What is heresy?

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Article Scripture and Theology

The ancient Greek word hairesis meant “choice” and identified one’s intellectual “choice” among the many philosophies of late antiquity. The word originally carried no negative judgment. But Judaism and Christianity insisted that certain core ideas about the nature of God and his saving work were non-negotiable.  


What is heresy?

By Michael Cameron| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

The ancient Greek word hairesis meant “choice” and identified one’s intellectual “choice” among the many philosophies of late antiquity. The word originally carried no negative judgment. But Judaism and Christianity insisted that certain core ideas about the nature of God and his saving work were non-negotiable.  


A tale of two visitations: Biblical and apostolic

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Article Scripture and Theology Women
The apostolic visitation of women religious should reflect the Biblical visitation between Mary and Elizabeth.

The word visitation has a rich biblical heritage. Familiar to most Christians as the time when Mary and Elizabeth meet, greet, and talk to one another before the births of their sons, this biblical Visitation throbs with the energy of women's voices pregnant with life and hope.


How not to talk about God: An interview with Karen Armstrong

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Scripture and Theology
The current debates about God’s existence hardly lift us up to transcendence. Karen Armstrong shares a vision of faith that is less about proofs than practice.

Karen Armstrong has met atheist Richard Dawkins a number of times. "He doesn't like me, and I don't like him much, but we are British, so we smile politely and exchange pleasantries," she says. "We have been on panels together, but it's absolutely pointless."


How not to talk about God: An interview with Karen Armstrong

By A U.S. Catholic interview| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Scripture and Theology
The current debates about God’s existence hardly lift us up to transcendence. Karen Armstrong shares a vision of faith that is less about proofs than practice.

Karen Armstrong has met atheist Richard Dawkins a number of times. "He doesn't like me, and I don't like him much, but we are British, so we smile politely and exchange pleasantries," she says. "We have been on panels together, but it's absolutely pointless."


How similar are Catholics and Anglicans?

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Scripture and Theology

The Vatican's October announcement of a special process to admit Anglicans to the Roman Catholic Church raised questions for many who perhaps thought that "crossing the Tiber" would require a major shift in belief for Anglicans.

The relationship between Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism, however, has always been somewhat different from the other Catholic-Protestant divides, which may make it easier for Anglicans to find a home in the Roman communion.


Rapturing books: Read more on the end times

By Meinrad Scherer-Emunds| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
Recommended resources on the end of the world, the Second Coming, and eschatology:

Rapturing books: Read more on the end times

By Meinrad Scherer-Emunds| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
Recommended resources on the end of the world, the Second Coming, and eschatology:

Reading jesus: A writer’s Encounter with the Gospels

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Article Reviews Scripture and Theology
By Mary Gordon (Pantheon, 2009)

In case of Rapture, don't get fooled: Debunking end-time myths

By Meinrad Scherer-Emunds| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
Joyce Donahue first became aware of the popularity of the Rapture belief among Catholics a few years ago when a catechist at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Hampshire, Illinois told her about "all the wonderful things he was teaching his seventh-grade class about the Rapture."

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