Day: February 4, 2015

Secularism: Not as easy as it seems

Columnist David Brooks explores the rise of secularism in a February 3 New York Times op-ed piece, “Building Better Secularists,” challenging the idea that secularism (encompassing atheism, agnosticism and being “without religious affiliation”) is a simple absence of faith, focusing specifically on points made by sociologist Phil Zuckerman in his book, “Living the Secular Life”: …

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The Vatican discusses women’s issues, but they’re not in the room

The Vatican can’t seem to get it right: this week, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture is holding a plenary assembly to discuss “Women’s Culture: Equality and Difference,” but as the Boston Globe‘s Crux points out, [Cardinal Gianfranco] Ravasi said women were invited to make presentations on various issues to be taken up in the …

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SC: Circuit court rules in favor of breakaway diocese; bishop’s lawsuit ruling appealed

Update 2/4 10:49 AM: The loyal diocese has posted a statement and the ruling (PDF).   Thirty-six parishes that left The Episcopal Church in 2012 over theological differences can retain $500 million in physical property according to a ruling by a S.C. circuit court, as reported in The State: The parishes have been at the …

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Speaking to the Soul: Don’t Hold Back

The call here is to gamble big, to spread out and to stretch out, to strike deeper with our tent stakes so we can go the distance with our cords. The call is to hold nothing back as we stretch, grow, and stake our claim on whatever piece of the kingdom God has entrusted to us.