Mormonisn, Calvinism, Catholicism, oh my: Webb reviews Mouw

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(HT: John W. Morehead)On the Books & Culture website, Stephen H. Webb reviews Richard Mouw's latest book, Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals. Steve and Rich are both friends of mine. Here's how the review begins: Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, has two goals in this book. First, he wants evangelicals to stop demonizing Mormons. Second, he wants Mormons to be more Calvinist in their theology.With the first goal—which will certainly provoke di … [Read more...]

Commitment. Faith. Vision. Baylor University

New video about Baylor's last ten yeas, ending with an introduction to the university's new strategic plan: Pro Futuris … [Read more...]

The President, Jesus, and the Golden Rule

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: President Barack Obama just announced his support for same-sex “marriage”in an interview with ABC reporter Robin Roberts. In explaining his reasoning, the president offered this theological reflection:"[Y]ou know… we [the First Lady and I] are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the … [Read more...]

USU prof’s spiritual journey from Mormon scholar to Catholic convert

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This story, that recently appeared in the Salt Lake City Tribune, is about the spiritual journey of my friend, Richard Sherlock, a Utah State University professor of philosophy. Authored by Peggy Fletcher Stack, here's how it begins: Richard Sherlock is sitting in a majestic Roman cathedral and suddenly senses the Holy Spirit in a profoundly powerful way.It is a feeling, he reports, yet more than a feeling. An illumination. A hint of truth.This isn’t the first time the lifelong Mormon i … [Read more...]

The Joy of Calvinism

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I just noticed that Greg Forster has published a new book, The Joy of Calvinism. Given the divisions that arose as a consequence of the movement that spawned Calvinism, perhaps a sequel to the book should be entitled The Joy of Sects. In all seriousness, Greg is a wonderful scholar, and the author of a three-part series that will be published at Public Discourse. The first installment is entitled "Evangelicals and Politics: The Hundred Years' War." … [Read more...]

Al Mohler’s Interview of Ross Douthat

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Al Mohler's interview of Ross Douthat is tremendous. The occasion of the interview is the release of Douthat's new book, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics. Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, does a masterful job of interviewing Douthat, a New York Times columnist. You can listen to the 55-minute interview here. I could have listened for another hour. … [Read more...]

Then I Confessed, I Can Do No Other: Five Years After My Return to Catholicism

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In my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing--"Then I Confessed, I Can Do No Other"--I share some thoughts on my return to the Catholic Church, on the cusp of the five year anniversary. Here's how it begins: On April 29, 2007, five years ago this Sunday, I was publicly received into the Catholic Church at St. Joseph’s Parish in Bellmead, Texas. My wife, Frankie, stood beside me, as we both faced Fr. Timothy Vaverek, who presided over the brief ceremony between the homily and the recitation of t … [Read more...]

Celebrating Chuck Colson: “Like I Am.”

(HT: Greg Koukl)This was produced by the Acton Institute. … [Read more...]

Levon Helm, R. I. P.

The iconic drummer of The Band has died.  He was 71. Watch him in The Band's performances of "The Weight" and "The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down." … [Read more...]

Alvin Plantinga: “Science and Religion – Where the Conflict Really Lies”

This is a lecture Al Plantinga gave at Biola University about 18 months ago. He gave this lecture while he was working on his recently released book, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism (Oxford University Press, 2012). I am happy to report that Plantinga will be speaking at Baylor next Thursday (April 26) at 3:30 pm in the Foyer of Meditation at the Armstrong Browning Library. Reception to follow from 5:00pm-6:00pm in the Cox Reception Room of the Armstrong Browning … [Read more...]

This is very cool: The REAL First Chord of The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night”

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Ever Wonder Why Secular Elites Are So Ignorant of Faith and Reason Issues?

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Short answer: they don't think there are any issues.  The longer answer is found in my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Entitled, "Faith, Reason, and Secular Hegemony," here's how it begins: About a year ago I was invited to contribute to a book on the topic of political philosophy and religious beliefs, set to be published next year by a university press. My chapter, tentatively titled, “Fides, Ratio et Juris: How Some Courts and Some Legal Theorists Misrepresent the Rational Status of … [Read more...]

Catholic and Non-Catholic Reviews of Journeys of Faith

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There are now several reviews of Journeys of Faith that have appeared on line, including ones penned by my friends Devin Rose (Catholic) and Carl Trueman (Protestant). Rose's is in four parts, with the first two now accessible online. Here is a list of the reviews, so far:Carl Trueman at Reformation 21 Devin Rose, part I (reviews the contribution of Eastern Orthodox convert Willsburth as well as his interaction with Professor Craig Blaising's response) Devin Rose, part 2 (reviews my … [Read more...]

Good News for Modern Man, Las Vegas Edition

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In Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism (Zondervan, 2012), here is how my contribution to the book begins: I was baptized in the Catholic Church as an infant, several weeks after I was born on November 3, 1960. In January 1967, our family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where I received First Holy Communion (May 1968) and the Sacrament of Confirmation (May 1973).It was soon after my confirmation that I became intensely interested in the person and … [Read more...]


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