“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 t … [Read more...]

J. R. R. Thomas Chesterton of Hippo?: Moody Publishers and Its Safely Dead Catholic Authors

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That's the title of a piece I just published over at Catholic World Report. Here's how it begins: Several months ago I was invited to contribute to a festschrift in honor of a dear friend of mine, a well-known Christian philosopher who is a professor at a well-known Evangelical university. I was, of course, eager to contribute to this volume, to honor a man who I have known, as both friend and collaborator, for over a quarter of a century. The editors, I am pleased to announce, were able to … [Read more...]

A guide to safe sects?: Roger Olson’s list of “approved denominations.”

My colleague, Roger Olson, has published this post on his blog, "My List of `Approved Denominations.'"   One commentator says: "I’m disappointed that you have nothing to say about the Catholic and Orthodox Churches."  Roger replies: "Would any faithful Catholic or Orthodox theologian put any Protestant denominations on his or her list of approved denominations to recommend to people? Not in my experience."My answer: Roger's correct. We wouldn't, since we don't think it's up to the individual … [Read more...]

Strengthen the Things That Remain (Thoughts on Chick-Fil-A and Religious Liberty)

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"Strengthen the Things That Remain" is the title of my most recent entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: "Counterfeit philosophies have polluted all of your thoughts Karl Marx has got ya by the throat, Henry Kissinger’s got you tied up in knots When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up When you gonna wake up and strengthen the things that remain?" -Bob Dylan  (“When You Gonna Wake Up?,” 1979)Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee dubbed Wednesday August 1, “Chick- … [Read more...]

My three presentations at the upcoming Evangelical Theological Society meeting in Milwaukee, November 14-16, 2012

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The Evangelical Theological Society will be holding its 64th annual meeting in Milwaukee on November 14-16, 2012. A draft of the program is now accessible online here.  I am happy to report that I will be giving three presentations at the meeting: (1) In the Bioethics Section I will be delivering a paper that critiques the argument for "After Birth Abortion" recently defended by two philosophers in the Journal of Medical Ethics; (2) In a special session on the book, Journeys of Faith: … [Read more...]

Two Evangelical seminarian conversion stories.

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The one is of a Southern Baptist seminarian, who was received into the Church on the Feast of Pentecost. He presents his story anonymously here. The other is of Joshua Lim, who graduated this Spring with an MA in historical theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in California. (Warning: suppress the impulse to refer to the latter's conversion as "Limsanity." Thank you.) … [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...]

When the Saint Goes Swearing: Mormonism and the Romney Candidacy

In 2007, I published an article at First Thing's On the Square, "When the Saint Goes Swearing In." It was a review essay of Hugh Hewitt's 2007 book, A Mormon in the White House? Given the scuttlebutt over comments made by the gentleman who introduced Governor Rick Perry at the Value Values Summit last year, the Rev. Robert Jeffress (Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas), as well as the strange stuff emanating from MSNBC,  my First Things review essay has become relevant again. Here's an … [Read more...]

Catechesis, Conversion, and the Hope That is Within You

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That is the title of my latest piece over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins:During Holy Week and Easter Sunday Mass, in Catholic parishes throughout the world, many pilgrims will be received into the Church. Most will have gone through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), a six-month study of the Church’s teachings and practices. This year I have the privilege of being part of the RCIA team at St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center at Baylor University, where as ma … [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...]


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