In the brouhaha over NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick protesting the treatment of “black people and people of color” in the U.S. by refusing to stand for the National Anthem, many in the media revisited this country’s history of slavery. Several pundits even made the dubious claim that...
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Are you tired of being charged with intolerance? I know I am. Anyone who believes in absolute truth has felt the sting of this charge. “We should accept everyone’s opinions as equally valid,” say the relativist. “Since you absolutists don’t, you’re intolerant.”
Let’s put a stake through the heart of this charge.
A bad combo
First of all, this argument is self-defeating for a relativist. Notice it insists one ought to pursue tolerance...
One the great church historians of the nineteenth century, German Lutheran scholar Adolf Harnack, bemoaned the ignorance his mainly Lutheran university students displayed of Catholicism:
I am convinced from constant experience of the fact that the students who leave our schools have the most disconnected and absurd ideas about ecclesiastical history. Some of them know something about Gnosticism, or about other curious and for them worthless details. But of...
For a short time, Puritanism was the dominant religion in America. But the need to populate a large continent led to lots of immigration of lots of people from different religions. Since then, we Americans have developed a sardonic definition of Puritan: a person with the nagging feeling that, somewhere, someone is having fun and must be stopped.
The new orthodoxy, the state religion, is that abortion is a positive good. Thus, a pro-choice Puritan is a person with the nagging feeling...
On this day when the Church memorializes the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is always helpful to consider the accumulation of examples from the Old Testament concerning the Gebirah (Hebrew, “Great Lady”)or “Queen Mother.” In an earlier blog post , and, in my book, ...