January 20, 2011 – the 50th and 30th anniversaries of two great inaugural addresses

John Fitzgerald Kennedy - January 20, 1961Ronald Wilson Reagan - January 20, 1981 … [Read more...]

If Colorado wants a body part, give it the finger

This is truly ghoulish: The bill changes the organ donation program so that a person is presumed to have consented to organ and tissue donation at the time the person applies for or renews a driver's license or identification card unless the person initials a statement that states that the person does not want to be considered as a possible organ and tissue donor. Lends a whole new meaning to "trafficking in human organs." The bill is being proposed in Colorado, and the above paragraph is from it … [Read more...]

He not busy being born, is busy dying

My apologies to readers of Return to Rome. I have been immersed in two writing projects as well as the start of the semester. So, I've spent virtually no time blogging or checking this blog.As for the two projects, one is a very large chapter for the book, Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism (Zondervan, forthcoming in 2011), edited by Robert L. Plummer (professor, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary). I am writing the chapter on Catholicism. The … [Read more...]

Seminary in a Box?

Yes, it is true. Not to be confused with Prince Albert in a can. … [Read more...]

R. C. Sproul on Abortion

Found this over at Justin Taylor's blog, Between Two Worlds. It's worth watching. … [Read more...]

An Egg-Head’s Epiphany: Norm Geisler’s Inaccurate Website Post

"So, while we are losing a few intellectual egg-heads out the top of evangelicalism to Rome,we are gaining tens of thousands of converts out the bottom from Catholicism. The trade-off highly favors evangelicalism."That is a quote from Norman L. Geisler, recently published on his website. Just this evening, a dear Protestant friend of mine (a shining light in the prolife movement) brought Norm's post to my attention. Entitled, "Why Roman Catholics are Leaving the Church in Mass," Norm alludes … [Read more...]

Doritos and Pepsi mock sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

From the company that would never dream of advertising for the Ramadan-a-ding-dong, we get this:I'm surprised that they didn't have a pontiff at the end with the name of Pope Sicola. … [Read more...]

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 Jesus 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...]


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