December 2, 2015

My book (2013, 395 pages; available for as low as $1.99). * * * * * James White is the most influential anti-Catholic polemicist today. He’s written a ton of books (though not all about Catholicism), does lots of oral debates, and has had a website for some 20 years now. Hang around anti-Catholics much and you’ll hear his name pretty soon, and often. He’s their big champion. The anti-Catholic is one who thinks that Catholicism is not a species… Read more

December 1, 2015

Ellen G. White (1827-1915) and James White (1821-1881): founders of Seventh-Day Adventism [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * * I was in  a Facebook discussion with Seventh-Day Adventists about their view that worship is properly on the Sabbath (Saturday) and not Sunday. I provided a link to a collection of links on the topic that I compiled, then made my own comments (and it became a mini-argument). * * * * * Johan Von Wielligh wrote: Yes people of different church speak… Read more

December 1, 2015

Title Page of Book of Concord (Dresden: 1580) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * * Rev. Jordan Cooper is a Lutheran pastor and theologian (I’m not sure which branch of Lutheranism he is part of). He has a blog here at Patheos (Just and Sinner) and has written what look like two extremely interesting books, on theosis (I’ve noted Luther’s views on theosis myself) and patristic soteriology and the new perspective on Paul. I will cite his entire blog post, The… Read more

December 1, 2015

Baptismal font from the 6th century (Tunisia); photo by Ad Meskens, 1 August 2012 [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license] * * * This is a reply to a portion (section V) of the article, Nowhere Does the Bible Teach that Water Baptism Saves, by Reformed (Calvinist) Steve C. Halbrook. It’s a 2009 article, but I was made aware of its existence by a hearty recommendation from the folks at the notorious Reformed Protestant anti-Catholic site, Boors All. The author… Read more

December 1, 2015

  [Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0 license] * * *  The Catholic Church teaches that good works done after regeneration (at baptism) and justification are (if certain conditions are met) meritorious and can contribute to salvation and attainment of eternal life, but only hand-in-hand with, soaked in, enabled by, grace, which alone saves us. Catholics believe in sola gratia. But it is a faith that is not separated from works (per James). Faith inherently includes these works. We’re not saved by faith… Read more

November 30, 2015

Jesus knew all about being misunderstood, betrayed, forsaken by friends, hated, despised, slandered, lied about, persecuted, tortured, and murdered. The Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1880), by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * * I just wrote this to a friend here at Patheos, with whom I have significant differences. He was making the point that Christians do lots of bad things, too (who ever said they didn’t?); and perhaps Christianity is at least partially to blame… Read more

November 25, 2015

[selfie from January 2013] (3-31-15) I did an informal Q & A teaching session (1 hr, 17 min. total, in two parts) with a Catholic high school youth group, called ROCK (Relying On Christ our King), in Southgate, Michigan (3-22-15), answering 30 or so questions, completely unprepared and “off the cuff.” We managed to upload the footage to You Tube: Links: Part One / Part Two I hardly ever do this, whether filmed or not. I did an actual talk / lecture a… Read more

November 25, 2015

Original title: “How Cardinal Newman Convinced me of the Apostolicity of the Catholic Church” Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) in the 1840s, at the time of his own conversion [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * *  [Written in 1996. Published in The Coming Home Newsletter, Sep-Dec 1997, pp. 1-8; also in The Latin Mass, Fall 1999, Vol. 8, No. 4, 65-71. This is the most “theologically technical” version of the several variants of my conversion story] * * * * *… Read more

November 24, 2015

1903 German map of the Galatian region (in present-day Turkey) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * * * * (12-20-11) St. Paul is our model of behavior (Gal 4:12; Phil 3:17; 4:9; 2 Thess 3:7-9). He, in turn, imitates Christ (1 Cor 11:1; 1 Thess 1:6). The example of the Galatian congregation proves that Christians can be tremendous hypocrites and sinners. It’s nothing new and will always be with us, because Christianity is a very difficult path. The Apostle Paul on… Read more

November 24, 2015

Caricature of G.K. Chesterton by David Low (1928) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]  * * * Quotations from my book, The Wisdom of Mr. Chesterton (2009) * * * * *   Agnosticism When he drops one doctrine after another in a refined scepticism, when he declines to tie himself to a system, when he says that he has outgrown definitions, when he says that he disbelieves in finality, when, in his own imagination, he sits as God, holding no… Read more

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