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A little historical perspective about the “intolerance” of Christians.

17 September 2014
Nero.

Nero.

The situation in US is more like the first century now then it ever has been in my lifetime. Christians have been considered “intolerant haters” before:

“Tacitus acknowledged that Christians weren’t really guilty of the trumped-up charges of setting fire to the city. Instead, he admits they were killed for “hatred against mankind.” What had Christians done to warrant the charge of “haters”? Again, they refused to condone the pantheon of gods and the religious practices that went along with them. In sum, the stories of Pliny and Nero are both encouraging and frightening. They are frightening because they sound eerily similar to the kind of language and accusations being used today against Christians.”

But there is this:

In sum, the stories of Pliny and Nero are both encouraging and frightening. They are frightening because they sound eerily similar to the kind of language and accusations being used today against Christians. But instead of Christians being asked to pay homage to the Roman gods to prove their acceptability, they are now being asked to pay homage to the gods of tolerance or homosexual marriage or other practices forbidden by Scripture.

At the same time, these stories are encouraging. They remind us that this sort of persecution isn’t new. Indeed, this persecution was not the end of Christianity but the beginning. In the midst of it, the church thrived and expanded.

Read the whole article in thegospelcoalition.org here.

Radical feminists imposing a political agenda by taking their clothes off?

17 September 2014

“I used to hunt animals in the woods and objectify women…but when I saw those young women walking around Manhattan topless to protest sexism with various slogans written across their breasts, I decided to become a radical feminist vegan.”  -Said no man ever.

This well written article does a good job of illustrating of the confused irrational state of contemporary feminism.

“Liberal activists don’t want the State to be outside the bedroom anymore, they want the State in the bedroom—loudly applauding the acts they see taking place, refraining from any judgment but one of approval, and paying for pills and bits of rubber to ensure that such acts do not go awry and result in reproduction or infection.

Your prayers are not welcome in public, but your privates are. The Emperor has no clothes, and is quite enjoying it—so long as the chilly breezes of moral truth don’t leak out of drafty cathedrals to cause discomfort.”

read the whole article here.

(No pictures are included in this post. I just couldn’t bring myself to post any of them.)

Augustine of Hippo: “But my sin was this, that I looked for pleasure, beauty, and truth”

16 September 2014

Augustine of Hippo

“But my sin was this, that I looked for pleasure, beauty, and truth not in Him but in myself and His other creatures, and the search led me instead to pain, confusion, and error.”

- Saint Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

John Norden: “The greatest impediment [to prayer] is the abundance of worldly things”

15 September 2014

John Norden

“The greatest impediment [to prayer] is the abundance of worldly things, such as riches, health, authority, mighty and many friends, whereby we grow into a conceit of a secure estate of ourselves; insomuch as we imagine that we have no need of the aid of God.”

- John Norden, A Progress of Piety

Cardinal Francis George, Roman Catholic archdiocese of Chicago: ‘“What was once a request to live and let live has now become a demand for approval”

13 September 2014

cardinal-george

‘“What was once a request to live and let live has now become a demand for approval,” said Cardinal George, whose archdiocese includes about 2.2 million Catholics. “The ‘ruling class,’ those who shape public opinion in politics, in education, in communications, in entertainment, is using the civil law to impose its own form of morality on everyone.”
‘“We are told that, even in marriage itself, there is no difference between men and women, although nature and our very bodies clearly evidence that men and women are not interchangeable at will in forming a family,” he said. “Nevertheless, those who do not conform to the official religion, we are warned, place their citizenship in danger.”’

-Cardinal Francis George, Roman Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, in this article by Michael W. Chapman in CNS News.

Augustine of Hippo: “Since you cannot do good to all …”

12 September 2014

Augustine of Hippo

“Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.”

- Saint Augustine of Hippo, On Christian Teaching

Bishop Grafton: “the sin of the creature did not baffle the work of the Creator”

11 September 2014

Charles Grafton

“We hold, therefore, that the Incarnation was eternally purposed and that the sin of the creature did not baffle the work of the Creator. It may have been necessary for the manifestation of His love to come and die for us on the Cross, but it was ever His intent to consummate creation by an Incarnation, which would lead eventually in another state to a kingdom or a sphere where all sin would be abolished and pain and sorrow should be no more.”
– Charles Grafton, 2nd Bishop of Fond du Lac

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