Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta will vote on reversing condemnation of Pelagius

(HT: Rod Dreher). Over 1500 years in the making, Pelagius is making an ecclesiastical comeback. The story begins: The [Episcopal] Diocese of Atlanta has been asked to rehabilitate Pelagius.Delegates to the diocesan convention will be asked to reverse the condemnation of the Council of Carthage upon Pelagius, and to explore whether the Fifth century heretic may inform the theology of the Episcopal Church.Resolution R11-7 before the convention states in part:“Whereas the historical record of … [Read more...]

Apostolic Succession

That's the title of my latest piece on The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: In 2007, when I was prayerfully thinking about returning to the Catholic Church, there were four theological issues that were deal breakers forme: justification, penance, transubstantiation, and apostolic succession. I have already discussed penance, transubstantiation, and justification. Here, I offer a brief account of how I became convinced that the Catholic Church is also right about apostolic suc … [Read more...]

In the Time of My Confession

That is the title of my most recent column over at The Catholic Thing. Here is how it begins: When I was an Evangelical Protestant thinking about returning to the Catholic Church of my baptism, among Catholic practices I found difficult to accept was the sacrament of penance.I thought that the sacrament took away from Christ’s sufficiency to forgive all our sins, past, present, and future. For I believed that it diminished the scope of Christ’s atonement if I had to do something in order to acq … [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...]


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