Late-12th-century stained-glass windows from Canterbury show the fathers of Noah and Abraham wearing Jewish hats. How come?
The significance of “Zionism Unsettled,” the study guide put out under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church last month, does not lie in its wholesale embrace of the Palestinian cause but in its theological rejection of Zionism as a species of religious exceptionalism.
Reality show star Jamie Coots is not the first snake-handling pastor to die practicing his faith, and he presumably won’t be the last. The question is whether Americans have become more susceptible to the religious liberty claims he made.
This religious shift could one day give the political throw-weight to Democrats that evangelicals gave Republicans for a generation.
This isn’t the first time they’ve been in a predicament when it comes to dealing with federal rules of wedlock.
Astonishingly, a plurality of Republicans now believe that humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.
Last month, the Vatican sent around a questionnaire on “pastoral challenges to the family,” in preparation for its big bishops’ synod in Rome next October. One priest has answers that his bishop may not want to hear.
Sure, conservative anxiety about Pope Francis has been building for months, but since His Holiness exhorted the faithful with his “Joy of the Gospel” there has been a serious outbreak of Francis Derangement Syndrome (FDS).