Wednesday, 26. April 2006
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As film arrives, ‘Da Vinci Code’ debate renews by MSNBC. English)
A line from Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" tells you why it's easily the most disputed religious novel of all time: "Almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false." With 46 million copies in print, "Da Vinci" has long been a headache for Christian scholars and historians, who are worried about the influence on the faith from a single source they regard as wrong-headed.

Second Sight by The Guardian. (English)
It may sound like something out of Harry Potter, but this week the University of Kent is hosting a conference on cosmology and divination. From Friday, anthropologists, theologists, astrologers and psychologists, among others, will descend on the university's Canterbury campus to investigate the nature of second sight.

Pub spirits cause a stir by icSurreyOnline. (English)
Sharon Ballard has been the live-in manager at the pub for two-and-a-half years, and recalls one occasion when her door, propped open by a bottle, was found closed with the bottle standing up on the opposite side of the room. "I was the only one in this side of the house - there was no one else who could have moved it," she said. "It must have been Harry the ghost."

Scientists Debunk Astrology by Discovery Channel News. (English)
One of the largest studies of the possible link between human traits and astrology found little, if any, connection between the traditional sun signs of the zodiac and characteristics of individuals. The researchers, however, leave open the question as to whether other, more detailed and personal forms of astrology hold any validity.

DEUTSCH: Horoskope lügen doch und Der Glaube an Horoskope und seine Kritiker vom Stern. (German)

Zimbabwe Outlaws Practise of Witchcraft by New Zimbabwe. (English)
"Witchcraft is not an area that lends itself to police scrutiny," said Wayne Budzijena, the Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesman. "How do you verify an evil spell? This is a matter of spiritual faith, not a matter of empirical evidence."


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