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Mathew Block is editor of The Canadian Lutheran magazine and communications manager for Lutheran Church–Canada. He also serves as editor for the International Lutheran Council. He tweets @captainthin. en-usCopyright 2016 First Things. All Rights Reserved.email@example.com (The Editors)firstname.lastname@example.org (The Editors)Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:10:10 -0400https://s3.amazonaws.com/first-things-resources/uploads/user_53c81e4e5c17f.jpegMathew Block Image
60Evangelicals, Heresy, and Scripture Alonehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/10/evangelicals-heresy-and-scripture-alone
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -email@example.com (Mathew Block)Back in 2014, LifeWay Research published a worrying study that suggested most Evangelicals hold views the early church long ago declared heresy. Now, a
to that study has been released, and the numbers are just as concerning—and in some cases even worse—on core Christian doctrine.
The Age of Outragehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/03/the-age-of-outrage
Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:25:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Mathew Block)There is no question that we in North America are living in an age of outrage. In
, George Orwell imagined a world in which the public manifestation of rage was not only common, it was actually required of all citizens. But even Orwell, with all his visions of a dystopian future, restricted this unbridled hate to a daily two-minute period. We have done him one better: on social media, we vent our fury all day, every day. What is more, we can even “tag” in our comments those who so inflame our revulsion, ensuring they know just how much we despise them.
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:30:00 -email@example.com (Mathew Block)As January 2016 draws to a close, it seems clear that this month will be remembered by many as a time of unexpected grief. The deaths of Alan Rickman, David Bowie, and the Eagles' Glenn Frey—three fan-favorites of Western pop-culture—prompted an outpouring of sorrow and disbelief online.
]]>50 Years of Lutheran-Catholic Dialoguehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/01/50-years-of-lutheran-catholic-dialogue
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 14:45:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Mathew Block)Acting as it does as a summary and analysis of five decades of Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, 2015’s
Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry, and Eucharist
will undoubtedly be a helpful touchstone in future ecumenical discussions between the two traditions. For that reason, the representatives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Bishop's Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) who authored the work are to be commended. The document is worthy of careful reading.
]]>The Vatican and Arms Dealershttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/06/the-vatican-and-arms-dealers
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:00:00 -email@example.com (Mathew Block)In light of Pope Francis’ recent criticism of the hypocrisy of
arms manufacturers and investors who call themselves Christians
, I’ve seen a number of people on Twitter and Facebook point to a story about the Vatican Bank (i.e., the Institute for the Works of Religion, or “IOR”) being the primary (or second primary) shareholder in Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta, an Italian-based arms manufacturer. The article I’ve seen linked to as the source for this accusation is this (rather poorly written) one:
“Vatican Bank is the main shareholder in ‘Pietro Beretta’ arms.”
]]>“O Christian Art, Why Can't You Be Good?”https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/06/o-christian-art-why-cant-you-be-good
Fri, 05 Jun 2015 07:18:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Mathew Block)Recently
published a provocative piece entitled
“Who Killed the Contemporary Christian Music Industry?”
In it, Tyler Huckabee notes that the CCM industry has shrunk dramatically. “In CCM’s heyday, approximately 50 million CCM albums were sold annually,” he writes. “In 2014, that number had plummeted to 17 million.” In other words, the CCM market today is a mere third of what it once was.
]]>Canadian Doctors’ Religious Freedom Under Threat https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/02/canadian-doctors-religious-freedom-under-threat
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:00:00 -email@example.com (Mathew Block)Wesley J. Smith’s article
“The Coming of Medical Martyrdom”
highlights a concern that is ever present in my own mind. As Smith notes, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan has a new draft ethics policy that would force physicians to facilitate procedures to which they object for moral or religious reasons (including abortion andsince a
recent court decision
euthanasia) by referring patients to doctors willing to perform the procedures.
]]>A Victory for Religious Freedom in Canadahttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/01/a-victory-for-religious-freedom-in-canada
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:52:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Mathew Block)Yesterday brought news of a significant victory for religious freedom in Canada. The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia found in favor of Trinity Western University (TWU) in its case against the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.
Sat, 27 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Mathew Block)Today we remember the Holy Innocentsthose infant boys of Bethlehem who were slaughtered at Herod’s command in an attempt to snuff out the young life of Jesus.We all like the Christmas story: the story of angels proclaiming peace on earth and good will toward men; the story of shepherds gathering to pay homage to the new born babe. the story of magi coming from the East to present the Christ Child with precious gifts.
]]>The Evangelical Catholic Traditionhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/12/the-evangelical-catholic-tradition
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:44:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Mathew Block)The news that Russell Saltzman is
leaving Lutheranism to the Roman Catholic Church
calls to mind previous headlines. The story of evangelical catholic Lutheranismof which Saltzman was a partinvolves many people swimming rivers (be it the Tiber to Roman Catholicism or the Bosphorus to Eastern Orthodoxy).
’s own Richard John Neuhaus took one of the better known of these swims, at least around these parts.