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The Gospel and Politics

The people in the Bible group were discussing the Gospel messages of love: in particular, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27); “Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you” (Luke 6:27-28); “Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them” (Matt 7:12).

The focus of the conversation was on how these messages apply to everyday life.… Read More

 

Reflections On Giving Thanks

38897017 - jerusalem, israel - march 4, 2015: the modern paint of jesus in armenian church of our lady of the spasm by unknown artist.The Gospel passage selected for Thanksgiving Day, 2016 was the story of the ten lepers that Jesus cleansed: “Now one of them,when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered and said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they?… Read More

 

Overcoming Religious Triumphalism

BIBLE, 10924261_sReligious triumphalism is the conviction that one’s religious beliefs are superior to other people’s. Ironically, triumphalism violates the virtue of humility that is extolled by virtually every religion. It is the theological equivalent of sports’ fans chanting “We’re number one.” In sports the practice is innocuous, even somewhat charming. That is certainly not the case in religion.

Unfortunately, religious triumphalism is most common among the staunchest religious believers.… Read More

 

The Denigration of Women, Part IV

22796704_sPart I: Having affected the lives of half the members of the human race in innumerable ways for millennia, the denigration of women is clearly the greatest single injustice in human history and continues to be a stain on culture and religion alike. Part II and Part III: The Church has contributed to the denigration of women. The key to correcting this mistake lies in Christ’s commandment to love one’s neighbor.Read More

 

The Denigration of Women in History, Part III

Vatican, St Peters, 16991911_sPart I: Having affected the lives of half the members of the human race in innumerable ways for millennia, the denigration of women is clearly the greatest single injustice in human history and continues to be a stain on culture and religion alike. Part II: The Church can correct its role in this denigration by identifying elements of unloving conduct toward women that exist in its teachings and replacing them with thoughts and behavior more in keeping with Christ’s commandment to love one’s neighbor.
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The Denigration of Women, Part II

St Peters Rome 30202827_sAfter illustrating the historical denigration of women from ancient times in virtually every culture and religion, Part I of this essay ended with this sentence: “Having affected the lives of half the members of the human race in innumerable ways for millennia, the denigration of women is clearly the greatest single injustice in human history and continues to be a stain on culture and religion alike.”

What can be done to correct this historic injustice?… Read More