Trampling Down the Seven Deadlies

I’ve got this exciting new theory I want to try out on you. I’ve just thought of it myself, and maybe it’s old hat and been around forever, but I’m only a convert, so if it is the classical spiritual teaching of some great monastic teacher or spiritual director and I’ve never heard of it, [Read More…]

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Religion Freedom and Responsibility

The fat prophet said “All arguments are theological arguments.” The fat prophet, of course, being G.K. Chesterton. So it is with the present political debate in the United States. The country seems divided between those who pay taxes and those who receive benefits–those who take responsibility for themselves and those who cannot or will not. [Read More…]

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Trust and Obey

When I was a child I was taught the Sunday School song, “Trust and Obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to Trust and Obey.” So this morning at Mass this song comes back to me in the reading of the gospel. It is the story of the healing of [Read More…]

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The Early Date of Mark’s Gospel

In seminary we had to study modern Biblical scholarship, and one of my great blessings was that at Bob Jones I learned to be skeptical of the fundamentalists, but at Oxford I learned to be skeptical of the modernists. Both groups seemed to me to be like two madmen strapped back to back. Both the [Read More…]

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How Do we Know the Gospels are Historical?

It is easy to exchange convinced assertions: “The gospels are 100% God’s holy Word and every bit is historically accurate!” or “The gospels are fairy tales!” However there is a discipline called “Biblical scholarship” in which scholars do some very interesting work determining just which parts of the gospels they think are reliable and which [Read More…]

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Are the Gospels Historical?

Anyone who wishes to engage in a thoughtful and intelligent exploration of the Christian faith will have to ask whether the gospels are historically reliable. Can we believe that the stories in the gospels are a true and accurate account of the life of Jesus of Nazareth? In answering this question the first thing to [Read More…]

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