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  • Archbishop of Canterbury: My Doubts About Existence of God

    09/17/2014 6:42:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/17/14 | John Bingham
    Justin Welby says he asks himself ‘is there a God?’ and says Christians cannot explain why there is suffering in the world The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has disclosed that he questions whether God exists. Britain’s most senior churchman, who is effectively the leader of almost 80 million Anglicans worldwide, admitted that there are moments when he asks himself “Is there a God?” and “Where is God? He also said that Christians cannot explain why suffering exists in the world but that the answer was faith. His remarks came in an interview conducted as part of...
  • Brother of [al-Baghdadi] Top ISIS Leader Repents, Converts to Christianity

    09/16/2014 9:40:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    World News Daily Report via AINA ^ | 2014-09-16 05:57 GMT
    Mohammed Bakr al-Baghdadi, the brother of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is the Caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, has converted to christianity, reports Al-Jazeera this morning. The move has brought the man an unprecedented backlash from the Salafist Sunni community that has ordered a fatwa, or death-sentence, on the man as soon as the news was spread in media around the muslim world. "He is no more my brother then the miscreant American pigs we slay everyday" told the self-proclaimed Caliph to a large crowd of his followers. "Let Allah not forget this treacherous swine when he pleads on his...
  • If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic

    09/15/2014 8:56:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    New Republic.com ^ | 09/15/2014 | Jerry A. Coyne
    [SNIP] Well, if ISIS is not Islamic, then the Inquisition was not Catholic. The fact is that there are no defensible criteria for whether a faith is “true,” since all faiths are man-made and accrete doctrine—said to come from God, but itself man-made—that becomes integral to those faiths. Whatever “true faith” means, it doesn’t mean “the right religion: the one whose God exists and whose doctrines are correct.” If that were so, we wouldn’t see Westerners trying to tell us what “true Islam” is. No, if “true” means anything, it must mean “true to some principles.” As far as I...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Cancels Lutheran Dialogue Over Gay Rights

    09/15/2014 7:04:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Pravmir ^ | 9/12/14
    The Russian Orthodox Church has cancelled an official doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church over the Lutheran stance on homosexuality. The Orthodox side wanted to pre-approve a communique before the meeting, but talks broke down over the Finns’ refusal to condemn homosexuality.Finnish and Russian attitudes to gay rights are poles apart, and that’s helping to derail doctrinal dialogues between the two countries’ largest religions. Archbishop Kari Mäkinen says that he was forced to cancel planned ecumenical dialogues when he met the Russia Patriarch Kiril in Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church wanted to agree a statement in advance, as the...
  • From Exodus to Exodus, Iraqi Christians Seek New Home

    09/14/2014 9:11:46 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    AFP via Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 2014-09-14 22:01 GMT | Kamal Taha
    (AFP) -- Threats by jihadists have sent a fresh wave of Christians fleeing their Iraqi homeland, bustling from exodus to exodus in search of a safe haven to rebuild their lives Raja Marzina, who has taken refuge in Jordan with her husband and their five children, never imagined she would one day have to leave Iraq for good. "But we had no choice; we had to flee to save our lives and our religion," she said. Like dozens of others who fled the orgy of violence unleashed by Islamic State (IS) jihadists this summer, Marzina goes to the Syriac Catholics...
  • 27 Christians in Saudi Arabia Arrested for Using House As a Church

    09/14/2014 9:18:19 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Saudi authorities have swooped on a house in the eastern province city of Khafji, on the border with Kuwait, and arrested 27 people for using the premises as church last week. Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) also confiscated copies of the Bible and various musical instruments from the people during the raid. The swoop was prompted by a tip from a citizen, reported the English-language newspaper Saudi Gazette. Those arrested on September 5 were of various Asian nationalities, including women and children, the newspaper reported. "A citizen reported suspicious activities in...
  • A Cross in One Hand, a Gun in the Other

    09/14/2014 7:44:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    QAA, Lebanon (AP) -- Every day around sunset, dozens of residents of this small Lebanese Christian village on the border carry their automatic rifles and deploy on surrounding hills, taking up positions and laying ambushes in case Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria attack. "We all know that if they come, they will slit our throats for no reason," said one villager as he drove through the streets of Qaa, an assault rifle resting next to him. Like many Christian villagers, he spoke to The Associated Press only on condition of anonymity, fearing for his safety.
  • The Rev Ian Paisley Dies Aged 88

    09/12/2014 6:15:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 91 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/12/14 | Staff Reporter
    The Rev Ian Paisley, Protestant firebrand and former leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, has died at the age of 88. The Rev Paisley served as First Minister of Northern Ireland for a year when power was first devolved in 2007. His deputy, Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin, expressed sadness at the news of his death. “Over a number of decades we were political opponents and held very different views on many, many issues but the one thing we were absolutely united on was the principle that our people were better able to govern themselves than any British government,” he...
  • The Rise of the Papacy

    09/11/2014 12:08:50 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 281 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | David Wells
    There are one billion Roman Catholics worldwide, one billion people who are subject to the Pope’s authority. How, one might ask, did all of this happen? The answer, I believe, is far more complex and untidy than Catholics have argued. First, I will give a brief explanation of what the Catholic position is, and then, second, I will suggest what I think actually took place. The Catholic Explanation The traditional Catholic understanding is that Jesus said that it was upon Peter the church was to be built (Matt. 16:18−19; see also John 21:15−17; Luke 22:32). Following this, Peter spent a...
  • How the Renaissance Papacy contributed to the Reformation

    09/11/2014 9:23:27 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Brother André Marie’s Weblog ^ | September 6, 2007 | Brother André Marie
    The Catholic historian, A. Dufourcq, called the papacy of 1447 to 1527, la papauté princière, “the papacy of princes.”[1] This trenchant appellation conveys Fr. Maurice Sheehan’s meaning when he says “these popes were more men of culture or rulers than popes.”[2] Regardless of the scandalous particulars of their military extravagances, personal profligacy, or political intrigues, what is common to these popes is that “they had other interests, other things on their minds besides being pope.”[3] Therein lies the problem. In explaining how the Renaissance Papacy was a cause of the Reformation, we should not fall into a monism, as if...
  • J. Gresham Machen on Church Unity

    09/08/2014 5:07:26 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 10 replies
    Reformed Forum ^ | April 30th, 2014 | Jared Oliphint
    In light of the recent discussion on “The Future of Protestantism,” I thought I would post Machen’s take on church unity as he deals with this topic in his classic work, Christianity and Liberalism: We are not dealing here with delicate personal questions; we are not presuming to say whether such and such an individual man is a Christian or not. God only can decide such questions; no man can say with assurance whether the attitude of certain individual “liberals” toward Christ is saving faith or not. But one thing is perfectly plain—whether or not liberals are Christians, it is...
  • A Tale of Two Churches

    09/08/2014 6:58:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    Catholic New World ^ | 9/7/14 | Francis Cardinal George
    Once upon a time there was a church founded on God’s entering into human history in order to give humanity a path to eternal life and happiness with him. The Savior that God sent, his only-begotten Son, did not write a book but founded a community, a church, upon the witness and ministry of twelve apostles. He sent this church the gift of the Holy Spirit, the spirit of love between Father and Son, the Spirit of the truth that God had revealed about himself and humanity by breaking into the history of human sinfulness. This church, a hierarchical communion,...
  • Reinterment of King Richard III Services Announced

    09/07/2014 10:09:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    ITV ^ | 9/7/14
    The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury will both be taking part in services in Leicester Cathedral to mark the reinterment of King Richard III, it has been announced. This means the most senior clergy of both the Church of England and the Catholic Church in the country will be present as the former monarch is laid to rest during a week of events from 22nd - 28th March next year. Since the discovery of the body of Richard III in 2012, the Anglican Diocese of Leicester and the Catholic Diocese of Nottingham have worked closely to...
  • Are All Sins Equal?

    09/06/2014 10:54:08 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 32 replies
    The Reformed Pro-Lifer ^ | 18 September 2012 | Maaike Rosendal
    Doing pro-life work is often met with resistance, sometimes from where we least expect it. Whether we make the Biblical case for public pro-life action or for a boycott of companies that support Planned Parenthood, Christians have responded that there are too many societal sins to justify a focus on fighting abortion. And when we point out the urgency of God’s command to do all we can to save “those that are ready to be slain,” others defend their inaction by saying something along these lines: “Remember, all sins are equal!” It is not my intention to vilify those people....
  • Christianity No Longer a Religion, Says Turkish Minister

    09/04/2014 7:38:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 9/414 | Doğan News Agency
    Christianity has ceased to be a religion but has become a culture of its own, Turkish Environment and Urbanism Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar said at a recent conference hosted by the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Women's Group. "The biggest three countries in the world are not Muslim countries. China, India – only the U.S. believes in a single God. Spirituality and religious feelings are weakening," Bayraktar said.
  • Prince Charles Supports Iraqi Christians Facing ‘Diabolic Evil’

    09/03/2014 9:51:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The Prince of Wales has made a donation to Iraqi Christians who he said are suffering from “diabolic evil” under ISIS. In a letter to Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako, Prince Charles wrote that he was making his donation, described as a “very small token”, via the charity Aid to the Church in Need. “You can have no idea how heartbroken I am to hear of the truly unbearable and barbaric persecution suffered not only by Christians in Iraq but also by some of their neighbours of other faiths,” he said. “I wanted you to know above all that my heart...
  • Christian man tortured and killed by Islamic State militants for refusing to convert to Islam

    09/02/2014 8:49:53 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    ANIT ^ | 09/02/2014
    Baghdad (AsiaNews) - Islamic State fighters spills more Christian blood in Iraq as they continue to persecute unarmed civilians, including children. Sources within the Chaldean Patriarchate told AsiaNews that yesterday Sunni fundamentalists tortured and killed a Christian man in Bartala, a small predominantly Syriac town in the Niniveh Plains that has been occupied by Jihadists for the past few weeks. He was part of a small group who did not flee when the place was overrun. According to reports from a witness, the martyr - as the Patriarchate calls him - was a man of 43, Salem Matti Kourki. He...
  • God’s Good Law

    09/02/2014 5:23:49 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 136 replies
    Genevan Institute for Reformed Studies ^ | Sept 19, 2011 | Bob Burridge
    Lesson 23: Romans 7:1-12 God’s law is not appreciated by fallen man. The corrupted moral nature we inherit from Adam makes us long to be free from moral obligations, and free from our feelings of guilt. Some who abhor the idea of answering to some higher authority than their own desires make fun of the moral laws of Scripture. They ridicule the God of the Bible. They believe they are naturally smarter than believers because of what they see as superior assumptions about the way things are and came to be. By convincing themselves that they are more intelligent, they...
  • Vandals Deface Three Indiana Christian Churches with Islamic Graffiti

    09/01/2014 10:29:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | September 1, 2014 | Kate O'Hare
    Sometime on Saturday night, vandals attacked three Christian houses of worship in Columbus, Indiana, spray-painting the word "infidels" and citations of verses from the Koran on the outer walls. St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Lakeview Church of Christ, and East Columbus Christian Church all had the word "infidels" spray-painted on them, in places of prominence to be seen by worshipers. Cited in the Indianapolis Star, Columbus police spokesperson Matt Harris said that church employees discovered the vandalism when they arrived to prepare for Sunday services. At St. Bartholomew, the words "Qur'an 3:151" were also left. That verse reads: We will cast...
  • Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam

    08/30/2014 11:23:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    Catholic Culture.org ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Phil Lawler
    Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam By Phil Lawler | Aug 29, 2014 Faced with the savage violence of the Islamic State (ISIS), Christians can be tempted toward two unhelpful emotional reactions. On one extreme is the thirst for vengeance. If Muslims extremists kill innocent Christians, intemperate voices suggest that we should kill innocent Muslims. Then we, too, would be terrorists. I trust that rational readers recognize the problem here.But at the other extreme is another irrational urge: the desire to overlook the violence, an inclination toward the mawkish hope that we might “just all be friends.”...
  • He defended ‘real’ marriage, and then was beheaded for it

    08/29/2014 9:18:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 29Aug14 | Pete Baklinsk
    A Christian man was executed during the night by a high-profile ruler after making an uncompromising defense of real marriage. The Christian, who was renowned for his holiness, had told the ruler in public that his relationship with his partner was “against the law” of God. The Christian’s words enraged the ruler’s partner who successfully plotted to have him permanently silenced. John the Baptist was first imprisoned before he was beheaded. The Catholic Church honors him today, August 29, as a martyr and saint. While John’s death happened a little less than 2,000 years ago, his heroic stance for real...
  • How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step

    08/24/2014 12:21:56 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 42 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 24Aug14 | Alexander Griswold
    By now, we’ve all heard the refrain that U.S. churches need liberalize their teachings on sexuality and homosexuality or rapidly decline. The logic behind the argument is simple: more and more Americans are embracing homosexuality and same-sex marriage, including growing numbers of religious Millennials. So long as churches remain the face of opposition to gay marriage, those churches will shrink into irrelevancy when gay marriage (inevitably, we are told) becomes a settled political issue. These arguments often see church acceptance of homosexuality as a carrot as well as a stick. It isn’t so much that denouncing homosexuality will drive people...
  • The Truth about "Radical Hospitality".

    08/19/2014 4:01:28 PM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 19 August AD 2014 | Paul Hinlicky
    Time for another ELCA "conversation," this time regarding "who is welcome" to Holy Communion. An innocuous-sounding invitation to participate came out a few weeks ago, and and similar notice appears again in the Summer 2014 Seeds for the Parish, now appearing in snail boxes across the ELCA but not yet on its website. Resources for the conversation will be available at www.elca.org/worship "by mid-August," but so far not yet. Over at lutheranforum.org, Paul Hinlicky will have none of this innocuousness in yesterday's post The Truth about "Radical Hospitality". At its conclusion, he invites readers (I would presume ELCA clergy and...
  • The Perfect Revival?

    08/19/2014 7:34:19 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 4 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    The Perfect Revival? By Julio Severo Brazil has experienced an explosive growth of Pentecostal and neo-Pentecostal (neo-charismatic) churches. Large crowds of poor people have been attending these churches looking for answers for their physical, material and spiritual needs. The Brazilian Catholic Church, plagued by the Liberation Theology, has been worried about this growth. And even mainline Brazilian Protestant churches, similarly plagued by Protestant versions of the Liberation Theology, have been worried. International onlookers see such growth as a phenomenon or even evidence of “revival.” Yet, Brazilian Calvinist critics question that if it were genuine, Brazil would not have now...
  • 12 Amazing Virtual Tours of the World’s Most Spectacular Churches

    08/18/2014 6:13:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    ChurchPop ^ | 8/10/14
    Explore in 360 degrees the Sistine Chapel, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and many more - all online.Christians have been making pilgrimages to holy sites and churches around the world for centuries. Can’t make a pilgrimage? Here’s the next best thing! Some tours are embedded on this page, while others can be found with the link provided. Enjoy! 1) Sistine Chapel – Vatican CityBuilt in the 15th century and painted in the 16th century, the Sistine Chapel is one of the great artistic masterpieces in the world. Michelangelo painted the ceiling and the Last Judgement fresco, while the frescoes...
  • Protestants Hold Anti-Catholic Rally Ahead of Pope Visit

    08/13/2014 5:22:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 52 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8/13/2014 | JEYUP S. KWAAK
    Not everyone will welcome the Pope to South Korea. A group of Protestants held a demonstration on Tuesday, slamming the Roman Catholic Church as heretical. Organizers say about 10,000 people attended the event at a convention center west of Seoul, where a number of Protestant pastors stressed the difference between the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant churches, according to local Protestant media. Rev. Song Chun-gil, the secretary general of the group, called Catholicism a perversion of faith, according to the reports. He has opposed recent moves among mainstream Protestant church leaders to form a relationship with the Roman Catholics, according...
  • Pope’s Protestant Friend Dies, But Push for Unity Lives

    08/08/2014 6:24:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 8/7/14 | Austen Ivereigh
    The English surgeons who fought to save the life of a badly mangled motorcyclist on the morning of July 20 might have guessed he was someone unusual, since the hospital was receiving calls from Rome, from the pope himself, asking for updates. The silver Audi that slammed into a Protestant cleric named Bishop Tony Palmer in a quiet country lane that morning, however, left little chance of his surviving, and he died after a 10-hour emergency surgery. The news stunned not just his grieving wife and young adult children, but many across the Christian world who were aware that, behind...
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon :: Morning and Evening

    08/08/2014 3:09:03 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 4 replies
    Blue Letter Bible Devotionals ^ | 8 August 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon August 8, 2014 Morning Reading They weave the spider's web. —Isaiah 59:5 See the spider's web, and behold in it a most suggestive picture of the hypocrite's religion. It is meant to catch his prey: the spider fattens himself on flies, and the Pharisee has his reward. Foolish persons are easily entrapped by the loud professions of pretenders, and even the more judicious cannot always escape. Philip baptized Simon Magus, whose guileful declaration of faith was so soon exploded by the stern rebuke of Peter. Custom, reputation, praise, advancement, and other flies, are the...
  • Vision of A Great Sailing Ship

    08/08/2014 8:50:10 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    bible , ^ | jedediah
    While standing on a shoreline with The Lord both of us looking out not far off in the calm sea I saw a great sailing ship with twelve sails and hundreds of lines many for each sail some to lift them and many to control them and change their direction depending on the conditions and direction of the wind . On deck I saw just one child of God and a few people they had chosen as the crew not God frantically running all over futily attempting to control and adjust all the sails simultaneously and I sensed each sail...
  • (Vanity)New Crusade in Defense of Christians

    08/08/2014 6:28:20 AM PDT · by I got the rope · 15 replies
    Defend Christians ^ | 8 Aug 14 | I got the rope
    What are we doing? How can we sit back and watch this slaughter? It is time we resurrect the Christian Militia Orders (no I am not Roman Catholic), and defend our brothers and sisters in Christ. Food, water, money, weapons, ammo, armor, etc. I'm all in. I know many of you feel the same way. Let us find a way.
  • IRS has a “Political Activities Referral Committee” which spies on preaching

    08/06/2014 6:19:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 8-5-14 | Fr. John Zuhlsdotf
    While I was at the recent Napa Institute gathering, I got to know Kristina Arriaga, Executive Director of The Becket Fund, which defends religious freedom. They guided the Hobby Lobby decision to a good conclusion and for that we owe them a lot. I had this note from them today. It included this: [quote] Dear Friends, I grew up in a household where we were expected to pepper all tales with a bit of Cuban exaggeration. This was, after all, essential for good storytelling. So, in a way, I wish I were making this up. Within the IRS, there is,...
  • The Organist is Dead

    08/04/2014 8:22:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/31/14 | Richard Ingrams
    A great English Christian figure is in danger of dying outThe Church organist is in a strange position, half in and half out of the service – partly why I like it. In some churches, if I am lucky, I am hidden away from the vicar and the congregation, so if the service is boring I can do silent practice on the keyboard or read the psalms, helpfully reprinted at the back of the best hymn book: the English Hymnal. The other advantage, from an oldie’s point of view, is that you don’t have to keep standing up all the...
  • Institutional from the start #LukeActs2014

    08/03/2014 11:18:22 AM PDT · by The Grammarian · 18 replies
    John Meunier ^ | 2 Aug 2014 | John Meunier
    So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.” (Acts 6:2, NIV) It is interesting how fast our emerging, organic, non-institutional forms of life sprout institutions. The apostles went from a group of 12 leaders of a communistic society in which everyone shared everything and few distinctions were made, to the executive committee of an institution. Here we have differeniated ministry, modes of conferring authority, and even standards of selection. By Acts 15, we will have full...
  • Archbishop's Call to Action: Christian Persecution in Syria and Iraq

    08/03/2014 4:34:24 AM PDT · by lightman · 6 replies
    Anglican Church in North America ^ | 3 August AD 2015 | Rt Rev. Foley Beach
    Greetings in the Name our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! May God grant you the abundance of His Grace as you follow Him day by day! If you have been paying attention to what is happening in the Middle East in recent months, you will note that those who are Christians are being brutally murdered, women and girls raped and forced into marriage, experiencing all kinds of torture, and hundreds of thousands have been forced out of their homes and countries. We are seeing communities who date to the 1st Century with their Christian presence being totally annihilated and killed....
  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 [Limited Atonement]

    08/03/2014 2:21:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 24, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 In my last two blog posts, we examined the first two of the “five points” of Calvinism popularly known by the acronym, TULIP, which represents 1. Total Depravity 2. Unconditional Election 3. Limited Atonement 4. Irresistible Grace 5. Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this post, we will tackle the third point:Limited AtonementNo Christian that I know of would deny that some doctrines are more or less clear than others in Scripture. When it comes to the atonement of Christ, the Scriptures are most clear: Jesus Christ died on the...
  • Anglican Ordination of Women Bishops Ends Reunion Prospects

    08/01/2014 2:11:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 1, 2014 | DR. WILLIAM ODDIE
    It was, of course inevitable, having ordained women to its “priesthood” that the Church of England, mother Church of the Anglican Communion, would in the end ordain women to its “episcopate” (I place the key-words in inverted commas, not to be insulting but to indicate simply that most Anglicans use the words to describe something very different indeed from our notions of priesthood and episcopacy).The General Synod has now decided on women bishops. All the obstacles are down. The mystery was why it took them so long: in the Catholic understanding, if a person is a priest, he is,...
  • The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith

    07/31/2014 9:01:53 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 55 replies
    CARM ^ | Matt Slick
    The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith by Matt Slick There are many proofs that Joseph Smith was a false prophet, but Mormons typically will not accept them. From the biblical evidence that contradicts Mormon theology to the contradictions within its own history and doctrine, proofs abound. But Mormons, completely dedicated to their religion and their testimony, cannot and will not see the evidence. They rely not on biblical evidence--not on historical evidence but rather trust a 'testimony' that Mormonism is the restored church and Joseph Smith its true prophet. One of the tests of whether or not a...
  • Magic Underwear & Magic Food

    07/31/2014 11:11:43 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 553 replies
    Mormons have some really weird beliefs. For example, many (all) Mormons believe they (males only) can take a cooking/salad oil, pour just a small drop on the crown of your head and their god will heal them of almost anything. Mormons believe that by wearing ugly underwear bought from a specific company, their god will protect them from harm. Mormons believe that by wearing a really weird looking costume they are taught secret ways to touch angels so after they die, the angels will let Mormons get into heaven quicker. Mormons believe their god requires women to not wear outer...
  • Middle East Churches: ‘We are Going Back to the Prehistory Period’

    07/31/2014 6:15:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC)-- a regional ecumenical body whose members include Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Protestant churches-- has issued a statement calling upon the international community “to take bold initiatives and stand against” attacks on Iraqi Christians. The council of churches called upon “believers of all religions and people of good will to pray God to come for the rescue of people of Iraq, especially the Christians who are deeply suffering as if they are sheep taken to be slaughtered, and no one is there to advocate for their right for justice, mercy and life.”
  • My Church Loyalties

    07/28/2014 3:10:13 PM PDT · by The Grammarian · 78 replies
    Christian Century ^ | 28 July 2014 | D. Stephen Long
    My church loyalties Why I am not yet a Catholic Jul 28, 2014 by D. Stephen Long In 2005, after Benedict XVI was elected pope, I wrote an essay for the Century titled “In need of a pope?” That essay cost me a job at a Protestant evangelical institution. A Catholic friend told me at the time that I should think of that result as a gracious preemptive strike. Since then I have repeatedly been asked, “Why are you not Catholic?” The main reason I am not (yet) Catholic and remain a Methodist and an ordained Methodist elder is that...
  • Protestants Try to Calm Row Ahead of Luther Celebration

    07/24/2014 6:35:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/24/14 | David V Barrett
    A fierce row between Catholics and Protestants in Germany is the result of a misunderstanding, a German theologian has claimed. Lutheran leaders had invited the Catholic Church to join them in commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther published his 95 theses. Luther was opposed to the sale of indulgences, to the Bible not being in the vernacular and to the Church’s doctrinal position on justification through faith – all issues which have seen significant changes over the years. In 1999 the Catholic and Lutheran Churches issued a joint declaration on the doctrine of justification which...
  • With jabs at Obama, CUFI lobbies for Iran sanctions, end to P.A. aid (Christians United for Israel)

    07/23/2014 11:10:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jewish Telegraph Agency
    Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, addressing the annual Washington conference of Christians United for Israel, July 21, 2014.With sharp jabs at the Obama administration, Christians United for Israel launched its annual Washington rally with appeals to Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran and cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority. David Brog, the group’s executive director, said CUFI regarded the Iran nuclear talks as a failure and would back legislation proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would impose new sanctions immediately. The Cruz measure is tougher than legislation already under consideration that would trigger sanctions...
  • Bishop Tony Palmer, Pope Francis’ Friend, Dies in Motorcycle Crash

    07/21/2014 10:03:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 7/21/14 | Kathy Schiffer
    Tony Palmer, the charismatic young preacher who enjoyed a friendship with Pope Francis, has apparently died in a motorcycle accident. Not a Catholic, Palmer was bishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, a group that is inspired by the “middle way” of classical Anglicanism and considers itself part of the Convergence Movement. News is spotty at this point; but according to Archbishop Charles Hill, presiding prelate at Ambassadors for Christ Ministries of America (AFCMOA) in Atlanta, Palmer was in an accident while riding a motorcycle in the U.K. After hours of surgery, Bishop Palmer died on Sunday, July 20,...
  • How Can You Heal Your Family Tree?

    07/19/2014 3:25:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | July 19, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Healing the Family Tree is a groundbreaking book by the British psychiatrist Kenneth McCall. I met Dr McCall when I lived in England, and used his book in my own developing healing ministry as an Anglican priest. Dr McCall was brought up in China as the son of Christian missionaries. While there he experienced exorcisms and the influence of generational curses on families. As he matured he studied to practice medicine and specialized in psychiatry. He discovered that some incurable psychiatric patients had, as part of their problem, unresolved deaths within their family circle. He experimented with a new therapy...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Hopes Approval of Female Bishops will not Block Ecumenical Progress

    07/19/2014 10:23:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to the other Christian leaders, saying that he hopes ecumenical progress can continue after the decision of the Church of England ordain women as bishops. Dr. Justin Welby acknowledges that some “ecumenical partners may find this a further difficulty on the journey towards full communion.” But he observes that a shared Christian faith provides “much that unites us,” and argues that there is “so much troubling our world today that our common witness to the Gospel is of more importance than ever.” In his letter the Anglican primate explains the drive to approve the...
  • Some U.S. faith groups unload fossil-fuel investments (barf)

    07/18/2014 7:35:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/18/2014 | Lauren Markoe
    Worried about global warming, a growing number of churches and other faith groups are divesting their holdings in fossil-fuel companies, which release large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. “The warning in Scripture that ‘the wages of sin is death’ could not be more literally true than it is in the case of fossil fuels,” said Serene Jones, president of New York’s Union Theological Seminary, whose board voted in June to divest its $108.4 million endowment of holdings in fossil-fuel companies. “While we realize that our endowment alone will hardly cause the fossil-fuel giants to...
  • Removing Church Pews for Muslim Prayer Mats in the Name of Religious Tolerance

    07/17/2014 2:28:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7/13/2014 | Gene Koprowski
    My alma mater, The University of Chicago, was recently in the news for an overtly politically correct act for replacing its historic Bond Chapel's pews for Muslims to worship. This act is raising hackles reminiscent of the university's other, recent, tone-deaf decision to demolish the childhood home of former President Ronald Reagan, on its campus, and replace it with a parking lot and a commemorative plaque.The school, founded by the Rockefeller family in the late 19th century as a Baptist-affiliated institution of higher learning, with an English-style undergraduate college, and German-style graduate research school, today positions itself as completely non-denominational...
  • Ordinariate Reaches Out to Anglicans After Women Bishops Vote

    07/15/2014 6:00:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/15/14 | Staff Reporter
    The leader of the ordinariate has issued an invitation to Anglicans following the Church of England’s vote to create women bishops. Mgr Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, invited Anglicans “considering their future” to attend an “exploration day” in September. “Having agreed to permit women priests in 1992, the Church of England’s decision to allow women bishops is the next logical step. What is undeniable is that both developments make harder the position of those within the Church of England who still long for corporate unity with the Catholic and Orthodox Churches,” he said....
  • Church of England votes for women bishops; move seen as ecumenical snag

    07/15/2014 4:13:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cns ^ | July 15, 2014 | CINDY WOODEN
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The General Synod of the Church of England voted July 14 to authorize the ordination of women as bishops and approved motions pledging to respect and work with people who believe that, theologically, the vote was a mistake. Before the vote, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, told the synod that "to pass this legislation is to commit ourselves to an adventure in faith and hope. Like all adventures, it carries dangers ... uncertainties and for success will require integrity and courage." Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, England, greets Pope...
  • Catholic Bishops' Statement on Women Bishops in Church of England

    07/14/2014 4:38:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    "At this difficult moment we affirm again the significant ecumenical progress which has been made in the decades since the Second Vatican Council and the development of firm and lasting friendships between our communities."The following is a statement from the bishops's conference of England and Wales, issued in response to a vote on July 14 to ordain bishops in the Church of England. The ballot took place during the ecclesial community's general synod in York, England. The Catholic Church remains fully committed to its dialogue with the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. For the Catholic Church, the goal...