Category Archives: Theology

Pic of the day: Jesus wants you to think for yourself (and that’s in the Bible)

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Quote of the day: Donald DeMarco on tolerance

‘Tolerance can never advance a situation to its natural point of completion.  An artist should not “tolerate” an incomplete work of art, for example, but complete it.  Tolerance is not progressive.  It is the acceptance of the status quo until a better … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Pope Benedict XVI on politics

‘Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much.  Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes, not divine, but demonic.’ ~ Joseph, Cardinal Ratzinger; now Pope Benedict XVI

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Quote of the day: Pope Benedict XVI says ‘Being tepid is the greatest danger for Christians’

‘Being tepid is the greatest danger for Christians.  We pray that faith becomes like a fire in us and that it will set alight others.’ ~ Pope Benedict XVI

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Quote of the day: Jean Daniélou on ‘the mass of disputable theological opinions’

‘One of the greatest threats to religious life today is the mass of disputable theological opinions.  In minimizing the supernatural aspect of God’s gift, in minimizing everything that pertains to the action of the Spirit, it destroys the very base … Continue reading

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Huldrych Zwingli on why Baptists are wrong and “crucify Jesus Christ afresh”

‘Children born of believing parents are children of God, like those who were born under the Old Testament, and consequently may receive baptism.  Baptism under the New Testament is what circumcision was under the Old; consequently, baptism ought now to be administered … Continue reading

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“I don’t see how you can avoid putting Zwingli in hell”, writes evangelical Baptist theologian Roger Olson

‘To what extent should we let historical figures off the hook just because of the cultural context and the times in which they lived — especially when they claimed to be Christians and had their Bibles and read them?  Should … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Dr. James F. McGrath on fundamentalist interpretations of Scripture

‘The truth is that no one ought to consider young-earth creationism or inerrancy Christian viewpoints at all.  (Indeed, it is only the ridiculously large number of adherents to these views that allows them to be mistaken for such, rather than relegated … Continue reading

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Spectacular find: original Greek sermons by Origen of Alexandria discovered in Bavarian State Library

Spectacular find: original Greek sermons by Origen of Alexandria discovered A spectacular discovery was recently made in the Bavarian State Library, in the process of cataloguing the Greek manuscripts from the collection of Johann Jakob Fuggers.  While cataloguing a manuscript, … Continue reading

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The wisdom of Pope Benedict XVI

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An article well worth 10-15 minutes of your reading time: Theology, science and naturalism by Conor Cunningham

The bluey-green text on the bright bluish-white background is needlessly hard to read, but it’s well worth the effort: Theology must save science from naturalism by Conor Cunningham

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Peter Harrison on Christianity and the rise of Western science

‘Could modern science have arisen outside the theological matrix of Western Christendom?  It is difficult to say.  What can be said for certain is that it did arise in that environment, and that theological ideas underpinned some of its central … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Peter Kreeft on a proper understanding of Mary

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Quote of the day: James McGrath on who really has a “high view of Scripture”

‘Anyone who thinks that taking a supposedly “high view of Scripture” makes matters simpler and serious theological problems vanish must not have given much serious thought to the matter.  And that is perhaps the heart of the problem: those who … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: C. S. Lewis on encountering God

‘You have had a shock like that before, in connection with smaller matters – when the line pulls at your hand, when something breathes beside you in the darkness.  So here; the shock comes at the precise moment when the thrill … Continue reading

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Something to watch out for: Hellbound the movie, coming this autumn to theatres near you

That’s Hellbound, not Hellboy! You can visit the Hellbound website by clicking on this image:

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Are the Gospels based on Pagan myths?

Were the Gospels Based on Pagan Myths? No, responds Timothy Paul Jones.  Read his article, linked to above, if you are interested in the subject.  It’s well worth your reading time.  He concludes with some excellent advice: What should you do … Continue reading

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SSPX (Society of Saint Pius X) says ‘Yes’ to Vatican, signs ‘doctrinal preamble’ for reunion with Catholic Church

Has SSPX Bp. Fellay SIGNED the CDF’s “Doctrinal Preamble”?  Tornielli says yes! If true, it is pleasing to see this ecclesial unity restored.  Now for all the rest of fractured Chrisendom, including umpteen Reformed and Presbyterian schisms . . .

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Quote of the day: Lesslie Newbigin on the relation of Christianity to other religions

‘It has become customary to classify views on the relation of Christianity to the world religions as either pluralist, exclusivist, or inclusivist . . . [My] position is exclusivist in the sense that it affirms the unique truth of the … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: Theologian Karl Barth as you’ve (probably) never seen him before

Karl Barth in the Swiss armed auxiliary, April 1940

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Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn’s Easter: Hope, beauty and holy motion

Bruce Cockburn’s Easter: Hope, beauty and holy motion Even though he seems to enjoy celebrating baby Jesus’s birth, Cockburn has fearlessly delved into the adult Jesus’s suffering on “the cross on the hill.” Brian Walsh writes that salvation, for Cockburn, … Continue reading

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Resurrection Day!

An eleventh century Byzantine panel showing the Anastasi (Resurrection): the risen Christ raises Adam and Eve

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Suggested introductory reading in Catholic theology for evangelical Protestants

Introductions to Catholic theology for curious Evangelical college students

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Have you ever considered: What did Jesus do on Holy Saturday?

What did Jesus do on Holy Saturday? Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and most mainline Protestant churches teach that Jesus descended to the realm of the dead on Holy Saturday to save righteous souls, such as the Hebrew patriarchs, who died … Continue reading

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How St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica might address a zombie uprising

Joe Heschmeyer contributes a brilliant post on how St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica might have addressed a zombie uprising: If you’ve ever skimmed through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, a few thoughts have probably crossed your mind.  First, “this is a masterpiece!” followed … Continue reading

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