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While liberal Lutherans and liberal Episcopalians have gone the way of mainline Protestantism in its anything-goes ecumenism, it is a different story with church bodies that still hold to their historical doctrines. The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has broken away from the Episcopal Church (U.S.A.), joining other global Anglicans in affirming a more [Read More…] . . . Read All
I recently posted about the Lutheran video tribute to the 21 Coptic Martyrs of Libya, going on to address the accusation that the Copts are monophysite heretics. Reader Ori Pomerantz shared the post with Medhat Ghabrial, a Coptic Christian, who wrote a fascinating comment on Facebook that I had to share with you (with his [Read More…] . . . Read All
A score of a new composition by Mozart has been discovered, the music to an opera libretto. And he wrote it in collaboration with Antonio Salieri, whom the play Amadeus accused of murdering Mozart! I can’t find a recording of what the piece of music sounds like. Let us know if you come across one. [Read More…] . . . Read All
The influence of Christianity on our civilization is such that even secular-seeming holidays like Halloween and Valentine’s Day derive, if indirectly, from the church. St. Valentine’s Day is a curious one, a celebration of romantic love. I think this is a good thing to celebrate, but why do we do it, and what’s the connection with [Read More…] . . . Read All
Not only did liberals used to be pro-life, opposing abortion used to be a progressive principle. So shows a new book on the origins of the pro-life movement before Roe v. Wade, reviewed in the Atlantic. From Emma Green, Review: ‘Defenders of the Unborn’ and the Secret Progressive History of the Pro-Life Movement – The Atlantic: [Read More…] . . . Read All
Merry New Year’s Eve! It has long been the custom at this blog to make predictions for the coming year (we’ll do that tomorrow, on New Year’s Day) and then to check them on the last day of that year. The one who makes the best prediction–that is, the most precise and unexpected prognostication–will be [Read More…] . . . Read All
Every New Year’s Eve, I look back on the events of the past year. I do so by reading Dave Barry’s Year in Review. The month by month retrospective has the virtue of being very funny, which makes the survey of the year’s madness much easier to take. Start it and follow the link after [Read More…] . . . Read All
So what were the biggest stories or most important developments in confessional Lutheranism for 2015? I have come up with 6, which I give after the jump. We really need 10. Can we come up with 4 more?In no particular order. . . 1. The major confessional Lutheran church bodies are not in fellowship with [Read More…] . . . Read All
It’s been a rough year. Bloomberg’s Lu Wang, referring specifically to economics and investing, has called 2015 The Year Nothing Worked. Terrorism is back in force, with ISIS giving us nearly daily examples of unsettling, disillusioning cruelty. That’s hard for humanists, optimists, and progressives to take, day in and day out. The Taliban is [Read More…] . . . Read All
The last week of the year is a time to look back upon the previous year and forward to the year ahead. We’ll be doing some of that here, culminating in New Year’s Eve, for our looks back, followed by New Year’s Day when we will make our predictions for 2016. On December 31, we [Read More…] . . . Read All
There were the Robber Barons, the 1%, and those the Democrats demonize as “the rich.” But they are Salvation Army bell ringers compared to Jakob Fugger, the 16th century money man who was one of the founders of the banking system and a prime mover in many of the royal schemes, shady investments, and bribery [Read More…] . . . Read All
Ailleen Petzoldt shares details about the Christmas Country Church Tour in Southeast Missouri, Dec. 17 & 18, 2015.
Bill O’Reilly is considered a conservative, but he is challenging one of American conservatism’s biggest icons. In his bestselling book Killing Reagan, O’Reilly maintains that the assassination attempt 69 days into his presidency caused Reagan to be mentally impaired for the rest of his terms in office. O’Reilly describes the president being in a state [Read More…] . . . Read All
Archaeologists have made an astounding discovery: the tomb of a warrior at Pylos from 1,500 B.C., before the Homeric era, filled with gold, jewels, and priceless artifacts. From Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ at Pylos Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations – The New York Times: Archaeologists digging at Pylos, an ancient city on the southwest [Read More…] . . . Read All
The Lutheran Conception of a Christian Commonwealth according to King Gustavus Adolphus, and its Mighty Impact on the Formation of our Great Republic, and on the State of Pennsylvania in particular
Gustavus AdolphusKing of Sweden, and Saviour of GermanyProgenitor of American LibertiesAs has become our custom over the years, in honor of the American civic holiday, Independence Day, we on this day publish an important article forcefully demonstrati…
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Last week the Pope ruled in favor of environmentalism. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Obamacare. And then the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage. Bad week for conservatives. Some would add the public’s sudden revulsion to all…
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In this second post on this topic we will examine the basic teachings of Andreas Karlstadt and Thomas Müntzer in the early 1520s (part 1 can be found here). Both men challenged Luther’s teachings on the Word and Sacraments. These men rejected infa…
Yesterday was the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, which established the principle of the Rule of Law, to which even kings and other rulers are subject. What often gets forgotten, as Eric Metaxas points out, is that the Magna Cart…
Today we discuss the history, purpose, trends, and future of confirmation in the Lutheran Church.
The younger generation, as has been said, always thinks that it has invented sex. And those who “don’t know much about history” seem to think that sex and sexual issues are contemporary phenomena. So the editors at Salon are giddy to learn what Martin Luther wrote about sex. Reading from a new book about Luther [Read More…] . . . Read All
About two years ago, we posted First Sleep, Second Sleep, which became the 12th most-read post on this blog, with people to this day clicking on it. It had to do with what historians have discovered about sleep patterns in the days before artificial lighting, from ancient and Biblical days through the 17th century. People [Read More…] . . . Read All
Some weeks ago, I blogged about the publication of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s memoir, entitled Pioneer Girl. This was the manuscript she wrote about her life on the frontier that she could not get published, whereupon she switched gears to write a slightly fictionalized version in a series of books for children. These became the nine [Read More…] . . . Read All