Benedict XVI on Historical-Critical Scholarship — Ad Orientem

Scripture has been opened up anew by historical-critical scholarship and, I admit, locked up anew as well. It has been opened up anew: thanks to the labors of exegesis we hear the Word fo the Bible in a completely new way in its historical originality, in the variety of a developing and growing history, with […] …

The General Thanksgiving — Chet Aero Marine

Of all the prayers we used to pray from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer at Bethesda, probably my favourite was what the Prayer Book called “A General Thanksgiving,” but I normally attached the definite article to it. It’s especially appropriate now and here it is: Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we, thine unworthy […] …

The Problem Overlooked in the McGowin-Nelson-Johnson Debate Over Women’s Ordination

One of the more interesting items on this blog (some don't think there are any, but I digress) is the McPherson-Bogard Debate, between one of the most important figures in early modern Pentecost and one of the most illustrious representatives of fundamental Baptist belief and practice.  The fact that the Pentecostals were represented by a …

Standfirm Rides Again

It's actually been "out there" for almost two months, but I just found out and it's worth repeating: Stand Firm in Faith, the once and future premier conservative Anglican blog, is back with Matt Kennedy, his snow-shoveling wife Anne Carlson Kennedy, and Tim Fountain standing firm in faith against People Who Shovel Something Else. Honestly …

Anatheism: What Is It, and Do I Have It?

I probably spend more time than I should online following seminary academics.  That's not just considering their impact on me: sometimes they bite back, especially if they're of a Reformed background.  In any case a series of events has led me to discover something called anatheism, which is the discovery (for want of a better …

We Africans are not children in need of western enlightenment — Ad Orientem

Friends, please hear me, we Africans are not afraid of our sisters and brothers who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, questioning, or queer. We love them and we hope the best for them. But we know of no compelling arguments for forsaking our church’s understanding of Scripture and the teachings of the church universal. […] …

That Man in Rome…That Man in the White House

Just saw the tweet at the right.  I think it's hilarious that people have started to refer to the Occupant of the See of St. Peter as "that man in Rome."  American history buffs will remember that some Republicans, unable to utter his name, used to refer to Franklin D. Roosevelt as "that man in …

Millennials Wasting Time with Astrology

As documented in this piece today on CBS This Morning: https://youtu.be/nlPoLrghcow I can remember growing up on the Miami Herald and seeing the horoscope buried well past the front page.  Now publications like Cosmopolitan put it front and centre. That piece reminded me of a pithy observation by John McKenzie in his The Two-Edged Sword: …

The Coming Continuing Roman Catholic Church — Ad Orientem

“The Burke critique is simple enough. Church teaching on questions like marriage’s indissolubility is supposed to be unchanging, and that’s what he’s upholding: “I haven’t changed. I’m still teaching the same things I always taught and they’re not my ideas.” What is unchanging certainly can’t be altered by an individual pontiff: “The pope is not […] …

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