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On the Restoration of Chartres Cathedral - Guest Article by Mr Lucas Viar

My thanks to an old friend, Mr Lucas Viar-Basterra, for providing us with this assessment of the on-going restoration of the cathedral of Chartres, and critique of some of the controversies related to it. Mr Viar was born in Houston, Texas, but has lived most of his life in Bilbao, Spain. Show More Summary

Christopher Hitchens, Three Years Gone, Rewrites the Ten Commandments

The incomparable and irreplaceable Christopher Hitchens died on this day in 2011.All his adult life, he was known for tearing things down (rousingly and riotously, I might add) -- but here, in a video he made for Vanity Fair, Hitchens offers constructive criticism, reimagining the Ten Commandments as an actual moral document. Show More Summary

Orthodox Church Rejects Evil “Eye of Sauron” Atop Moscow Building, Sees Tolkien Homage as a “Triumph of Evil”

If you've ever read Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, you'll remember the Eye of Sauron,... a giant flaming eye controlled by the “dark lord” Sauron, which allows him to watch anyone who puts on the fateful, power-giving ring...Show More Summary

The Patient Body: Tending to One Another

2 weeks agoReligion : The Revealer

“The Patient Body” is a monthly column by Ann Neumann about issues at the intersection of religion and medicine.

Squanto and the Franciscan friars

Here’s a tidbit for Thanksgiving meal conversation. The Native American, Tisquantum, or Squanto, one of the table guests at the 1621 Plymouth, Massachusetts, celebration we think of as the first Thanksgiving, might not have been there had it not been for some Spanish Franciscan friars. Many accounts just say he found freedom after being captured […]

Wednesday Link List

Our upper image today comes from the cover of Christianity, the leading Evangelical magazine in the U.K. John Stackhouse thinks that theological differences among Evangelicals are rooted in the absence of recited creeds and similar liturgical worship elements; and it’s going to get worse. When the minister said, “Who gives this woman away?” he’s was […]

The WW1 Christmas Truce: Rebutting the Notion That “The Power of God is So Great It Can Stop Wars”

Via the Facebook page of the Freedom From Atheism Foundation comes this British Sainsbury's commercial. The FFAF's comment:The power of God is so great it can stop wars.What, no obligatory dig at atheists? Ah yes, there it is:Can't say that about atheism.

The Streaming Roundup: The Oscars Are Coming?

Plenty of contenders to watch over the holiday weekend. Things are a bit slow in the streaming world before the impending influx of Christmas and holiday films, but Indiewire has the Netflix watcher’s back; they’ve tracked down the best new titles to Netflix this week for those keeping up with this year’s Oscar contenders. Show More Summary

TV Program Brings Down Jesus-Magic Charlatan, Kenyan Pastor Victor Kanyari, Who Preyed on the Poor

For years, people flocked to Salvation Healing Ministry, pastor Victor Kanyari‘s church in Nairobi, and paid for the privilege — because the charismatic preacher healed the sick where doctors supposedly stood powerless. Visitors sawShow More Summary

The Missing Voice in the Adoption Conversation

November is National Adoption Month. Along with church observations of Orphan Sunday and the newly founded World Adoption Day, this is a time when adoptive parents talk, tweet, and blog to share their experiences and celebrate the families...Show More Summary

Kirk Cameron Wants to Save Christmas, but He Can’t Even Save His Own Movie

This is the actual poster for Kirk Cameron's movie Saving Christmas: It's one of those cases where you can absolutely judge a book by its cover. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a pathetic score of 9%, with one critic saying it's "one...Show More Summary

Well Said: Pilgrimage and Spaces of Prayer

... the pilgrims who, still today, ascend this "holy staircase" on their knees to glimpse beyond the grate the untouchable space of the "Holy of Holies" are people who have come from afar to mount the stairs that have been moved in order to see relics brought from elsewhere and a portable icon. Show More Summary

They Must Sing These Songs at Camp Quest

If you ignore the fact that comedian Tim Hawkins doesn't understand what the Sunday Assembly is, or why we accept evolution, or how atheists think, I suppose his roundup of atheist kids' songs is pretty funny:

Wednesday Link List

The above image from the Ship of Fools archives seemed appropriate given that women can now officially be bishops in the Church of England. Desiring God interviews missionary and Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol, who says that it’s all worth the risks aid workers are taking: “[T]o just turn away and put our backs to the […]

The Hypocrisy of Feminist Outrage

If it is okay for women to bare it all in public without regard to the sensitivities of those around them, why is it not ok for men to make comments regarding women’s dress without regard to their sensitivities? Perhaps catcallers are just sexually expressing themselves. Show More Summary

Gay and Muslim?

A Cry for Help I have a question and I really don't know where to turn. This is something I can't even talk to my parents or friends about, so I hope you can help me. I am a 19-year-old Muslim girl and I'm sexually attracted to other girls. Please don't judge me. I know […] The post Gay and Muslim? appeared first on MuslimMatters.org.

Wednesday Link List

  Welcome back to classic format Wednesday Link List… Recalling 25 years ago, “that most wonderful night when people who had been divided for decades were suddenly reunited, and thousands danced on the symbolic grave of separation, celebrating the death of division.” The Berlin Wall falls down “and one of the most remarkable nights of […]

Bear No False Witness? In His Latest Piece For Charisma News, Recidivist Truth-Twister Michael Brown Begs to Differ

More than 20 years ago, Nat Hentoff penned a book that was an eye-opener for me. It's called Free Speech For Me But Not For Thee -- How the American Left and Right Relentlessly Censor Each Other. My sympathies at the time were with progressive...Show More Summary

PSA: Beware Monster Energy Drinks, As They Are the Work of the Devil

Playing vinyl records backwards can be thirsty work. That's why Satan created Monster (pronounced Maanster) drinks, named after his own evil self, and clearly festooned with the number 666 in Hebrew. This Christian lady explains:

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