Pope says atheists can be saved

Pope Francis preached a homily in which he pretty much said that atheists too can do good and therefore can go to heaven.  (Notice the assumption that salvation is by good works and not by faith, which is being presented as not really necessary.)  The pope’s words are after the jump, along with some other indications of a growing universalism in Roman Catholicism. [Read more…]

Boy Scouts accept gay members

The Boy Scouts of America voted to accept gay members.  The ban against homosexual scout masters and other adult leaders remains in place.  According to gay ideology, sexual identity is innate, not formed, so it makes sense to  speak of homosexual children. [Read more…]

The most popular country in the world

What a difference 68 years makes!  The most popular country in the world is Germany.  Japan is 4th.  The United States of America is #8, barely beating out China.  Details and  complete rankings after the jump. [Read more…]

Why relativism leads to totalitarianism

I’d like to spin off from our reflection a comment Lars Walker made, as we blogged about yesterday in the post The Bible and Liberty:

As Paul Johnson notes in Modern Times, moral relativism always leads to Totalitarianism. Because in a morally relative age, power alone can settle any question.

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Family and Secularization

Christian scholar Mary Eberstadt has a new book entitled How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization. From the editorial description at Amazon:

In this magisterial work, leading cultural critic Mary Eberstadt delivers a powerful new theory about the decline of religion in the Western world. The conventional wisdom is that the West first experienced religious decline, followed by the decline of the family. Eberstadt turns this standard account on its head. Marshalling an impressive array of research, from fascinating historical data on family decline in pre-Revolutionary France to contemporary popular culture both in the United States and Europe, Eberstadt shows that the reverse has also been true: the undermining of the family has further undermined Christianity itself. . . .

Her conclusion considers this tantalizing question: whether the economic and demographic crisis now roiling Europe and spreading to America will have the inadvertent result of reviving the family as the most viable alternative to the failed welfare state—fallout that could also lay the groundwork for a religious revival as well.

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Terrorist murder updates

Officials have learned that the dead Boston Marathon bomber was involved in an earlier triple homicide.  His accomplice in that murder confessed under questioning but attacked interrogators with a knife, whereupon he was killed.  In the meantime, two men in London assaulted and beheaded an off-duty soldier while shouting jihadist slogans.  They filmed themselves and declared to the viewing public that “you will never be safe.” [Read more…]