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Rush Limbaugh on Sarah Palin: “Babies, guns and Jesus. Hot damn!”
Politics
Written by metallurge   
Tuesday, 09 September 2008 18:11

Spotted at US News & World Report:

It wasn't supposed to be a culture-war election, and not only because Iraq and the economy had shoved values issues into the background. The Republican candidate, at least back in his early, presumptive days, was notoriously uncomfortable talking about religion, and many conservative Christian leaders were equally uncomfortable about him. The Democratic candidate, by contrast, was at ease with his faith, biblically fluent, and reportedly doing an excellent job of reaching out to the elusive values voter.

[Then came Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin.] When Palin addressed the convention, she made it abundantly clear why she was there: Alluding to Obama's gaffe about working-class Americans who turn to guns and God when the economy sours, she presented herself as proof that his characterization was not only false but condescending. Proof, furthermore, that he was out of touch with God-fearing heartland America.

McCain hardly needed to say any more on that point when it came time for him to speak. His choice of Palin said it all. Not only was she anti-abortion; she was against it in all cases. Not only was she pro-gun; she was a hunter herself.

The Palin pick was McCain's way of reigniting the culture war, a limited culture war, while not getting too directly involved in it. Depending on how it works out, it will be deemed a brilliant or disastrous strategy. At the very least, it is a risky one.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2008 18:22
 
Looking Beyond Suffering
Literature, Etc.
Written by laika   
Sunday, 07 September 2008 17:50

At The Vancouver Sun:

In her little-understood theology, the winner of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize [Mother Teresa] not only celebrated her suffering, she taught the world's sick and dying their pain "was only the kiss of Jesus."

The inwardly tormented woman who spread the Missionaries of Charity to more than 100 countries said that "without our suffering, our work would be just social work -- it would not be the work of Jesus Christ, not part of the redemption."

In light of the summer release of a book that turns upside down the history of the Christian church's view of Jesus' crucifixion, the Albanian nun's convictions about suffering warrant re-examination. The new book, Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire (Beacon Press) says the early church didn't highlight Jesus' suffering, but emphasized love of this Earth, striving to make it a paradise.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 September 2008 17:41
 
Pop Spirituality v. Crucified Christ
News, Culture, Society
Written by laika   
Saturday, 06 September 2008 08:53

At The Ottawa Citizen:
Many who go to churches find her [Oprah] much more inspiring than the sermons they hear. And what can we say when we compare the typical parish Bible study, with a handful of believers, to the hundreds of thousands who tuned in earlier this year to her 10-week study with Eckart Tolle of A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose?
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2008 12:04
 
Marian Apparitions on the Rise
Faith & Spirituality
Written by laika   
Thursday, 04 September 2008 00:24

At Zenit:
And yet, God continues to "interfere" in human history by sending the Mother of Jesus, particularly in times when a more rationalistic vision has made acts of Christian faith more difficult. The human family needs to be reminded, sometimes in a dynamic and supernatural way, that God exists, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a universal call, that we all will be held responsible for our human choices, and that, over all, the world could benefit from a type of "global examination of conscience" on how well we are responding to the ubiquitous invitations from the "Hound of Heaven," as the poet [Francis] Thompson refers to God, for personal salvation and for world peace. But it remains up to us to respond.
 
Methodism founder Charles Wesley's secret code diary cracked by priest
Archeology & Anthropology
Written by wezlo   
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 20:28

An Anglican priest has unlocked the 270-year-old secrets of Charles Wesley's coded diary, throwing light on the turbulent relationship that he had with his brother John in the early years of the Methodist movement they founded.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2008 20:31
 
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