Stories I’ve Found, 11/9/2012

Interesting stories I’ve found lately:

Inerrancy: I Think Someone Forgot to Tell the Bible by Peter Enns is a good exploration of the issue of Biblical Inerrancy.  It’s something Catholics usually aren’t dealing with, since we can generally live without Biblical Inerrancy, but it’s something important to grasp now and then so we don’t go off the deep end. This is why the Bible is here as far as I’m concerned: “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of [his] disciples that are not written in this book.But these are written that you may [come to] believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30-31)

G. Jeffrey MacDonaled asks an excellent moral question in the wake of hurricane Sandy: Is It Ethical to Defy Evacuation Orders?  I can understand the desire to hunker down and survive no matter what, but then again, it seems presumptuous to ask rescue personnel to put themselves at risk to save you when things get too bad. Of course, I don’t think I’d ever live right next to a coast, in the woods where flash fires are a reailty or in a floodplain, even if the potential for disaster is only once in a century.  Of course, I live near Tornado Alley. . .

Jim Wallis is an author I’ve admired for a while. His article, God Is Still Not a Republican, or a Democrat, articulate some views I can share about religion and politics.  I think his observation: “Politics always desires to make a handmaiden of religion.” is something all of us working the religion side of the street must remember and factor into our trust of political promises.

There are several prevailing myths about Mormonism out there, and in fairness, it’s best to get things right.

The GetReligion folks ask thoughtful questions about the election and reporting religious trends.  As usual, you have to take everything you read with a huge dose of salt, even if you agree with it.

Omid Safi offers some provocative challenges about the future of the American Dream in the wake of the election this week.  His quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King are ones I’m not familiar with. but excellent.

Brazil is trying to come to grips with its past under a military dictatorship. The role of the churches during 1964-85 will be examined during this journey.  Healing of the past can only come with Truth.

For you Tolkien fans out there, an article about The Christian World of the Hobbit.  It’s a different story than Lord of the Rings, and I hadn’t pondered the theological implications of The Hobbit yet, but I will now.

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