“Armstrong vs. Geisler” #5: Prayer to Creatures

Photograph by “jclk8888” (7-7-13) [Pixabay / CC0 public domain]*****[This is an installment of an extensive series of mine, in which I interact with the book that I believe is the best Protestant critique of Catholicism in our times: Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences, by Norman L. Geisler and Ralph E. Mackenzie (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 1995).]*****Norman Geisler wrote:In fact, there is no real biblical support for this assum … [Read more...]

“Armstrong vs. Geisler” #4: Prayer for the Dead

Photograph by “jclk8888” (7-7-13) [Pixabay / CC0 public domain]*****[This is an installment of an extensive series of mine, in which I interact with the book that I believe is the best Protestant critique of Catholicism in our times: Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences, by Norman L. Geisler and Ralph E. Mackenzie (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 1995).]*****Norman Geisler wrote:  There is no indication in the Bible that anyone ever prayed … [Read more...]

“Armstrong vs. Geisler” #3: Merit & Penitential Suffering

 Norman Geisler vs. St. Paul Regarding the Treasury of Merit and Redemptive Suffering for the Sake of Others' Salvation Photograph by “jclk8888” (7-7-13) [Pixabay / CC0 public domain]*****[This is an installment of an extensive series of mine, in which I interact with the book that I believe is the best Protestant critique of Catholicism in our times: Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences, by Norman L. Geisler and Ralph E. Mackenzie (Grand Ra … [Read more...]

“Armstrong vs. Geisler” #2: Purgatory (Lk 23:43)

Photograph by "jclk8888" (7-7-13) [Pixabay / CC0 public domain]*****[This is an installment of an extensive series of mine, in which I interact with the book that I believe is the best Protestant critique of Catholicism in our times: Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences, by Norman L. Geisler and Ralph E. Mackenzie (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 1995).]  ***** Luke 23:39-43 (RSV) One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, sayi … [Read more...]

“Armstrong vs. Geisler” #1: Purgatory (Mt 12:32)

Photograph by "jclk8888" (7-7-13) [Pixabay / CC0 public domain]*****[This is the first installment of a new series of mine, in which I interact with the book that I believe is the best Protestant critique of Catholicism in our times: Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences, by Norman L. Geisler and Ralph E. Mackenzie (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 1995).]  ***** Geisler lists Matthew 12:32 as one of four primary biblical proofs that Ca … [Read more...]

Catholics & the Historicity of Jonah the Prophet

Jonah Is Spewed Forth by the Whale (Jon. 2:1-11), 1866, by Gustave Doré (1832-1883) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (6-27-08) *** Regarding Jonah, the straightforward sense would seem to be that he was an actual historical person, as were all the prophets. The book about him, after all, is included in the prophetic writings in both the Christian and Jewish Bibles. We don't deny that any of the other prophets (to my knowledge) were actual persons; why should Jonah be any different, t … [Read more...]

“Moses’ Seat” & Jesus vs. Sola Scriptura (vs. James White)

The Pharisees and the Sadducees Come to Tempt Jesus, by James Tissot (1836-1902) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (12-27-03) *** The first section of this paper is from my book, The Catholic Verses: 95 Bible Passages That Confound Protestants (Sophia Institute Press, Spring 2004) and is a reply to White's arguments in his book, The Roman Catholic Controversy (Bethany House, 1996). The second section answers the relevant portion of White's Internet article, "A Response to David Palm's … [Read more...]

Levites & Old Covenant System vs. Sola Scriptura

Moses and the Brazen Serpent (1640), by Adriaen van Nieulandt (c. 1586-1658) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]***(4-9-06)***Is it true that in Old Testament times, the people were basically on their own vis-a-vis biblical interpretation, and application of the Mosaic Law. No! Theirs was not a sola Scriptura system. I offer examples below. *****1) Moses didn't just give the Law to the Hebrews; he also taught it: Exodus 18:15-20 (RSV) And Moses said to his father-in-law, … [Read more...]

Sola Scriptura is Self-Defeating & False if Not in the Bible

vs. Kevin JohnsonA diagram of how arms form in spiral galaxies. Authors: User:Dbenbenn / User:Mysid (11-10-06) [Wikimedia Commons /  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license] *** (5-4-04) *** I've seen many Protestants deny the Catholic counter-reply that if sola Scriptura isn't taught in the Bible, it is a self-defeating belief, and therefore untrue. It certainly is self-defeating if in fact it can't be found in the Bible (as I maintain). The inexorable, unarguable r … [Read more...]

Sola Scriptura, the Old Testament, & Ancient Jewish Practice

Ezra Reads the Law to the People (Neh. 8:1-12), by Gustave Doré (1832-1883) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]*** This is from my 2002 book, More Biblical Evidence for Catholicism: the entirety of Chapter Nine (same title): pages 77-88 (I discarded some capitalizations used in the original, added capital letters in the sequential indented lists, and added some bolding of Scripture passages).*** A Baptist man whom I met on the Internet, wrote a thought-provoking and well-researched e … [Read more...]