Scott Hahn’s “Angels and Saints”: You Need This On Your Bookshelf

St Irenaeus

"The glory of God is man fully alive." It was St. Irenaeus of Lyons, early Church Father and apologist, who said those words, back in the second century.  This year, Irenaeus' words have inspired the Pontifical Council for the Family, as they plan for the  World Meeting of Families, which will take place in Philadelphia on September 22-27, 2015.    The triennial meeting has as its theme "Love Is Our Mission:  The Family Fully Alive."  And Archbishop Charles Chaput, archbishop of … [Read more...]

THINK THIS, NOT THAT #6: Monothelitism. Say THAT With Your Mouth Full!

Oh, the confusion! Last time in “Think This, Not That,” I talked about the Council of Chalcedon, at which the Church ironed out the controversy over the “Three Chapters” and Nestorianism (which wrongly claimed that Jesus had two distinct subsistences). In the seventh century, one of the biggest theological crises looming at the Council of Constantinople III (680-681 A.D.) was the spread of monothelitism. Say what? Well, that’s “mono” (as in “one”) and “thelitism” … [Read more...]

THINK THIS, NOT THAT #5: Knock-Down, Drag-Out Fights Over Jesus

Whiz, bam—the early church leaders certainly knew how to put heretics and dissident theologians in their place! They’d bang their coffee cups on the table and cry, “Anathema!!” (An anathema, if you have to ask, is a ban or curse solemnly pronounced by ecclesiastical authority, and accompanied by excommunication. And anathema was one of the actions which came out of Constantinople II, the fifth ecumenical council.) The story of Constantinople II is a saga of disagreement and … [Read more...]


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