Tim Challies says Pope Francis is a false teacher, but misunderstands Catholic view of justification.

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You can read it here. I had heard of Tim Challies years ago. And I may have actually met or corresponded with him at some point in the past, but I do not recall.  He seems like a nice guy, and I have no doubt that he is a devoted pastor, husband, and father. In any event, I bring his blog post to your attention, since it serves as an excellent example of a talented writer misunderstanding the Catholic view on justification. Although there is more to Challies' judgment of the Holy Father … [Read more...]

Another Protestant Theologian on Reformation Day: Timothy George

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Here is my latest entry in my week-long commemoration of Reformation Day (October 31). In an October 30, 2009 piece published in First Things, Timothy George offers a different Protestant perspective on Reformation Day than the one offered by Stanley Hauerwas, about which I blogged yesterday.  A friend with whom I have participated in several public dialogues concerning Evangelicals and Catholics, George is the Dean of the Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, … [Read more...]

Essays on the relationship between Evangelicals and Catholics

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In this latest installment for the week of Reformation Day (October 31), what follows are links to a few articles of mine in which I discuss the relationship between Evangelicals and Catholics. “Evangelical Catholicism and Being an Ambassador for Christ.”  The Catholic Thing (1 March 2013) “Evangelicals, Catholics, and the Ecumenism of Conviction.” The Catholic Thing (23 November 2012) “The Perils of Intra-Christian Apologetics.” The Catholic Thing (1 October … [Read more...]

The week of Reformation Day: “Reformation Day and Schism”

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Today begins the week that includes, October 31, the day that Protestants have traditionally called "Reformation Day." For it is the day that in 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg. We are now only 4 years away from the 500th anniversary of those earth-shaking events that transformed the trajectory of Western Christianity. During this week I will be posting links to several articles in commemoration of Reformation Day. These articles either deal … [Read more...]

“Doting Thomists: Evangelicals, Thomas Aquinas, and Justification”

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That's the title of my most recent article published in the The Evangelical Quarterly 85.3 (July 2013): 211-227.  Here's the abstract: Over the past several decades, some Evangelical philosophers and theologians have embraced the metaphysics, epistemology, and natural law theory of Thomas Aquinas (1225-74), despite that fact that historically some of the leading lights in Evangelicalism have rejected Aquinas's views because they believed these views are inconsistent with classical Reformation … [Read more...]

Evangelicals, Catholics, and the Ecumenism of Conviction

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: “We are committed to an ecumenism of conviction, not an ecumenism of accommodation.” Those are the words of my friend, Timothy George, a Baptist theologian who serves as Dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. He was referring to the signatories of “The Gift of Salvation,” one of the many statements issued by Evangelicals and Catholics Together, a group that was formed through … [Read more...]

Reformation Day Essays

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Tomorrow, October 31, is Reformation Day, the 495th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to that door in Wittenberg. Over the years, since returning to the Catholic Church, I have authored a few essays to commemorate Reformation Day.  Here are links to them: “Reformation Day - and What Led Me Back to Catholicism.” The Catholic Thing (28 October 2011) “Reformation Day and Schism.” The Catholic Thing (29 October 2010)   … [Read more...]

Reformation Day, continued

On Friday, I published an entry over at The Catholic Thing, to which I linked on this blog.  Entitled, "Reformation Day – and What Led Me To Back to Catholicism," it has, as I expected, inspired some responses by a variety of commentators. What follows are some of my thoughts on those responses. _____________________________ It is always an honor to have one’s work be the focus so much diverse and interesting opinions. But given the nature of the topic, there is a tendency in all of us … [Read more...]

Reformation Day – and What Led Me To Back to Catholicism

That is the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: October 31 is only three days away. For Protestants, it is Reformation Day, the date in 1517 on which Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to that famous door in Wittenberg, Germany. Since I returned to the Catholic Church in April 2007, each year the commemoration has become a time of reflection about my own journey and the puzzles that led me back to the Church of my youth. One of those puzzles was … [Read more...]

Surprise: The Reformation Happened!

That's the title of my latest entry over at the Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: The Atlantic has discovered the Reformation, albeit nearly five centuries too late. Writer Joshua Green reports that the denomination in which presidential candidate Michelle Bachman was a member, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), believes that Martin Luther was right about the Catholic papacy. Imagine that. Lutherans who believe ideas espoused by Luther. Shocking, isn’t it? Perhaps next … [Read more...]


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