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4 Ways The Church Contributed to the Protestant “Reformation”
Martin Luther before The Diet (assembly) Of Worms
The Church, being not a museum of saints but a hospital for sinners, is always in need of reform. This was true in the apostolic age, it is true in our own, and it was true in the age of the infamous (or famous; depending whose side you’re on) Martin Luther.
But it’s my contention (as I mentioned in an earlier post)... Read More
Why God’s Not Dead Isn’t Worth Watching (or Watching again)
God’s Not Dead “flatters Christian viewers with the triumphalist message that we are the heroes, that our enemies are bankrupt and miserable, that we will be rewarded and they punished. It tells its target audience exactly what they would most like to hear, rather than challenging them with what they need to hear. It’s not just bad art, it’s bad morally as... Read More
The Weirdest Thing Martin Luther Ever Wrote
I’ve been doing some reading on the Protestant reformation lately (though I think I’m going to start referring to it as a revolt, since “reform” means making changes to improve something, and that isn’t what the Protestant reform . . . revolters did).
I came across this little ditty that I just had to share.
From H. W. Crocker’s fantastic... Read More
There Are No “Gay People,” Only People
There are, so far as we know, three types of persons: Divine, angelic, and human. There are no gay persons because people are not reducible to who or what they’re sexually attracted to.
When we call a person “gay,” we’ve done just that; reduced them. Said, “this is who you are, you are the type of person who is attracted to people of the same... Read More
Why Christians Should Rethink Their Attitudes Towards Atheists
Even Pope Francis Likes Randal’s new book!
Dr Randal Rauser is Professor of Historical Theology at Taylor Seminary where he has taught since 2003. He is the author of several books including his latest one which we’ll be discussing today, Is The Atheist My Neighbor: Rethinking Christian Attitudes towards Atheism.
I first became aware or Randal through his debates... Read More
Why I Love My Dad
Dad with my son, Liam.
Since Father’s day is approaching, I thought I’d share a few of the reasons I love my Dad. Now, in case I’ve got some of my Aussie readers freaking out, rest assured, Father’ day isn’t until September 6th over there, so you’ve got time!
Like many young men, my relationship with my Dad wasn’t always great. In fact... Read More
Responding to Transgenderism With Logic and Charity
In a recent interview with Dianne Sawyer, Bruce Jenner (whose name you probably know by now) announced that he is a woman. A “woman” who now goes by the name Caitlyn Jenner.
“Are you a woman?” asked Sawyer.
“Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman,” Jenner replied. …“I built a nice little life. Again, Bruce lives a lie. She is not a lie. I can’t... Read More
What Happened to Headcoverings at Mass?
I got an email recently, the lady writing asked, “Can you point me towards a good reference for why women are no longer required to wear a head covering during mass?”
I thought I’d take the email I sent her and turn it into a blog. So, Here’s my answer.
Throughout history it has been common for women to wear head-coverings. This is something which has... Read More
Dear Single People, Stop Looking for Your St. Joseph/Virgin Mary
Okay. I have no idea where I’ll be going with this post. That’s not true, I have some idea. I have the title. I want to share with you some thoughts that are beginning to bubble in my mind. I then want to ask you to leave a comment in the comment section (obviously) to help me grasp what I’m trying to say/beginning to understand.
Let’s hope by the... Read More
5 Amazing Quotes from True Devotion to Mary
St. Louis de Montfort. Demontfort (1673 –1716).
Today is the feast of St. Louis de Montfort. Demontfort (31 January 1673 – 28 April 1716) was a French priest whose work, True Devotion to Mary, is still generally thought to be the best single volume on devotion to the Blessed Mother.
Saint John Paul the Great once recalled how, as a young seminarian, he “read and... Read More
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