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Uncommon Descent - Serving the Intelligent Design Community Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy | And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent. (John 17:3) National Catholic Register | » Introducing Anamnēsis Anamnēsis (an · am′· nē · sis) n. [Gr. ἀνάμνησις remembering < ἀνά up, again + μιμνήσκειν to call to mind, attend] a recollective ascent or ascensional recollection Welcome to Anamnēsis, the weblog of Dr James S. Cutsinger, a professor of theology and religious thought at the University of South Carolina. Further information concerning him and his work can be found on his website, As a teacher and author, Professor Cutsinger regularly finds himself on the receiving end of questions and challenges—outwardly diverse, to be sure, but inwardly connected in one way or another to God and the spiritual life. The issues he is called upon to address are sometimes theoretical and sometimes practical. It has seemed to Professor Cutsinger for some time that his responses to a select few of these queries, those having a more general import and thus of potential interest to a wider audience, might be usefully shared in a public forum. Why Anamnēsis?

Biblical Anarchism by Stephen W. Carson "The desire to rule is the mother of heresies." ~ St. John Chrysostom "My kingdom is not of this world." ~ Y'shua How can someone who holds the Bible to be true and sacred be an anarchist? By clarifying what precisely we mean (and don't mean!) Though the teachings of the Bible can be followed and applied under any system of government, the Scriptures do give us some fairly strong clues of what forms of government are ideal. Besides passages having to do with the sacramental life of the new nation, the civil law portion is very compatible with libertarian notions of law. Most of these prohibitions and their prescribed punishments deal with violations of person and property, just as libertarians emphasize the law should. But most telling is what the Mosaic Law leaves out. But it gets even more clear! Reading what G-d actually says through Samuel is a sobering reminder of how deeply heretical our modern faith in the State is: "Doesn't G-d ordain our government leaders?

Catholicism and the Convenience of Empty Labels When the language of American politics is used to define Catholic belief and practice, the result is confusion, discord, and ideological obfuscation Pope Francis greets the crowd after celebrating a Year of Faith Mass honoring life in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in this June 17 file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) “Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. “Incredulity is the neglect of revealed truth or the willful refusal to assent to it. “...” — Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on the terms “liberal” and “conservative” I have a dream. Then the man calmly states, “ Every unborn child, condemned unjustly to being aborted, has the face of the Lord, who before being born, and then when he was just born, experienced the rejection of the world.” Yes, it's just a dream. The strange thing is that when this man gets up in front of crowds of tens of thousands in St. Fabricated Conflicts, Lacking Contexts The quote above, about Francis and Abp. As the U.S. Isn't it obvious (ahem!)

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