Francis Beckwith responds to N.T. Wright on OBL

Francis Beckwith over at The Catholic Thing responds to N.T. Wright’s comments about the (unlawful?) killing of Osama bin Laden. Quite an interesting read! Consider this quote:

Now let us imagine another scenario. It is 2:00 AM on July 6, 1535, and Sir Thomas More, a Catholic, is sitting in his cell in the Tower of London awaiting execution for the crime of treason. For he had denied that the King is the Supreme Head of the Church of England. Suppose the Jesuits, formed only a year earlier to combat the growth of the Reformation, concoct a plot to help spring the imprisoned More. They arrive at the Tower at 3:00 AM. In order to get to More they have to kill several of the guards. After doing so, they carry More off to a nearby safe house. He stays there for several days. Then on the evening of July 11, while wearing an elaborate disguise, he sneaks out of London and departs to Rome. When he arrives in the Eternal City, he is greeted by Pope Paul III, who issues a statement praising Sir Thomas More and the brave Jesuits who risked their lives to prevent a grave injustice. Rome celebrates; Westminster is furious. But, of course, as we already know, not every furious government is justified in its fury. I have no doubt that even Professor Wright would agree.

  • David Cramer

    Seems to be a non sequitur–just taking a jab at their ecclesial differences?

  • Anonymous

    Seems to be a non sequitur–just taking a jab at their ecclesial differences?

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  • Brad Knight

    The most controversial part of that article may be his comment that Wright’s “work on the doctrine of justification, controversial among Evangelical Protestants, is in many ways remarkably close to the Catholic view.” That could pique the interest of some of the “Road to Rome” Calvinists. ;-)

  • Brad Knight

    The most controversial part of that article may be his comment that Wright’s “work on the doctrine of justification, controversial among Evangelical Protestants, is in many ways remarkably close to the Catholic view.” That could pique the interest of some of the “Road to Rome” Calvinists. ;-)


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