Who Was Roland Carnaby?

Roland Carnaby claimed to be a CIA agent–and was gunned down by Houston Police Officers during a traffic stop in 2008. Most local news agencies dismissed him as a nut and never followed up the story. The Houston Press stayed on the case, and has written a fascinating report.

Dan Brown’s Latest

So, during a lull in my busy day, I popped into Wal-Mart and read the last few chapters of Dan Brown’s latest book. Freemasonry is front and center in this tale, but the message is the same as in his previous books: don’t believe or trust the Bible; instead, believe those esoteric philosophies that reject…

More Dan Brown. Sigh.

Dan Brown’s latest book is soon to be published. This is said to be about the freemasons. He’ll sell lots of books because he knows how to tell a compelling story (no matter how illogical it may be–any novel is bound to be a “page turner” when its chapters are only two pages long!). And…

Richard McBrien on the Eucharist

Fr. Richard McBrien is one of the best known Catholic scholars. And he’s often getting himself publicity by articles taking issue with Catholic teaching. Take this, for example: Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. After clearing the air about an article that was in the Boston Globe (a good job), he then throws out some gratuitous swipes at…

The Blind Leading the Blind

Robert Benne, one of the ELCA opponents of homosexuality, reflects on the ELCA assembly for Christianity Today: “How the ELCA Left the Great Tradition.” But Benne doesn’t see that his own views on Scripture are part of the problem. All ELCA theologians embrace the historical-critical method. Scripture is, in this view, at best, a human…

Revisiting the JDDJ

We’re coming up on the 10th anniversary of the “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification,” signed by the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation. I’ll have to write my own reflection on that. Meanwhile, here’s a reflection by Paul McCain: Betraying the Reformation: The Sad Legacy of The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of…

More Lutheran Voices

Carl Braaten. … the ELCA has succumbed to the same ailment as liberal Protestantism. What is that? Modern Protestantism is an amalgamation of historic Christianity and the principles of the Enlightenment, its rationalism, subjectivism, and anthropocentrism. The underlying assumption is the neo-gnostic belief in the inner-dwelling of God, such that everyone is endowed with the…