Tag Archives: Religion

Canada human rights watch: Militant secularist group demands government ban on Christian exorcisms

Ban exorcisms, demands Ontario atheist group Of course, the incident that triggered the atheists’ outburst wasn’t even an exorcism: While there was no formal exorcism ritual performed, the priest blessed the man, saying he belonged to the good side, to … Continue reading

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Roger Olson on the new fundamentalists and their war against moderate evangelicals

What distinguishes “evangelical” from “fundamentalist?” by Roger E. Olson I identify the new fundamentalists by their ethos which I find to be similar in many ways to that of the older fundamentalists.  They are evangelicals who TEND to: 1) spend much energy … Continue reading

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SSPX (Society of Saint Pius X) says ‘Yes’ to Vatican, signs ‘doctrinal preamble’ for reunion with Catholic Church

Has SSPX Bp. Fellay SIGNED the CDF’s “Doctrinal Preamble”?  Tornielli says yes! If true, it is pleasing to see this ecclesial unity restored.  Now for all the rest of fractured Chrisendom, including umpteen Reformed and Presbyterian schisms . . .

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Richard Land, Southern Baptist fundie plagiarist

Richard Land the Plagiarist: Top SBC Ethicist Stirs Up Controversy With Someone Else’s Rant More Plagiarism From Head of Southern Baptist Ethics Agency Be sure your sin will find you out, Richard! More on Richard Land’s plagiarism: Richard Land, Southern … Continue reading

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U.S. Army Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun: Korean prison camp martyr

U.S. Army Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun stole, suffered and sacrificed his life for his fellow soldiers in a Korean prison camp.  Six decades after his death, he is being considered for the Medal of Honor – and sainthood On the night … Continue reading

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The secular world has a Christian foundation, notes Chris Berg

Worth a few minutes of your reading time: Secular world has a Christian foundation The modern world is shaped by 3000 years of philosophical evolution.  And for half that time the dominant moral philosophy in the Western world has been a Christian … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, on the pre-Christian mentality in the U.K. today

‘Today we are becoming increasingly aware that there are those in leading positions within our society who wish to see history somehow reversed, who wish the very light which Christianity brought to these islands would recede.  This is often done … Continue reading

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Fr. Thomas Byles, the brave Catholic priest on the Titanic, who died ministering to others

The Titanic’s Catholic Priest Who Went Down Hearing Confessions by Patrick B. Craine A 42-year-old English convert, Fr. Byles was on his way to New York to offer the wedding Mass for his brother William.  Reports suggest that he was reciting … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Lord George Carey on the anti-Christian animus in Britain today

‘In a country where Christians can be sacked for manifesting their faith, are vilified by State bodies, are in fear of reprisal or even arrest for expressing their views on sexual ethics, something is very wrong.  It affects the moral and ethical … Continue reading

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Christians ‘more likely to be leftwing’ and have liberal views on immigration and equality, new study shows

Christians ‘more likely to be leftwing’ and have liberal views on immigration and equality People who believe in God are more likely to be leftwing, according to a new study.  The research, carried out by thinktank Demos, rubbishes the assumption … Continue reading

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Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn’s Easter: Hope, beauty and holy motion

Bruce Cockburn’s Easter: Hope, beauty and holy motion Even though he seems to enjoy celebrating baby Jesus’s birth, Cockburn has fearlessly delved into the adult Jesus’s suffering on “the cross on the hill.” Brian Walsh writes that salvation, for Cockburn, … Continue reading

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Harvard trained philosophy professor Richard Sherlock converts from Mormonism to Christianity

Mormon Convert: Richard Sherlock   Conversion must be a matter of both the head and the heart, both the intellect and the spirit.  But it must be a whole reorientation of one’s life, a whole that transcends just the sum of … Continue reading

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The unreasonable irrationality of Richard Dawkins’ “Reason Rally” – by a non-religious secularist

The Un“reason”able, Irrational Aspect of Richard Dawkins’ Reason Rally – Writes A Secularist March 24th, in Washington D.C. there will be held a Reason Rally.  The point of the rally, however, has not so much to do with reason, but rather … Continue reading

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The writing life of science and theology author Sir John Polkinghorne

‘He is usually in his study by eight a.m., a room packed floor to ceiling with more books than are found in many science or theology libraries.  On one table are stacks of paper — manuscripts he’s agreed to review, chapters … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Mark Noll on Christianity, science and hasty conclusions

‘Many of the problems that have taken place in the so-called conflict between religion and science come from hasty conclusions.  Right back to the Middle Ages, we have a long series of purportedly new discoveries in nature.  The response by … Continue reading

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Study shows that education is a way to counter both religious and secular fundamentalism

Study: Education liberalizes religious views The old wisdom: The more educated you are, the less likely you will be religious. The old myth, not wisdom. But a new study says education doesn’t drive people away from God – it gives them … Continue reading

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Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou is “more like an undergraduate . . . than a serious academic”

Does ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ confirm the BBC’s anti-Christian bias?  One well-informed London viewer thinks so: I watched the The Bible’s Buried Secrets on BBC 2 last Tuesday evening.  It is a new series, presented by Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou, which … Continue reading

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Doug Chaplin on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and the Garden of Eden

Doug Chaplin comments on the last of the ‘Bible’s Buried Secrets’ presented by Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou: As before she declines the opportunity to give much airtime to scholars who disagree with her.  Her preferred narrative is her scholarship versus the faith … Continue reading

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Quick, call Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou: God has a wife & now the Holy Spirit has a husband!

The Holy Spirit as Wife of Adonai in Mandaeism by Dr. James McGrath I’ve been spending some time this evening working on the Mandaean Book of John.  In looking up a passage in the important but puzzling text known as Haran … Continue reading

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Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou & ‘Bible’s Buried Secrets’: top scholar on ‘God’s wife’ Asherah

Evidence for Asherah by Judith M. Hadley Asherah has appeared paired with Yahweh in positive ways.  Furthermore, the early eighth century BCE prophets do not condemn Asherah worship.  The worship of Asherah was evidently acceptable before the Deuteronomistic reform movement gained momentum … Continue reading

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Why God having a wife isn’t a “buried secret” despite Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s claims

Published by Eerdmans in 2005. Hardcover: ISBN 978-0802828521 Softcover: ISBN 978-0802863942 On Google Books. More on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’: Profile of controversial BBC religion presenter Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou Blog comment on controversial BBC religion presenter Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou Tim Bulkeley answers … Continue reading

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Historian James Hannam on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

‘What is the buried secret?  It seems to me that Dr. Stavrakopoulou is an Old Testament Bart Ehrman trying to turn mainstream scholarship into something radical that is a serious problem for the Christian (and Jewish) faith.  It’s neither and … Continue reading

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Geoff Gummer responds to ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ and Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou

The Bible’s Buried Secrets – Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou She seems to repeat quite often that she is a Biblical scholar, so obviously she thinks she needs to reinforce that fact. This is probably because she makes quite a few outlandish … Continue reading

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Church minister reacts to Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

‘What a strange programme this was!  Francesca Stavrakopoulou ‘exposed’ how the Bible ‘lies’ to us about monotheism, yet the evidence she drew was from the Bible itself!  Even more strangely, she implied that because the inhabitants of Israel before 600 … Continue reading

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David Jenkins on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, atheism and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

‘Atheism is itself a religion, one which is gradually gaining ground in the West.  Stavrakopoulou, like most atheists, exhibits tedious political correctness — even worse, though, is the BBC’s use of a member of one religion to ridicule the beliefs … Continue reading

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