Trump’s Spiritual Advisor Speaks out about Immigrants
Paula White is President Trump’s “spiritual advisor,” and is on his team of evangelical counselors. About a month ago, when everyone was outraged at his policy of separating the children of refugees from their parents, she defended Trump by saying that “although Jesus was a refugee as a baby, he didn't break the immigration laws of his time.” Rather than calm people, this enraged many. Even her fellow Christian pastors turned on her. She defended herself in the Christian Post: “Jesus, Immigration, and My Critics,” especially against “a Catholic priest [who] said my comments were ‘appalling’ and ‘reprehensible’ and that he didn't know what Gospel I was reading.”Write comment (0 Comments)
AP Piles on about "Unhealthy Organizations"
New Associated Press article: “Sex scandals fester at unhealthy organizations, experts say.” It’s got so bad even Fox News, which rarely has a bad word to say about religion, is attacking the Catholic Church. The article provides a new perspective, though it overlooks a variety of factors unique to the Catholic Church.
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Surprisingly Inept Reporting from NY Times
Reporters Sharon Otterman and Elisabetta Povoledo covered the Vatican’s response to the Pennsylvania grand jury report (here). Both are religious reporters. Povoledo has worked for the Times in Italy for 25 years. Not only did they cover the Vatican apology, but they covered related scandals concerning Cardinals Pell and McCarrick. This was not a puff piece. They discussed “what appeared to be a coordinated response intended to stem a spiraling crisis within the Roman Catholic Church in America.”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)