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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.

More Reflections on Francis' First Year

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We knew Pope Francis was remarkable by the end of his first week in office. When he came out on to the loggia of St. Peter’s the evening of his election, and before imparting his apostolic blessing, Francis asked the crowd gathered in the square to pray for him, and bowed before them to receive their blessing. We knew he had a pope with a dialogical personality, a man whose humility was as strong as his convictions.

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