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  • “Give me Thomas Aquinas…Don’t Give me Ayn Rand”

    04/27/2012 6:51:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/26/12 | Catherine Harmon
    Paul Ryan disavows Rand’s “atheist philosophy”; cites Pope BenedictIn an interview with National Review Online’s Robert Costa, Rep. Paul Ryan denies that he is, as Paul Krugman claimed in the New York Times, “an Ayn Rand devotee,” calling such descriptions of his political philosophy “an urban legend”: “I, like millions of young people in America, read Rand’s novels when I was young. I enjoyed them,” Ryan says. “They spurred an interest in economics, in the Chicago School and Milton Friedman,” a subject he eventually studied as an undergraduate at Miami University in Ohio. “But it’s a big stretch to suggest...
  • The Vatican's Corrective to Liberal Catholics

    04/27/2012 7:27:51 AM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 Apr 2012 | ELIZABETH SCALIA
    the church sent {Leadership Conference } a corrective last week.After a three-year investigation into the state of non-cloistered religious life in the United States, the church's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith produced an eight-page doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference, and its member communities, that identifies areas of keen concern. It cites theological and doctrinal errors; dissenting positions on the "pastoral approach to ministry of homosexual persons"; and the "prevalence of certain radical feminist themes" incompatible with church teaching, including female ordination. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's first duty is to assure that the doctrines...
  • Rabbi Levin: cardinal Dolan/ USCCB Confront Homosexualist Romney Now!

    04/26/2012 5:23:51 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 23 replies
    RabbiLevin.com ^ | 4/26/'12 | Rabbi Yehuda Levin
    There are five videos by Rabbi Levin on this page asking religious activists not to back Romney. Please go to the link to see them.
  • ‘Angry Queers’ Damage Mark Driscoll’s Church in Portland

    04/26/2012 6:46:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 4/25/12 | Stephen Beaven
    PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A satellite church affiliated with controversial Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll was vandalized early Tuesday (April 24) and a group calling itself the “Angry Queers” has reportedly taken responsibility. Stained glass and other windows were broken at the Mars Hill Church, according to a post on the Facebook page of Pastor Tim Smith. “Neighbors of the church reported seeing several young adults in black masks throwing large rocks into the windows,” a church news release said. “Police stated that a bank in the area was also vandalized in the same way and that they believe the vandalism was...
  • Religious Left Figure Implies Chuck Colson Is in Hell

    04/25/2012 10:39:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/25/2012 | Napp Nazworth
    After the death of evangelical leader Chuck Colson, Frank Schaeffer wrote a scathing rebuke of Colson's life and implied that he was in hell. "Evangelical Christianity lost one of its most beloved and bigoted homophobic and misogynistic voices with the death of Charles W. 'Chuck' Colson, a Watergate felon who converted to 'evangelicalism' but never lost his taste for dirty political tricks against opponents," Schaeffer wrote. Schaeffer complained about Colson's political activism, which he described as "far right," and seemed particularly offended that Colson would seek to work with Catholics on issues where evangelicals and Catholics find common cause. He...
  • NY Times Writer Defends Church Teachings in Online Series

    04/25/2012 7:22:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/25/12 | Benjamin Mann
    Washington D.C., Apr 25, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA).- New York Times writer Ross Douthat has defended Catholic theological and moral teachings, in a series of articles explaining how the Church is not “fundamentalist” but simply “orthodox.” “What I describe as 'Christian orthodoxy' is not identical to everything that calls itself conservative Christianity in the United States, and it’s certainly not identical to Christian fundamentalism,” wrote Douthat, a Catholic convert known for his conservative social and political outlook, in an April 16-19 online exchange with Slate magazine author William Saletan. In his new book “Bad Religion: How We Became a...
  • Mailmen Refuse to Deliver 'New Testament'

    04/25/2012 5:41:09 AM PDT · by pavlova · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Mar. 3, 2012 | Gil Ronen
    Dozens of mail deliverers who were supposed to deliver copies of the Christian "New Testament" Bible to homes in Ramat Gan refused to do so, arguing that the deliveries constituted "missionary material." The mail deliverers said that distributing missionary material is forbidden by Jewish law (Halakha) and may also be against state law. They therefore asked that a legal inquiry be held before taking a decision on whether to hand out the Bibles. The postal workers contacted MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home) and asked him to assist them vis-ŕ-vis the Postal Authority, which they say demands that they "do their...
  • Where in the hell are the churches?

    04/24/2012 9:04:06 PM PDT · by ShadowPatriot · 51 replies
    I don't write about this topic lightly, and as you'll see by the dates---I've allowed several months and multiple opportunities to pass.  I have no desire to 'broad-brush' an entire church based on the behavior of one or two representatives and NO WAY will I lie about a church, but as it turns out, my 'now former church' is a poster child for 'religious political correctness' crossing paths with 'uncompromising reality.'  So as a result, I am now forced to use a much 'looser definition' of the word 'church'... but this in no way diminishes my love for God.  ~JDG...
  • Brownsville Church Needs a Revival — a Financial One

    04/24/2012 6:47:39 PM PDT · by sreastman · 1 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/24/2012 | Steve Eastman
    Brownsville Church Needs a Revival — a Financial One by Steve Eastman, Faith Issues You probably remember the excitement from the mid to late 90s. People drove all night and even several days to arrive at Brownsville Assembly of God at 7 AM and earlier, to wait in the hot Pensacola sun until the evening service. Although he was pastor, John Kilpatrick left most of the public ministry to evangelist Stephen Hill. Lindell Cooley, with his long flowing hair, led worship. Salvations, healings and other miracles continued way past the time ordinary church-goers went to bed. Kilpatrick, who resigned in...
  • On Chuck Colson: Can reporters see past Watergate?

    04/24/2012 9:22:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Get Religion ^ | 04/24/2012 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    It’s pretty interesting to read the obituaries of Charles Colson by those who were alive during Watergate and those who weren’t. It’s clear that some reporters are stuck in the 1970s, apparently unaware of how the state of evangelicalism was shaped by Colson’s complex life and legacy. Colson’s rocky relationship with the media might have something with his life portrayal as reporters try to explain President Nixon’s “hatchet man” turned evangelical leader. Jonathan Aitken (who also wrote a tribute for Christianity Today) demonstrated in his biography Colson’s complex relationship with reporters, especially since his conversion was met with skepticism or...
  • Christian Acquitted of 'Blasphemy' Charge in Pakistan

    04/24/2012 9:21:28 AM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    CDN ^ | April 17, 2011 | Murad Khan
    LAHORE, Pakistan, April 17 (CDN) – A Pakistani Christian falsely charged with “blasphemy” after rescuing his 8-year-old nephew from a beating at the hands of Muslim boys has been cleared of the charge. Dildar Masih, a 27-year-old father of two young children, was acquitted on March 26 after prosecutors failed to produce any evidence against him, he said. “I was produced in court three times during the case proceedings, but not one accuser ever turned up at the hearings,” Masih told Compass by phone. “You cannot imagine my joy when the prison officials told me that I had been acquitted...
  • Secularism in America: Growing American Movement Raises Concerns

    04/24/2012 6:46:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 4/20/12 | Chaz Muth
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Arianne Gasser of Canton, Ohio, is proud to call herself a graduate student at a prestigious Catholic university, and she also is proud to call herself an atheist. The pride she has in her atheist status is part of what inspired her to travel from the Philadelphia area, where she is enrolled at Villanova University, to Washington in March to join thousands of other atheists, agnostics and other nonbelievers for the "Reason Rally," an event that was billed as an assembly to unify secular people nationwide. Carrying a sign that reads, "This is what an atheist looks...
  • Inventing Muhammad? (Which of the many accounts of the Prophet Muhammad's life is true?)

    04/23/2012 4:17:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/23/2012 | By Robert Spencer
    Why would it matter if Muhammad never existed? Certainly the accepted story of Islam's origins is taken for granted as historically accurate; while many don't accept Muhammad's claim to have been a prophet, few doubt that there was a man named Muhammad who in the early seventh century began to claim that he was receiving messages from Allah through the angel Gabriel. Many who hear about my new book "Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry Into Islam's Obscure Origins" ask why it would matter whether or not Muhammad existed -- after all, a billion Muslims believe he did, and they are...
  • NPR Offers Air to Catholic Sister to Diss Pope, Bishops: 'Women Get It First Then Explain to Guys'

    04/23/2012 2:16:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 22, 2012 | Tim Graham
    On Thursday’s All Things Considered, National Public Radio offered leftist Sister Simone Campbell a megaphone to  disagree with (and lecture) the Pope and the Catholic bishops for being clueless. “It was like a sock in the stomach,” she said about the Vatican’s attempt to hold women’s Catholic religious orders to Catholic orthodoxy. Just on human terms, this is odd – not just to suggest the bishops are bullying, but that a process that’s been going on for four years is suddenly shocking. Campbell told anchor Melissa Block that the religious sisters had the superiority of “experience” of faith all over...
  • Archaeological Find Supports Biblical Portrait of the Davidic Kingdom

    04/23/2012 6:45:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    The Sacred Page ^ | April 20, 2012
    In 2008 I first ran a story about a major archaeological discovery at Khirbet Qeiyafa. The Israeli Antiquities Authority is releasing the preliminary report of the finds at Khirbet Qeiyafa. As I explained then, the findings are challenging skeptical scholars' claims. As I explained then, according to skeptical scholars the accounts of the kingdoms of David and Solomon are myths--essentially the Israelite equivalent of Arthurian legends of Camelot and the Roundtable. In short, in their view, it was simply fabricated. After Israel's Babylonian exile, the Jewish leaders invented these stories. The Israelites simply "idealized" their past; the Davidic traditions...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/22/2012 6:01:03 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 19 replies
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  • Another Christian Athlete Makes Good

    04/22/2012 11:59:19 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 7 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 22, 2012 | JP
    Phil Humber’s Christian walk has had peaks and valleys. Yesterday was a peak for the Chicago White Sox hurler as he became only the 21st pitcher in major league baseball history to throw a perfect game. Humber faced 27 Seattle Mariner batters, retiring them one after another, in the Chisox’s 4-0 victory. His perfect game appeared most in jeopardy in the 9th inning when he ran the count to 3-2 with two batters, risking imperfect bases-on-balls. But the pitcher punched them both out. “God is so good,” said Humber, in a televised interview following his historic outing. And he was...
  • Secularism in America: Growing American movement raises concerns

    04/22/2012 10:58:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cns ^ | April 20, 2012 | Chaz Muth
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Arianne Gasser of Canton, Ohio, is proud to call herself a graduate student at a prestigious Catholic university, and she also is proud to call herself an atheist. The pride she has in her atheist status is part of what inspired her to travel from the Philadelphia area, where she is enrolled at Villanova University, to Washington in March to join thousands of other atheists, agnostics and other nonbelievers for the "Reason Rally," an event that was billed as an assembly to unify secular people nationwide. Carrying a sign that reads, "This is what an atheist looks...
  • Mob burns Catholic church in Sudan capital

    04/22/2012 8:14:31 AM PDT · by annalex · 7 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 18:27 April 22, 2012
    Mob burns Catholic church in Sudan capital AP. Published: 18:27 April 22, 2012 A mob has set ablaze a Catholic church frequented by Southern Sudanese in the capital Khartoum Khartoum, Sudan: A mob has set ablaze a Catholic church frequented by Southern Sudanese in the capital Khartoum, witnesses and media reports said on Sunday. The church in Khartoum's Al Jiraif district was built on a disputed plot of land but the Saturday night incident appeared to be part of the fallout from ongoing hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan over control of an oil town on their ill-defined border. Sudan...
  • What is "Celestial Polygamy"? [Mainstream Mormons say polygamy still occurring near Kolobian colony]

    04/22/2012 12:50:55 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 83 replies
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seems to be engaged in an uphill battle in its effort to convince the public that they no longer practice polygamy. An LDS Newsroom release posted on September 7, 2007, stated: “For the record, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discontinued its practice in 1890, and for 117 years Mormons have followed a monogamous lifestyle. Yet careless headline writing or sloppy reporting still causes millions of Mormons to have to answer questions from their neighbors, coworkers, friends and neighbors: ‘Are you a polygamist?’ ‘Is that your church I read about...