Sunday, January 14, 2007

Items of Interest - 1st Week After Epiphany 2007

Razilaženje Returns
The 3-week hiatus is over. Though my other two websites are still down due to certain technical issues, I have moved Razilaženje here, and am in the process of transferring over all the articles and comments.

Misinterpreting St. Paul
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon on testing our interpretation against past teachers.

Adam and Christ
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon on the contrast between Adam and Christ in scripture.

Faith, Logos, and Antichrist: A Post Scriptum on Regensburg
Srdja Trifkovic on the transcendent God of Islam

Will the 21st Be the Orthodox Century?
by Bradley Nassif. Fascination with the Great Tradition may signal deep changes for both evangelicals and the Orthodox.

The Humanist Manifesto II, “Democratic Society”
Lee Duigon of The Chalcedon Foundation examines militant Antichrist Humanism. Part IV of a series.

How Secular Donors Move Church Agenda
The National Council of Churches is becoming financially beholden to secular groups with liberal political leanings, according to a report by the Institute for Religion and Democracy.

Myths of the Teachers Unions
Jay Greene on the misconceptions that stand in the way of educational reform.

Jane Elliott and her Blue-Eyed Devil Children
Carl F. Horowitz on the totalitarian roots of diversity training.

Adam Smith for Dummies
Bill Steigerwald interviews P.J. O'Rourke on The Wealth of Nations.

14 Carter Center Advisors Resign Over Carter's Latest Book
"There are some things in life that you just cannot overlook. The truth is something that has got to be told. And certain portions of this book do not tell the truth."


BJA said...

"Razilaženje Returns"

Thanks be to God!

Gary Aknos said...

Just read this piece of commentary on

Regardless of your opinion of the IRD or the NCC, the report raises serious questions about the National Council of Churches and it’s sources of funding. Bob Edgar, like the UCC’s John Thomas, doesn’t like to have his motives questioned and will undoubtedly respond by claiming a right-wing conspiracy instead of actually explaining why the National Council of Churches hasn’t been more transparent about it’s sources of funding. In September, 2005, the United Methodist Church (Edgar’s own church and the largest member of the National Council of Churches) sent a “letter of concern” to the NCC over the departure of the Antiochian Orthodox Church and called for “immediate steps to understand” why the Orthodox church left the NCC. In the same letter, the United Methodist Church also expressed it’s “disdain” over a politically loaded fund raising letter that Edgar sent out in June of 2005.

Edgar’s initial reaction to the criticism he received from the letter was to suggest a conspiracy by “those who try to dilute our witness and mislead our friends by suggesting that the National Council of Churches is a partisan, left-leaning organization.” However, his tune changed after the UMC letter. Thomas Hoyt, then President of the National Council of Churches, said that Edgar now “has acknowledged that the letter was sent from the development office without proper review.”

The IRD, on the other hand, has a clear political agenda. Unlike the National Council of Churches, their agenda is transparent and their sources of funding are very public. But the biggest difference between the NCC and the IRD is their constituency. Whether you love them or hate them, the IRD’s members voluntarily and directly subscribe to their values and principles. The 45 million members that the NCC claims to represent are so buried under multiple levels of bureaucracy between their local churches, associations, conferences and denomination offices that there is literally no connection between the NCC and it’s members. Further, since the NCC claims to speak with a prophetic voice on a range of issues, it has a moral obligation to publicly disclose it’s sources of funding and political alliances – but it does not. At a minimum, the IRD report provides a level of transparency that the NCC won’t disclose on it’s own.