Christianity’s influence on marriage & the status of women

According to the “progressive narrative,” Christianity and its view of marriage have oppressed women.  But as David Theroux points out, drawing on actual scholarship,  the actual influence of Christianity is quite different. [Read more...]

Exorcising America

A group of Roman Catholic clerics in Mexico recently conducted an exorcism designed to cast the demons out of the whole country.  Now there are calls for an exorcism to cast the demons out of America.

Do you consider this (1) a good idea (2) something that couldn’t hurt (3) papist superstition (4) questionable theology?

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Biphobia against bisexuals

Another sexual minority is coming out of the closet:  bisexuals–those with attractions both to the opposite sex and to their own–a group often condemned by gay activists, who deny there is such a thing.  And yet bisexuals reportedly constitute 40% of the LGBT community.  After the jump, an account of an effort to form “more bisexual-friendly churches.”

Honest question:  Wouldn’t it be legitimate to encourage bisexual individuals, especially those in the church, to enter into a heterosexual marriage, in which he or she would be faithful, suppressing all other sexual desires, as all other married couples are expected to do? [Read more...]

The black church

E. J. Dionne writes about how the black church shows facets of Christianity that are often overlooked. [Read more...]

Pope apologizes for Milton’s “slaughtered saints”

Pope Francis recently apologized to the Waldensians.  They had their beginnings in the 12th century, anticipating many of the teachings of the Reformation four hundred years later, which the group then joined.  The Waldensians suffered centuries of persecution from the Roman Catholic Church, culminating in the Easter massacre in the Piedmont of Italy in 1655, when some 1,700 men, women, children, and infants were slaughtered in the most brutal ways imaginable.  (See the Wikipedia article linked, above.)

Read this chilling 17th-century catalogue of the atrocities.  Then, after the jump, read the sonnet that John Milton wrote about this mass martyrdom, given, along with a news story about the Pope’s asking for forgiveness from the 30,000 Waldensians still in Italy.  (There are more in Germany, the United States, Uruguay, and the the Pope’s native Argentina.) [Read more...]

Government approved churches?

Conservative churches are troubled with the gay marriage decision and feel threatened lest the government punish them for teaching that homosexuality is sinful.  But liberal churches are celebrating the ruling and will have no problem with discrimination statutes.  If conservative congregations lose their tax exempt status, liberal congregations wouldn’t.  Indeed, some denominations would presumably include conservative congregations that would and liberal congregations that would not.

So you have GOT to read Anthony Sacramone’s post Do You Worship in a State-Approved Church?  Read especially “the talk” that he says conservative pastors must give to their congregations.   I’ll excerpt the first part after the jump, but you really need to read the whole thing.

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