Reformation Day 2010: A word from Peter Kreeft

Today, October 31, is Reformation Day, a day on which many Protestants commemorate Martin Luther's nailing of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral on October 31, 1517. Writes Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft, "The Protestant Reformation began when a Catholic monk rediscovered a Catholic doctrine in a Catholic book. The monk, of course, was Luther; the doctrine was justification by faith; and the book was the Bible." Continue reading.... … [Read more...]

Reformation Day and Schism

That's the title of my latest column on the Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: Sunday, October 31, is Reformation Day. It marks 493 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to that famous door in Wittenberg, Germany.  The Augustinian monk set in motion a sequence of events that reverberated through Western Christendom and continues to mark and separate us today. Since returning to the Catholic Church in late April 2007,  Reformation Day has taken on a different meaning than it did … [Read more...]

Louis Bouyer on the Reformation

Three days before Reformation Day (October 31), I bring to your attention one of my favorite essays, penned by the president of Ignatius Press, Mark Brumley. Entitled, "Why Only Catholicism Can Make Protestantism Work: Louis Bouyer on the Reformation," Brumley writes: Interpreting the Reformation is complicated business. But like many complicated things, it can be simplified sufficiently well that even non-experts can get the gist of it. Here's what seems a fairly accurate but simplified … [Read more...]

My conservative journey on a liberal road; an excerpt from Return to Rome

Jonah Goldberg of the National Review just published an edited volume, Proud to be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation (Harper, 2010). It consists of 22 chapters by young conservatives telling their stories about why they tilt right. I have not read the book, but the names of some of the contributors I know well, including the insightful Matthew Lee Anderson of Mere Orthodoxy. There was a time when I was a young conservative. (I turn 50 in two weeks). In my book, Return to Rome: … [Read more...]

Dallas Willard’s Knowing Christ Today; an excellent treatise on faith, reason, and the Christian university

Over a year ago Harper Collins sent me a gift copy of Dallas Willard's new book, Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge. Soon after I received the book I came across Stan Guthrie's review of it in which Guthrie quotes from a piece I published in First Things' On the Square. It is an essay in which I offer an assessment of Notre Dame's awarding an honorary doctorate to President Barack Obama. In that piece I make these comments, which Guthrie quotes in his review: Unless the … [Read more...]

Neuhaus’ Law confirmed again

(HT: Carl Trueman) The late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus proposed what came to be known as Neuhaus' Law: "Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed." Over at Reformation21, Liam Goligher shares this tale from the Church of England. Apparently, in the Anglican communion, opposing the ordination of female bishops has gone from optional to proscribed. … [Read more...]

Evangelical Catholicity and “The New Evangelical Scandal”

I published this last year in Houston Baptist University's periodical The City. My essay is one of two responses to Matthew Lee Anderson's insightful piece, "The New Evangelical Scandal." The other response was penned by my friend, John Mark Reynolds, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Torrey Honors Program at Biola University. As you can probably tell, I had a lot of fun writing it. Here it is republished in toto. … [Read more...]

Don’t know much about theology

That is the title of my latest essay published on The Catholic Thing. Here is how it begins: A few weeks ago, my wife and I were watching an episode of “The O’Reilly Factor” in which the host, Bill O’Reilly, was interviewing Bill Maher, a comedian and host of HBO’s “Real Time.” They were discussing religion, with the focus on Christianity. Neither one seemed to know much about the topic, though Mr. O’Reilly seemed slightly better informed. And this on the Fox News channel, which … [Read more...]

Is Catholicism Rational?: Reflections on the Catholic-Protestant Divide

Suppose someone, like me, a life-long Christian, after considering the arguments for and against Catholicism, decides that the case for Catholicism makes more sense to me than does the case for Protestantism, even though I believe that one can become and/or remain a Protestant without being unreasonable in doing so. I raise this query because there are some--on both sides of the Catholic-Protestant divide--who think that if you don't see the obvious truth of either position (depending on which … [Read more...]

St. Thomas Aquinas for the intelligent non-specialist

I am sometimes asked what book or books I would recommend as an introduction to the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas for the intelligent non-specialist. Here is my advice. You should first read Ralph McInerny's entry on St. Thomas in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Then you can move on to these three books, which are some of my favorites: Ralph McInerny, A First Glance at Thomas Aquinas: A Guide for Peeping Thomists (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1990) Brian Davies, … [Read more...]


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