January 7, 2014

Portrait of St. Augustine (c. 1480) by Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (1-7-14) *** This topic came up as I defended a humorous meme about Calvinism. Dr. Glenn Peoples [words in blue below], a Protestant, brought up the topic on his Facebook page, claiming (based entirely on the meme) that I didn’t “understand the view being critiqued” and  “Know your theology or look silly when joking about it.” The entire unfortunate exchange with him and a… Read more

January 7, 2014

For Example,  Era of Reformations” and “Protestant Revolt” (vs. Dr. Edwin W. Tait) Wittenberg, Germany:  All Saints’ Church, where Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on 31 October 1517, sparking the Protestant Revolt. The original doors burned. [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license] *** (1-7-14) ***     Dr. Edwin Tait is an Anglican Church historian, with whom I’ve engaged in many fun and enjoyable dialogues through the years. This came about on one of my Facebook threads. His… Read more

January 6, 2014

. . . . . (vs. Dr. Glenn Peoples and William Tanksley, Jr.)  [public domain / Free Stock Photos Free page] ***  (1-6-14) ***   I put a meme up on my Facebook Author page; then later on my personal page. It stated, “Calvinism: It’s really more like a daisy. You know . . . God loves you, God loves you not . . . “). Several Calvinists appeared on the author page, of the type who assert (usually with Bible… Read more

January 3, 2014

. . . (Who Thought Jesus Was Created) Charles Taze Russell (1852-1916), who founded the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a modern-day revival of Arianism, in the 1870s [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] (1-3-14) How does, for example, the blasphemy of asserting that Jesus is a mere creature [this is Arianism, folks] have “a genuine theological concern at its core”? To assure that God (the Son) is not worshiped and adored as the Father is? That’s just . . . heresy and blasphemy…. Read more

January 2, 2014

Pope Francis (16 March 2013) [Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0 license] *** (1-2-14) *** This short exchange occurred on my personal Facebook page on 2 January 2014. Dave Scott is a Protestant. His words will be in blue. * * * * * What’s the new Pope’s take on using contraceptives? Being Catholic (duh!) he would obviously be against it . . . Do you think popes can reverse Catholic views that certain sins are grave and mortal? That’s not… Read more

December 6, 2013

St. Joseph with the Infant Jesus (1620s), by Guido Reni (1575-1642) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * * * * (12-6-13) *** Since 2006 I have written five Christmas poems of a narrative nature: four of them recounting different persons’ experience on the first Christmas: Simeon (2006), the Blessed Virgin Mary (2008),  our Lord Jesus (2009), and the shepherds (2010). The fifth was a diversion from the Christmas morning / biblical theme, but still narrative in form: about St…. Read more

November 28, 2013

Adam and Eve (c. 1520), by Jan Gossaert (1478-1532) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (11-28-13) *** I covered this topic two years ago at length. I thought it was fairly straightforward that Bishop Robert Barron denied a literal Adam, in his video, “Misreading Genesis,” where he asserted the following:  Adam. Now, don’t read it literally. We’re not talking about a literal figure. We’re talking in theological poetry. Adam: the first human being . . . It was brought to my… Read more

November 19, 2013

. . . with Source Information and an Illustrative Example Back Cover, from an old cover of the King James, or “Authorised” Version of 1611. *** (11-19-13) *** The Letter of Paul to the PHILIPPIANS Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ; to all the saints in Christ Jesus, who are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons. 2 Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 I give thanks… Read more

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