Centuries later, these two Christian groups are working towards unity.
Talk about deus ex machina.
The other, more subtle, argument one hears about Pope Francis's reluctance to admit women to the priesthood goes something
Christianity has changed over the years. This change has not taken place in Christianity's core beliefs, which are substantially the same as they were at the beginning. The change has happened in its outward expressions. The soul of the faith is little altered; its body has changed.
If you know more than Jon Snow, you’ll know that religion in Westeros bears striking similarities to faith in the real world
The crisis of Islam today, as it fragments into antagonistic factions, bears some resemblance to that of Christianity in the sixteenth century. Yet even detailed historical patterns can be like faces that we see in clouds, landscapes that we see in agate, or prophesies of the Delphic oracle.
What if I looked at on this Reformation Day Oberman's critique in light of Halloween how would Luther speak today in that reclamation? What would a reclaimed Halloween express?
Many Presbyterians jubilantly proclaimed that the Holy Spirit had unquestionably descended upon the 221st General Assembly when commissioners voted to amend the definition of "marriage" in the Book of Order from a union of "a man and a woman" to a union of "two people."
But while ecumenical dialogue has developed new common understandings on some divisive points, other doctrines - such as
The sad fact is that even many theologians, Catholic and other, have only a generic grasp of the council as a historical happening, and, hence, are led to pronounce judgments on it that are misleading and, generally, more negative than the council deserves.
Watching Fox News, one would think that the Roman Catholic view is the only Christian view in America. It isn't: 51.5 percent of Americans self identify as Protestants -- more than double the number of Catholics.
Condemned by the Catholic Inquisition, "The Praise of Folly," in its assault on divisive and militant religion, ranks as one of the more subversive works in the history of the Church. In our own age of religious strife and intolerance, it is a message that can hardly be preached too often.
Parr's efforts came at a time when the Mass and the Bible were in Latin. Millions worshipped with very little knowledge of what the church actually supported. Priests even repeated the mass without understanding the Latin they spoke.