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Problems of Jesus' wife discovery

September 30, 2012 --

By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

The evidence that Jesus had a wife can be ascertained by using a magnifying glass to read a 3.8 x 7.6 centimeter inscription made on a scrap of papyrus. We know nothing about when the scrap was discovered. We know nothing about where it was discovered. We know nothing about how it was discovered. We know nothing about the context in which the words were written. And we know nothing about the owner.

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Lord of the Rings actor in new faith film

September 29, 2012 --

Lord of the Rings Actor to Play Villain in Upcoming Christian Movie
By Beyond the Mask Film

John Rhys-Davies of Lord the Rings fame has officially accepted a lead role in Beyond the Mask, a period action-adventure currently filming in the Detroit area. Beloved by American and British audiences alike, SAG award winning actor Rhys-Davies is best known for his roles as Sallah in Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark and Gimli the dwarf in the acclaimed Lord the Rings trilogy.

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Portland theologian & Buddhist priest host interfaith discussion

September 27, 2012 --

New Wineskins,
A program of Multnomah Biblical Seminary.

On Monday, September 3rd at 7:30 PM, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside in Portland) hosted an interfaith dialogue/exchange between evangelical theologian, Paul Louis Metzger (Ph.D., King’s College London), and Zen Buddhist priest, Kyogen Carlson (ordained Shasta Abbey; certified teacher, Dharma Transmission and inka).


Dr. Metzger and Abbot Carlson talked about Dr. Metzger’s newest book, Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths (Thomas Nelson, 2012) and how it relates to their longstanding relational connection. They spoke about how they approach one another through their respective faith traditions and seek to model civil discourse during times of severe tension and distrust in political and religious affairs involving the left and right in America today.

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France to ban words Father & Mother for same-sex rights reforms

September 26, 2012 --

France to ban words Father & Mother for same-sex rights reforms 
Faith News Note,

Under a new law being considered in France, the words “mother” and “father” would be removed from official state documents. The effort is being motivated out of a plan to legalize gay marriage and expand adoption rights to same sex couples. The words “mother” and “father” would be switched to the word “parents”.   It goes up for approval at the end of October.

Here are some quotes from European voices involved.

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira

“Who is to say that a heterosexual couple will bring a child up better than a homosexual couple, that they will guarantee the best conditions for the child’s development?  What is certain is that the interest of the child is a major preoccupation for the government”

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Romney, Mormonism & American Exceptionalism

September 25, 2012 --

by Michael MacLeod
Oregon academic blog
Politics Among Friends

What does the emergence of Mitt Romney as a Presidential candidate tell us about the American political story? Regardless of whether or not the Republican ticket wins the November election, the possibility that the nation could elect a Mormon as President has much to tell us about what makes America unique. And there could be profound political implications that stem from these beliefs that we should carefully consider. Here, I’ll focus mainly on the foreign policy dimensions and leave the domestic implications for another post.

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Beaverton church brings Islam & Bahai into public discussion

September 24, 2012 --

By Evergreen Presbyterian,

The Beaverton Religion Forum is returning to Evergreen’s fall schedule.

We are hoping to expand beyond our discussions with our atheist and agnostic neighbors to include the Bahai, Ananda, and once again, the Islamic Center of Portland. We hope to discuss with the Bahai, “What is Prayer?” With Ananda, rich in the practice of eastern meditation, we would like to discuss, “What is Meditation?” And with our friends at the Islamic Center, we would discuss, “How do you worship?”

On Sunday, October 21 at 5:00 p.m. Evergreen will meet to discuss the purpose of the Beaverton Religion Forum, which is to create space for neighbors to present their faith and practice, highlighting distinctives in a peaceful manner. We do not aim to reduce all religions or views to “we basically believe and do the same things,” but rather come to an understanding of differing views and practices. Pastor Nathan Lewis will provide some training in apologetics through asking questions, engaging in conversations and building friendships with neighbors.

This meeting will be followed by three Sunday evening forums with the proposed groups or others in Beaverton who are able and willing to participate. Mark your calendars and be ready “to give a reason for the hope that is in you.”

We are planning another meeting in December with Bernie Dehler and the Westside Science and Religion Discussion Group.

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Bogus Catholic petition on Romney criticized

September 23, 2012 --

By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Two weeks ago, in the weekly bulletin of an Upper East side Catholic church, there was a letter by six former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican stating their support for Romney. The priest responsible for including the letter is now the subject of a petition asking New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan to do something about it.

The petition drive is a staged event. Indeed, it is the product of two left-wing groups that are wholly unconnected to the parish: Catholics United and Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Catholics United is a left-wing group funded by atheist billionaire George Soros; it has virtually no support in the Catholic community. A rabid ally of the urban anarchist coalition, “Occupy Wall Street,” it continually misrepresents Catholic teachings while working against the religious liberty rights of Catholics. Americans United was founded in the 1940s as an expressly anti-Catholic organization (it was known as Protestants and Other Americans United for Separation of Church and State), and was responsible for fomenting hatred against Catholics at the time. It has since worked relentlessly to diminish religious liberty.

Assisting them in this effort is Jim Dwyer of the New York Times. He wants everyone to know that the priest in question allegedly ran afoul of IRS strictures on politics and religion (Americans United filed a complaint). Dwyer quotes the priest as saying in the bulletin, “I am aware that I and no church authority may endorse candidates for political office.” Then Dwyer writes, “You could practically see him winking.”

I have news for Dwyer: when black ministers, all over the U.S., start campaigning from the pulpit for Obama next month, there will be no winking—just smiles. They will smile knowing that no white liberal activist group or journalist will start a petition drive, contact the IRS or write a snotty piece about them.

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Youth pastor recalls life of teen killed

September 22, 2012 --

Pastor Jeremy Stillwell of Beaverton Foursquare church spoke at the funeral of 17 year old Max McGregor of Beaverton Oregon. McGregor was killed when he was hit by car walking home from a bus stop when the car veered off the road. The car also ran over a fence and hit a home. Max McGregor had just turned 17 and his death has stunned the Beaverton Community.

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Newly discovered C.S. Lewis documents reveal Darwin comments

September 21, 2012 --

Robert Crowther,
Discovery Institute,

Famed Christian writer C.S. Lewis has often been regarded as either uninterested in the modern evolution debate or generally supportive of evolutionary theory. But newly discovered notes written by Lewis challenge those views, revealing Lewis’s intense interest in the topic of evolution as well as his early skepticism of Darwin.

The unpublished material is described and quoted from for the first time in the new book The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, out this month at and other booksellers. More information, including the download of a free chapter on “C.S. Lewis and Intelligent Design,” is available at

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NW Church fights gay donor ban with blood drive

September 20, 2012 --

Oregon Faith News Note:

King-5 news in Seattle reports that theFirst Christian Church in Olympia, Wash., held a blood drive on September 6 to draw attention to the FDA’s ban on blood donations from homosexual men. The policy has been in place since 1983 in an effort to keep the nation’s blood supply free from pathogens like HIV. Matthew Shrader, who is gay, believes that his blood is perfectly safe, and he organized a blood drive on his own behalf to spread that message. Twenty-five people came to give blood. The FDA, said Shrader, is wrongly focused on orientation rather than behavior. In any case, said others present to give blood, every blood sample is screened for HIV anyway. So why are some people excluded up front?

— Video below

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