New Vatican Attack on Capitalism
National Catholic Reporter (NCR) ran a series of articles about a new papal document, Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones, which formalizes Pope Francis’ repeated attacks on capitalism. The first article said “Vatican offices decry 'profoundly amoral culture' of global financial system.” CRUX was late to this game, being preoccupied with the kabuki theater of the Chilean bishops’ resignation for the child abuse scandal. But CRUX had the better introduction: “Vatican sees risk of ‘social collapse’ in global economic order.” The Vatican’s top officer, Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, threatened that failure to heed this prophetic warning will result in a “slip toward a social collapse at the global level, with devastating consequences.” The document itself is here.Write comment (0 Comments)
Evangelical Guru – Screw the Old Testament
Pastor Andy Stanley, a well-known televangelist, megachurch leader, and author has said that “while he believes that the Old Testament is ‘divinely inspired,’ it should not be ‘the go-to source regarding any behavior in the church’” (here). It may be divinely inspired, but Christians can ignore it. He bases this on Luke’s description of the Apostolic Council in Acts 15.Write comment (0 Comments)
Evangelicals Tout Trump’s New Executive Order
The headline in The Christian Post (CP): “Pastor Paula White Hails Trump's 'Most Important Executive Order' That Americans Haven't Heard About.” This new executive order is officially called, “Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility (here).” It is vague, though clearly designed to cut welfare costs. It talks of additional work requirements and reduced bureaucratic expenses. Both of these are dubious, as VOX points out here. But this doesn’t explain why evangelicals rejoiced.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)