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60D.C. City Council Violates Catholic Schools' Right to Free Exercise of Religionhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/03/dcs-city-council-violates-catholic-schools-right-to-free-exercise-of-religion
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:53:00 -0400One might think that the District of Columbia, our nation’s capital, would be particularly vigilant in defending the freedoms fundamental to American life. Unfortunately, the District’s City Council has now seen fit to intervene into the life of religious institutions and insist that such institutions handle some topics in ways amenable to the Council’s opinions.
Reforming the German Familyhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2013/11/reforming-the-german-family
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0400 Which is more important for the family: marriage or Sunday-closing laws? The answer is clear for the Protestant church in Germany: Marriage is not to be considered a presupposition for family, but Sunday-closing laws are indispensable for families. Such are the conclusions of
Between Autonomy and Dependence: Strengthening Family as a Reliable Community
, a study released in June by the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, the federation of regional Lutheran, Reformed, and United churches that includes almost all German Protestants.
]]>The Achievement of Wolfhart Pannenberghttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2012/03/the-achievement-of-wolfhart-pannenberg
Thu, 01 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Some theologians are mirrors of their time. The mid-twentieth century rises from the pages of Tillich as palpably as Combray rising from Proust’s tea and madeleines. Other theologians have a more conflicted relation with their age: engaged, but cutting against the grain; in their time, but not quite of it. Wolfhart Pannenberg, one of the most gifted Protestant theologians of his generation, has never seemed quite to fit his surroundings, which may say more about his surroundings than about him. The German theological world has been far less shaken than the English-speaking world by the changes in academic culture of the last decades: feminism, the hermeneutics of suspicion, the dismissal of truth-claims as disguised assertions of power. Even by German standards, however, Pannenberg’s theology has an oddly old-fashioned air.
]]>The Indulgence Controversy, Againhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2001/12/the-indulgence-controversy-again
Sat, 01 Dec 2001 00:00:00 -0500 Most Protestants may not be able to give a precise explanation of the doctrine of justification or, for that matter, of any other central doctrine of the Reformation, but they often have a vague sense that Martin Luthers protest began with an attack on indulgences. What exactly indulgences were may be a bit foggy for them, but they know indulgences were something bad, very Roman Catholic, and had something to do with working or, worse, buying ones way into heaven.