Conservative students say they have been ‘violently threatened’ at St. Olaf College – The College Fix
The vicious left dominates. Read more here.
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A powerful coalition on the rise. Read more here.
How to Counter Political Islam — Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Unlimited tolerance leads to the disappearance of tolerance. Read more here.
A Theatrical Rebuttal to the Farce of ‘Dignicide’ – Sohrab Ahmari
How euthanasia threatens people with disabilities or illnesses. Read more here.
Scandalized Reading – Jessica Hooten Wilson
Why Christian novels are so bad. Read more here.
The American Scholar: On Political Correctness – William Deresiewicz
Political correctness….it’s about power. Read more here.
Pastors – A gift for you: A handout for an adult course on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. It’s short, substantial, ecumenical, and Lutheran. Read it here.
The Politics of C. S. Lewis – Berny Belvedere
On natural law and sin. Read more here.
Did the Vatican OK communion for “some” divorced-and-remarried Catholics? – Ed Morrissey
Yes, in certain circumstances. Read more here.
How a pro-Palestinian American reporter changed his views on Israel and the conflict – Hunter Stuart
Too bad he’s not an LWF reporter. Read more here.
Division Is Not Always a Scandal — Jennifer Powell McNutt
Note the first few paragraphs on the Marburg Colloquy.
EKD: Evangelical Church warns about a mixing of the religions
A common prayer by Christians and Muslims is not possible. Read more here.
Perspectives for the Reformation Jubilee 2017
23 theses from the scholarly advisory board of the EKD. An adult ed resource for 2017.
In inter-faith services is it O.K for Muslims to read from the Koran in Arabic?
At the inter-faith service at Washington National Cathedral on January 21, 2017, one Muslim read from the Koran in English. Another Muslim read different verses from the Koran in Arabic.
In commenting on Muslims in inter-faith services, the Erasmus blog (The Economist) commented on what was said in English but overlooked what was said in Arabic.
The reading in Arabic included the following verse (Koran 1:7). The italicized words are added to translate the code phrases:
“I seek refuge in Allah from Satan.
Thanks be to Allah the merciful one. Guide us on the right path
for those whom you blessed (Muslims), not the path of the ones
you are angry at (Jews) and the ones who went astray (Christians).”
These verses are recited at every Friday prayer service in every mosque around the world. The meaning of what is said — that Jews incurred the wrath of Allah, and that Christians went astray — is supported by all authoritative exegetes of the Koran. Every pious Muslim knows what these verses mean.
Inter-faith services are hazardous at best. Yet it ought to be a no-brainer to forbid readings in Arabic and forbid verses in which code phrases attack Jews and Christians.
Did Vatican II Get Islam Right? – Dexter van Zile
The contradiction in Nostra Aetate. Read more here.
The American Religion of Psychology | Peter J. Leithart | First Things
Therapeutic, hollowed-out Protestantism. Read more here.
Pope Francis Routs the Knights of Malta – Sohrab Ahmari
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Pope Francis’s authority challenged by Knights of Malta over condom row – Harriet Sherwood
The real issue here is not condoms but the primacy of the pope, and his immediate jurisdiction in every Catholic community. Read more here.
Empty Heads of State – Bruce Bawer
Like the Empty Heads of Church. Read more here.
Imam Curses Christians And Jews At Trump-Attended Interfaith Service – Cristina Laila
Moderate Imam curses Christians and Jews. Read more here.
Western ND bishop bucks ELCA’s backing of pipeline protest – Archie Ingersoll
Bishop Mark Narum dissents. Sonna Anderson resigns. Read more here.
Why teens leave the faith and what churches, families are doing about it – Kelsey Dallas
The family really matters. Read more here.
The Real War on Science – John Tierney
The real threat to science is from the Left. Read more here.
Literal interpretation of Bible helps increase church attendance – Harriet Sherrwood
It’s really about having something to believe in, not necessarily Biblical literalism. Read more here.
Lawsuit Challenges Federal Regulation Forcing Doctors to Provide Gender Transition Treatment for Children
Government pressure. Read more here.