Questions over the spiritual quality of adult coloring books, what Christians can learn from Confucius, and a book on how a Hindu publishing house helped shape the Hindu Right are among the news items creating a buzz online today.
Adult coloring books remain on high-demand with more and more titles reaching the religion market, and some fans even consider coloring to be a spiritual practice. Examining the trend, the Religion News Service weighed whether or not coloring is a form of prayer.
Evangelical college professor Gregg Ten Elshof is combining the worldviews of Jesus and Confucius in the book Confucius for Christians: What an Ancient Chinese Worldview Can Teach Us About Life in Christ.” Ten Elshof, who teaches philosophy at Biola University near Los Angeles, says that Western Christians are too quick to dismiss Eastern philosophies, according to RNS.
Author Akshaya Mukul’s book Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India (Harper Collins) features his research on how the world’s largest publishers of Hindu religious texts have impacted the growth of Hindu nationalism. The author recently discussed the book during a Q&A with the Hindustan Times.
The Christian film “War Room” took the top spot at the box office over the Labor Day Weekend, and filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick shared their reaction with CNN.