The Futility of Coercing or Punishing Belief

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 BY GENE VEITH Historically, religions have sometimes used force to compel people to accept their teachings and to punish those who did not.  This has been an issue with Catholicism, with its heretic-burnings and inquisitions, and has sometimes happened in Protestant communities.  Luther, though, opposed coercion and punishment in matters of faith.  Today, […]

Lawlessness, Power, & Authorit

AUGUST 28, 2020 BY GENE VEITH I commend to you two posts from my fellow Patheos bloggers. To learn what it feels like when law and order completely breaks down around you, read this post by  Grayson Gilbert, who lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin, writing as his neighborhood is being looted and his community is going up in […]