Russia’s Plan to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses

3.20.2017

Group gives Protestants competition for souls, but also an ally on religious freedom.

CHR Comment: Russian legal process typically distinguishes between traditional religions, such as Baptists and Lutherans, and non-traditional groups that are new to the country.

Source: Russia’s Plan to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses Puts Evangelicals in a Tight Spot | News & Reporting | Christianity Today

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Has A New Adversary — The Church

3.15.2017

The profanity-prone president and his country’s Catholic Church are at loggerheads, mostly over Duterte’s war on drugs, which has killed more than 7,500 people in less than a year.

CHR Comment: The pastoral letter from the bishops’ conference opposes the war on drugs as a reign of terror and opposes use of the death penalty. The Philippines are 80% Roman Catholic.

Source: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Has A New Adversary — The Church : Parallels : NPR

Archbishop Chaput

3.6.2017

Recent, ugly nonsense about those who supposedly cannot refrain from sinful sexual relations is pastoral cruelty disguised as kindness. The voice of Archbishop Chaput, by contrast, strikes a welcome and profound note of clarity and true compassion.

CHR Comment: A brief essay concerning the Archbishop’s recent book, Strangers in a Strange Land, reflecting also on the importance of this bishop.

Source: A Book for Me and All Protestants to Read | Carl R. Trueman | First Things

Why Evangelicals are Trump’s strongest travel-ban supporters

3.3.2017

New polls show that, while support for a travel ban has dropped among most religious faiths, it has grown among Evangelicals – a sign of their cultural evolution and growing bond with the Trump administration.

CHR Comment: The article argues that Evangelicals have a “Christian America” theology, which feels threatened by Islam.

Source: Why Evangelicals are Trump’s strongest travel-ban supporters – CSMonitor.com