I have always imagined that Paradise would be a kind of library.
Jorge Luis Borges

So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?
Saint John, Letter to Galatians 4:16

Freedom of Religion - Freedom from Religion - Freedom of Public Display of Religion and Traditions

We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. We command no worship. We mandate no belief. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave it bereft of belief. All are free to believe or not believe; all are free to practice a faith or not. But those who believe must be free to speak of and act on their belief.
Ronald Reagan (Temple Hillel Speech, 1984)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Religious Tolerance: Policy of Obama and Progressives

Rarely will you see anything written concerning politics here at Veritas et Theologium; however, when government intervenes upon religious rights and the First Amendment – it is another matter.
In January of 2012, Barack Obama's Department of Health and Human Services announcement requirement of all employers to offer insurance coverage of sterilization, abortifacients and contraceptives without deductible or co-pays in their employee plans by August 1st, 2012.
Churches are exempt; however, Catholic-funded hospitals, schools or other charity organizations are not exempt.
Archbishop, soon Cardinal Timothy Dolan, New York, leader of the US Council of Catholic Bishops stated:
The government should not force Americans to act as if pregnancy is a disease to be prevented at all costs. Historically, this represents a challenge and a compromise of our religious liberty.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Chapter 20: Christology: Unitarianism

Phenomenology of World Religion
Chapter 20 ©
[Christology: Unitarianism]

The Christian religion has gone through many changes since the death of Jesus the Christ, Galilean of Nazareth. Indeed, after the Christian Church was organized, becoming the Holy Roman Catholic Church and the Great Schism that separated Christianity between East and West, Byzantine (Eastern Orthodox Church) i and Roman, ii different sects based upon certain theological concepts like the Gnostics as discussed in Chapters 9 & 10. The early forming Church that held councils periodically to decide just what universal doctrine would be approved, as well as make decisions in regards to splinter groups (sects) like Arianism.
Unitarianism is a proper noun in English that is a religious “ism” movement like Calvinism, Anabaptism, Adventism, Wesleyanism, Protestantism, Catholicism, and so on. It is a sect of Protestantism (that is a sect of Catholicism). One can readily see that Christianity, for all its similarities between sects and theological diversity is one of the most complex to understand the differences, despite being based upon the identity of Jesus (the Galilean) from Nazareth, known as Christ.
In the case of Unitarianism, it is a actually a description of several forms of Christianity; and can be described as the belief that God is one personality. That is the main difference between the major sects theological thought in what is called Trinitarianism.