The Silly, Masonic Debate on Whether We Worship the Same God

It seems that some things never go away, and the running battle over whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God is one of those.  The day I picked to take on this subject is deliberate: it's the feast of St. John the Evangelist, which is also one of the great holidays of Masonry. As …

The Place Which Watches the Grass Grow Gets a Pass on Shari’a

Brunei slides past our sybaritic elites: The sultan of Brunei has issued an edict that threatens Muslims with five years in prison if they celebrate Christmas. Christians are told that their celebrations must remain secret or they can be jailed as well. One of my family business' customers was Brunei Shell, as the state sanctioned …

Anglicanism Without Canterbury

The Most Rev. Eliud Wabukala, Kenya's Anglican primate, lays it out: It has been suggested that the way forward is for the Anglican Communion to abandon the idea that there should be mutual recognition between the provinces and that it should instead find its unity simply in a common relationship with the Archbishop of Canterbury. …

The Non-Nestorian Theology of "Mary Did You Know"

Jordan Smith's stunning performance of "Mary Did You Know" on "The Voice" is a reminder of the fact that this song--written by Baptist comedian Mark Lowry--is American Evangelicalism's "official" Christmas carol. What Evangelicals probably don't know is that, for all of their reputation for sloppy theology, Lowry nailed it on this one: Did you know …

Home is Where the Heart Is, But the Wallet Cannot Go

Christmas is the time of year when we think of "home". Home for many Americans generates warm fuzzy feelings of a place where things were simpler and life was, somehow, better. It brings memories of places we've left, assuming we've left them behind at all.  And it's a place where, for all the saccharine sentiment, …

Tribalism All The Way

I saw a Facebook post which characterised the Jr. Jerry Falwell's recent comments about concealed carry and Islam as follows: This is probably what most people expect of Fundamentalists-- hyper conservative, right wing bigots who see anyone who disagrees with them as godless enemies. This is religious tribalism at its most basic element. We are …

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