Suggested Reading for Finding Individual Religion, in Face of Collapsing Catholic Church

Epigraph:

Then We caused Our Messengers to follow in their footsteps; and We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow them, and We gave him the Gospel. And We placed in the hearts of those who accepted him compassion and mercy. But monasticism which they invented for themselves — We did not prescribe it for them — for the seeking of Allah’s pleasure; but they did not observe it with due observance. Yet We gave those of them who believed their due reward, but many of them are rebellious. (Al Quran 57:27)

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Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

I am not going to argue any thesis here. I hope and pray that the collection below makes a sufficiently clear cumulative case for the reader in search of truth.

In the past organized religion provided for building compassionate and just societies, which is now the mandate of the individual countries with their respective constitutions.  So the search for truth in this age of social media, millions of YouTube videos and constant interaction with individuals of different religions and sects has to be individual and not a team sport.

Trump’s presidency has a silver lining in as much as it has shown many that political and religious debates are often governed by black and white or dogmatic thinking.  Therefore, let me say, read on and in the words of Sir Francis Bacon, “Read not to contradict … but to weigh and consider.”

Let us build our beliefs on truths and direct our activism towards human rights and women rights rather than evangelism:

Pope Francis: Satan Is Stalking The Catholic Church

Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell found guilty of child sex charges

Americans Trust Clergy Less Than Ever, Gallup Poll Finds

Is it even possible to live a celibate life? – BBC News

A Message of Compassion and Love from the Holy Bible

Deciding to Leave: The Last Straw that Broke a Catholic’s Back!

Why it’s so hard to hold priests accountable for sex abuse

Pope Francis confirms finality of ban on ordaining women priests

If Women Can be Rocket Scientists, They Should be Priests As Well!

Abou Ben Adhem, A Compassionate Man

Americans are depressed and suicidal because something is wrong with our culture

Videos: Let Joel Osteen Breathe Hope, Optimism and Success in Your Life

Swiss burqa ban campaigner calls for ban on Muslim prayers in public

What Can a Quarter of Unaffiliated US Population Find in Islam?

Father testifies in Australian court cardinal abused son

Book Review: The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession

How Islam has Influenced Christian understanding of God

World Leading Christian Apologist, William Lane Craig Always Presents God of Islam and Judaism

24 Video lectures: The Great Courses: How Jesus Became God?

Video: The most famous Christian apologist, William Lane Craig, accepts there is no Trinity in the Old Testament

Two Hundred Verses about Compassionate Living in the Quran

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