The Holy Spirit and Miracles, Then and Now

This is the ninth in a sporadic series on the Catechetical Lectures of St. Cyril of Jerusalem.  The last posting was Is God’s Omnipotence Dependent Upon the Existence of His Creation? One of the long-running debates in Christianity is that of cessationism. Did the “sign gifts” described in 1 Corinthians 12 die out with the …

Gene Robinson Should Be an Atheist

That is, if he takes his own words seriously: No, Tyler was a victim -- not of an inner disturbance of depression or mental illness--but of an external and in part religiously inspired disdain and hatred of gay people. Despite the progress we're making on achieving equality under the law and acceptance in society for …

Katharine Birbalsingh: Maybe Our Next Tennessee Commissioner of Education?

For Americans who are unfamiliar with this British drama, Katharine Birbalsingh is the British deputy headteacher of an Anglican school in London who "outed" herself as a conservative and spoke passionately about the shortcomings of the educational system in the UK (many of which are shared here, as Michelle Rhee has found out) at a …

It's Important to be Careful When You're Eating Out in Russia

Some things have not changed from Soviet times: Russian officials have been left red-faced after a salad containing a live earthworm was served at a dinner in honour of German President Christian Wulff, media reported Thursday. The incident came to light after a Russian regional governor, evidently finding the matter hilarious, wrote a Twitter entry …

Book Review: Jean-Baptiste Duroselle's France and the Nazi Threat: The Collapse of French Diplomacy 1932-1939

One of the urgent questions that keeps coming up in the war with Islamic careerists is this: what is the similarity of the situation that lead up to the start of World War II?  Are our leaders appeasers in the tradition of Neville Chamberlain, letting budding Hitlers like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have victory after victory until …

Foreign Money for the Republicans?

Things are getting desperate now: “You don’t know,” he said here. “It could be the oil industry, it could be the insurance industry, it could even be foreign-owned corporations. You don’t know because they don’t have to disclose. Now that’s not just a threat to Democrats, that’s a threat to our democracy.” Still, in saying …

If American politics still operated on the rules of the twentieth century, the Democrats would own this political cycle

That's part of Walter Russell Mead's opening line in his piece as to why they don't: Lost in the chatter about the potential GOP tsunami in the midterm elections is one simple fact:  if American politics still operated on the rules of the twentieth century, the Democrats would own this political cycle. The issues that …

Guess We'll Have to Go Back to Going to Europe via Boat

If they take this to it's logical conclusion, that is: A global deal on emissions curbs by airlines struck late on Friday will allow the European Union to press ahead with plans to charge airlines for emissions permits from 2012, the European Commission said on Saturday. The EU agreed in 2008 that airlines should be …

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