1 Corinthians 7:36-38: Is it About a Fiancee or a Daughter?

Ruth and Boaz (1825), by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794-1872) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]*** (1-31-14)*** 1 Corinthians 7:36-38 (KJV) But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry. [37] Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he w … [Read more...]

My Two Conversions: Interview with Spanish Journalist Itxu Díaz

Yours truly on 7-30-79: my 21st birthday (back before the eternal mustache). *** (3-31-11) *** Itxu Díaz is a journalist from Spain. He works for the Dicax Press. ***** He contacted me for an interview that will be part of a feature for his site, called "Catholics Around the World". Later, he included my story in his book, Dios siempre llama mil veces (Madrid: Encuentro, 2015), based on this interview. His questions will be in blue. * * * * * Before your conversion you were interested in … [Read more...]

Libros de Dave Armstrong: “La Virgen de los católicos”

[Traducción al español por Lizette Sellar Moon completada el 9 de junio de 2017 y publicada por Lulu el 10 de junio de 2017. 220 páginas] [Spanish translation by Lizette Sellar Moon completed on 9 June 2017 and published by Lulu on 10 June 2017. 220 pages] [see information for the original 2010 English version] [diseño de la cubierta por Dave Armstrong] [para informaciones de compras, ir a la parte inferior de la página] ***** Descripción del libro La teología y las creencias relativas ace … [Read more...]

Do Women Have Less of God’s Image? (Catholic Teaching)

Woodcut for Die Bibel in Bildern (1860), by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794–1872) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** This is a "discussion" with a woman, Karen, who was responding to my paper, Radical Feminism: Replies to “Critiques” from Enlightened Ones. Her words will be in blue. ***** So what do you think the proper role of women is? Do you think married women or mothers should be allowed work for pay outside the home? Do you think we should serve in the military or wear skimpy b … [Read more...]

Replies to Atheists’ & Skeptics’ Garden Variety Objections

Atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]***(3-24-08)***This is based on a member at the Coming Home Network forum recounting of her brother's objections (paraphrased here, in blue).* * * * * How can we really know what God is like?By taking a look at Jesus. That'll give a very good idea of what God is like. If a skeptic thinks Jesus isn't God then he can start by explaining why He claimed the extraordinary things He did. It … [Read more...]

Radical Feminism: Replies to “Critiques” from Enlightened Ones

Image by "Prawny" (October 2016) [Pixabay / CC0 public domain]*** (8-8-06)***A feminist who goes by "bellatrys" produced a remarkable "rebuttal" of a 1997 article of mine entitled, "Women Teachers in the Church". I posted the following comment on her blog:Thank you for your response to my (rather old and mere summary-type) paper. If you or any of your readers would like to engage in cordial rational discussion about it, you are more than welcome to on my blog. I've noted … [Read more...]

Dialogue w Atheist on Bible Difficulties & Plausibility Structures

One crack in the glass often leads to many more cracks, and eventually the whole thing collapses. Belief-systems work in the same way. Photograph by "fotobias" (11-3-09) [Pixabay / CC0 public domain] *** Jon Curry is a friend of mine, whom I know in "real life." He used to be an evangelical Protestant. I thought this was an honest and helpful discussion of the issues (on Facebook). We're both speaking from the heart and being amiable, even though we completely disagree. Jon was originally … [Read more...]

William Webster’s Misunderstanding of Development of Doctrine

(with particular reference to the papacy, Vatican I, Pope Leo XIII, St. Vincent of Lerins, and Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman)Photograph Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890), by Herbert Rose Barraud (1845-1896) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (2000) *** The following is a direct reply to Protestant polemicist William Webster's article: The Repudiation of the Doctrine of Development as it Relates to the Papacy by Vatican I and Pope Leo XIII. His article was largely … [Read more...]

Alleged “Bible Contradictions”: Most Are Actually Not So

Photograph of torn Bible pages by George Redgrave (9-30-14) [Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0]***(2002; portion after five asterisks: 6-7-17)*** A common tactic of biblical skeptics is to question the veracity and historical trustworthiness of the New Testament based on alleged numerous "contradictions" therein. But most of these so-called "problem passages" can easily be shown to be not contradictory, but rather, complementary. This is what might be described as the "1001 Bible … [Read more...]

Catholic Rule of Faith & Binding Authority: Old Testament Analogies

Prophet Isaiah, by Antonio Balestra (1666-1740) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]*** (4-9-06) ***** Doctrine was much less developed in Old Testament times. They didn't have the Holy Spirit as we do, or the full revelation of the New Testament and the gospel. Therefore, apostolic succession and the protections of infallibility are now possible and thinkable and believable.The new covenant brought about a major increase of certainty and ability to ascertain spiritual truth in all … [Read more...]