Vatican II. Are you there?

This blog and subsequent blogs for the next few weeks, that I will write, will center on the Documents of Vatican II. An event in the Catholic Church with attendance and participation by mainline protestant denominations back in the 1960s. John XXIII, a pope, chosen because many believed, at the time he would be a […]

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Gospel, Grammar, and the Infallibility of Dogma — Eclectic Orthodoxy

Dogmas are the constitutive doctrines that define the Christian faith. Such dogmas must be believed by Christians, because they articulate essential dimensions of God’s self-revelation in Christ and thus norm the Church’s proclamation of the gospel. I have found Lutheran ecumenist George Lindbeck of great assistance in understanding the nature of dogma. In his groundbreaking […]

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Are Prayers to Guardian Angels Apostolic? — Orthodox Christian Theology

While much of what separates Protestants from Orthodox (or any branch of Apostolic Christianity) is couched in soteriological differences, if we are honest the main points of differences pertain to orthopraxy. The Orthodox stand, they repeat prayers, they have icons, they sort of believe in Purgatory, they pray to saints/angels as well as God, and […]

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Book review: The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth — Patrick T. Reardon

Ken Krimstein’s 2018 graphic biography of Jewish-German-French-American philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt is titled The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth. The cover with its three cartoon-character images of Arendt as a child, as a young woman and as an older woman signals that here is a book that doesn’t take…

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The Baptism of Jesus and The Missing Verses in the Lectionary Gospel Text — pastordawn is a Lutheran minister from Canada with great insights and reflections

While musing on the readings for this coming Sunday, I came across these notes that I made when these readings came up – Baptism of Jesus 2010. I offer them to my preaching colleagues in the hope that we might move beyond the story as it has been read during worship so that we might […]

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