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Francis: Christianity is not ethics

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While I was away, a friend sent me a link to this report on one of Pope Francis' morning sermons, in which Pope Francis said that Christianity is not ethics, but a "story of salvation," and "bending over the flesh of our brothers and sisters." The friend asked if I was ghost writing for the pope. I am not. I would suggest that Pope Francis actually read and listened to Pope Benedict, as I tried to do.

Are the Dems sunk this year?

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Alex Sink was widely expected to win the special election in Florida's 13th District yesterday. Republican operatives even admitted that her opponent, David Jolly, was running a Keystone Cops-quality campaign. Still, she lost and Jolly won. The Democrats need to seriously figure out how they can avoid this coming November's midterms from turning into a defeat of epic proportions. Hint: Defend the ACA but run as far from Obama as you can. 

Review: Apostles of Reason, Part II

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Today, I continue my review of Molly Worthen’s important book Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism, focusing on the emergence of neo-evangelicals who started seminaries like Fuller Theological Seminary, formed the National Evangelical Association, and took to the pages of Christianity Today to articulate their concerns, most especially a concern to rehabilitate the idea of biblical inerrancy.

Review: Apostles of Reason

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Molly Worthen, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has written a truly important book. Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism is the kind of highly ambitious intellectual history that requires thorough familiarity with the sources, a keen eye for discerning intellectual undercurrents, a gift for telling a complicated, many faceted story, and, perhaps most importantly, an editorial aptitude for weaving it all together.

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