July 18, 2006

 (145 pages; first edition completed in December 2002; published by Lulu in April 2007; revised second edition with a new title and new front and back covers completed on 17 August 2013, and published at Lulu on the same day) [former title: Pensées on Catholic Traditionalism]    Front cover photograph: Newcastle Upon Tyne: ruins of Tynemouth Priory (chancel: 13th century) at the mouth of the River Tyne, in Northumberland (northeast England). From the website, Losing It: Les Bessant’s Ramblings: 30… Read more

July 13, 2006

(Third Edition, 2015) [First Edition completed in July 2004; published by Lulu in August 2007; Third Edition (heavily revised), with additional contributions from Eastern Catholic Fr. Deacon Daniel Dozier, was completed in July 2015; 335 pages]  —– To purchase, go to the bottom of the page —–  Front cover design by Fr. Deacon Daniel Dozier Back cover design by Chad Toney  My Book, Orthodoxy and Catholicism: A Comparison, to be Read by Bishops and Priests in the Czech Republic  Descriptive… Read more

June 6, 2006

   The Madonna in Sorrow, by Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato (1609-1685) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** [originally uploaded on 24 April 2003. Re-edited, with numerous additions and subject headings added: 26 April 2003; major revision: 7 April 2008] ** Martin Luther’s words will be in green. *** TABLE OF CONTENTS *** I. Overview of Catholic and Protestant Treatment of Luther’s Mariology II. Have Catholic Apologists Exaggerated the Mariology of Luther and Other Early Protestant Leaders? III. Lutheran Scholar Arthur… Read more

May 30, 2006

Portrait (c. 1400) by Gentile da Fabriano (1370-1427) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (5-30-06) *** A link to a portion of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, called, Whether divination by the stars is unlawful?, was posted on this blog, in comments. This troubled “Paul D.C.” and he wrote: I was unsettled by what I found there. I am a Catholic convert and mathematician, who has been “hung up” about my past obsessive interest in astrology. I do know about… Read more

May 25, 2006

Tycho Brahe (1546-1601): brilliant astronomer and also a geocentrist and astrologer [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (5-25-06) *** See the Part II portion, where I document this acceptance. * * * * * I love this particular subject matter (beyond my keen interest in the whole science and religion discussion) because I especially enjoy (as an apologist) doing the following two things: 1) demolishing historical or philosophical or theological or exegetical myths and errors, and: 2) documenting that the actual… Read more

May 24, 2006

Photo by “skeeze” (Nov. 2015) [Pixabay / CC0 public domain] *** (5-24-06) *** A fellow Christian has stated on my blog that he is troubled by certain objections raised by a certain atheist, concerning hell (the ones listed below). At that point, my duty as an apologist kicked in: if someone is struggling with the reasoning behind some false teaching and is honest enough to admit this (even publicly, which I greatly admire) in an effort to get some encouragement… Read more

May 18, 2006

Galileo Galilei: portrait (1624) by Ottavio Leoni (1578-1630) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (5-18-06) *** Eric G. (words in green) is a Catholic. Ken Temple (words in blue) is a Baptist. My older words will be in purple. * * * * * Your point that the Protestants were off on science is well taken. Could you provide us with the exact references to where they wrote that stuff? I just lost a good two hours of work, wherein… Read more

May 13, 2006

The great German Lutheran astronomer (and astrologer), Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) in 1610 [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (5-13-06) *** This is a collection of follow-up discussion and my additional comments, with regard to my earlier summary-post, Galileo: The Myths and the Facts. Eric is a fellow Catholic. His words will be in green. The words of the philosopher-scientist Thomas Kuhn will be in blue. * * * * * “DelRay”, a Catholic, wrote: I’m concerned that you weaken, rather… Read more

April 18, 2006

  Rainforest in New Zealand (South Island). Photograph by “KraeheMicha” [Pixabay / CC0 public domain] *** Asterisked posts are old Blogspot papers from Internet Archive. Please allow a minute or two for them to upload and select versions from July 2015 or earlier. ***   A romantic theologian does not mean one who is romantic about theology but one who is theological about romance, one who considers the theological implications of those experiences which are called romantic. — C. S…. Read more

April 18, 2006

Personal family photo at a restaurant, after my son Paul’s baptism in 1991  This page has been discontinued. For past archived versions, see the Internet Archive for my prior web page. See also my paper, Personal Tribute to Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J. (1-1-01)   Fr. Hardon sees the spirit of the priesthood as an all-encompassing sense of mission. “The priest must want to share,” he says, “to wear himself out in sharing.” This spirit is truly universal, reaching out… Read more

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