This morning's surfing...
Via Evangelical Outpost we get Francis J. Beckwith commenting at Southern Appeal, an eclectic group blog which seems to cover a range of subjects. At a glance they seem to peer carefully at everything through a conservative but contemporary Christian lens.
Dr. Beckwith points out that Evangelicals and John Paul II have more in common than they might think. The tagline is What John Paul II Can Teach Evangelicals.
Soon after John Paul’s passing, President George W. Bush spoke approvingly of the Pope reminding “us of our obligation to build a culture of life, in which the strong protect the weak.” But few Evangelicals have read the papal encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), in which the “culture of life” is fully explained and defended. It is a remarkable document in which John Paul carefully offers a case for the sanctity of human life, the wrongness of certain practices including abortion and euthanasia, and the obligation of Christian citizens and public officials in advancing a culture of life. What will surprise many Evangelicals is John Paul’s impressive grasp and use of Scripture and how he weaves together an extended argument whose premises include passages and principles from the Word of God. But what John Paul will teach Evangelicals, and what will appear novel to some of them, is the careful manner in which he shows that the moral principles found in Scripture are consistent with a reflective understanding of the order and nature of things that one can know apart from the biblical text.
Catholics also read and understand the Bible. I know some of my peers will be pleasantly surprised to learn that Catholics -- at least the leadership -- have been reading and studying scripture all along. In fact, upon further examination they might discover that Catholics have been doing it longer and better than a good many of our mainstream Protestant brothers.
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