Jerusalem Post: People’s Talmud Launches Online

Jerusalem Post: People’s Talmud Launches Online. “The People’s Talmud is an innovate new repository of the Talmud and its wisdom, rendering the ancient text into concepts, cataloguing it all into searchable subjects, and connecting it to leading content providers. It transforms what is, for many, an obscure and indecipherable tome of arcane law and legends into an accessible and relevant source of knowledge and insight for anyone who cares to look inside. Gedaliah Gurfein, the project’s creator, spent some 30 years working on this labor of love, and has now launched the beta version of the People’s Talmud website.”

Internet Archive: World’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature now available on the Internet Archive

Internet Archive: World’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature now available on the Internet Archive. “The Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC) and Internet Archive (IA) announced today that they are making a large corpus of Buddhist literature available via the Internet Archive. This collection represents the most complete record of the words of the Buddha available in any language, plus many millions of pages of related commentaries, teachings and works such as medicine, history, and philosophy.”

Motherboard: Why Is Google Translate Spitting Out Sinister Religious Prophecies?

Motherboard: Why Is Google Translate Spitting Out Sinister Religious Prophecies?. “Type the word ‘dog’ into Google Translate 19 times, request that the nonsensical message be flipped from Maori into English, and out pops what appears to be a garbled religious prophecy. ‘Doomsday Clock is three minutes at twelve,’ it reads. ‘We are experiencing characters and a dramatic developments in the world, which indicate that we are increasingly approaching the end times and Jesus’ return.'”

Salt Lake Tribune: A Utah historian is building a database of every black person who joined the Mormon church before 1930

Salt Lake Tribune: A Utah historian is building a database of every black person who joined the Mormon church before 1930. “Some Mormons know the stories of Elijah Able, the faith’s first black elder, or Jane Manning James, an early black pioneer, but few, if any, have heard of hundreds of other African-American Latter-day Saints — members such as Freda Lucretia Magee Beaulieu, Elijah Banks or Julia Miller Lamb. Their devotion and courage in the church’s founding and growth years have largely been lost to Mormonism’s collective memory, making them all but invisible in the mostly white church. That, however, is about to change.”