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  • Is Pluralism a Threat to Catholic Survival?

    05/07/2014 1:52:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 59 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 7, 2014 | James Kalb
    With few exceptions, American Catholics have given up on the dream of a Catholic society. Instead, they have come to aspire to a seat at the table: a respected position in public life that lets them bring their insights and values into public discussion within a pluralistic system.At first glance the aspiration seems sensible. A Catholic social order can’t function if there is no consensus in favor of Catholicism among people who run things. We are a long way from such a situation, so the best we can hope for today is to be able to propose our views...
  • US State Department creates office ‘to engage with’ world’s religious communities (Kerry)

    08/08/2013 7:46:49 PM PDT · by haffast · 19 replies
    CWN ^ | August 08, 2013 | CWN
    Secretary of State John Kerry has announced the creation of the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, whose mission, he said, is “to engage more closely with faith communities around the world, with the belief that we need to partner with them to solve global challenges.” “There is common ground between the Abrahamic faiths, and, in fact, between the Abrahamic faiths and all religions and philosophies, whether you’re talking about Hindu or Confucianism or any other of the many of the world’s different approaches to our existence here on the planet and to our relationship with a supreme being,” said Kerry....
  • When the Government Tries to Be God

    03/15/2013 6:12:39 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 3-15-13 | David Murray
    Of course, for too long successive governments have enacted and tolerated laws that are evil (such as the legalizing of abortion). What’s new in our day is that laws are being proposed and enacted that attempt to force Christians to give up core Christian doctrines (e.g. Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation) and ethics (e.g. biblical definition of marriage). When the Government does this, it is crossing the line from being God’s servant to being God itself. When that happens, what should we do? Although Christians ought to be the most loyal citizens in any nation, we are...
  • Another food fight at Harvard (That diversity, pluralism and multi-culti thing again...)

    11/20/2012 7:09:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/20/2012 | Ethel C. Fenig
    The great minds at Harvard University just can't seem to get this diversity, pluralism and multi culti thing right. Not to mention inclusiveness. And when combined with something as difficult as food--well, Harvard just seems to collapse. Recently, Harvard succumbed after an Arab student went on a hate filled rant, complaining that hummus wasn't Israeli but Arab, or at least Mediterranean; labeling it Israeli was another sign of Israeli domination. Then Harvard University Dining Service (HUDS) decided that because kosher food is more expensive than non kosher food--and it is--only Jews should be allowed to eat in the Harvard Hillel...
  • Israel population passes 7.8 million mark on eve of 64th Independence Day

    04/25/2012 4:49:12 PM PDT · by Bevo · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 24, 2012 | Ruth Eglash
    On eve of its 64th Independence Day, Israel’s population has surpassed 7.8 million, a growth of 1.8 percent or an additional 137,000 new citizens since this time last year, according to Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) figures released Tuesday. According to the statistics, the state’s Jewish population makes up some 75.3% of the total population or 5,931,000 people, while the Arab population has reached 1,623,000 (20.6%) and those not identified with either group is at 327,000 (4.1%). Since last year, 161,000 babies were born in the State of Israel while some 39,000 people passed away. Close to 19,500 new immigrants...
  • A Dose of Reality

    04/01/2011 6:56:49 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 2 replies
    World Magazine ^ | April 9, 2011 | Joel Belz
    If the world at large right now seems like a wacky place, and if you've lost the ability to tell the difference between the good guys and the bad around the globe, and if it seems that the president and his team in Washington have utterly lost track of their own foreign policy goals—well, then, may I suggest just one issue here we all need to get straight? We need to quit worshipping at the altar of pluralism and multiculturalism.
  • Unitarian Universalism and the illogical sham of pluralism

    09/04/2010 6:53:19 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 1 replies
    Examiner ^ | Sep 4, 2010 AD | Mariano Grinbank
    ...Now, here is the issue and it is the same issue as with the popular versions of syncretism, relativism, inclusivism and pluralism of all sorts and kinds: the fact is that we are all exclusivists. This is very simply proved: if you disagree with the statement “we are all exclusivists” then you have just proved the point as you have excluded the statement from the realm of truth. Consider this: all religions do not claim that all religions have the answer. All claim to have the answer. All claim some sort of exclusivity; or else they would not be distinct...
  • Live Blog From Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor Rally in DC

    08/28/2010 7:04:31 AM PDT · by grassboots.org · 106 replies
    www.caffeinatedthoughts.com ^ | August 28, 2010 | David Shedlock
    Refresh every few minutes by pressing F5 on your keyboard. The crowd is rowdy with occasional chants of “USA, USA” or “Glenn, Glenn” A crowd of possibly 300,000 is expected at the Mall on Washington, DC for Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial. We plan to cover it “live” from his Facebook streaming audio. Lots of surprise guests will be showing up for this blend of religion and patriotism. Last night at the Divine Destiny rally at the Kennedy Center, evangelicals Twila Paris, Dave Roever, and Chuck Norris all made appearances. Today’s rally will feature...
  • Claremont president: Christians shouldn’t evangelize people of other faiths

    07/08/2010 2:30:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 78 replies
    MethodistThinker.com ^ | July 6, 2010 | Methodist Thinker
    The president of a United Methodist-affiliated seminary says Christians who feel the need to evangelize people of other faiths have “an incorrect perception of what it means to follow Jesus.” The comment from Jerry D. Campbell, president of California’s Claremont School of Theology, was published July 2 by the United Methodist Reporter. “The correct perception [of following Jesus] is much more on [the] side of learning to express love for God and love for your neighbor as yourself,” he told the newspaper. Dr. Campbell’s remarks were reported in an article about Claremont’s plan to become an “interreligious institution” that offers...
  • All Religions are not Created Equal

    11/16/2009 7:51:03 AM PST · by thisisthetime · 49 replies · 886+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | November 16, 2009 | Brian Woodward
    “Do we regard the Christian way as the only way, so that salvation is not to be found outside it; or do we regard the other great religions of mankind as other ways of life and salvation?” - Religious Philosopher John Hick Pluralism, the belief that all religions are equal, contradicts the entire premise of religion. If all religion is equally true, what is the point of subscribing exclusively to one? People initially believe in a certain doctrine or religion because of faith and conviction that it is true. Likewise they reject other doctrine as false. Within respective faiths, most...
  • The “Coexist” Movement and Delusion

    09/27/2009 2:31:42 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 52 replies · 2,818+ views
    The Igonorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 8/23/09 | DJP I.F.
    It seems like everywhere you look these days while driving on the road – especially on college campuses – an odd-phrased bumper sticker with religious symbols spelling “COEXIST” can be seen. This phrase contains the spiritual ideologies of the major world religions. Every letter in the “COEXIST” phrase has a symbol representing a religious system or spiritual ideology: “C” for the crescent and star (representing Islam); “O” being dotted with the Karma Wheel (Buddhism) “E” as energy in the relativity equation (Science); “X” illustrating the star of David (Judaism); the “I” representing the pentagram (Wicca/Pagan); “S” for the Tao symbol;...
  • New Religions: A Small Sect Makes it to the Supreme Court

    12/22/2008 8:42:49 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 9 replies · 522+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 12/22/2008 | Monte Sahlin
    The U.S. Supreme Court has accepted an appeal from a religion that you probably never heard of until it hit the news yesterday. Summum is rooted in gnostic Christianity (or, at least modern understandings of gnosticism) and ancient Egyptian religion (or, at least contemporary understandings of ancient Egyptian religion). It was founded in 1975 and has its headquarters in (of all places) Utah. You can get more information at the official Summum web site. The case before the Supreme Court is based on the fact that the small town in Utah has a large, stone monument in the city park...
  • Blame Everyone But Russia!

    08/20/2008 10:08:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 103+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2008 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Everyone is distracted by the Olympics. The squabbling here on the campaign trail consumes the media. Two presidential candidates and a lame-duck president all are weighing in on foreign policy. No wonder Vladimir Putin thought it was a good time to invade Georgia. Apparently the Russian prime minister knew exactly what he was doing but assumed no one in the West did. And he was right. Our pundits and politicians are all over the map as Putin is variously portrayed as villain, victim, patriot, tyrant -- and more still. The neoconservatives: We must make Russia pay a terrible price for...
  • Do All Religions Lead to God?

    During the days following the catastrophic terrorist events of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush called for a national day of prayer. He urged people of all faiths to pray for America. Interfaith religious services were televised from the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and from Yankee Stadium in New York. These services included clerics from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. They offered prayers to the God collectively addressed as "the God of Abraham, the God of Muhammad, and the Father of Jesus Christ." Popular television personality Oprah Winfrey led the service held in New York City and...
  • Pope: Catholic Politicians Need to Be Aware of Christian Identity

    12/19/2005 6:12:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies · 401+ views
    Zenit ^ | 12/18/2005
    ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome Code: ZE05121805 Date: 2005-12-18 Pope: Catholic Politicians Need to Be Aware of Christian Identity Urges That They Act Against Injustice and Tyranny VATICAN CITY, DEC. 18, 2005 (Zenit.org).- One of the challenges facing the Church is to help Catholic politicians recognize their Christian identity and act accordingly, says Benedict XVI. The Pope addressed this topic Saturday when receiving in audience a third group of Polish bishops making their five-yearly visit to the Holy See. Recalling the teachings of the Second Vatican Council's constitution "Gaudium et Spes," the Holy Father said: "Those who...
  • Reform Jews Hope to Unmix Mixed Marriages

    02/12/2006 2:11:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 51 replies · 1,238+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2006 | MICHAEL LUO
    In this age of potpourri spirituality, Anique Olivier-Mason, 25, classifies herself generally as a Christian: she grew up Catholic and often attends a Presbyterian church near her home. But on a recent Friday night, she was attending Sabbath services at Larchmont Temple. Mrs. Olivier-Mason's husband, Joshua, is Jewish, and the couple became members of the synagogue, in Westchester County, last summer, committing to immersing themselves in the 800-family congregation. On this night, she stood by gamely as her husband, 25, bobbed, swayed and sang in enthusiastic Hebrew with others in the temple. With intermarriage so common, Reform synagogues like Larchmont...
  • The Future Iraq Deserves (Ahmad Chalabi On Iraq's Future Of Pluralism And Democracy)

    12/21/2004 9:29:03 PM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 330+ views
    Opinionjournal.com ^ | 12/22/04 | Ahmad Chalabi
    Despite the lack of security in Iraq today, a democratic, pluralistic Iraq is the only acceptable outcome. Iraq's unity can be best secured through the involvement of all groups in the political process. The concerns being voiced by many in the international community, of the fear of Sunni marginalization and Shiite domination, were the same concerns that allowed Saddam to last as long as he did. Those arguments are reappearing today, to close the door of hope and opportunity for the Iraqi people. But Saddamism without Saddam is simply not an option. Iraq's people are already realizing their objective of...
  • The Coming Christmas Break Point

    12/20/2004 8:03:33 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 535+ views
    TRUTH NEWS.NET ^ | DECEMBER 20, 2004 | JUDSON COX
    America was not founded on the concept of a "wall of separation between church and state," it was founded upon pluralism. The "wall of separation" phrase does not appear in any of our founding documents; it is taken from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson. To base our laws on the correspondence of Jefferson, rather than the Constitution ratified by representatives of each of the original " united states ," is in direct opposition to our system of representative government. Jefferson was a brilliant man, but he also favored slavery and was fanatical about macaroni and cheese. However, slavery was...
  • Religious Stew

    12/17/2004 10:06:23 AM PST · by AreaMan · 30 replies · 538+ views
    Stand To Reason ^ | 1995 | Gregory Koukl
    Religious Stew Gregory Koukl When choosing ice cream, you choose what you like. When choosing medicine, you have to choose what heals. Religious pluralism is the idea that when it comes to religious issues, all roads lead to Rome. In other words, it doesn't really matter what philosophy or religion you follow, as long as you've got God in there somewhere and you're following your religion sincerely. This is an approach to religion that is quite popular now, but it admits of a serious flaw. Forgive me for stating something so obvious, but there is a difference between choosing...
  • THIRTY FIRST THOMAS VERNER MOORE LECTURE

    09/15/2004 6:19:57 PM PDT · by Land of the Irish · 2 replies · 179+ views
    THIRTY FIRST THOMAS VERNER MOORE LECTURE The Thirtieth FIRST Annual Thomas Verner Moore Lecture will be given by Rev. Jacques DupuisSeptember 25, 2004, at 8:00 PM Co-Sponsored by St. Anselm's Abbey, the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA, and the Law, Philosophy, & Culture Initiative of the Columbus School of Law of CUA. Topic: "Jesus Christ Universal Saviour and the Ways of Salvation" Jacques Dupuis, S.J., is widely recognized as one of the most important theologians of our time, especially as regards issues of religious pluralism. Born in Belgium in 1923, he entered the Society of Jesus...
  • Competing Ethical Systems

    03/09/2004 1:53:42 PM PST · by Dumb_Ox · 9 replies · 229+ views
    Imprimis ^ | April 1981 | Dr. James Hitchcock
    Competing Ethical Systems James Hitchcock Through much of its history America has been assumed to be a religious nation, and indeed a good deal of the time a Christian nation. God has been invoked with great regularity by public officials, by politicians seeking to become public officials, on money, and in many other contexts. If much of this religiosity has been superficial and even sometimes hypocritical, it has nonetheless expressed the aspirations of probably the vast majority of Americans over the past two centuries. This religiosity reached its peak just prior to 1960. Quasi-official public ideology in the 1950s...
  • The Virtue of Tolerance

    12/25/2003 9:35:12 AM PST · by bdeaner · 9 replies · 387+ views
    Acton Institute ^ | 12/24/03 | Rev. Robert A. Sirico
    The Virtue of Tolerance by Rev. Robert A. Sirico, Acton President The holiday season is a time for love of children, compassion for the poor, and good will toward all—and a good deal of religious acrimony. Every year we hear stories of lawsuits and bitter fights over which religious symbols can be displayed in public. This year the big issue concerns cases in New York City, and Palm Beach, Florida, where symbols of the Islamic and Jewish faiths are freely displayed but Christian ones are not permitted. The Thomas More Law Center is assisting plaintiffs who claim that this...
  • The Myth of a Value-Free Education

    12/12/2003 8:07:50 PM PST · by bdeaner · 7 replies · 239+ views
    Religion and Liberty ^ | 12/12/03 | Ronald H. Nash
    The Myth of a Value-Free EducationDr. Ronald H. Nash Americans love myths. By "myth," I do not mean the old-fashioned myths that my generation read in grade school. Many Americans would find reading at that fifth-grade level too difficult these days. What I mean by "myth" is what older generations used to call a fiction. One of the more influential myths presently affecting the American family is the myth of a value-free education. A value-free education is described as one in which students are supposed to be free from any coerced exposure to the values of anyone. One way the...
  • MILITARY and RELIGION: Chaplains who refuse "to preach pluralism come under attack.

    10/29/2003 5:58:10 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 27 replies · 356+ views
    Navy blues RELIGION: Are evangelical chaplains who refuse "to preach pluralism among religions" too "narrow" for the Navy?By Lynn VincentSHEATHED IN LILAC CHIFFON, the barefoot bride padded across the grass carpet of a small tropical garden. Her groom, dressed in U.S. Navy crackerjacks, waited near a towering coconut palm, the masts of a dozen yachts reaching for the sky in the harbor behind him. Wedding guests in attendance at the private ceremony behind the Island Palms Hotel in San Diego then listened as Navy Chaplain Patrick Sturm joined the couple in marriage. "Have Christ as the center of your love,"...
  • Pluralists of the World Unite!

    10/09/2003 10:25:07 AM PDT · by DittoJed2 · 11 replies · 127+ views
    Pluralists of the World Unite!Albert Mohler In The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels called for the laboring classes of the world to join the communist revolution and promised assured liberation:  "Workers of the world unite!  You have nothing to lose but your chains."  In similar fashion, the prophets of religious pluralism promise world peace and true spiritual happiness if Christians will just abandon Christianity and join the pluralist revolution.  Ready to join? Of all the doctrines revealed in the Bible, the exclusivity of the incarnation of Jesus Christ stands as the great embarrassment to liberal theologians.  The...
  • 'Pluralism' manifesto lights a furor - Academic Bill of Rights

    09/15/2003 12:09:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies · 590+ views
    Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2003 | Valerie Richardson
    <p>DENVER - A Republican proposal to boost pluralism in academia in Colorado has enraged the left, prompting cries of McCarthyism and calls for an investigation.</p> <p>The flap erupted last week after word surfaced that Colorado Republican leaders are throwing their support behind the "Academic Bill of Rights," a document drawn up over the summer by Los Angeles-based conservative activist David Horowitz.</p>
  • REUNION ALL ROUND

    09/05/2003 1:01:59 PM PDT · by Hermann the Cherusker · 18 replies · 126+ views
    The Aquinas Site ^ | Msgr. Ronald Knox
    REUNION ALL ROUND Ronald Knox, Essays in Satire OR JAEL'S HAMMER LAID ASIDE, AND THE MILK OF HUMAN KINDNESS BEATEN UP INTO BUTTER AND SERVED IN A LORDLY DISH Being a Plea for the Inclusion within the Church of England of all Mahometans, Jews, Buddhists, Brahmins, Papists and Atheists, submitted to the consideration of the British Public It is now generally conceded, that those differences, which were once held to divide the Christian sects from one another, (as whether or not Confirmation were a necessary ordinance of the Church), can no longer be thought to place any obstacle against unity...
  • The battle over the "theology of pluralism"

    09/05/2003 11:21:16 AM PDT · by sinkspur · 6 replies · 140+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 9/5/2003 | John L. Allen
    If the relationship between Christianity and politics was the burning issue in Catholic theology in the 1970s and 1980s, with liberation theology forming the front line, the new mega-issue in the 1990s became the relationship between Christianity and the world religions. Its battle zone is the so-called “theology of pluralism.” “Pluralism” is a complex impulse that takes many different forms, but at its core is the idea that more than one religion can communicate saving knowledge about ultimate reality, and no religion has a superior saving knowledge. In other words, Christianity can be a true religion, but not the true...
  • Columnist Farah Examines "The First Homosexual School"

    07/29/2003 7:50:50 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 21 replies · 316+ views
    WND.com | 07-29-03 | Farah, Joseph
    The 1st homosexual school -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: July 29, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com New York City has done what many of us would have considered unthinkable just a few months ago – announced plans for the first taxpayer-funded, all-homosexual high school. I don't believe this would be happening now without the U.S. Supreme Court decision invalidating the anti-sodomy law in Texas. Now the homosexual activists are working at a fever pitch to transform Western civilization. Indoctrinating the next generation is an important step in that process. Welcome to the brave new world of the Harvey Milk High School,...
  • "Day of Community Building" at Connecticut College

    02/17/2003 7:14:51 PM PST · by yonif · 19 replies · 233+ views
    Email Message | 2/17/2003 | Office of College Relations
    On Tuesday, February 18th, President Fainstein has cancelled all classes beginning at 11:30 a.m. and including evening classes so that the campus community can discuss the recent bias incidents and ways to build a more cohesive community. Every residence hall will hold a mandatory house meeting at 1:30 p.m. with faculty, staff and student facilitators. At 3 p.m. all students will convene in Palmer Auditorium for an Open Forum including remarks by the president. Faculty and staff (with supervisors' permission) are also invited to this event, which is scheduled to end at 4:30. Following the forum in Palmer, the president...
  • Pluralism and the Catholic University

    05/10/2002 1:21:07 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 27 replies · 360+ views
    First Things ^ | 4/02 | Alan Charles Kors
    The decline of Catholic higher education in our country should concern all Americans, regardless of their religious affiliation. (I am not myself a Catholic.) The Catholic tradition, preserved and revitalized by its own institutions, has made and will continue to make truly indispensable contributions to the intellectual and moral vitality of American life. At the most basic level, Catholic higher education is vital to the meaning of American pluralism, which does not entail homogeneity, but a variety of lived differences. From well before the time of its founding as a nation, America has allowed distinctive voluntary communities to flourish in...
  • Audience of many faiths joins Schuller in mosque for an 'evening of hope'

    04/13/2002 10:21:35 AM PDT · by DittoJed2 · 57 replies · 139+ views
    Audience of many faiths joins Schuller in mosque for an 'evening of hope' Chicago Tribune, Nov. 2, 2001http://www.chicagotribune.com/ [Story no longer online? Read this] More News Ten years ago, Rev. Robert Schuller, veteran host of "Hour of Power," the weekly televised church service, had never even met with a Muslim. Now the white-haired minister was basking in praises from two leading African-American Muslims in a Villa Park mosque. "I've been watching Rev. Schuller for approximately 30 years and have long been inspired by the 'Hour of Power,'" Rev. Louis Farrakhan told the crowd of Muslims, Christians, Jews and Sikhs at...