New Gallup Study on Protestants and Catholics
Gallup presented new research on the popularity of the Catholic and Protestant church (here). They emphasized weekly attendance, though I think their data on religious self-identification is actually more significant.Write comment (0 Comments)
Huge Increase in Hate Crimes
The Anti-defamation League (ADL) reported that in 2017 nearly 2000 “anti-Semitic incidents” were reported in America – nearly a 60% increase over 2016. Most would seem to qualify as hate crimes, but this is not discussed. Curiously, violent acts against Jews actually decreased. There was a huge surge in acts of vandalism, especially “symbolic” acts, like defacing gravestones, as opposed non-symbolic acts involving serious physical damage, like arson or bombings.Write comment (0 Comments)
Archbishop Chaput Turns Back the Clock
Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia, darling of the Catholic right, is in the news again doing his best to turn back the clock. First, he is re-introducing the Latin mass (here). His announcement cites “growing interest,” but makes no claims for any benefits. Nor does his announcement mention Vatican II, which the Archbishop is effectively rejecting.Write comment (0 Comments)
More Miracles from Pope John Paul
The Vatican has announced a precious gift for the Philippines (here). It is sending them a vial of the sainted Pope John Paul II’s blood, one of only seven such vials in churches throughout the world. The Church announced, “This precious gift … is truly a source of consolation and help especially for those who are suffering physical illnesses.” There was no mention of the physical illnesses cured by the mere proximity of this blood – contact with it is obviously out of the question. Can it cure AIDS? Have they donated a few drops to science to study its remote healing powers? Is this covered by the guarantee of papal infallibility?
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Update on New Nigerian Bishop of Ahiara
Recent reports from the Christian press suggested that Pope Francis compromised himself in Nigeria [Did Pope Francis Back Down in Nigeria?]. Francis accepted the resignation of the bishop Pope Benedict had appointed to the diocese of Ahiara. The people of Ahiara had refused to let him assume office, as he was a carpetbagger. Previously, Pope Francis threatened to dismiss all priests who failed to submit to his order and accept this appointed bishop– though Francis never followed through on his threat when the people and priests of Ahiara called his bluff.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)