E. J. Dionne is a liberal columnist who is also a faithful Catholic. He has written a column warning liberals about the anti-religion reflex that some of them display. In doing so, he cites a useful study of where both liberals and conservatives fall on the religious spectrum. [Read more…]
Once again I see on the LCMS website in the “View from Here” feature an article I wrote a long time ago, I think for Lutheran Witness. It takes up what has been called “the scandal of particularity”; that is, the claim that there is only one way that leads to Heaven, the person and work of Jesus Christ. Why aren’t other religions equally valid? How can we credibly hold to Christ as the only way to Heaven in our current climate of religious pluralism? And, as if that isn’t a difficult enough problem, I throw in the question of how a just God could condemn someone for not being a Christian. Reading the piece long after I have forgotten what I said, I found myself approaching it like any other reader and, in an odd way, learning from myself. I’ll present the essay in its entirety after the jump.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation is trying to get the state of Ohio to remove a Star of David. From a Holocaust memorial!
Russell Moore, identified as per our previous discussion as one of those “Lutheran Baptists,” was recently appointed head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, which makes pronouncements on public policy for that church body. But Rev. Moore is going far beyond the usual rightwing talking points that have been associated with Christian conservatives. In an interview with Michelle Boorstein of the Washington Post, he gives some thoughtful comments about generic civil religion, abortion, military chaplains, and religious freedom. [Read more…]