Pope Francis has launched a strong attack on what he calls a "Culture of Waste" dominating the world, where some treat a drop in the Stock Market as a tragedy but care little for starving children and homeless people dying on the streets.
"If in so many parts of the world there are children who have nothing to eat, that's not news, it seems normal. It cannot be this way! Yet these things become the norm: that some homeless people die of cold on the streets is not news. In contrast, a ten point drop on the stock markets of some cities, is a tragedy. A person dying is not news, but if the stock markets drop ten points it is a tragedy! Thus people are disposed of, as if they were trash," the Roman Catholic Church leader said on Wednesday in front of thousands of pilgrims at St. Peter's square, the Vatican Radio reported.
Speaking on the subject of World Environment Day, which is sponsored by the United Nations, Pope Francis also reminded the faithful that God gave humans the earth so they can take care of it and protect it, not to exploit and neglect it. more >>
Leading New Testament scholar and bestselling author Dr. Bart D. Ehrman's dated article, titled "Who Wrote The Bible and Why It Matters," has been eliciting fresh responses from online readers due to his assertion that most scholars, "apart from the most rabid fundamentalists," admit that the Bible is "full of lies."
Ehrman shared with The Christian Post on Monday that he has been also receiving new emails about the controversial 2011 Huffington Post article, which deals with pseudepigraphal authorship of some of the letters in the New Testament.
Ehrman, 57, is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has served as the director of graduate studies and chair of the Department of Religious Studies. He has authored and edited more than two dozen books and is no stranger to criticism of his work, which focuses extensively on textual criticism of the New Testament and the historical Jesus. more >>
The number of churches that were dismissed from Presbyterian Church (USA) last year has increased by fivefold compared to 2011, says a recently released report.
According to statistics released Thursday by the Office of the General Assembly for PC(USA), 110 congregations were granted dismissal in 2012 in order to join other denominations; in 2011, the reported number was only 21. In 2010, at the 219th General Assembly of PC (USA), a majority of presbyteries, or regional bodies, voted to approve Amendment 10a, which lets presbyteries allow for the ordination of openly homosexual clergy. Because of this amendment, many conservative congregations in PC (USA) decided to pursue dismissal from the mainline denomination, usually for more conservative Presbyterian sects.
Emily Enders Odom, communications coordinator for the OGA of PC(USA), talked about the issue of dismissal within the denomination in a press release sent out on Thursday. Odom noted that most of the mainline protestant denomination did not experience these dismissals. "Even as congregations and their respective presbyteries faithfully, although often painfully, sought to discern their denominational affiliation in serving Christ's mission…only 29 percent of the denomination's 173 presbyteries dismissed churches in 2012," said Odom. more >>
Dr. Richard Land, outgoing president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and incoming president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES), received the 2013 Watchmen Award by the Family Research Council (FRC) last week.
"I am humbled and honored that the Family Research Council has presented me with the esteemed 2013 Watchmen Award," Land began his acceptance speech upon receiving the award on May 23.
"The Church must stand strong against our own immorality in America. That immorality is a greater threat to our survival than we ever faced from the Japanese navy or the German air force or the Soviet missile command or the al-Qaeda terrorist network. We have an enemy that never sleeps but we have God on our side and He is always at work and more powerful than our greatest enemy or fears," Land, who is also the executive editor of The Christian Post, said. more >>
When asked if Attorney General Eric Holder should resign for the numerous scandals in which he finds himself, MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson said, "What [Holder] should understand is that he is the chief lawgiver of the United States of America, so to speak – he's the Moses of our time, and at least for this administration."
To state the obvious: nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Moses could demand quite a few things of President Obama, America's modern day Pharaoh.
Let Children Live: Stop Killing Babies Before They Are Born. more >>
Jake Floyd, better known as "Jake Genesis," has retired from the porn industry. After less than a year, the life-long Roman Catholic has returned to his roots, swearing off the "hurt" his acting caused.
Following his decision to leave the gay porn industry, Floyd said, "I quietly deleted my Twitter account and my Facebook and Facebook Fan page." He also stopped posting on his website "and eventually had all the content removed." A fan-run Twitter account still exists, with the handle @JakeGenesisxxx, but Floyd has dropped completely off the map, and CP was not able to contact him for an interview.