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  • Can We Save the Catholic Church? (Preface to Hans Kung new book)

    02/08/2014 8:47:00 AM PST · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    Preface for the English Edition The Arab Spring has shaken a whole series of autocratic regimes. With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis, might something like this be possible in the Catholic Church as well – a ‘Vatican Spring’? Of course, the system of the Roman Catholic Church is quite different from those prevailing in Tunisia and Egypt, to say nothing of the absolute monarchies like Saudi Arabia. In all these countries, the reforms that have taken place until now are often no more than minor concessions, and even these are often threatened by...
  • Francis: Christian or Muslim, the faith your parents instilled in you will help you move on

    01/20/2014 4:40:51 PM PST · by ebb tide · 54 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 1-20-2014
    Pope Francis' visit with a group of refugees at the Sacred Heart parish can best be described as simple, warm, and relaxed. POPE FRANCIS "Thank you. Because by welcoming everyone as family, you make anyone that comes in feel like family. Today I am here and I feel at home, like family. Thank you very much. But I am missing one thing: Mariana hasn't offered me any mate.” To get to Italy, many of the refugees had to endure many hardships, even the loss of friends and family. Pope Francis said that to lighten the weight of their suffering, they...
  • Rob Bell Tells How 'Love Wins' Led to Mars Hill Departure

    12/10/2012 2:26:36 AM PST · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | December 3, 2012 | Katherine Weber
    Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich., recently shared how his 2011 book, Love Wins, led to a fallout with the congregation and forced him on a "search for a more forgiving faith." Bell details this search in a recent interview with The New Yorker, and discusses his invitation to Christians interested in a different kind of church, "one that can keep pace with the rising 'waterline of culture.'" "Bell is now loosely aligned with a cohort of pastors worldwide who are searching for ways to move beyond old-fashioned worship," Kelefa Sanneh of...
  • Rob Bell's 'Love Wins' Nudged 1,000 People to Leave Mars Hill Bible Church, Says Successor

    11/19/2013 3:00:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/19/2013 | BY NICOLA MENZIE
    Mars Hill Bible Church, the congregation founded by author Rob Bell, lost about 1,000 people over their former pastor's controversial 2011 book, Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, according to the Grandville, Mich., megachurch's new pastor Kent Dobson. Dobson was chosen by Mars Hill Bible Church in 2012 to replace Bell, who founded the congregation in 1999. "There was a lot of drama with (Bell's book) Love Wins and that season feels like it's over. This year has been one of sort of settling down a bit and re-identifying our...
  • Why Exceptionalism Matters (and why Obama must reject it)

    01/07/2013 1:33:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Jeffrey Folks
    America is exceptional, despite what our current president may think. Asked whether America was an exceptional country, Mr. Obama famously replied that every country is exceptional. North Korea is exceptional? Castro's Cuba is fine? Zimbabwe is great? Really? Obama's response accords with the left's theory of universalism, whereby one's general allegiance to mankind outweighs that to any particular nation, including one's own....... .......From a practical perspective, universalism is a dead end -- quite literally -- because there are always powerful adversaries who do not share one's soft-hearted faith in universal brotherhood. The left's goals of unilateral disarmament and global equality...
  • According to Php 1:15-18, Sen. Hatch was wrong to chastise Obama for quoting Jesus' words

    02/03/2012 6:18:26 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 39 replies
    2/3/2012 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    Do I agree with Obama's interpretation of Luke 12:48? No. Do I agree with Obama in his 2004 interview "I have a deep faith" in which he said that there many paths to heaven/the Father and his words which were contrary to Jesus saying He is the "Way, Truth, man comes unto the Father but by me." Absolutely not. Do I agree with Mormon teaching that Jesus and Satan are brothers? Again, absolutely not. (link below in comments section.) The point of the this thread is to point out that Orrin Hatch was wrong. In fact, I believe that...
  • B.C. pagans to celebrate the 'rebirth' of sun with rituals {Unitarians}

    12/20/2011 3:46:54 AM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 20 Dec 2011 | Reuters
    On Vancouver Island, pagans are lighting cauldron fires and dancing through giant evergreen hoops to symbolize being reborn In Vancouver, pagans are bowing to stag antlers, revering pentangles and burning cinnamon incense to mark Yule, which celebrates the "rebirth of the sun" at winter solstice...There are roughly 400,000 pagans in the U.S. and Canada, according to the American Religious Identification Survey. Their numbers have more than doubled in the past decade. ..Despite many pagans' inclination to privacy, one spiritual organization in B.C. that won't be carrying out its Yule ceremonies in secrecy is the Vancouver Unitarian Church. The large congregation...
  • Grim reaper on wheels: Dutch right-to-die group wants ‘mobile euthanasia teams’

    12/01/2011 4:38:47 PM PST · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 2+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/1/11 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    AMSTERDAM, December 1, 2011 ( - The Dutch euthanasia advocacy group, “The Right To Die” (NVVE), is proposing a plan where “mobile teams of doctors and nurses … can help people to die in their own homes,” according to On November 30 health minister Edith Schippers told MPs that the proposal earlier this month by NVVE spokeswoman Walburg de Jong to create the mobile units “for patients who meet the criteria for euthanasia but whose doctors are unwilling to carry it out,” is worthy of consideration. “If the patients thinks it desirable, the doctor can refer him or her...
  • Basic Apologetics: "I think all paths lead to God."

    07/07/2011 4:52:34 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 66 replies
    Out of The Horse's Mouth ^ | Juy 6, 2011 | Eric Landry
    William Cwirla (LCMS): When people say things like that, I always like to ask, “On what basis do you think that? What evidence can you put forward that this statement is true?” It is true that all religious paths, save one, lead to the same place, but that place isn’t God. All religions, save one, hold that you must work your way to God, whether by your creeds, your conduct, or your worship. This is essentially the religion of the Law, something that all religions, save one, have in common. The statement presupposes that we are on a search for...
  • Many Born-Again Christians Hold Universalist Views, Barna Finds

    04/24/2011 6:54:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/18/2011 | Jennifer Riley
    One in four born-again Christians hold universalist thoughts when it comes to salvation, according to a new Barna analysis of trend data. Twenty-five percent of born-again Christians said all people are eventually saved or accepted by God. A similar proportion, 26 percent, said a person’s religion does not matter because all faiths teach the same lessons. And an even higher proportion, 40 percent, of born-again Christians said they believe Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Barna defined universalism as the belief that all human beings will eventually be saved after death. The California-based research and polling firm defines born-again...
  • Universalism – An Empty Hell, A Cheapened Cross, An Incomplete God

    04/16/2011 4:49:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/15/2011 | Lillian Kwon
    Respected theologian Don Carson hadn't planned on discussing hell and universalism at this year's Gospel Coalition conference. But the subject became inevitable when Rob Bell's new book burst onto the scene, debuting at No. 2 on the New York Times' bestseller list. The research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill., is not happy that universalists are diminishing God's holiness, cheapening the cross, and distorting biblical truths. Though he didn't accuse Bell directly, Carson said the handling of the atonement of Christ by universalists is blasphemous. "I say it with respect, I say it with...
  • Origins of Christian Mythology

    03/15/2011 6:50:31 PM PDT · by freedomguy38 · 40 replies
    3/15/2011 | freedomguy38
    This is the time of year for phase two of the Christian mythology. Phase one was Advent ending with Christmas. Now it’s Lent which ends with Easter. At least phase one is a happier time, even if the gift wasn’t quite what was expected. But then, neither was the “Messiah.” That disappointment needed a lot of explanation by the Doctor of Law, Saul, who changed his name to Paul, probably due to his notorious reputation among earlier followers of Jesus. He supposedly had a reawakening that had something to do with forgiveness and mercy without punishment for his past inhumane...
  • Universalism as a Lure? The Emerging Case of Rob Bell. New book gets people talking about hell

    03/06/2011 8:46:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/05./2011 | R. Albert Mohler Jr.
    As is so often the case, most of us first learned of Rob Bell’s new book by means of Justin Taylor and his blog, “Between Two Worlds,” at the Gospel Coalition. Justin reminds me of the steady folks at the National Hurricane Center. He is able to advise of looming disaster with amazing calmness. That is why I took special notice of Justin’s stern warning: “It is unspeakably sad when those called to be ministers of the Word distort the gospel and deceive the people of God with false doctrine.” Why would Justin feel the need to issue such a...
  • Islamberg to come out of hiding once again for ANOTHER Interfaith event

    01/02/2011 6:08:30 AM PST · by mikalasukala · 2 replies
    c5's Simian Roadhouse ^ | January 2, 2011 | Consigliere5
    Welp, it's that time again. Time for the "United Muslim-Christian Forum" a.k.a. the "Muslims of America" from Islamberg to go all Interfaith/Co-Exist/Universalist/Pluralist on us in Binghamton, NY. This time, they'll be repeating last year's Interfaith-arific gathering which was described as the "1st Annual celebration of the birth of Jesus, Son of Mary." From their press release:In this upcoming joyful holiday season, where love and reverence for Jesus, born of the chaste Mary, is widely celebrated by Christians the world over, the United Muslim-Christian Forum (UMCF) is embarking on its 2nd annual event as a time for Muslims to acquaint those...
  • Claremont president: Christians shouldn’t evangelize people of other faiths

    07/08/2010 2:30:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 78 replies ^ | 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...
  • New Study Finds Fewer Evangelicals are Universalists than Reported

    06/21/2010 5:53:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/21/2010 | Jennifer Riley
    A re-wording of a question about religious beliefs coupled with a more precise definition of a Christian group found that far fewer evangelicals are universalists than what the Pew Forum reported in its landmark report last week. LifeWay Research, associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, found that only two out of 10 evangelicals – as defined by their belief system rather than what church they attend – agreed with the statement that eternal life can be obtained through religions other than Christianity. "When we define evangelicals as not just those who sit in pews but who agree with certain evangelical...
  • Jimmy Carter: Abuse of Women? Blame the Catholics and Southern Baptists

    12/12/2009 1:43:30 PM PST · by wagglebee · 110 replies · 2,872+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/11/09 | John-Henry Westen
    MELBOURNE, December 11, 2009 ( - In an address to a gathering sponsored by the World Parliament of Religions (PWR) last Friday, former US President Jimmy Carter has once again blamed traditional religion, particularly Southern Baptists and Roman Catholics, for "creating an environment where violations against women are justified."It is a theme that Carter has successfully used to garner media attention for several years.  Although in a July column in The Observer Carter admits to "not having training in religion or theology," in his address to the PWR Carter appeals to his authority as someone who has "taught Bible lessons...
  • Obama's Other Controversial Church (Complete Article)

    06/14/2009 12:06:36 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 11 replies · 1,605+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 14, 2009 | Andrew Walden
    June 14, 2009Obama's Other Controversial ChurchBy Andrew Walden "This is a guy (former Weatherman terror-bomber Bill Ayers) who lives in my neighborhood ... the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago - when I was 8 years old - somehow reflects on me and my values doesn't make much sense." -- Barack Obama on the Campaign trail, 2008 As President Obama prepared to commemorate D-Day, the Associated Press dug up old details and photos to write a warm fuzzy story about the WW2 service record of Obama's maternal grandfather...
  • There Are Two Irreconcilable Americas (Dennis Prager On The Blue/Red Divide In America Alert)

    10/13/2008 10:09:17 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 27 replies · 1,604+ views ^ | 10/14/2008 | Dennis Prager
    It is time to confront the unhappy fact about our country: There are now two Americas. Not a rich one and a poor one; economic status plays little role in this division. There is a Red one and a Blue one. For most of my life I have believed, in what I now regard as wishful thinking, that the Right and Left wings have essentially the same vision for America, that it's only about ways to get there in which the two sides differ. Right and Left share the same ends, I thought. That is not the case. For the...
  • Barack Obama Is Not a Christian

    06/02/2008 6:33:00 PM PDT · by kc8ukw · 94 replies · 314+ views
    The Fox Forum ^ | June 2, 2008 | Cal Thomas
    ... “I’m rooted in the Christian tradition,” said Obama, who has declared himself a Christian. But then he adds something that most Christians will see as universalism: “I believe there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.” ...
  • Why I Can No Longer Be A United Methodist

    08/17/2006 6:31:09 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 63 replies · 1,186+ views
    United Methodist Nexus ^ | August 2006 | Marge Engelman
    I am a retired university administrator and faculty member, a lifelong Methodist (now United Methodist), a clergy wife, a mother and a grandmother. At this age I had imagined that I would be happily treasuring traditional Christian views, following the well-worn path to the church, and participating in all the usual “keep-’em-busy-and-involved” church activities. Here I am at 78 raising more questions about the Christian faith than ever before. I am offended by the continued use of sexist language and bored by the endless rehearsal of our ancient doctrines. I can no longer think like a first century Christian, the...
  • Europe at a crossroads

    05/24/2006 6:03:44 PM PDT · by sageb1 · 35 replies · 752+ views
    American University of Rome ^ | February 21, 2006 | Marcello Pera
    21 February 2006 Europe at a crossroads Address to the American University of Rome by Marcello Pera 1. A geopolitical continental drift The subject I intend to address today is the crisis of the West, and particularly of Europe. In my view this crisis is twofold, both geopolitical and spiritual, with the latter as the main cause of the former. The fact that the Old Continent is in a state of deep crisis has been upheld by many distinguished scholars, observers and a few – unfortunately just a few – political leaders in Europe. This was argued in most alarming...
  • How to Dismantle an Idolized Bono (U2)

    01/26/2006 9:51:47 AM PST · by Zechariah_8_13 · 17 replies · 590+ views
    Relevant Magazine ^ | December 2005 | Tara Leigh Cobble
    How To Dismantle An Idolized Bono I’m pretty sure I won’t get much opposition if I say that U2 is the greatest rock band of all time. When I scored two great seats to one of the shows at Madison Square Garden last month, I thought my life had reached its pinnacle. It was a euphoric experience. During the first few songs, I stood, along with the rest of the stadium, as we pumped our fists into the air and sang along with every word. The energy in the air was emotionally overwhelming. And if you’ve never been to a...
  • A Freeper book review: "If Grace Is True"

    04/10/2005 10:07:34 PM PDT · by Ronzo · 15 replies · 474+ views ^ | 4/11/05 | Ronzo
    As I read the book “If Grace Is True,” a well-known old bromide kept coming to mind: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” This book may be the ultimate and most ironic example of the truth of that saying. This book is based on a simple premise: if grace (God’s unmerited favor) is true, then literally everyone will go to heaven, no matter their religion or behavior. Those who are familiar with orthodox Christian doctrine will immediately realize there is a problem with this premise: there is nothing in all of Christianity that supports it. As a...
  • A Collection of Quotes by the late Pope John Paul II

    An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded. Pope John Paul II As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live. Pope John Paul II Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. Pope John Paul II From now on it is only through a conscious choice and through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive. Pope John Paul II Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that...
  • Unitarians grow and prosper with renewed focus on faith

    11/11/2002 8:04:53 PM PST · by Incorrigible · 46 replies · 467+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 11/10/02 | David Gibson
    Unitarians grow and prosper with renewed focus on faith Church's leader says new congregants are searching for religious commitment Sunday, November 10, 2002 BY DAVID GIBSON Star-Ledger Staff Throughout its long history in America, the Unitarian Church has been something of an oddity, a liberal denomination that embraces no creed and rejects any hint of sectarianism in a country with an unslaked thirst for theological certainty. The church's tiny membership reflected its marginal appeal, as did society's attitudes toward Unitarianism, which ranged from confusion over what -- if anything -- Unitarians believe in to quips about its user-friendly approach to...
  • The ethnocentrism of Clifford Geertz

    10/28/2002 8:37:43 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 4 replies · 744+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | October 2002 | Keith Windschuttle
    From its origins in classical thought and Christianity, Western culture has always had a strong tendency towards universalism. This principle has long been expressed in the idea of the unity of human kind and the belief that all human beings had a common origin and were equal before God. During the European Enlightenment, these Christian concepts were secularized to produce the notions of a common human nature and universal human rights. At the same time, the West produced a scientific method that was so successful its practitioners assumed they had found the key that would open the way to knowledge...