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60National Cathedral & Confederate Windowshttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/07/national-cathedral-confederate-windows
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400MTooley@theird.org (Mark Tooley)
The Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., which is an Episcopal Church institution but serves as a place for national religious pageantry, wants to remove two over sixty-year-old stained glass windows honoring Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
Burning Black Churcheshttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/07/burning-black-churches
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 01:37:00 -0400MTooley@theird.org (Mark Tooley) Media reports of the last week have speculated that recent fires at black churches are racist arsons somehow linked to the horrible murders at the historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. A July 1 headline in
The Atlanticominously declared
: “Black Churches Are Burning Again in America.”
]]>Nelson Rockefeller as Social Gospel Christianhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/05/nelson-rockefeller-as-social-gospel-christian
Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400MTooley@theird.org (Mark Tooley)Richard Norton Smith’s outstanding
new biography of Nelson Rockefeller
does not directly focus much on the religious beliefs of the wealthy scion and long-time presidential aspirant. But there are enough tidbits to imply that he was a Social Gospel Christian, very much the product of his family’s targeted philanthropy and devotion to liberal Protestantism.
]]>John Wesley and Religious Libertyhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/03/john-wesley-religious-liberty
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400MTooley@theird.org (Mark Tooley)L
ast year I
on John Wesley's reaction to anti-Methodist riots in the mid-1700s as it relates to contemporary assaults on religious liberty. Recently a letter by John Wesley revealing his views about law enforcement and religious freedom
by its owner, the Wesley Hobart Museum of the Uniting Church in Tasmania, Australia. The letter, addressed to an ironmonger turned Methodist preacher in Winchester named Jasper Winscom, dated May 9, 1785, when Wesley was almost age 83, barely appears in Methodist literature. This letter initially concerns plans for a Methodist preaching house but mostly focuses on how to deal with anti-Methodist rioters, with whom Wesley and his Methodist followers in Britain had contended since almost their start.
]]>Obama, Lincoln & Niebuhrhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/02/obama-lincoln-niebuhr
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:43:00 -0500MTooley@theird.org (Mark Tooley) There are numerous defenders of President Obama’s prayer breakfast appeal for Christians to not “get on our high horse” about criticizing Islamic violence and to recall the Crusades, Inquisition and American racial segregation. These defenders seem not to understand that most critics of the speech are not disputing wickedness by Christians but are concerned about the context, timing, and implications of such comments, especially in the present conflict with ISIS.
]]>Atticus Finch in a Skirthttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/12/atticus-finch-in-a-skirt
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500MTooley@theird.org (Mark Tooley) Harper Lee, now age eighty-eight and long out of the public eye, is the legendarily mysterious author of the iconic 1961 novel of southern racial injustice,
To Kill a Mockingbird
. It inspired an equally beloved film with Gregory Peck as heroic small town lawyer Atticus Finch, who defends an innocent black man accused of raping a white woman.
]]>Churches & Obama’s Executive Amnestyhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/11/churches-obamas-executive-amnesty
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:52:00 -0500MTooley@theird.org (Mark Tooley)Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler
President Obama’s executive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants as a “danger to separation of powers” that “should be unconstitutional.”
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500MTooley@theird.org (Mark Tooley)Television industry insiders have a term for poignant segments of sitcoms that offer a brief, feel good, serious life lesson: “moment of sh-t,” or MOS. These MOSes are usually relatively lighthearted. But sitcoms with a social agenda, like Norman Lear’s groundbreaking sitcoms of the 1970s, often had heavier messagessome admirable, others not so much. Archie Bunker learns at his friend’s funeral that his friend with whom he shared anti-Semitic jokes for years was actually himself Jewish. George Jefferson grudgingly accepts interracial marriage because his son’s father-in-law is white. More darkly, a middle-aged Maude is stunned that she’s pregnant and aborts the child with her husband’s support.
]]>How to Reach the Hip, Urban, and Socially Liberalhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/03/how-to-reach-the-hip-urban-and-socially-liberal
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400MTooley@theird.org (Mark Tooley)Bishop Rimbo is getting creative. Leader of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America’s New
York diocese since 2008, Robert Alan Rimbo has seen 20 percent of his flock
depart over the last decade. Now, as the
Street Journal reports
churches are advertising with giant crossword puzzles in the subway and touting
“interactive art projects involving dye-filled soap bubbles.” One
congregation “encourages churchgoers to use paint and clay to tell personal
stories and ‘unleash your theological imagination’ as part of a twice-monthly
]]>John Wesley and Religious Freedomhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/03/john-wesley-and-religious-freedom
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500MTooley@theird.org (Mark Tooley)
together the recently attempted Arizona religious freedom law with new criminal
laws against homosexuality in Nigeria and Uganda, the United Methodist Church’s Capitol Hill lobby lamented that “legislation that denies the human rights of people who are
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender is being deliberated and enacted in
states of the United States and countries around the world.”