Beckwith

Much has been said on Catholic and Protestant blogs alike about the reversion to Catholicism of former evangelical theologian Francis Beckwith. Now, some might suggest that there is something psychological rather than theological at work in the case of men in their mid-40s who return to the faith they had spurned as adolescents or young…

A Double Standard?

You know something interesting? I’ve gotten lots of e-mail from angry folks who demand that I never refer to the Catholic Church on this blog. To do so would prove I am “angry,” in their (angry) estimate. Yet these same folks are quite happy to hear the stories of converts to Catholicism, and to make…

Phony Saints–Philomena

There never was a St. Philomena. The old Catholic Encyclopedia explains how this fictional figure came into Catholic consciousness: On 25 May, 1802, during the quest for the graves of Roman martyrs in the Catacomb of Priscilla, a tomb was discovered and opened; as it contained a glass vessel it was assumed to be the…

Stat Spike

Looking over my stats I see a huge jump, 10- to 20-fold, last weekend and the early part of last week. The voyeurs have gone away now, and I can get back to normal blogging.

Religion and Politics in Philadelphia Mayoral Race

Religious attacks late in mayor’s race. Nasty fliers, accusations, and name-calling all around. “Remember that Democrat Tom Knox is a practicing Catholic,” the flyer reads. “Michael Nutter? He was Catholic when it was convenient for him, so he could get a quality Catholic education. Now? He quietly left the Catholic Church to become a Baptist,…

Hiking

Jess and Jim went camping. Franklin and some others went along. Franklin took some folks hiking. Read about all their adventures in the post and the comments.

More on Evangelism

The ELCA is desperately trying to get diverse. Only 1.12% of its members are African-American (but that’s a little better than the .28% of the LCMS). Membership is slowly draining (as is true of most merged mainline churches). Lutheranism remains an ethnic church, made up mainly of Scandinavians and Germans. The ELCA has lots of…