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  • Lay Catholic Group: Tim Kaine’s Radical Views Stem From Embrace Of Liberation Theology

    10/01/2016 9:11:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies ^ | October 1, 2016 | Dr. Susan Berry
    An organization of committed lay Catholics is challenging Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, who’s invoking his Catholic faith and the words of Pope Francis as a basis for his radical positions on abortion and marriage, as well as his embrace of liberation theology. Brian Burch of CatholicVote says faithful Catholic voters and leaders deserve to know the truth about Hillary Clinton’s running mate, and how the time he spent in Honduras – which he has referenced as a “turning point in my life” – helped to shape both his political and religious views.
  • Is Mary not a Virgin? The German Bishops’ New Bible Translation Leaves it... Unclear

    09/22/2016 7:57:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 370 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/21/16 | Jan Bentz
    GERMANY, September 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The German Bishops have presented a new “Unified Translation” of the Bible that follows a significant modernization of the language and will be binding for all German-speaking areas starting in 2017. On Tuesday, the German Bishops Conference (DBK) presented in Fulda the fruit of many years of scientific work: a new edition of the so-called “Unified Translation" (Einheitsübersetzung) of the Bible into German. It’s called “unified” because, from the original published from 1962 onward, these editions are supposed to be used ecumenically, unifying Catholics and Protestants in Germany. The original aim, however, was thwarted...
  • What Is Repentance?

    09/14/2016 12:01:58 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 10 replies ^ | 9/12/16 | Gary
    What is repentance?  Is it turning from sin?  Is it not sinning?   Is it reforming one's life?  Is it getting cleaned up first, before coming to Christ? No word causes greater trepidation and uncertainty among those considering a decision of faith and no word causes greater fear and confusion among those already in the Church. This word has caused me some of the greatest angst in my life, largely because of how I've understood it: turning from sin, reforming my ways, being perfect.  Yet I continue to fail.  Daily.  This incredible dichotomy exists in my mind between the biblical...
  • No, God Isn’t Transgender

    08/19/2016 8:06:44 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 42 replies ^ | 8 . 15 . 16 | Robert A. J. Gagnon
    In what has to be a new low for the New York Times, the Gray Lady (or should we now say the Bearded Lady?) has published an op-ed piece titled “Is God Transgender?” by a New York rabbi named Mark Sameth. Cousin to a man who “transitioned to a woman” in the 1970s, Sameth contends that “the Hebrew Bible, when read in its original language, offers a highly elastic view of gender.” He marshals many purported examples of gender fluidity in the Hebrew scriptures, in order to argue that religion should not be put in service of “social prejudices” against...
  • Card. Sarah: "Those Who Want to Eradicate Poverty Make Christ a Liar – They are Mistaken and Lying"

    07/02/2016 3:10:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/1/16 | Steve Jalesevac
    This is Part 2 of excerpts from Cardinal Sarah’s book God or Nothing. See Part 1, Cardinal Sarah: ambiguities on doctrine can lead to dangerous opinions

.July 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – This is my second article of excerpts from Cardinal Sarah's book because of the excellent teachings for our times that it contains. These are MUST READS as far as I am concerned and provide clear guidance at this time of confusion and distortions of truth.
 Poverty is a Christian valueClearly Cardinal Sarah’s comments here address the very misguided, heavily politicized and ideological efforts of many Catholic international aid agencies as...
  • Lord’s Judgment Will Not Be Delayed Forever - A Meditation on the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

    06/21/2016 6:40:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Lord’s Judgment Will Not Be Delayed Forever – A Meditation on the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel Msgr. Charles Pope • June 20, 2016 • This post is a kind of follow-on from yesterday’s post as we read the stories of wickedness in ancient Israel and what God did about it.The first reading from Monday’s Mass (of the 12th week of the year) describes a crucial, crushing moment in the history of ancient Israel: the loss of the Northern Kingdom and the destruction and deportation of what came to be called the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.Shalmaneser, king...
  • Pope Francis might jettison idea of a ‘just war’

    05/27/2016 6:26:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    AP ^ | May 26, 2016 | Maria J. Stephan
    Developed in the fifth century A.D. by St. Augustine, the doctrine of a “just war” empowers rulers to wage war only as a last resort to confront grave wrongs. As Augustine wrote: “Peace should be the object of your desire; war should be waged only as a necessity.” Later, the Summa Theologica, written by St. Thomas Aquinas in the 1260s and 1270s, clarified that war could only be waged by a properly instituted authority like the state, that it could not occur for purposes of self-gain, and that attaining peace must be its central aim.
  • The Book of Revelation Is a Sure Guide to What Is Really Going On

    04/05/2016 6:55:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Book of Revelation Is a Sure Guide to What Is Really Going On Msgr. Charles Pope • April 4, 2016 • In the Office of Readings this Easter season, we are reading from the Book of Revelation. This choice might seem surprising, but there are good reasons for it.While many suppose that the Book of Revelation is merely about the end of the world, it is about far more; it is also about what is happening right now. It was not written only for the end of the ages but for all ages. It is a book of...
  • The Return of the Absent Clockmaker

    03/23/2016 3:45:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 23, 2016 | JOHN HORVAT II
    At a certain point in modern times, it was decided that God, the Creator of heaven and earth, should stay out of the business of running the world he created. Supposedly, men could do it much better without him.All this was done, mind you, with a certain amount of tact and propriety so as not to overly offend God or those who believed in him. It was decided that God would be given the title of the maker of a clock, where the clock was a great mechanical universe. As “clockmaker,” all God had to do was wind up...
  • Why I Left the Left: How Studying Theology Made Me a Conservative

    03/06/2016 8:40:19 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2 Mar, 2016 | John Ellis
    Leading up to the 2008 presidential election, I let it be known to anyone who would listen that I was going to vote for Barack Obama. After years of leftist activism, it was exciting to be able to vote for a candidate who embodied much of what I believed to be true. For me, the previous eight years under President Bush had been a wasteland of oppression, war-mongering, and greed. Obama presented me with the voting opportunity to help usher in a new age of compassion, justice, and equality. This is, in large part, why I read with interest the...
  • Why So many Are Blind To The Times...miracle nation pt 43

    The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?(Matthew 16:1-3)And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known,...
  • Dear Media: Stop Trying To Teach Christians Theology

    01/01/2016 5:11:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 01/01/2015 | G. Shane Morris
    Every journalist in America has been secretly attending seminary, and now understands Christianity better than most Christians do. This is the only conclusion I can draw after months of theology lectures from reporters whose most recent encounter with religious terminology was Hozier's "Take Me to Church." To those of us for whom church isn't a metaphor for sex, it's been a frustrating few months. First, the chattering class endlessly assured Christian bakers, restaurant-owners, photographers, and florists that Jesus would be totally down with making same-sex nuptials fabulous (and presumably, with paying the $135,000 fine for those who felt differently)....
  • Proof that God Exist

    12/21/2015 11:34:37 PM PST · by Fai Mao · 17 replies
    House of Eratosthenes ^ | 12/20/2015 | Morgan Freeberg
    It’s an interesting summation of the argument. One might accuse Tipler of transmogrifying the dispute away from “Is there a God?” to “Is there a causative agent existing outside of space and time?” But if you’ve ever watched people wrestle with these accusations that the faithful are the ones displaying incompetence, you know that this is exactly what’s being debated. It’s chicken-and-egg, with “things that exist in space and time” being the egg.
  • The Left's Muslim Replacement Theology for Jews Muslims are the new Jews; time to get rid of the

    12/18/2015 12:29:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Front Page ^ | 12/18/15 | Daniel Greenfield
    Muslims are the new Jews. You can find this offensive claim repeated everywhere in the media. The Jews, a small ethnic minority of millions that was stateless for thousands of years, are a terrible analogy for a global Muslim population of 1.6 billion and around 50 countries that do not comprise a single ethnicity or race. Comparing the two makes as much sense as comparing the Finns to all of Asia. The only thing the Muslims and the Jews have ever had in common is that the former conquered, persecuted and enslaved the latter. Any religious similarities are the product...
  • Church of Scotland minister says to teach Jesus died for sins is "ghastly theology"

    09/29/2015 8:26:04 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 51 replies
    Premier Christian Media ^ | 9-29-15 | Hannah Tooley
    Revd Scott McKenna, minister of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church in Edinburgh, openly denies one of the most accepted teachings of mainstream Christianity and told his congregation that it was "ghastly theology" to believe that Jesus Christ died for sinners. Following the comments, the footage was uploaded online and the current Free Church Moderator Revd David Robertson responded by writing a blog post on the subject, saying such preaching was profoundly anti-Christian. Mr McKenna, who has the potential to be a Church of Scotland Moderator, then contacted Robertson and the men met to discuss theology. A debate has been set for...
  • The Thing Glenn Beck doesn't get about Christian Churches vs. Mormonism

    09/14/2015 8:05:25 AM PDT · by SoCalTransplant · 31 replies
    Glenn Beck said a very revealing thing on the radio today, which illustrates the difference between Mormonism and Christianity. He was talking about speaking at a Baptist Church this weekend on his Never Again is Now campaign. And as usual, he was making the case that Christian churches should align with him on his refugee campaign to bring thousands of middle eastern refugees (he says Christians only, although he openly says he'd like to bring in muslims if he could only tell the good ones from the bad ones). And in the course of his speech he expressed frustration with...
  • isis and gold dinar, Bible prophecy being fulfilled ? thoughts

    08/30/2015 6:56:54 AM PDT · by ElisabethInCincy · 7 replies
    As a Christian and watchman this new isis video release is quite creepy yet stunning.. would like to hear from my brothers and sisters in Christ who are interested in bible prophecy . Watch this video
  • Truth and Tolerance: Why the Church Can’t Change Her Teaching

    07/29/2015 2:31:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 28, 2015 | SAM GUZMAN
    “The Catholic Church is intolerant.” That simple thought, like a yellow-fever sign, is supposed to be the one solid reason which should frighten away any one who might be contemplating knocking at the portals of the Church for entrance, or for a crumb of the Bread of Life. When proof for this statement is asked, it is retorted that the Church is intolerant because of its self-complacency and smug satisfaction as the unique interpreter of the thoughts of Christ. Its narrow-mindedness is supposed to be revealed in its unwillingness to cooperate effectively with other Christian bodies that are working...
  • Catholic Church has unbroken line of Apostolic Succession from Popes back to Peter!

    07/08/2015 8:54:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 44 replies ^ | 7/7/2015 | Shaila D Touchton
    Catholic Church traces its origins back to Jesus Christ himself. Jesus Christ established a church nearly two thousand years ago. (1 Timothy 3:15) He said he will build one church not multiple churches. He said “Upon this Rock I will build My church." (Matthew 16:18) and "There shall be one fold and one shepherd." (John 10:16).The Holy Spirit will guide the Church.( John 16:13) through Apostles(Acts 4:8).Jesus Christ is the truth, then the Church which He founded and guides has all truth (John 14:6).If all denominations claiming to bible based churches all those 38,000 denominations teach and preach differently for...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 2)

    06/19/2015 6:54:04 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 80 replies
    triablogue ^ | June 24, 2006 | Jason Engwer
    Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 2) Because neither the apostolic nor the earliest post-apostolic Christians refer to a jurisdictional primacy of the bishop of Rome, Catholics often cite references to any type of primacy of the Roman church. But a non-jurisdictional primacy of the Roman church doesn't prove a jurisdictional primacy of the Roman bishop. Even Peter himself isn't referred to as having papal authority among the early post-apostolic sources. Terence Smith explains: "there is an astonishing lack of reference to Peter among ecclesiastical authors of the first half of the second century. He is barely mentioned...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ?

    06/19/2015 12:01:57 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 724 replies
    triablogue ^ | June 23, 2006 | Jason Engwer
    For those who don't have much familiarity with the dispute between Protestants and Catholics over the doctrine of the papacy, I want to post two introductory articles on the subject today and tomorrow. The first article, this one, will be about the Biblical evidence, and tomorrow's article will be about the early post-Biblical evidence. Roman Catholicism claims the papacy as its foundation. According to the Catholic Church, the doctrine of the papacy was understood and universally accepted as early as the time of Peter: "At open variance with this clear doctrine of Holy Scripture as it has been ever understood...
  • Can Fallen Man Do Anything to Please God?

    06/14/2015 11:09:03 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 128 replies
    Monergism ^ | 4/18/2015 | John_hendryx
    Can Fallen Man Do Anything to Please God? Question: Can fallen man do anything to please God? Can the natural man make choices all the time for things that are good and evil? Response: All fallen, unregenerate human beings are endowed with many of God's common graces. God has blessed all men with a conscience and the capacity to promote virtue and civil righteousness. It is abundantly clear that many beautiful aspects of the world we live in have been brought forth by those which are unredeemed by God's regenerative grace. God has gifted natural men and women with the...
  • Mary Statue Rebuilt in Ancient Syrian Christian Town

    06/13/2015 3:56:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 241 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/6/15
    The historic Christian Syrian town of Maalula celebrated Saturday as a new statue of Mary, worshiped in Christianity as the mother of Jesus, was erected in its center, replacing the figure destroyed in rebel attacks in 2013. Dozens of families gathered alongside government officials and religious dignitaries in the main square, which was adorned with government flags and a giant portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Located north of Damascus, Maalula is one of the world's oldest Christian settlements, and its inhabitants still speak Aramaic, a language spoken by Jews in Israel at the time Jesus was said to have...
  • Soteriology: The Doctrine of Salvation

    06/09/2015 4:56:09 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    The Domain for Truth ^ | April 8, 2013 | EvangelZ
    The doctrine of soteriology is a major concept and a major theme in the Bible.  The terms related to salvation are prevalent in the OT and NT.  In the OT, the Hebrew verb yasa and its derivatives appear about 353 times in the OT.  In the Niphal it bears the meaning “to be saved” or “be delivered” and in the Hiphil it means to “deliver,” “give victory,” or “save.”  The noun form of yasa is yesuah (64 times), yesa (31 times), and tesuah (19 times), which means, “help,” “deliverance,” and “salvation.”  When looking at the OT, the above verb yasa...
  • Doctrine of Salvation: Justification

    06/08/2015 8:35:29 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 329 replies
    The Domain for Truth ^ | August 3, 2013 | EvangelZ
    Before I give details concerning justification, I would like to tell you what justification is.  Justification is a forensic event in which God declares the once-hell bound believing sinner as righteous because of the grounds of imputed righteousness of Christ.  This imputed righteousness is also not understood properly if one does not take into account the active obedience of Christ’s full obedience to “all” that God the Father willed for Him to fulfill in this earth.  Justification is not based upon our works or righteousness; and not even our faith.  Faith is only the means or the instrument that allows...
  • Souls of Aborted Children

    06/06/2015 7:48:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 97 replies ^ | 05-12-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Souls of Aborted Children Msgr. Charles Pope The Catholic Answer Q. What does the Church teach about the souls of aborted children and those unborn children who die as a result of miscarriages? They have souls, right? Should they all receive funerals? Should parents name their miscarried children? Name withheld by request, via e-mail  A. “Should” is a word that is too strong here. Parents may both name and have funeral services for miscarried or aborted children. But they are not required to do this, and each case will be unique. How far along the child was is often a...
  • Ravi Zacharias Q&A 2015, 'Is America Really Christian?'

    05/26/2015 4:05:04 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    youtube/Ravi Zacharias International Ministries ^ | 5/16/15 | Ravi Zacharias, et al
    Jeff Foxworthy hosts a question and answer time with Ravi Zacharias and Michael Ramsden following Ravi's lecture "Is America Really Christian?"
  • Do we really love those that hate Christ Jesus

    05/26/2015 8:06:55 AM PDT · by Chauncey Uppercrust · 52 replies
    Psalm 139 The Bible | 5/26/2015 | Chauncey Uppercrust
    21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate you? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against you? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them my enemies. Psalm 139 American King James Version You Have Searched Me and Know Me 1O lord, you have searched me, and known me. 2You know my sitting down and my rising up, you understand my thought afar off. 3You compass my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, see, O LORD,...
  • Communist Defector Says KGB Created "Liberation Theology"

    05/10/2015 12:25:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    New American ^ | 5/8/15 | Jack Kenny
    A high-ranking communist official who defected to the United States in the 1970s now says the Soviet KGB was behind the tidal wave of “liberation theology” that swept through Catholic countries in Latin America before the opposition of Pope John Paul II effectively ended the movement. Ion Mihai Pacepa, a former three-star general in Romania's Securitate, or secret police, said he first learned of liberation theology during meetings with Nikita Khrushchev and General Aleksandr Sakharovsky, then chief director of the KGB, when Sakharovsky accompanied the Soviet premier on a six-day visit to Romania in October of 1959. “Khrushchev wanted to...
  • Galatians: Selections from Martin Luther [Free e-book!]

    04/07/2015 2:01:07 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies ^ | 4/5/15 | RJ Grunewald
    Today, I’m excited to announce the launch of a new eBook that I’ve been designing and editing in order to share for free with the world – Galatians: Selections from Martin Luther. Martin Luther is a theologian whose writing has changed my life. Luther, in a day when the Church hijacked the message of the Gospel, stood boldly for the proclamation of Christ alone. In a world that literally sold people forgiveness for a few bucks, Martin Luther came onto the scene recovering the message of the scriptures that said, “The price has already been paid.” But here’s the thing...
  • Jesus’ 3 Days and Nights in Sheol Paradise After His Crucifixion!

    04/03/2015 7:22:40 PM PDT · by kindred · 36 replies ^ | April 3, 2015 | DJP, I.F.
    It was after the crucifixion of the Messiah of Israel that Satan and godless Israelites rejoiced in their demonic triumph of unrighteousness. They thought that they had done away with “This Man”, this Miracle Worker, this Preacher of RIGHTEOUSNESS, this violator of the Sabbath, this One who claimed to be Almighty God the Son and it was exhilarating to their godless mind (Matt. 27, Luke 23). As the Sabbath day was about to begin these godless men made their preparation to finish “their” Feast of Passover and partake in “their” man made traditions (Matt. 15:7-11, 23, John 18:28). Satan the...
  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 2:11:17 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 355 replies
    Thoughts of Francis Turretine ^ | July 17, 2014 | TurretinFan
    Never Thirst - Taking Jesus "Literally" can be Fatal Roman Catholics like to try to claim that they are just taking Jesus "literally" when they interpret "this is my body" to mean that what was in Jesus' hands was not bread but his physical body [FN1]. Three passages in John help to illustrate the problem with that approach: John 4, John 6, and John 7.  In the first, Jesus refers metaphorically to living water, in the second Jesus refers to himself as food and drink, and in the third Jesus offers drink to those who thirst. In John 4, Jesus...
  • Heaven Tourism Books Pulled from Nearly 200 Christian Bookstores

    03/25/2015 9:57:02 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 82 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | March 25, 2015 | David Roach
    LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on "the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife." ...The resolution, adopted by messengers to the SBC annual meeting in June, warned Christians not to allow "the numerous books and movies purporting to explain or describe the afterlife experience" to "become their source and basis for an understanding of the afterlife."
  • I’m a Presbyterian Minister Who Doesn’t Believe in God

    03/21/2015 7:33:01 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 116 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 17, 2015 | John Shuck
    “How can you call yourself a Christian, let alone a minister?!” I get asked that question frequently and the questioner is hostile more often than not. Still, I like to answer it if I believe the questioner is sincere. Though I self-identify as a Christian and I am an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I raised eyebrows a few years ago when I posted an article on my website about how my personal beliefs don’t align with those of most Presbyterians. For example, I believe that: - Religion is a human construct - The symbols of faith are...
  • Why we'll never bake your fake 'wedding' cake

    03/07/2015 8:57:13 AM PST · by Woodland · 66 replies
    WND ^ | Matt Barber
    Dear homosexual, We are your fellow sinners and no better than you. We know this. We are saved from eternal torment, self-wrought, by the grace of Christ alone. If you are an unrepentant, “out and proud” homosexual practitioner, then you are not. It is our deepest prayer that you, too, will accept the free gift of eternal salvation, repent and “go and sin no more.” The alternative is a living hell. Let us be direct. According to the unequivocal moral precepts of biblical Christianity, explicit throughout both the Old and New Testaments, your homosexual behavior is sin. Sin is evil....
  • Jonathan Edwards’ works made available for free as interest in Puritanism surges

    03/02/2015 12:49:38 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | Feb 3, 2015 | Jonathan Merritt
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (RNS) The collected works of Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century preacher and one of America’s most famous theologians, are now available for download thanks to Logos Bible Software. But for those who don’t want to cough up $1,289.95 to purchase them, there’s good news: The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale Divinity School lets you view them online for free. The colonial preacher was instrumental in America’s Great Awakening and is known for fiery sermons such as “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The 26-volume collection, “The Works of Jonathan Edwards,” comprises more than 10,000 sermons, articles...
  • On Church and Tradition

    03/02/2015 11:24:00 AM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | 20 Feb 2001 | Archpriest George Florovsky
    St. Vincent of Lerins and tradition The famous dictum of St. Vincent of Lerins was characteristic of the attitude of the Ancient Church in the matters of faith: "We must hold what has been believed everywhere, always, and by all" [Commonitorium, 2]. This was at once the criterion and the norm. The crucial emphasis was here on the permanence of Christian teaching. St. Vincent was actually appealing to the double "ecumenicity" of Christian faith — in space and in time. In fact, it was the same great vision which had inspired St. Irenaeus in his own time: the One Church,...
  • Why These 66 Books?

    02/28/2015 5:16:22 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 125 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | June 20,2013 | Nathan Busenitz
    Why These 66 Books? Have you ever looked at your Bible and wondered, “Why do we regard these 66 books, and no others, as comprising the inspired Word of God?”That is a critically important question, since there are many today who would deny that these 66 books truly make up the complete canon of Scripture.The Roman Catholic Church, for example, claims that the Apocryphal books which were written during the inter-testamental period (between the Old and New Testaments) ought to be included in the Bible. Cult groups like the Mormons want to add their own books to the Bible—things like the Book of Mormon, The Doctrines and Covenants,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: HOLY ORDERS

    02/25/2015 2:19:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | not given | Ctholic
    HOLY ORDERS St. Pius X on Priestly SanctityThe Ordination into the Priesthood is the Sacrament known as Holy Orders. This sacrament is administered by the 'laying of hands', the candidate Deacons for Priesthood, kneel before the Bishop. In silence the Bishop lays his hands upon the head of each individual candidate. The prayer belonging to the imposition of hands is said by the Bishop; by this, the Holy Spirit then enters the candidate imparting on him all Priestly powers. The Sacrament of Holy Orders confers Sanctifying Grace to the recipient. The Bishop, through his power of ordaining, is enabled...
  • The Community Organizer Tries Theology

    02/22/2015 11:10:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | February 22, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Ash Wednesday 2015 was a perfect time for President Obama to lecture us about religion. No, wait, that’s every day. Never gets old sitting at the knee of Baal, does it? But Ash Wednesday’s call for repentance did happen to sync up with Obama’s hallowed summit on “extremism.” The Cultural-Marxist-in-chief grabbed the teleprompter microphone in the wake of a months-worth of severed heads and charred bodies, and unwrapped the mysteries of the universe for us. Oh, what blessed diversity! There is no god but ourselves, and Obama is our messenger. Some of us put sooty crosses on our forehead to...
  • Ishmael's New Testament: Salvation in Moby Dick

    12/28/2003 4:02:24 PM PST · by Cvengr · 2 replies · 1,264+ views ^ | 8/19/98 11:38:49 PM | James Bair
    Moby Dick is full of allusions to the Bible. A major theme in the Bible is salvation and (in the New Testament) new birth. This essay will summarize what the Bible says on the subject and then show ways in which this applies to Moby Dick. Moby Dick depends a lot on the Old Testament. Job and Jonah, Ahab and Noah stalk its pages. (Originally I had thought of doing a paper contrasting Melville's Ahab with Job, but I was overwhelmed at the magnitude of references and allusions--anyone willing to stake me for a two-year sabbatical?). Moby Dick does also...
  • Michael Moore invokes Jesus in 'Sniper' rant, [Fox News] Todd Starnes fires back

    01/26/2015 1:33:14 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 86 replies
    Christian Examiner ^ | 1/26/2015 | Todd Starnes
    Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" had another jaw-dropping weekend, reaching an impressive $200 million at the domestic box office. Despite the film's colossal success, liberals like former DNC chairman Howard Dean and director Michael Moore just won't let "American Sniper" go. Over the weekend, Moore invoked Jesus in a slew of incendiary tweets aimed at dishonoring American soldiers and the Iraq war. One tweet stated "Tomorrow's Sunday School (1 What Would Jesus Do? Oh, I know what he'd do --hide on top of a roof and shoot people in the back!" He followed that tweet with: Sunday School: (2) But What...
  • Mary Matters (Dr. Walter Martin on disbelief in the Mother of God)

    01/24/2015 3:23:43 PM PST · by NYer · 1,923 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | JULY 26, 2014 | Tim Staples
    In my new book, Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines, , I spend most of its pages in classic apologetic defense of Mary as Mother of God, defending her immaculate conception, perpetual virginity, assumption into heaven, her Queenship, and her role in GodÂ’s plan of salvation as Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix. But perhaps my most important contributions in the book may well be how I demonstrate each of these doctrines to be crucial for our spiritual lives and even our salvation.And I should note that this applies to all of the Marian doctrines. Not...
  • Catholic Theologians Protest ‘Deep-Seated Racism’ Of US, Compare Eric Garner To Christ

    01/10/2015 7:54:39 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | January 9, 2015 | F. Peter Brown
    Catholic Theologians Protest ‘Deep-Seated Racism’ Of US, Compare Eric Garner To Christ A "statement of commitment to racial justice." More than 400 Catholic theologians signed a statement protesting the “deep-seated racism” of the US and compared Eric Garner to Jesus Christ. Written by St. Louis University Professor of Theological Ethics Dr. Tobias Winright, it is called a “statement of commitment to racial justice.” Advertisement-content continues below What prompted the writing of the statement was the killing of blacks by police officers. The statement reads: The killings of Black [sic] men, women and children—including but not limited to Rekia Boyd, Eric...
  • EWTN Live - Protestant Theology - Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. with David Anders - 06-23-2010

    01/06/2015 1:30:39 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 164 replies
    EWTN ^ | 100623 | Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, David Anders
    EWTN Live - Protestant Theology - Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. with David Anders - 06-23-2010
  • Playing God in God’s name: ThinkProgress hails pro-abortion religious leaders

    12/29/2014 6:04:07 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    live action news ^ | December 28, 2014 | Calvin Freiburger
    Pro-aborts periodically take time off from hating religion to remind those of us nutty enough to think God values the children He creates that they’ve got believers on their side, too. ThinkProgress’s Tara Culp-Ressler provided a refresher course on “the religious abortion advocates that history forgot,” casting these clergy for child-butchering as selfless underdogs on a vital divine mission. Yes, really: The New York legislature had just failed to pass an incremental reform to the state’s strict anti-abortion law, leaving the status quo in place. At that time, deaths resulting from illegal abortions accounted for 42 percent of New York...
  • Does Science Now Point to God? Author to Discuss Discoveries in Cosmology, Biology, Evolution

    12/08/2014 2:54:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    PRWeb ^ | October 1, 2014 | Joseph Budzinski
    Has science now proven that God exists? Douglas Ell, author of the new book Counting To God, will speak about this and other “big questions” related to science and faith in two lectures at Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach. Times: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:00 pm Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6:00 pm Location: Trinity Episcopal Church 2365 Pine Avenue Vero Beach, FL 32960 Both talks are open to the general public and there is no charge. In Counting To God, Ell applies the lens of mathematical analysis to a series of scientific discoveries, drawing startling conclusions about the relation...
  • Proof of Life

    12/07/2014 8:01:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | December 7, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    The intellectual role that used to be occupied by theology is now largely filled by science fiction. Wikipedia lists only a dozen of possibly hundreds of books where writers, some of them practicing mathematicians or scientists themselves, examine the consequences of our current understanding of the universe. The familiar, everyday world that we know isn’t what it seems. It is actually a strange place. On large scales it isn’t governed by ‘common sense’ Newtonian physics but by the paradoxes of relativity. At very small scales, perhaps at its foundation, it is governed by quantum phenomena, which is stranger still. Arthur...
  • The State of Theology

    10/28/2014 6:31:45 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 10/28/2014 | RC Sproul
  • How an incorrect translation of the synod report created chaos

    10/15/2014 7:36:05 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 22 replies
    Vatican City, Oct 15, 2014 / 11:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An incorrect translation into English of the original midterm report of the Synod on the Family may have spurred controversial interpretations of the document itself. The document's original version was written in Italian, which Pope Francis directed to be used as the official language of the synod. In prior synods the official language had been Latin, esteemed for its precision and lack of ambiguity. The point of controversy occurs at paragraph 50 of the relatio. The Italian original, after praising the gifts and talents homosexuals may give to the Christian...