Evangelicalism in Confusion

What is evangelicalism these days? It used to believe in Scripture, but an increasing number of evangelical leaders and publications are stepping back. Case in point: creation. Christianity Today has a blog post by Rob Moll critical of “youth earth creationism.” It links to a New York Times article, “Rock of Ages, Ages of Rocks,”…

US Catholic Bishops Used by New Line

Tom Peters and Carl Olson draw attention to new ads for “The Golden Compass” touting the endorsement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Olson notes that Harry Forbes of the US Bishops’ film office also was responsible for a positive review of “Brokeback Mountain.”

Romney’s Faith

Mitt Romney will give a Mormonism speech, and folks are making JFK comparisons. But there’s a problem with those comparisons–JFK was a lay Catholic whose lifestyle was at odds with Catholic teaching, while Mitt Romney was a Mormon bishop, the highest level of the Mormon priesthood and pastor (unpaid) of his ward (parish). He not…

Cognitive Dissonance

The film office of the U. S. Catholic Bishops praises “Golden Compass,” the film version of a series of books whose author says his intent was to kill God (acknowledging occult elements)–while at the same time blasting the “anti-Catholicism” of the historical film, “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” for its depiction of Spanish anti-Protestantism. Are they…

Indians and the “New Age”

Various branches of the “New Age” movement have sought to appropriate aspects of Native American spirituality. The Native Americans whose rituals are being used are not happy. This is a few years old, but still relevant: Declaration of War Against Exploiters of Lakota Spirituality. Reason? … for too long we have suffered the unspeakable indignity…

Starry Eyed

St. Andrew’s Episcopalian church in Seattle offers an astrology workshop: “They Followed A Star: Astrology & Christianity As Allies on the Journey.” Dan Keusal is “a licensed Counselor and Astrologer in private practice in Seattle.” His resume includes “a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, and … graduate-level…