St. Augustine Asks the Hard Questions Atheists Don’t Ask UPDATED

Atheists think Christians believe this is how things really happened.

It’s fun to read or listen to super-duper-smart professional atheists (well, they think they’re smart) banging on about the book of Genesis. It’s a useful issue for them, because the primeval history in scripture is mysterious, complex, and rich in symbolism. So, naturally, Reason Warriors approach it with the childish literalism of a young-earth creationist. Perhaps this works for them [Read More...]

Seal Depicting Samson Discovered (Or Maybe Not)

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It’s hard to know what to make of this story at this point, so I’m just going to put it out there as reported. Excavations at Tel Beit Shmesh have turned up an interesting stone seal at a level dating to about the 11th century BC. This is the seal: It’s about 1.5 cm and [Read More...]

Living in the Shadow of the Tower (Bumped 12/14/12)

UPDATED 12/14/12: In the wake of Newtown, I’m bumping this post I wrote around the time of Aurora, and, no doubt, I will have to bump it again some day. (Please note: atheist comments will be flushed. I am not in the mood for you people today.) *** There is little that can, or indeed [Read More...]

The Dead Sea Scrolls Come to America

I wrote some quick personal reactions to the “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times” exhibit when I first saw it. Now my full article is up at the National Catholic Register. It’s a good exhibit, and if you’re in the Philadelphia region, you need to check it out, or check in this fall [Read More...]

Generation and Spiration: The Processions of the Trinity

The Trinity: Coronation of the Virgin, altar of the Charterhouse of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.

Yesterday’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is the celebration of a mystery: that three persons are somehow in one God. It took time for Church to fully understand the triune nature of God, drawing out the trinitarian references from scripture and trying to construct a deeper philosophical and theological context for understanding them. [Since this [Read More...]

[Sticky] WIN a Logos Catholic Scholar’s Library Worth $790

Logos Bible Software has graciously offered to provide a Complete Logos Catholic Scholar’s Library to one lucky reader of God and the Machine. The package is worth $790, and you can read more about it here. I’ve written an overview of the software, and an update on some recent additions. Click on this link to enter the contest via the [Read More...]

First Ancient Proof of Bethlehem’s Existence Discovered UPDATED

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This is huge news, which is made even more wonderful since it comes from such a tiny object. In an excavation in the City of David (the most historically important area of Jerusalem), a tiny bulla was found imprinted with the words “Bat Lechem,” the ancient name for Bethlehem. (A bulla is a seal, usually made [Read More...]

Where I Am Today

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I’m in Philly visiting the Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times for a story in the National Catholic Register. I’ll post some initial reactions when I return, and a link to the story when it’s published. Here’s the official line: The Franklin Institute’s Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times [Read More...]


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