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Aug 17, 2012

Religion Blogs: Coexisting Peacefully

This week my focus is on religion blogs.  The best thing I’ve ever heard about religion is the story of the elephant and the blind men. It goes something like this: A group of blind men approach an elephant. One finds a leg and thinks he’s found a tree. One finds the trunk and thinks he’s found a snake. One finds a tusk and thinks he’s found stone. The idea is none of them are wrong, but none of them are completely correct either. Whether we like it or not, our faculties are limited.  We are actually quite blind to the workings of the universe and creation. Therefore, when contemplating the divine, it’s probably best to take a look at the whole picture, the whole elephant if you will.  So with that in mind, let’s remain respectful of different perspectives, realize we may not know it all, and enjoy this brief tour through some of the best religion blogs I’ve seen lately.

Hindu-Blog balances the needs and concerns of modern Hinduism with the rich cultural history of the ancient faith. In fact, that’s sort of their mission statement. This blog may deal a lot with the past, but it’s also has its eyes trained squarely on the future. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything to do with the Hindu religion, including events related to it. Check out the full review here.

Velveteen Rabbi is a blog written by a rabbi. But, it is so much more than a Jewish blog. However, as in real life, Judaism touches on many parts of the practitioners life. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d obviously look for anything to do with Judaism. Foreign policy stuff could work here. Items related to family and motherhood would also work. And if all else faiils, try poetry! Check out the full review here.

Dharma Folkis a blog where Buddhism meets Internet culture.  In one post, the blog deals with misrepresentations of Buddhism. On the next, they may discuss the politics of Aung San Suu Kyi. Now, to be honest, I don’t know how exactly one would go about pitching a Buddhist blog. I suppose keep it simple. Perhaps, a story about a new book or the benefits of meditation might work. In any event, I’d probably keep the email brief. Check out the full review here.

Creative Muslims has taken it upon themselves to portray Muslim Americans in a positive light. Their profiles extend across the worlds of tech, social media, design, philanthropy, sports or art.  Basically, if a Muslim is doing good work, you’re going to read about it here. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything to do with Islam in America.  Check out the full review here.

Compassion is a blog dedicated to bringing awareness to children in need. As you might recall from your New Testament studies, charity and service to others is sort of the whole point behind Christianity. This blog takes up that cause, directing readers to ways they can help those who need it. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories surrounding child poverty, charity, and, yeah, compassion. Check out the full review here.

That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…

Author Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations. And as you may have guessed, he has a twitter30 account.

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