How Political Correctness Makes Us Dumb

That's the name of my latest essay on The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: The other day I was lecturing in my critical thinking class on the difference between arguments and explanations.  An explanation is an account ofsomething whose truth is not in dispute. So, for example, if you ask me why the Packers won the Super Bowl, I can give you several different answers. But the simplest one is this: they scored more points than the Steelers. We do not disagree as to whether the Packers were … [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...]

Transubstantiation: From Stumbling Block to Cornerstone

That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: The Catholic doctrine of the Eucharist is a real stumbling block to some Protestants who are seriously considering Catholicism. It was for me too, until I explored the subject, historically and scripturally. What follows is a summary of my deliberations.Catholicism holds that bread and wine literally become the body and blood of Christ when they are consecrated by the priest celebrating the Mass. Oftentimes … [Read more...]

And the Word became flesh and lived among us

That is the title of my latest column at The Catholic Thing. Here is how it begins: During the Season of Advent, one often hears in Church circles and even in the popular media the plea, or something similar to it, “Let’s keep the Christ in Christmas.” But before we can take that plea seriously (as we ought to), we have to first understand what it means to keep Christ in Christianity.In the first chapter of his Gospel, St. John eloquently provides an account of the divine paternity of Jesus of … [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 is supposed to b … [Read more...]


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