(RNS) Robert Ingersoll was a Victorian-era rock star who packed theaters with people who traveled hundred of miles to hear his lectures against religion. Though largely forgotten, the man known as “The Great Agnostic” is enjoying a bit of a revival.
Michele Bachmann will protect “innocent human life, traditional marriage…and religious liberty,” but won’t run for reelection. The pope gets soaked. Russell Moore, the Southern Baptist ethics czar, tweets.
“I want the preacher where … he’s going to, you know, shake his fist a little bit in the air and then he’s going to smile and throw his hands up and say, ‘God’s good! God’s great! Can you give me hallelujah?’ I just adore that. And it’s really only about two steps from the carny pitchman, because I like that, too.”
Let us pause to reflect on the changing of the guard at the Southern Baptist Convention’s policy shop. Richard Land, a member of the founding generation of the religious right, fought to restore — or maintain — conservative cultural values in society at large. And how does his successor, Russell Moore, compare?
“If we’d been gossips, which we weren’t … we would have realized earlier just how widespread this business was.” Australian Cardinal George Pell explaining to a board of inquiry why the country’s Catholic hierarchy took so long to act against clergy who sexually abused children.
WASHINGTON (RNS) “Jesus is convictional,” Russell Moore said in an interview as he began to adjust to his Washington office just off Capitol Hill. “He speaks clearly about sin, righteousness and judgment but Jesus is not panicked or outraged.”
ROME (RNS) In a country dominated by Roman Catholics, Muslims make up Italy’s second-largest religious group. But unlike smaller religious groups, Italian Muslims are not officially recognized by the government.