So Much for “Indelible Character”

John Allen reports that the US Bishops are taking great comfort in the preliminary report of John Jay College that there’s really nothing distinctive about priests–they don’t stand out in any way from the general society. Archbishop Elden Curtiss of Omaha, for example, said from the floor that the study will be of “great interest,”…

The History of Water Torture

NPR looks at the history of water torture–yes, torture is the word to use. It was the word used in the war crimes trials against Japanese military leaders following WW2. They were convicted for it. In 1983 a Texas sheriff was convicted for using it to extract confessions. Mirror of Justice comments (and points to…

Interfaith “Dinner Dialogues” in Houston

Houston Chronicle reports on last night’s “Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogue,” in which over 800 participated. Interfaith dialogue is most alive in Houston at the grass-roots level. On the grander scale there are a couple of things that go on, like the social ministries of Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, and the pulpit exchange sponsored by…

ETS on “Open Theism”

I definitely wasn’t paying attention to matters of the Evangelical Theological Society the past few years … I missed their big battle over “Open Theism” in 2003 (mentioned in an article about this year’s ETS meetings by Ted Olsen). They had taken a vote on whether to expel Clark Pinnock and John Sanders (it failed).…