~~Russell Moore was inaugurated as the eighth president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of The Southern Baptist Convention on September 10, 2013 and has quickly transformed the agency into a champion for social justice. Indeed, Moore’s public statements on a host of issues, such as illegal immigration, environmentalism, Romanism, racial reconciliation, and the Trayvon Martin shooting often are spoken with a politically left-leaning tone and have raised serious concerns among rank and file Southern Baptists.
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Opinion by Russell D. Moore, special to CNN
(CNN) -- On my Christmas list of gifts to buy my evangelical friends, there’s a little book of prayers.
This is less predictable than it may seem, since the prayers aren’t from a celebrity evangelical preacher, but from a morbid, quirky Catholic who spent her short life with pet peacocks and wooden-leg-stealing Bible salesman stories.
But I think Flannery O’Connor’s newly published “Prayer Journal” is exactly what Christians need, maybe especially at Christmas.
Read more: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/15/why-christians-need-flannery-oconnor/
Why do Southern Baptist leaders like Russell Moore and Albert Mohler laud writer Flannery O'Connor who was "one of the strongest apologists for Roman Catholicism in the twentieth century"?
"Flannery O'Connor is considered one of America's greatest fiction writers and one of the strongest apologists for Roman Catholicism in the twentieth century. Born of the marriage of two of Georgia's oldest Catholic families, O'Connor was a devout believer whose small but impressive body of fiction presents the soul's struggle with what she called the 'stinking mad shadow of Jesus.'"
Source: Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) | New Georgia Encyclopedia
While I have tremendous respect for Albert Mohler, I am puzzled as to why he praises a devout Catholic like Flannery O'Connor (see Instagram below) and also a troubling man like Russell Moore (he has referred to Russell Moore as "The Man from Issachar" -See: The Man from Issachar: An Address at the Inauguration of Russell D. Moore). It really does leave me scratching my head. It's a question to which I do not have an answer.
(The image below is copied from Albert Mohler's Instagram page.)