A Proposed Letter of Apology to Pope Francis from the GC President

The comments feature has been turned off because a large number of comments have been made and some commenters have descended to personal name-calling and a completely disrespectful approach. Evidently many readers missed the fact that the headline begins with “Proposed” and there is a tongue-in-check element to this column expressing an opinion. — The Publisher

by Ervin Taylor, September 13, 2015:    Readers of the Adventist Today web site and anyone living in Philadelphia who listens to or reads local media in or around that city may be aware of the recent mass mailing of a book, The Great Controversy, to 700,000 individuals living in that city or surrounding area. The mailing was intended to be coincident with a visit to Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love,” by the current Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis.

As readers of Adventist Today will know, The Great Controversy is a 19th-century work based on an extensive editing of materials originally produced by and under the name of a co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, Ellen Gould Harmon-White (1837-1915). Like a wide cross section of many other evangelical and later fundamentalist Protestant authors belonging to a wide range of conservative Protestant churches in 19th- and early 20th-century America, White was very critical of the theology and history of the Roman Catholic Church in Europe. Obviously, the heritage she reflected went back centuries, based on the long-standing, intense hostility that existed between Protestants and Catholics beginning at the time of the Reformation and continuing down into the late 19th century in many countries in Europe before being transplanted across the Atlantic to the United States. Continue reading “A Proposed Letter of Apology to Pope Francis from the GC President”

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Ben Carson’s Religion, Explained

When Ben Carson was 14, he tried to stab his friend to death.

At the time, Carson, now known as the Republican party’s neurosurgeon-cum-presidential candidate, was growing up in Detroit, Michigan. Struggling with the challenges of a poverty-stricken childhood, he developed what he called “a horrible temper problem,” and regularly lashed out at others. Things hit a boiling point one day in ninth grade, when he and a friend got into a dispute over which radio station to listen to. Carson snapped: In a fit of rage, he drew a large camping knife and jabbed it directly at his friend’s abdomen.

Thankfully, the blade broke when it struck the boy’s belt buckle, and Carson’s friend fled the scene terrified but unharmed. Left alone, Carson was suddenly overcome with shame, and locked himself in a bathroom to process. He turned to the thing he believed would comfort him the most — the Bible — and read from Proverbs 16:32: “One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and one whose temper is controlled than one who captures a city.” Continue reading “Ben Carson’s Religion, Explained”

Pope tells religious orders they should lose their tax breaks if they refuse to take in migrants and are more interested in making money than helping the needy

Pope Francis has told greedy religious orders which run hotels and restaurants to pay their taxes in full ‘like everyone else’, as he revealed just four offered to take in refugees when he appealed for help two years ago.

The Pope chastised swathes of the Italian church which continue to take advantage of tax loopholes for religious establishments, despite having turned their disused convents into profitable hotels and restaurants.

His comments came after he revealed how his plea for shelter for refugees, made two years ago, was met with just four offers. Continue reading “Pope tells religious orders they should lose their tax breaks if they refuse to take in migrants and are more interested in making money than helping the needy”