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Did you happen to hear that strange noise? It was the sound of theological walls starting to tumble to the ground.
If you missed it, don't despair. You probably weren't the only person oblivious to this earthshaking news. Here's a recap:
Last month, officials of the Roman Catholic Church and 124 Lutheran church bodies in 69 countries announced they had reached a common understanding on a key Christian teaching (salvation by grace) that was at the heart of the Roman Catholic-Protestant split in the 16th century. Officials also agreed that condemnations issued five centuries ago by one side against the other no longer apply.
Also in June, 129 evangelical and fundamentalist leaders in the United States signed a document stating their agreement on a common …