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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, April 22

Buddhist offer a different perspective on Marvel's Dr. Strange. Hindu astrology is explained. And a writer for The Atlantic Monthly wonders if moral relativism is dead. It's Faithful Friday, our weekly segment on news about faiths and religions from around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme may be white and his style of magic might not be particularly East Asian in style, but he nonetheless has important ties to the region, as exemplified by his mentor the Tibetan mystic known as the Ancient One. With this in mind as well as the long association between Tibet and oriental mysticism in the Western mind, Buddhist magazine Lion's Roars considers the implications of Marvel's new film adaptation of Doctor Strange.

Religions may come across as immaterial and abstract in nature but that doesn't mean they're necessarily impossible to model through rational or logical means. The Huffington Post takes a look at researchers who are trying to model religions with computers.

You've certainly heard of Western astrology and probably Chinese astrology as well. But what about Hindu astrology? Based on a mix of native Indian traditions and Hellenistic influences, Hindu astrology is widely popular in India. If you're interested in learning more, Hinduism Today has a rundown on the practice.

Daesh, otherwise known as ISIL or ISIS, is wisely opposed by a large majority of Muslims throughout the world. But despite this, Muslim protests against the organization rarely gain mainstream attention in the West. The Independent shines a light on this frustrating erasure of Muslim resistance.

For generations, moral relativism—the belief that right and wrong are malleable depending on circumstance—has been the ire of religious and social conservatives, who believed it would destroy society. But could it be that moral relativism has died out of its own accord? The Atlantic Monthly examines how moral righteousness is now as much the rallying cry of progressives and secular humanists as it that of religious conservatives.

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