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Articles by Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson teaches historical theology at Concordia Seminary. His areas of interest include the late Middle Ages, the Lutheran Reformation, and military history. He is the author of Martin Luther: A Life Reformed in the World History Biography series.

A New Papacy
February 11, 2013 – 12:33 pm | No Comment
A New Papacy

Benedict XVI is the first pope to resign since Celestine V did so in 1294 after little more than 5 months in office. (Some commentators name Gregory XII, who resigned in 1415, as the most …

Right or Rite?
July 11, 2012 – 2:14 pm | 7 Comments
Right or Rite?

Rev. William Rowe, a Roman Catholic priest, had already been removed from his parish when Bishop Edward Braxton of the Belleville, IL, diocese, took the extra step of forbidding him to exercise any public ministry. …

Popes Behaving Badly
May 29, 2012 – 4:47 pm | No Comment
Popes Behaving Badly

Scandal is nothing new for the Vatican. That’s been a common take on the arrest of the pope’s butler as part of the ongoing response to documents being leaked from the highest levels of the …

Five inner demons, four better angels . . .
December 24, 2011 – 11:36 am | 2 Comments
Five inner demons, four better angels . . .

 . . . and a more peaceful 2012? That’s not yet another take on the 12 Days of Christmas, it’s what Steven Pinker, Harvard Psychologist, concludes in his most recent book The Better Angels of …

Shoes and the Law
October 8, 2011 – 7:53 am | 2 Comments
Shoes and the Law

The title of a newspaper article caught my eye yesterday: Jews Ponder Day’s Footwear. I had to read to find out what it was about and kept reading because I’ve always been at least mildly …

The Two Kingdoms and Social Security
July 23, 2011 – 1:46 pm | 6 Comments
The Two Kingdoms and Social Security

American churches blundered when they supported Roosevelt’s proposal for Social Security, according to Douglas E. Baker. In his essay, “The Theology of Social Security,” Baker concludes:
What is disturbing when reviewing the history of this time …

Advent 4 • Matthew 1:18–25 • December 19, 2010
November 3, 2010 – 9:36 am | No Comment

by Paul Robinson
We were driving home from a Wednesday evening Advent service when my three-year-old daughter announced from her car seat, “I’m afraid of angels.” Her mother and I, in mild shock that our daughter …

Richer, deeper, and more satisfying
July 22, 2010 – 12:27 pm | 5 Comments
Richer, deeper, and more satisfying

“What would it look like to move from ‘more, bigger, faster’ to ‘richer, deeper and more satisfying?’” No, that quote is not from a church leader of any stripe; it’s from a Harvard Business Review …

The Shroud of Turin observed
May 7, 2010 – 3:13 pm | 3 Comments
The Shroud of Turin observed

Pope Benedict XVI “all but gave an outright endorsement of the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin.” The shroud, which depicts the image of a man crucified in precisely the same way as Jesus, is …

History as Fad
April 13, 2010 – 9:09 pm | One Comment
History as Fad

Japanese pop culture has profoundly affected America. You probably recognize the words anime and manga, and you might even know that otaku (nerd or geek) is used to describe Japanese superfans of the diverse genres …