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Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Tuesday October 28, 2003.

Pollster George Barna, a former minister who founded the research group, noted that one out of 10 born-again Christians — those who believe entry into heaven is solely based on confession of sins and faith in Jesus Christ — also believe in reincarnation, which violates Christian tenets. Nearly one in three claim it is possible to communicate with the dead, and half believe a person can earn salvation based on good deeds even without accepting Christ as the way to eternal life.

Many who describe themselves as either atheistic or agnostic also harbor contradictions in their thinking, Barna said. He said that half the atheists and agnostics surveyed believed that everyone had a soul, that heaven and hell existed and that there was life after death. One in eight atheists and agnostics believe that accepting Jesus Christ as savior probably makes life after death possible.

Therefore, labels — be they "born again" or "atheist" — might not give as much insight into a person's beliefs as one might assume, he said.
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http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php
Public Release: 28-Oct-2003
American Journal of Psychiatry
Could you suffer from psychosis? The nose knows
Your nose could provide the first reliable diagnostic tool for predicting a person's likelihood of developing psychosis, new research has found.
University of Melbourne

Public Release: 28-Oct-2003
Ecological Applications
Wolves are rebalancing yellowstone ecosystem
The reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park is helping to save cottonwood trees that were well on their way to extinction, and in the process rebalancing a whole stream ecosystem for the first time in 70 years.
National Park Service Research Center

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