UK Telegraph: US ‘spied on future Pope Francis during Vatican conclave’

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Read about it here. Wonder how many breaches of the confessional our government participated in?  … [Read more...]

Malcolm & Alwyn: The World Needs Jesus

This song was released 40 years ago by my favorite Christian music duo, Malcolm & Alwyn. They influence of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Simon & Garfunkel is all over their work. (I imagine that Pope Francis would love this song) … [Read more...]

Another Protestant Theologian on Reformation Day: Timothy George

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Here is my latest entry in my week-long commemoration of Reformation Day (October 31).In an October 30, 2009 piece published in First Things, Timothy George offers a different Protestant perspective on Reformation Day than the one offered by Stanley Hauerwas, about which I blogged yesterday.  A friend with whom I have participated in several public dialogues concerning Evangelicals and Catholics, George is the Dean of the Beeson Divinity Schoolat Samford University in Birmingham, … [Read more...]

Protestant Theologian Stanley Hauerwas on Reformation Sunday

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Stanley Hauerwas in one of America's truly great public intellectuals, and perhaps the most influential theologian alive today. The Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Studies at Duke Divinity School, Hauerwas is a Protestant.  On Reformation Sunday 1995, he delivered a sermon that began in the following way: I must begin by telling you that I do not like to preach on Reformation Sunday. Actually I have to put it more strongly than that. I do not like Reformation Sunday, period. I do not … [Read more...]

Essays on the relationship between Evangelicals and Catholics

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In this latest installment for the week of Reformation Day (October 31), what follows are links to a few articles of mine in which I discuss the relationship between Evangelicals and Catholics.“Evangelical Catholicism and Being an Ambassador for Christ.”  The Catholic Thing (1 March 2013) “Evangelicals, Catholics, and the Ecumenism of Conviction.” The Catholic Thing (23 November 2012) “The Perils of Intra-Christian Apologetics.” The Catholic Thing (1 October 2010) ”Evangelical Catholic … [Read more...]

R.I.P. Lou Reed

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Lou Reed, founding member of The Velvet Underground, has died. Although I did not always agree with Reed's politics or views on religion, I was deeply moved by his art. As my friend, Rod Dreher, notes, "He was a broken man — he wrote and sang about very dark things, including drug addiction and prostitution — but out of that brokenness came beauty, at times, and even grace." Other than Bob Dylan, Reed was about the only performer that I would have liked to have met.What follows are videos of … [Read more...]

Five doctrinal issues that divide Catholics and Protestants

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In my second installment for the week of Reformation Day are links to five articles I published over at The Catholic Thing. Each deals with a doctrinalissue over which Catholics and Protestants disagree:Justification: “Was Aquinas a Proto-Protestant?” The Catholic Thing (09 December 2010) Sola Scriptura: “Revelation, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium.” The Catholic Thing (16 September 2011) The Eucharist: “Transubstantiation: From Stumbling Block to Cornerstone.” The Catholic … [Read more...]

The week of Reformation Day: “Reformation Day and Schism”

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Today begins the week that includes, October 31, the day that Protestants have traditionally called "Reformation Day." For it is the day that in 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg. We are now only 4 years away from the 500th anniversary of those earth-shaking events that transformed the trajectory of Western Christianity. During this week I will be posting links to several articles in commemoration of Reformation Day. These articles either deal … [Read more...]

Caution! Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Jesus” is historically flawed

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Read the review of the book over at The Catholic Thing. The reviewer is David G. Bonagura, Jr., who teaches theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary, New York. Several years ago I penned a piece on O'Reilly and his theological acumen. Entitled, "Don't Know Much About Theology," you can read it here. … [Read more...]

“Don’t call it a pullback; we’ve been here for years.” Why I love Russell Moore; he appropriates LL Cool J

You can read it here on National Review Online. As for LL Cool J, here's what I'm talking about. … [Read more...]


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