Martin Luther and the “Epistle of Straw”

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well, ” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, … [Read more...]

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Tennesseans Love Their Bible and Their Cave Salamander

The Bible as Tennessee's official state book? Apparently not.Tennesseans--81 percent of them, anyway--are Christian. And they may love their Scriptures, but a House plan to name the Bible as the official state book was defeated last month in the State Senate.Senator Steve Southerland, a Republican who represents the citizens of Morristown, and other supporters of the bill had argued that the Bible has had great economic and historic impact in Tennessee. A majority in the State House agre … [Read more...]

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Jesus, a Ghost? What Does the Catholic Church Teach About Ghosts?

It's finally Spring in our corner of the woods, and we've begun the laborious task of raking, bagging, and lugging the bedraggled remains of Winter from our front yard.So it was that I, cleaning the remains of Winter's storms from our front lawn, found myself in casual conversation with a neighbor who is "spiritual but not religious"--and so it was that I heard about The Ghost.My neighbor believed The Ghost to be the restless spirit of a man who'd lived in his house long ago.  "I first sa … [Read more...]

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