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September 17, 2021

Ranked in Order from Most Dissenting Votes to Least Dissenting Votes I am drawing this from: Vatican II — Voice of the Church: The Sixteen Documents and their Consequences. My interjections will be in blue. ***** DECREE ON THE MEDIA OF SOCIAL COMMUNICATION: December 4 [1963]: Solemn final voting (1960 for, 164 against) [7.7% dissenting or a 12-to-one ratio in favor] DECLARATION ON NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS: October 28 [1965]: Solemn final voting (2221 for, 88 against) [3.8% dissenting or a 25-to-one… Read more

September 17, 2021

Atheist and anti-theist Bob Seidensticker runs the influential Cross Examined blog. He asked me there, on 8-11-18: “I’ve got 1000+ posts here attacking your worldview. You just going to let that stand? Or could you present a helpful new perspective that I’ve ignored on one or two of those posts?” He added in June 2017 in a combox: “If I’ve misunderstood the Christian position or Christian arguments, point that out. Show me where I’ve mischaracterized them.” Delighted to oblige his wishes . . . Bob (for the record) virtually begged and pleaded with… Read more

September 16, 2021

The Scottish evangelical Protestant Egyptologist and archaeologist Kenneth A. Kitchen (b. 1932), is author of the magisterial  On the Reliability of the Old Testament (Grand Rapids and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003). I will be drawing my arguments from this book. People complain loudly, “Why no mentions of David or Solomon? Where is their power and splendor?” . . . The main reason things are so “bright” from 853 onward is that the kings of Assyria commonly named their adversaries in… Read more

September 15, 2021

1 Peter 2:17 (RSV) Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the [pagan, anti-Christian, persecuting] emperor. Ecclesiastes 10:20 Even in your thought, do not curse the king, . . . Titus 3:1-2 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for any honest work, [2] to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all men. We live in an age where everything is now… Read more

September 14, 2021

Exodus 17:6 (RSV) Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. Number 20:7-13 and the LORD said to Moses, [8] “Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water; so you shall bring water… Read more

September 14, 2021

Eight days ago I wrote Traditionis Custodes Results: No Fallen Sky (I Called It). The purpose of it was to show that the reports of the death of the TLM (Old Mass / Tridentine Mass / “extraordinary form”) were — like one of Mark Twain’s sarcastic jibes about his own alleged demise — greatly exaggerated, to say the least. The game then became (in response to my tweaking) “wait a year and see what happens.” Hence, Fr. Hugh Somerville Knapman,… Read more

September 13, 2021

Joshua 3:13, 15-17  (RSV) And when the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be stopped from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.” . . . [15] and when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing… Read more

September 13, 2021

Number 16:25-33 (RSV) Then Moses rose and went to Dathan and Abi’ram; and the elders of Israel followed him. [26] And he said to the congregation, “Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be swept away with all their sins.” [27] So they got away from about the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abi’ram; and Dathan and Abi’ram came out and stood at the door of their tents, together with… Read more

September 10, 2021

“Dr.” [???] White Rejects Catholic & Infant Baptism, Even Though the Church Fathers, Luther, & Calvin Do Not Acts 2:37-42 (RSV) Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” [38] And Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy… Read more

September 9, 2021

+ Dates of the Patriarchs and Other Major Events and People in the Old Testament What we may call “biblical archaeology” flourished from the 1930s through to the 1950s, under the leadership of the great Methodist archaeologist and polymath William Foxwell Albright (1891-1971) and Jewish archaeologist and rabbi Nelson Glueck (1900-1971). In his 1959 book, Rivers in the Desert he summed up his and Albright’s high view of the Bible and belief that archaeology strongly supports it: It may be… Read more




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