Stephen Bannon is a Catholic (I Know, Who Knew) And the Vatican is No Fan of His Views

An explosive article written by two close associates of Pope Francis has accused Steve Bannon, the chief White House strategist, of espousing an “apocalyptic geopolitics” whose roots are “not too far apart” from that of Islamist extremism.

The article in La Civiltà Cattolica, which is vetted by the Vatican before publication, lays out a scathing critique of “evangelical fundamentalism” in the US, arguing that, on issues ranging from climate change to “migrants and Muslims”, proponents of the ideology have adopted a twisted reading of scripture and the Old Testament that promotes conflict and war above all else.

The piece was published just days after evangelical leaders met US president Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House and “laid hands” on him in prayer following discussions about religious freedom, support for Israel and healthcare reform.

Etc.  Because you may have missed the article earlier.

INSCRIPTION!!!

Fun!

The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

What a way to start the week!!!!

An inscription was found (by Hannah) during pottery washing, earlier today.

So far, all I will say is that it is quite similar, in its general characteristics, to the “ALWT/WLT” inscription that we published about a decade ago.

Any more information, at this stage, is compartmentalized…

I know, I am a terrible tease… :-}

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St. Augustine Was Right About One Thing…

AugustineHe was right when he said

“It is only to the holy books that are called ‘canonical’ that I give the honor of believing that none of their authors has erred. Others I read in such a way that, no matter how eminent they appear in knowledge and holiness, nevertheless I do not consider anything right just because they think so, but [only] where they prove it to me with the sayings of the Holy Scriptures or with clear reason.”

It was, by the way, this quote which served as the basis of Luther’s similar declaration at Worms.

Anyone who is persuaded to believe something just because Barth or Brunner or Wright or Zwingli or Calvin or Luther or Ehrman or Tilling or anyone else said it is not to be taken seriously.