Day: October 9, 2008

Faith in Public Life’s intriguing polls

John McCain is the choice of voters who attend church weekly, but Barack Obama seems to be the choice of people who attend church once or twice a month. Of white evangelicals and black Protestants surveyed, 67 percent said their pastor speaks out about the issue of homosexuality — among Catholics that number drops to 37 percent.

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A counterintuitive question

Tom Heneghan at Reuters’ FaithWorld blog asks whether a pro-choice president, Barack Obama, for instance, could reduce the U.S. abortion rate? Steve Waldman of Beliefnet points out that “during Democratic administrations (pro-choice administrations) the average annual abortion rate is virtually identical to that under Republican administrations.”

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Breaking: New day dawns in Pittsburgh

From the Rev. Dr. James B. Simons: Today we received recognition as the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh in the Episcopal Church and because of the absence of a Bishop, the ecclesiastical authority. I am also pleased to announce that The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh will be holding a reorganizing Convention on Saturday December 13th

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Canons? We don’t need no stinking canons

The Southern Cone ” cannot, under their own rules, accept a diocese from outside the territory listed in their constitution. … On top of that, there is no way under generally accepted canonical principles that they can receive and license a bishop or other cleric who has been deposed, or who has voluntarily relinquished his or her orders.”

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Undercover at an “ex-gay bootcamp”

Lucy Bannerman’s article in The Times Online describes a few days spent at a camp run by Exodus International, an organization that believes it can help people to “find freedom from homosexuality through the love of Jesus Christ.” Exodus and similar groups are popular on the Anglican right.

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A Christian skeptic examines our politics

There is no one way that politics and religion interrelate. It’s a many-sided relationship, sometimes mutually supporting, sometimes contradictory, never simple. And this time of year, I’m reminded that whatever politics thinks of organized religion, there’s always been a strand of our religious heritage that has been deeply skeptical of organized politics.

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The unity of knowledge

In the opinion of Luard, the editor of [Robert Grosseteste’s] Letters, “probably no one has had a greater influence upon English thought and English literature for the two centuries that followed his age.” Wyclif ranks him even above Aristotle, and Gower calls him “the grete clerc.”

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