Jesuits Sold Slaves To Raise Money

Georgetown University was in a financial bind back during the slave era. The Jesuit brothers who owned it saw an opportunity to fix their financial problems. It was selling  272 of their slaves in 1838. Families were broken up and over 100 descendants today know the tragic human events that followed. The Jesuits deserve credit for…
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Another Easter With Its Stories Has Come And Gone

I spent several hours this past weekend reading about the Easter stories. I use the word “stories” because there are more than one of them in the Bible. Apologists tell us all the various stories of Easter in the Bible are true. The various versions all happened, the various writers just included different events. There…
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Where The Church Thinks It Has Influence, But Does Not

There is an article in the New York Times today that deals with a topic in economics that has always interested me. It is the role of family finances in family size. A place where the fields of economics and demographics overlap, and where religion tries to muscle in, is in the number of children…
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Perhaps A New Intellectual Component Is Coming

Although I seldom watch TV these days, I found interesting a review of a coming new series based on a fictional book. The book and the series are called “American Gods.” It was reviewed, surprisingly, in Christianity Today.  As the title suggests, it deals with not one god but others as well. A book and series,…
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The Hometown Of Roger Williams, A Preacher Ahead Of His Time

We’re visiting family in Providence, RI. The last time we were here we explored the life of this city’s founder, Roger Williams. Roger Williams was a preacher who did conform to conventional wisdom of his time. While we would see him today as a little “off”, he understood clearly what many today do not, that…
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