November 20, 2015

Reply to anti-Catholic Protestant apologist Jason Engwer’s Catholic But Not Roman Catholic  Series on the Church Fathers and Sola Scriptura The Three Holy Hierarchs: St. Basil of Caesarea, St. John Chrysostom,  and St. Gregory Nazianzus – a 17th century icon from Lipie, Historic Museum in Sanok, Poland [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * * [1 August 2003] Table of Contents I. Jason’s Definition of Sola Scriptura and My Methodology II. Dionysius of Alexandria (d. c. 264) III. Theodoret (c. 393… Read more

November 19, 2015

Lookin’ for that elusive needle in a haystack . . .  [Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 license] * * * These exchanges occurred in the combox of my post, Theist & Atheist Burdens of Proof. JGravelle’s words will be in blue. * * * * * “If you think atheism is true …” Again, atheism = non-belief in [a] deity[s]. Period. So the premise: “If you think not believing in God is true…” is demonstrably absurd. Substitute any other state of “not being”… Read more

November 19, 2015

 Image of a small portion of the Cygnus Loop supernova remnant, which marks the edge of a bubble-like, expanding blast wave from a colossal stellar explosion, occurring about 15,000 years ago. NASA photo by J. J. Hester: 1 January 1993 [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]  These exchanges occurred in the combox of my post, Theist & Atheist Burdens of Proof. The various atheists’ words will be color-coded. * * * * * Well_Read: depends on what the rules of evidence are…. Read more

November 19, 2015

  Golgotha, in Jerusalem: the actual spot where Jesus was crucified. The white rock is underneath. I worshiped there a year ago (October 2014), touched the rock, and went to Mass right next to the spot. The spiritual experience of that was unbelievably profound: scarcely able to be put into words. Photo by “Almonroth”: 7 August 2011 [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license] * * * * * The Bible plainly rules out the notion of Jesus being “re-sacrificed”:… Read more

November 19, 2015

Lies About What I Do from the All-Too-Common “Angry Atheist”  [public domain / Pixabay] * * * Pete Migdale was banned from my Patheos blog, which doesn’t allow personal insults. I think you’ll see why in the following tirades that he has launched in the last 12 hours, on an extremely popular atheist post: Jesus never existed. It also illustrates why I only rarely comment in atheist venues, because they freely allow garbage like this: Wow! Dave the intellectual coward… Read more

November 18, 2015

Court of Appeals Albany, New York, 14 October 2009 [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license] * * * The following exchange is from the combox of my post, Alvin Plantinga’s Refutation of the Logical Problem of Evil. Atheist John Donohue’s words will be in blue. * * * * * A theist cannot sensibly claim theistic belief is rational without showing it is true. Moreover, the burden is on the theist, not the atheist. The burden is on anyone who… Read more

November 18, 2015

Photo by Robert Nyman, 4-7-06 [Flickr / CC BY 2.0 license] [from 6-9-15] Atheist Jon Curry’s words will be in blue. Reports and rumors and bald assertions that I supposedly can’t get along with any atheist or that none would possibly put up with my alleged arrogance and disingenuous polemics (I was accused of those two things just two days ago), are (like Mark Twain’s death) greatly exaggerated. Here are some facts (for those interested in such trivialities). * * *… Read more

November 18, 2015

  The Confession (1838), by Giuseppe Molteni (1800-1867) [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license] * * * * * One technique or method I have come up with in the course of my apologetics, is to answer questions about theology with Bible passages only, in order to demonstrate how intensely “biblical” Catholic teaching actually is. Regarding this particular question, Catholics are often accused of “inventing” confession and absolution alike (i.e., aspects of the sacrament of penance). In fact, no… Read more

November 18, 2015

  The Apostle Paul (c. 1657), by Rembrandt (1606-1669) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * * * * Catholics believe in Jesus Christ and His all-sufficient saving work on the cross (ours to receive by Grace Alone), just as Protestants do. We only deny an extreme Faith Alone position (which does not deny Grace Alone, since they are distinct). St. Paul opposes grace and/or faith to works in Scripture, only in a particular sense: the “works” of Jewish ritualism… Read more

November 17, 2015

René Descartes (1596-1650), the great theistic philosopher; portrait by Frans Hals (c. 1582-1666) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * * This took place in the combox for my post, “Fairies, Atheism, God, & Ad Populum Fallacy.” The words of the always stimulating and interesting JD Eveland will be in blue. * * * * * An atheist asked: “How do you differentiate a trick of a fallible mind from a genuine experience if it cannot be evidenced or corroborated?” I replied: By applying the cumulative… Read more

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