Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hamilton's Religion, God's Will, and The Pope & Evangelicals

From First Things

HAMILTON’S RELIGION, AND OURS: REFLECTIONS ON AMERICA’S PUBLIC FAITH
by Mark Movsesian

Why is religion important? Because it’s true? Because people need salvation? No—it’s because of the pragmatic benefits religion provides, benefits even the “mere politician” can understand. To work properly, republicanism requires citizens to be moral; and to be moral, citizens require religion. To be sure, every now and then, one might find an exceptional person who is moral without religion.


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What We Get Wrong About 'Finding God's Will'

God's will is not a mystery to be solved but a road to be traveled.
By Chandler Vannoy

What is God’s will for your life?

This question tends to haunt us while we go through our college years. We struggle through it by choosing our major, deciding where we will spend our summer, figuring out where to go to grad school, and so many other decisions.

If you are like me, anxiety creeps up on you every time you think about your future plans.

But why do we get so anxious? For me, I start thinking about how I have one opportunity at every decision I make, and when I choose one path, I am saying no to another. But how do I know the path I choose is the right one?


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From Patheos.com

Pope Francis “Doesn't Want to Convert Evangelicals”?
By Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Pope Francis Meets with Kenneth Copeland and other Evangelical Leaders
After meeting with a group of Pentecostal Evangelicals Pope Francis reportedly wants to preach in a Protestant church in Rome. This article reports on the meeting held in Rome with Pope Francis and TV Evangelist Kenneth Copeland and other Evangelical leaders including theologian Brian Stiller and Anglican bishop Tony Palmer.
The Pope wants to go to the Evangelical church and apologize for all the times Catholics have been nasty to Protestants. That is, of course, very wonderful and we will be waiting not only for them to graciously accept the apology, but to offer their own in return. I’m reminded of the time Pope John Paul II on Ash Wednesday of the Jubilee Year led a service of public penitence for sins committed by Catholics against lots of people…including Protestant Christians.

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