New Trends in Religious Freedom
Austria’s new right-wing Christian government has just shut down 7 mosques, is expelling scores of imams, and clamping down on Muslim immigrants (here). In 2015, Austria passed laws promoting “Islam of European character” while banning varieties they found objectionable. The reporter, Tara Burton, claims “Recent Pew polls have found that, increasingly, Christian identity in Western Europe has strong nationalist echoes; churchgoing Christians in most Western European countries tend to have more extreme anti-Islamic and anti-immigrant sentiments than their non-practicing or non-religiously affiliated counterparts.”Write comment (0 Comments)
New International Group on Church Abuse Victims
Suddenly there are potentially important actions on several fronts in the war against the Church’s sexual abuse of children. For example, several countries have recently decided to prosecute bishops and cardinals for their involvement in these crimes (World Governments Play Catch-up). Church officials had previously been given special dispensation, but as the scope of these crimes is documented in country after country, governments seem less fearful of reprisals and more intent on dealing with this crime.
Now a new international group, Ending Clergy Abuse, has formed to address this problem. Each of its members is part of a national victims’ organization. This multinational approach should help draw attention to the broad institutional character of these crimes and their cover-up.
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Porn Becoming Morally Acceptable
CRUX reports on a new Gallup study showing that nearly half of Americans now view pornography as morally acceptable (here). A large majority of the young accept it, especially young men. A similarly large majority of those who say religion is not important to them say porn is morally acceptable. So do Democrats.Write comment (0 Comments)
Paul in Historical Context
New Testament scholars stress the importance of studying Jesus in his historical context. But when it comes to Paul, they don’t. The facts are too disturbing.
A great deal is known about the economic context of the Roman Empire. Life was hard. Roughly ninety percent of the empire just subsisted. This has important implications. First, the vast majority of people never traveled far from their place of birth. They couldn’t afford to. While New Testament scholars boast that Paul traveled about 10,000 miles on his missions, they never mention how he paid for it.Write comment (1 Comment)
Amazon Review of Paul Revealed
Professor Dorie LaRue, Louisiana State University
"Remarkable erudition.... Answered questions I have had for years."
Midwest Book Review - Diane Donovan
Paul Revealed: Facts that Father Never Told You is a study recommended for readers who want an in-depth biographical and spiritual analysis of the important role Paul played in Biblical affairs, and provides a coverage both scholarly and accessible as it reveals not only the extent of Paul's life, times, and influence, but lesser-known facts about his impact on Jesus and the world....Write comment (0 Comments)