The College Fix, a conservative web site devoted to higher education news, has published a report that will surely capture the faithful’s attention. According to the outlet’s recent survey of religious education classes across America, colleges and universities show “an outright disregard and disdain for Jesus Christ.”
‘War on Jesus’? U.S. Colleges Have ‘Outright Disregard & Disdain for Jesus Christ,’ Report Claims | TheBlaze.com. [Editorial note as of November 2016: There is a problem with accessing articles at The Blaze which I have not been able to debug. Therefore, I’ve had to disable this link. Sorry.]
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity
(Source: goodreads: Mere Christianity quotes)
This clip is short follow-up to Father Barron says that meetings have their place, but… (and he’s right!).
Father Barron says on this clip, starting at 0:27:
“[Pope] Benedict says [there are] three things that the church does: 1) [It] takes care of the poor, 2) it worships God, and 3) it evangelizes… I would say, look at those three things [and] get to work!”
Additional commentary from Fr. Barron on Vatican II: The Greatest Meeting of All Time – YouTube (3:47).
Father Barron actually makes a very effective point about meetings vis-a-vis action in this video. This point can be applied equally well to prayer vis-a-vis action, for what is prayer if not a meeting between man and God? However, in order not to be distracted from this point you will have to ignore the offense of hearing Vatican II called “the greatest meeting of all time.”
Vatican II-The Greatest Meeting of All Time: A Commentary by Fr. Barron – YouTube (9:02).
Another good point in the video: At 7:40 Father Barron asks, “What’s the church’s basic work?” He then answers, “As John Paul and now Benedict have told us over and over again, it’s evangelization: announcing Jesus Christ as Lord…with confidence and with clarity. That’s the church’s job.” Of course, I am thinking not of the Roman Catholic Church but rather of the one true church.
Gary Habermas defends the resurrection of the historical Jesus with a minimal facts approach, using himself and the stage as a visual timeline (Habermas calls himself “a human powerpoint”). The working assumption of his argument is the critical consensus (not evangelical consensus) of reliable biblical texts.
This visual presentation per se doesn’t begin until 10:11, As Habermas makes many preliminary comments.
via The Resurrection of Jesus – Gary Habermas, PhD – YouTube (39:51).
(In the preliminary portion, Habermas mentions his PhD dissertation at Michigan State University, the subject of which was the resurrection of Christ. You can find a copy of that dissertation here.)
What kind of world are we living in that people defend the name of a cartoon character while they seek to deny the historicity of the world’s most admired human being?
Charlie Brown Christmas show at center of church vs. state fight | Fox News.
Should a president lead citizens in a national prayer of repentance?
Uganda’s Christian president believes so.
“We want to dedicate this nation to you so that you will be our God and guide. We want Uganda to be known as a nation that fears God and as a nation whose foundations are firmly rooted in righteousness and justice to fulfill what the Bible says in Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. A people you have chosen as your own,” Museveni prayed.
via Ugandan president repents of personal, national sins.
Jesus was born years earlier than thought, claims Pope – Telegraph.
(A.D. stands for “Anno Domini” which means “in the year of the Lord” or “in the year of our Lord.” C.E. stands for “Common Era” or “Current Era” and is just a more politically correct way of saying the same thing. For more, see Wikipedia).