Woe unto You, Scribes and Pharisees (bet. 1886 and 1894), by James Tissot (1836-1902) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (11-3-11) *** Nathan Rinne is a friendly Lutheran theological adversary. His words will be in blue. I will be changing excessive bolding in Nathan’s replies to italics. * * * * * Nathan’s latest reply — just one small portion of which I am now responding to –, is entitled, Round 2 with RC apologist Dave Armstrong: the unattractive body of Christ. I… Read more

Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560): leader of Lutheranism after Luther’s death; 1532 portrait by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] ***** Asterisked posts are Internet Archive versions of my old Blogspot papers. Be sure to allow a minute or two for them to load, and make selections from July 2015 or earlier. *** Am I “Anti-Luther” or “Anti-Lutheran”? [5-28-09 / 1-6-15; posted to Facebook on 8-26-17] ***** LUTHERANISM AND THE FATHERS  Early Protestants & St. Augustine: Ambiguity [1-28-04] * Honor… Read more

  [book and purchase information] ***** Asterisked papers are old archived Blogspot versions. Allow a minute or two for them to upload, and select (if necessary) versions from July 2015 and earlier. ***** CALVINISM CALVINISM AND ST. AUGUSTINE Early Protestants & St. Augustine: Ambiguity [1-28-04] * St. Augustine: Are Reformed Protestants or Catholics Closer Theologically to His Teaching? [2-26-07] * * St. Augustine Was Catholic, Not Proto-Protestant! [9-25-10] * St. Augustine’s Eucharistic Doctrine and Protestant “Co-Opting” [9-25-10] St. Augustine’s Eucharistic Doctrine:… Read more

Christ Carrying the Cross, by Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] ***** (10-24-11) ***  [all Bible passages: RSV. Kurios is Strong’s word #2962 and Theos is Strong’s word #2316] *** “I have no problem calling Jesus my Lord and my God, in the qualified sense in which the Bible presents him as a divine being. But Thomas may not have addressed Jesus as such (see my book for details). You are the one who has the problem,… Read more

St. Paul (c. 1611), by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] ***  (10-24-11) * * * This is an exchange I had today with Neil Shenvi, a chemist; in a thread on my friend Alan Sides’ Facebook page. Neil’s words will be in blue. * * * * * . . . I haven’t actually been arguing for Sola Scriptura, as I commented to Heather. In fact, it is completely compatible with my argument to claim that… Read more

. . . Absurd Alleged Biblical Indications Against Apostolic Tradition [see book information including purchase options] *** (10-20-11) * * * I am utilizing a copy of the book available at Internet Archive. *** Whitaker’s words will be in blue. Page numbers will correspond to the above book version. * * * I come now to another argument, the last of those touched upon by Bellarmine, and derived from various passages of scripture wherein traditions are condemned: as, Matth. xv…. Read more

Page from a medieval Jerusalem Talmud manuscript [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * (10-18-11) * * * I drew the following information from a fabulous article by a Messianic Jew, Reb Yhoshua, entitled, The Oral Torah and the Messianic Jew. I have been curious about this for some time, and found this article in a search. It’s a goldmine. The arguments are fascinating: agree or disagree. All Bible passages are RSV (and not directly cited from the article above, since he… Read more

(vs. Nathan Rinne) Lutheran church in Wittenberg, Germany where the Protestant Revolt began, with Martin Luther [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license] * * * (10-17-11) * * Nathan’s words will be in blue. * * * * * I concede that just because an early church father argues from Scripture this does not necessarily mean “that only Scripture has authority to rebuke error and bind people…”.  Not necessarily.  But – do we find the church fathers consistently… Read more

(vs. Nathan Rinne) Lutheran church in Wittenberg, Germany where the Protestant Revolt began, with Martin Luther [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license] * * * (10-14-11) * * Nathan’s words will be in blue. * * * Dave, I appreciate your approach and your clarity with which you write, but at the same time, it seems to me that right from the get-go you have not been nuanced enough in your presentation.  You have, I believe unintentionally, misrepresented Chemnitz’s true position. … Read more

(vs. Nathan Rinne) Lutheran church in Wittenberg, Germany where the Protestant Revolt began, with Martin Luther [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license] * * (10-13-11)   * * * Nathan’s words will be in blue. * * * * * First, I understand your frustration about Chemnitz questioning the sincerity of RCs, especially as regards their love for the Scriptures and their concern to interpret it properly.  He does seem rather harsh, even if in his day he was not, and… Read more

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