Archive | August, 2013

The Challenge of Pope Francis: Halt the tide of “Savage Capitalism”

August 24, 2013

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Michael Stafford writes about how the new pope’s critique of “savage capitalism” has yet to root itself in the American psyche.  It’s time we open our minds.  Stafford powerfully and passionately describes how the greed-is-good wave propels America toward third-world status, with plutocracy and a top-heavy economy strangling our national life.   Two key paragraphs: […]

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An Open Letter to Rush Limbaugh

August 15, 2013

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This may come as a surprise, but Rush LImbaugh was recently unreasonable.  He said this:  “If you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in man-made global warming.” Perhaps the day will soon arrive when we can allow Rush to blare his absurdities without a response, but not yet — if, for no other reason, […]

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Confession from a dweeb

August 10, 2013

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The term, “mea-culpa” is Latin for, “I’m an idiot.”  Philologists squabble over nuance, of course.  Some offer footnote-laden papers supporting “jerk” while young’n restless revisionists fight for “dolt” and “dweeb.”  It gets ugly at academic conferences what with all the hurled epithets, ruined reputations, and tossed fruit salads.  And no follow-up mea-culpas.  Such is academia’s […]

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What happens when theologians forget about the “theos” part?

August 8, 2013

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Frederica Mathewes-Green has finally settled the age-old question: “Why do I usually fall asleep when I open a theological text written in the twentieth or the twenty-first century?”   The theological greats – such as Augustine or Luther or Calvin or Wesley – were obviously struggling to know God.  They were worshipping as they wrote.  […]

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