Rob Bell may be on to something

A couple of days ago I posted a smart-alecky entry about the controversy surrounding Rob Bell and his alleged belief in universalism, suggesting (by means of humor) that perhaps his celebrity is just another passing, naval-gazing, fad on the saw dust trail that is American Evangelicalism. But after I received a stinging rebuke from an Evangelical friend (who would have undoubtedly gotten my humor if I were a middle aged blonde woman with dreadlocks), I took some time to read up on Pastor Bell … [Read more...]

Albert Mohler, Catholicism, and Hell

(HT: Joe Carter at First Things)On his blog, Albert Mohler, Jr., President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, addresses the issue of Hell in Christian theology. He writes: Liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism have modified their theological systems to remove this offense. No one is in danger of hearing a threatening “fire and brimstone” sermon in those churches. The burden of defending and debating hell now falls to the evangelicals–the last people who think it matters. I can't sp … [Read more...]

John Piper on Bob Dylan

(HT: Bill Gann). Writes Piper: In 1979 Bob Dylan recorded the song "Gotta Serve Somebody." For those who listen with biblically informed ears the refrain echoes Paul and Jesus:Paul: "You are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness" (Romans 6:16).Jesus: "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other" (Matthew 6:24).Dylan's … [Read more...]

Or We Can Be Philosophers: A Response to Barbara Forrest

That is the title of an article of mine that is forthcoming in the philosophy journal, Synthese. It is, however, now available online prior to its appearance in print. (It may be downloaded by individual purchase or if you or your institution has a subscription).  Here is how my article begins (references omitted): … [Read more...]

Will Herberg’s 1949 “Commentary” review of Paul Blanshard’s notorious “American Freedom and Catholic Power”

There is much that those of us in 2011 can learn from Will Herberg's important 1949 review of Paul Blanshard's famous (or infamous) tome, American Freedom and Catholic Power (1949). Long before Christian conservatives were called "American Taliban" by secular progressives, and long before the United States had to wrestle with controversies surrounding its Muslim citizenry, American Catholic Christians were confronted by a truly vile form of bigotry and suspicion that was embraced by both elite … [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...]

Guest post on Life Training Institute blog

I recently entered the fray at the Life Training Institute blog, making a case for prolife incrementalism in response to a comment post by Rebecca Kiessling. My post may be found here. … [Read more...]

Rob Bell may not believe in Hell.

Apparently, this is all the rage over at the Gospel Coalition. Who is Rob Bell? He's one of these Emergent guys that is just about done with his 15 minutes. Ever hear of the Discipleship Movement?  It was the 1977 totalitarian version of the Emergent Church. It went the way of the 8-track. The Emergent Church is today's theological 8-track.  So, if you don't know who Rob Bell is, that's okay, you're just like everyone else in 2021. … [Read more...]

Upcoming conference: Reasonable Faith In an Uncertain World (Turlock, California – April 15-16, 2011)

On April 15 and 16 I will be participating in a conference at Monte Vista Chapel, an Evangelical church in Turlock, California. My talk is entitled, “No God, No Good: Why the Moral Law Requires a Moral Lawgiver." The other participants include my friends William Lane Craig, J. P. Moreland, Greg Koukl, Jay Richards, and Craig Hazen. Here is a list of all the sessions, including the speakers and their talk titles:April 15, 2011:Kick Off with Hazen, Moreland, Beckwith & Koukl (7:00 p … [Read more...]

Are monogamy-only laws unconstitutional?

Apparently so, according to the Attorney General and the President. On Wednesday, they told us that they will no longer defend sec. 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court because it is unconstitutional, since it allegedly violates the 5th amendment and thus does not withstand heightened scrutiny. Here's what sec. 3 states:"In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the … [Read more...]

Fr. Robert Barron on Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, and the New Evangelization

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Recommending The Catholicism Project

Several weeks ago a colleague and I hosted a screening of The Catholicism Project at The St. Peter's Catholic Student Center at Baylor University. You should consider hosting a screening as well at your local parish, school, or university.Produced by Fr. Robert Barron's Word of Fire ministry, this is a remarkable documentary. Learn more about it and how to host a screening, here. … [Read more...]

Live Action and Telling Falsehoods

That is the title of  my latest column at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: Over at the website Public Discourse, two outstanding Catholic philosophers, Christopher Tollefsen and Christopher Kaczor, have published essays about the morality of the tactics of the prolife group, Live Action.  Two other Catholic philosophers, Robert P. George and Joseph Bottum have weighed in as well.Live Action recently released a video that included two of its members posing as a pimp and prostitute d … [Read more...]

Notre Dame Vita Institute: Educating Prolife Leadership

Just read about this at Mirror of Justice (HT: Rick Garnett):Notre Dame Vita Institute In furtherance of Project Guadalupe's goal to form the next generation of pro-life leadership through scholarship and service, the Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life is pleased to announce its inaugural Notre Dame Vita Institute to be held  June 12-24, 2011, administered under the auspices of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.Held on the beautiful Notre Dame campus, the Vita Institute will edu … [Read more...]


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