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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.


Erasmus clueless about Koran’s code words

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.

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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

Pope Francis defends birth control with the heavy hand of papal primacy. Read more here.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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Gender Conformity (3) – Kathy Kersten

A child’s ability to resolve gender dysphoria tends to correlate with
parental attitudes, with success much more likely if parents minimize the
problem, which is exactly the opposite of what transgender ideologues such
as the Edwards are doing.

Read more here.

A Medical Response to Alberta Education’s Gender Diversity: Guidelines for Best Practices – Donna Trimble

Secondly, we are concerned that the conclusions drawn from this document are faulty, namely that a child’s subjective gender self-identification be accepted without question or concern and, thereby, encouraged and entrenched. Mr. Eggen’s proposal states that “No student or family should be referred to programs which purport to ‘fix’ ‘change or ‘repair’ a student’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.” This naïve and oppressive statement disregards the underlying emotional, mental or physical reasons that might lead someone to identify sexually as someone other than his or her morphological and genetic identity. Nowhere else in medicine, other than gender identity and sexuality, is such a reckless stance taken or practiced presently.

Read more here.

Transgender Conformity (2) – Katherine Kersten

“Post-Christian man views his body as a tabula rasa-a canvas on which to
express his identity and exert his will. In fact, the more contrary to
nature one’s new self is, the more “authentic” it can claim to be. The
recent mania for tattoos and piercings is a case in point. The desire to be
free of the human condition and its limitations has ancient roots. It has
taken Gnostic form in both the ancient and modern worlds. The Gnostic
impulse rejects physical reality as evil. It seeks a higher, hidden
knowledge-available only to an elite-in its quest for personal salvation.
Animated by this knowledge, the Gnostic approach creates a kind of magical
reality that refuses to admit conditions that resist the human will.

“Today’s transgender crusade can be seen as the latest manifestation of this
denial. It is inherently authoritarian, as other latter-day Gnostic projects
have been, because it has to be. Nature and common sense oppose it. In the
“Gnostic dream world,” as Eric Voegelin once put it, “non-recognition of
reality is the first principle.” Critics who persist in drawing attention to
reality must be discredited or silenced. Otherwise, the Gnostic fantasy
world crumbles.”

Read more here.

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Transgender Conformity – Katherine Kersten

“Every cell in the human body marks individuals as either male or female,
with males bearing an XY and females an XX chromosome….

“Transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become
men. All … become feminized men or masculinized women, conterfeits or
impersonators of the sex with which they “identify.” In that lies their
problematic future.”

Read more here.

Conservative cardinals challenge Pope over teachings on family – Phillip Pullella

Pope Francis sowing confusion. Read more here.

Barth on Luther

What Karl Barth asked about Luther in 1933 is still worth pondering this Reformation Day:

“What else was Luther than a teacher of the Christian church whom one can hardly celebrate in any other way but to listen to him?”