And the Word became flesh and lived among us

That is the title of my latest column at The Catholic Thing. Here is how it begins: During the Season of Advent, one often hears in Church circles and even in the popular media the plea, or something similar to it, “Let’s keep the Christ in Christmas.” But before we can take that plea seriously (as we ought to), we have to first understand what it means to keep Christ in Christianity. In the first chapter of his Gospel, St. John eloquently provides an account of the divine paternity of … [Read more...]

Conference on Natural Law and Evangelical Political Thought (17-19 February 2011), at Westmont College

(HT: Micah Watson) This looks like a terrific conference. You can read more about it here. The featured speakers are J. Budziszewski (University of Texas) and Robert P. George (Princeton University). Among the other speakers are J. Daryl Charles (Bryan College), Micah Watson (Union University), Paul DeHart (Texas State University), and Bryan McGraw (Wheaton College). … [Read more...]

Schism for thee but not for me?

A former professor of mine, a well-known Lutheran theologian, told me in private conversation several weeks ago that he was upset that I had returned to the Catholic Church while in the middle of my service as president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), arguing that my public reversion could have harmed ETS irreparably. Because it was a matter of conscience that forced me into the confessional earlier than I had planned,[1] I was tempted to respond like the founder of his … [Read more...]

The Fathers Know Best: Your Essential Guide to the Teachings of the Early Church

That is the title of the book I received in the mail today. What an amazing surprise! Signed by its editor/author, Jimmy Akin, I am looking forward to going through it over the Christmas break. Knowing Jimmy (who is a friend) and the scope and depth of his intellectual powers, I suspect that this will go to the top of my list of books on the Fathers. You can order it through Jimmy's website here. It should come in handy while I am working on my 13,000-word contribution to the forthcoming book, … [Read more...]

My Philosophia Christi article of Feser’s Aquinas book is now accessible online

As I mentioned in a prior post, I just published in the recent issue of Philosophia Christi a review essay of Edward Feser’s latest book, Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide. Thanks to the Editor of Philosophia Christi who granted me permission, you can now access the article online here. For those who are interested in the entire issue of Philosophia Christi (12.2, Winter 2010), you can read a profile of it here. As I noted in the prior post, a portion of my article deals with Feser’s take on … [Read more...]

My latest article: “Guidance for Doting and Peeping Thomists: A Review Essay of Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide.”

This just appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Philosophia Christi (429-439).  It is a review essay of Edward Feser's latest book, Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide. Although you cannot presently get the article online, you can see the issue's table of contents here. (Update: It is now accessible online here. Special thanks to the PC editor for granting me permission to post it on my website. For a profile of the entire issue of PC, go here). In the same issue is a review essay of  my book, … [Read more...]

Richard Posner does not know much about theology, especially the Catholic sort

Read Judge Posner's original piece here (and especially the replies in the combox). And then read John Breen's response at the Mirror of Justice. I have, for years, been in awe of Judge Posner's imposing and impressive intellect. In fact, in my philosophy of law class I require my students to read several of his articles. But on the matter of Catholic moral theology, I will pass on the prince of law and economics and defer to the wisdom of the Prince of Priests. … [Read more...]

Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue

You can find out more about the Center here. The following is its Mission Statement: The Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue is an independent research center. Catholic and Evangelical scholars are increasingly discovering that we have much to learn from each other, not least in revitalizing our theologies and our study of Scripture. Sharing a common bond in worship of Jesus Christ and dependence upon the life-giving work of the Holy Spirit, Catholic and Evangelical theologians and … [Read more...]

The Church Fathers on Transubstantiation

Another terrific essay on one of my favorite websites, Called to Communion. Authored to Tim A. Troutman, it begins this way: This article is intended to be a resource showing the support for the doctrine of Transubstantiation in the Church fathers, and not a robust defense of the doctrine as defined by the Council of Trent. The Church fathers did not believe in a mere spiritual presence of Christ alongside or in the elements (bread and wine). This can be shown by three different types of … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan: Little Drummer Boy

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