The Pluralist Game

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing.  Here's how it begins: This is how it works. The political liberal, unable to win much support for the goodness of the activity he wants permitted, makes this suggestion to his adversaries: why don’t we let each individual decide for himself whether or not he wants to do X.  His doing X does not affect you, since the state is not forcing you do to X. So, this is a perfectly neutral position consistent with individual liberty. By acq … [Read more...]

Then I Confessed, I Can Do No Other: Five Years After My Return to Catholicism

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In my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing--"Then I Confessed, I Can Do No Other"--I share some thoughts on my return to the Catholic Church, on the cusp of the five year anniversary. Here's how it begins: On April 29, 2007, five years ago this Sunday, I was publicly received into the Catholic Church at St. Joseph’s Parish in Bellmead, Texas. My wife, Frankie, stood beside me, as we both faced Fr. Timothy Vaverek, who presided over the brief ceremony between the homily and the recitation of t … [Read more...]

Journeys of Faith, to be released on Tuesday, March 6

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Tomorrow, March 6, Zondervan (a subsidiary of Harper Collins Publishers) officially releases the book  Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism, edited by Robert L. Plummer (with a forward by my fellow Patheos blogger, Scot McKnight). I am one of the four main contributors, presenting in my chapter an account of my return to Catholicism.My chapter is followed by a response by Gregg R. Allison of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I then in tu … [Read more...]

HHS mandate UNACCEPTABLE!: list of signatories grows on the Snead, Glendon, George, Garvey, and Levin letter

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(HT: K-Lo at NRO)I mentioned, and republished, this letter two days ago on this blog when it contained only the signatures of its original signatories.  The Becket Fund has now published the letter as a pdf online.  You can get it here. But, as my fellow patheos blogger K-Lo states, "keep an eye here ... for periodic updates on the letter on the mandate Notre Dame’s Carter Snead has been organizing since Friday. It is an impressive list.. and still growing." I am proud to have placed my own n … [Read more...]

Cardinal George of Chicago: “We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law.”

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The following is an open letter authored by Francis Cardinal George, the Catholic Archbishop of Chicago. It is addressed to the Catholics of his diocese: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I write to you concerning a most serious matter that negatively impacts the church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Jan. 20 that almost all employers, … [Read more...]

USCCB Response to HHS “Compromise”: Unacceptable

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Here's the text:Bishops Renew Call To Legislative Action On Religious Liberty February 10, 2012 Regulatory changes limited and unclear Rescission of mandate only complete solution Continue urging passage of Respect for Rights of Conscience Act WASHINGTON – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued the following statement: The Catholic bishops have long supported access to life-affirming healthcare for all, and the conscience rights of everyone involved in t … [Read more...]

The New Anti-Catholicism: Occupy the Vatican

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That's the title of my latest column over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: The old anti-Catholicism found its expression in the mid-nineteenth century when the first large wave of Catholic immigrants arrived in the United States. Some of these immigrant groups had set up their own private religious schools. Many non-Catholic Americans, however, believed that Catholic schools indoctrinated students in superstitions that were inconsistent with the principles of American democracy. … [Read more...]

Dear President Obama….

A new video at CatholicVote.org:For more on religious liberty and conscience, read the outstanding work of George Mason University law professor Helen Alvare.  … [Read more...]

The Immaculate Conception, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Catholic Church

Today, December 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Sometimes my Evangelical Protestant friends, knowing that I am a Thomist, will point out that St. Thomas Aquinas did not believe in the Immaculate Conception, suggesting that the Church should have stuck with St. Thomas and not declared the Immaculate Conception a dogma. For example, my friend Norm Geisler writes: "Many of the Catholic beliefs that concern Protestants most were not declared dogma until long after Aquinas. For example, … [Read more...]

Evangelical and Catholic

Next week on the dates of November 16-18, 2011 I will be attending the 63rd annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) in San Francisco. I will be there delivering a paper as a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, whose sessions are part of the ETS program. (For those who may be attending, I will be delivering my paper, "Justificatory Liberalism and Same-Sex Marriage," on Thursday November 17 at 9:20 am, in the same session as William Lane Craig and Michael Licona … [Read more...]


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