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Mimetic Rivalry, Reform, and Unity in the Church

I read a commentary on church reform by Hans Küng last week, that lingered in my mind as an example of “doing it wrong,” at least from the perspective of mimetic ecclesiology. In this commentary, the substantive issues of church … Continue reading

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A lesbian and a fundamentalist….

Read this powerful witness from Kimberly Knight, a lesbian progressive Christian laywoman, about her in-person conversation with Billy Humphrey, a straight fundamentalist Christian minister: A lesbian and a fundamentalist walk into a bar. Substantive conversations across such an ecclesial and … Continue reading

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Why did Jesus die?

If laying down one’s life for one’s friends is the greatest proof of love (cf. Jn 15:13), Jesus offered his own life for all, even for his enemies, to transform their hearts. — Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei 16, emphasis mine. … Continue reading

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Faith, love, and hope in 1 Thess

So the first letter I’m reading for my independent study this summer is Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, which is probably the earliest surviving Christian text that we have: scholars date it to 50 or 51 CE. (Which in … Continue reading

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On the Importance of Love for Ecumenical Dialogue

…and for Christians who live in a society with people who don’t agree with them. In The Problem of Religion in Inter-Religious Dialogue, Debra Dean Murphy writes: Loving my conversation partners—seeking their good, willing their happiness, bearing with them, desiring … Continue reading

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