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Some Popular Topics

Specially for Roman Catholics

Specially for the United Church of Christ

Specially for Unitarian Universalists

Building Community in Church

Topics Related to the End Times

Specially for Seventh Day Adventists

Islam

Miscellaneous

 

 

 

Some Popular Topics

a. "Dealing with Islamophobia," A sermon by Rev. Deborah Countiss Lindsay,
    preached August 29, 2010, at the First Community Church in Columbus, Ohio

b. Religion 101: Examining the Definition of Religion and Religious Beliefs, by Austin Cline, About.com
c. Definitions of the word "religion," and why none are totally satisfactory, from religioustolerance.org

d. Comprehensive "Religion" article from Wikipedia

e. A Recent [2008] Discussion of "Top Five Most Important Christian Theologians in History"

f. "Theology" article from Wikipedia

g. What did Jesus mean by saying, ‘I am the way.’? (Or, does a person have to be a Christian to be saved?)

h. Primacy of Conscience: Why Reason is Higher than Authority

i. On the Bible's Condemnation of Homosexuality

j. Sacrifice of Sexuality and Sacrifice of Gender

k. "Faith: A Journey of Trust," a short sermon by Dr. Marcus Borg which discusses four different
    elements in the meaning of the word "faith"
    [A longer treatment of the material in this sermon can be found in Chapter Two, "Faith, the Way
    of the Heart," in Dr. Borg's book,
The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith,
    HarperSanFrancisco Publishers, 2003]

l.  Does God Answer Prayer and Does Prayer Change Things -- Good article by Tony Warren

m. Reasons to pray - A collection of articles

n. What about Original Sin?

o. Original Sin "Proof Texts"?

p. What about the Bible's Account of Jesus' Birth?

q. An Account of a Miracle - A letter written by Dom Antoine Marie osb. and Reproduced from the
   
Spiritual Newsletter of the Abbey of Saint-Joseph de Clairval, 21150 Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, France

r. Biblical Miracles vs. Theological Miracles, and the Efficacy of Prayer

s. Christians and Religious Pluralism -- Three Answers to an Important Question for Christians: "Can Christians accept
    Christianity as the way to God and still give credence to the truth of other religions?"
Answers given by Marcus Borg,
    Rev. Lowell E. Grisham, and Tom Ehrich

t. Why are there two Bibles (Protestant and Catholic)?

u. On the Alleged Human Faults and Failings of Jesus

v. "What on earth is church for?", Peter Knott, SJ, June 30, 2009 (This article,
    asking an important question, is written by a British Jesuit and is largely in a
    Western European Catholic context.  But the author makes several good
    points useful to all Christian churches and denominations.)
 

 

Specially for Roman Catholics

a.  "Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious", 8-page document
     issued by the Congregatio pro Doctrina Fidei on April 18, 2012

b.  Articles Related to the 8-Page Statement Issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the
     Faith (CDF) on the Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious
     (LCWR)

c.  More articles relating to the Doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR

d.  What beliefs must a professing Catholic accept?  What does the Catholic Church claim to teach
     infallibly?  The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith addresses these and related
     questions in this document: "Doctrinal Commentary on the Concluding Formula of the Professio
     Fidei," Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as published in
L'Osservatore Romano, the
     Official Vatican Newspaper, Weekly Edition in English for July 15, 1998, pages 3-4.

e. Text of All Sixteen Vatican II Documents (Appended for Word-Search Purposes)

f.  Twenty-one General [Ecumenical] Councils of the Church

g.  Roman Catholicism and the Ordination of Women

h. Was Mary a perpetual virgin?  And what about the Biblical "brethren" of Jesus?

i.  Contraception, Sex, and Women in the Roman Catholic Church

j.  Tobias Days, Sex, and the Purpose of Marriage

k. Apostolic Succession and Papacy in the Roman Catholic Church

l.  Can a person disagree with the Pope and still be a good Catholic?

m. Mary as Co-Redemptrix - Answers to Seven Common Objections, an

     Article by Dr. Mark  Miravalle, Professor of Theology and Mariology

n. How many Ascensions of Jesus were there, and when did it (or they) occur?

o.  Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason) - Encyclical issued by Pope John Paul II on September 154, 1998

p. The Spanish Inquisition  (Article from Wikipedia)

q. "What on earth is church for?", Peter Knott, SJ, June 30, 2009 (This article,
    asking an important question, is written by a British Jesuit and is largely in a
    Western European Catholic context.  But the author makes several good
    points useful to all Christian churches and denominations.)

r. An Account of a Miracle - A letter written by Dom Antoine Marie osb. and Reproduced from the
   
Spiritual Newsletter of the Abbey of Saint-Joseph de Clairval, 21150 Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, France

s.  The Canonical Law of Reception, An excellent article by James A. Coriden which was prepared for
     the Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC)

 

 

Specially for United Church of Christ

a. Beliefs and Testimonies

b. United Church of Christ Constitution and Bylaws

c. Stillspeaking Bible Study (Nine short Bible studies illustrating the UCC belief that
    "God is still speaking."

 

 

Specially for Unitarian Universalists

a. Excerpts from Some Unitarian Universalist Association Pamphlets

b. Cultural Appropriation and Misappropriation (Includes two links to video, six articles from the UUA website,
    and a Wikipedia article on Cultural Appropriation)

c. "How Do UUs Frame the World?" Chapter 5 from Engaging Our Theological Diversity, a 2005 report
    of the Commission on Appraisal

d. Engaging Our Theological Diversity, a May 2005 report of the Commission on Appraisal

 

e. Related to the UUA's 2009 General Assembly in Salt Lake City


Building Community

 

a. Some Tested Ideas Related to Church Membership Growth

b. Ten Ways to NOT Build Community

c. A Program Useful in Community Building

d. "Sixteen Reasons Why People Are Attracted to Religion," Jeff Grabmeier,
    May 26, 2004 (update of earlier article)

e. "What on earth is church for?", Peter Knott, SJ, June 30, 2009 (This article,
    asking an important question, is written by a British Jesuit and is largely in a
    Western European Catholic context.  But the author makes several good
    points useful to all Christian churches and denominations.)

f. Community Engagement

g. Community Building

h. Sense of Community

i. Friendraising

 

 

Topics Related to the End Times

(Especially for you fans of the Left Behind series)

a. The Beasts of Revelation 13

b. Little Horn and the Four Kingdoms of Daniel

c. What about the Millennium?

d. The Rapture Racket

e. So, you’re a premillennialist, and you say you believe the Bible?

f. T/F Quiz on Apocalyptic Literature

 

 

Specially for Seventh Day Adventists

a. Predictive prophecy and the Year-Day Principle

b. Must Christians Obey the Sabbath Commandment?

c. Babylon in the New Testament

 

 

Islam

a. The Noble Quran (Full Text)

b. "Dealing with Islamophobia," A sermon by Rev. Deborah Countiss Lindsay,
    preached August 29, 2010, at the First Community Church in Columbus, Ohio

 

 

Miscellaneous

a. Hey, what's the difference between ethics and morality?

b. Thirty Principles for Ethical Living

c. Boundaries and boundary-setting

d. Decision in the case of Elizabeth Dovydenas v. The Bible Speaks

e. "Physics and the Mind of God: The Templeton Prize Address,"
    Paul Davies, Address given at Westminster Abbey on May 3, 1995

 

 

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