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Nazi Religion

As a lifelong pacifist, I’ve never been a fan of war books. Indeed, war seems to be to an utterly useless waste of life and a source of herculean suffering. The fact that wars happen, and books about them depress … Continue reading →...

Nazi Religion

As a lifelong pacifist, I’ve never been a fan of war books. Indeed, war seems to be to an utterly useless waste of life and a source of herculean suffering. The fact that wars happen, and books about them depress … Continue reading →...

From Catholicism to Islam to CHRIST (Loris' Testimony)

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by Onlyhopeyouhave on May 23, 2016

FAITH SERIES: The Life of Pope Francis [book review]

From his grandfather's hasty departure from Italy during WW II, to his early years as a priest in Argentina, and ultimately to his rise to leader of the Catholic Church, The Life of Pope Francis by Michael Frizell, tells the story of Jorge Mario Berg...
by The Mindful Word on Apr 28, 2016

CHURCH AND FAMILY - Pope's Manifesto

"Will Pope Francis' manifesto on family bring change to the church?" PBS NewsHour 4/8/2016ExcerptSUMMARY:  In a landmark manifesto on family life, Pope Francis called for Catholics to put conscience over dogma on critical moral issues.  His...
by Mage Soapbox on Apr 11, 2016

Holy Seer

Hands up, all who’ve heard of Veronica Lueken. Maybe one of you in the back? I have to confess to having been in the “Veronica who?” crowd until reading Joseph P. Laycock’s The Seer of Bayside. The subtitle would have …...

Donald Trump and the politics of paranoia

(Media Release) One startling feature of the latest race to become the next president of the US – which begins in earnest with next week’s Iowa caucuses – is the runaway success in the opinion polls of the outspoken billionaire, Don...
by Free PR Online on Jan 25, 2016

Monk over Matter

People can think with their emotions. At a young age we begin formal schooling to teach us the rational ways that we must develop to live in society. Emotions are trained, tamed, and sometimes repressed as we are taught that … Continue reading...

To Nature, and Beyond

It might seem odd to differentiate the supernatural from an established world religion like Roman Catholicism. After all, be premise of traditional Christianity is based on a miracle or two. Church officials, however, are not naive. It has been known...

Feasting

In addition to music, Christmas has also been associated with seasonal foods. Unlike today, when we think of foods primarily in terms of either fast food or culinary sophistication, Christmas dishes of yesteryear often had religious symbolism. While...

Seeing Things

We have to learn to see the world. Traditionally religion and science both had roles to play, but as science grew better at explaining physical causes, many consigned religion to mere superstition. In such a paradigmatic world, Lisa J. Schwebel’...

Special Edition: No one calls Mohammed an ahole. Why not, his Jihadists are?

No one calls Mohammed an Asshole, or any other ancient religious leader for that matter.But why not? Fear of offending him? Fear of offending others? Why? Because they will try to kill us, possibly? There is no need to fear non believers. There is no...
by Murdockinations on Dec 16, 2015

Human origins of the biblical canon

One component of counter-apologetics, and certainly Christian apologetics, that isn’t discussed very often, but perhaps should be, is the creation of the Bible itself; that is, the series of events leading up to what we...
by Our Daily Train on Dec 12, 2015

Private Miracles

Despite rumors to the contrary, the Roman Catholic Church is skeptical of miracles. Quick to point out pareidolia where it occurs, looking like the Blessed Virgin in a tree stump or highway underpass, this is no credulous organization. Everyday mirac...

Imagining Things

Having a child in college is one way for me to stay attuned to popular culture. You can absorb quite a lot by simply paying attention while on campus. For example, on the last several visits I’ve heard the song … Continue reading →...

Somewhere, Out There

With Pope Francis’s impending visit, the New York-Philadelphia corridor is abuzz with discussions of traffic and commuting disruptions. From a little further away, Irish Central is reporting that the Vatican chief astronomer has gone onto record st...

Biblically Business

Bibles are business. I recently read that the first book of which Oxford University Press sold a million copies was the Scofield Bible. The Scofield is incredibly resilient to the advancement of scientific thought, and, although large print editions...

Witnessing Angels

Back in my undergraduate days, I wanted to learn more about angels. Surprisingly, there were no courses offered on the subject, even at evangelical Grove City College. When I finally took an independent study on angels, I found that few … Conti...

ETHICS - Pro-Birth vs Pro-Life

"Catholic Nun Explains Pro-Life In A Way That Will Stun Many (Especially Republican Lawmakers)" by Leslie Salzillo, Daily KOS 7/30/2015ExcerptIn one simple quote, Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. sums up the hypocrisy in the 'pro-life' movement:I do no...
by Mage Soapbox on Jul 31, 2015

CATHOLICISM - Duty to Protect the Earth?

"Do Catholics have a religious duty to protect the Earth?" PBS NewsHour 6/18/2015ExcerptSUMMARY:  Today the Pope released an encyclical calling for action to combat climate change.  Judy Woodruff speaks to Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop...
by Mage Soapbox on Jun 22, 2015


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