28 April 2007

Tridentine Mass, Minnesota's Religious Diversity, Satan in Utah, and D.F. Strauss

The BBC has an article about Benedict's bringing back the Tridentine Mass.

PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has a transcript of a discussion of Minnesota's religious diversity.

A Utah republican claims that Satan is behind illegal immigration:
Larsen, who did not return a phone call or an e-mail seeking comment Thursday, is urging the closing of national borders to illegal immigrants to “prevent the destruction of the U.S. by stealth invasion.”

“In order for Satan to establish his ‘New World Order’ and destroy the freedom of all people as predicted in the Scriptures, he must first destroy the U.S.,” his resolution states. “The mostly quiet and unspectacular invasion of illegal immigrants does not focus the attention of the nations the way open warfare does, but is all the more insidious for its stealth and innocuousness.”


“Everyone can have whatever beliefs they want to have,” Murillo said. “In the state of Utah, we’re grateful that the vast majority of people do not embrace these ideas.”

Satan has popped up in Utah County politics before. Last year, failed congressional candidate John Jacob of Eagle Mountain blamed the devil for his flagging campaign.

I find this ironic given that the Mormons of old immigrated West in search of a better life.

Brant Pitre has an article entitled "Strauss and the Credibility of Alternative Theories to the Resurrection." (D.F. Strauss's controversial and influential Life of Jesus here.)

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