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Genesis and Literalism

I have written about this subject before, and it came up again today whilst I was flipping through my notes. Once upon a time when I was still Protestant I adamantly stood for the literal 24-hour, 7-day interpretation of Genesis

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Personal good and the common good

St. Thomas has an interesting thing to say about a certain hierarchy of values that seems like a real poke in the ribs. But a man’s will is not right in willing a particular good, unless he refer it to

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Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Aquinas - Theology, Charity, Rerum Novarum

God’s will for you, in two quotations

Christians of every stripe (and especially Protestants, and I do not mean this as a criticism at all) want to know God’s will for their lives, so that they can do it. This is a perfectly rational question for those

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Literal interpretation, Genesis, and Job

When I was a Protestant I took the view (like many or most of my theologically conservative coreligionists) that Genesis 1 must be interpreted literally in this sense: the seven days of creation must be understood as literal, consecutive 24-hour

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Creation, Scripture

The Reformed Doctrine of Perseverance of the Saints

Introduction There are significant difficulties harmonizing the Reformed doctrine of the perseverance of the saints with the teaching of the epistle to the Hebrews (as well as other passages of Scripture), and these difficulties show it to be an unbiblical

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Merit, Grace, and Nature

Most Protestants erroneously assume that Catholics believe in salvation by works. I could not begin to enumerate all the different Catholic works that demonstrate the falsehood of the notion, but here is a quick and short one from St. Thomas

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Sola Gratia, Summa Theologiae

Reality Check

For all you folks who claim that Trent contradicted Aquinas: So what you want me to believe is that the most famous, most studied, and arguably the greatest Catholic theologian of the last millennium was contradicted by what is arguably

Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Council of Trent

Justification’s Cause

Here is an exercise for Protestant critics who say we Catholics believe in “salvation by works.” What follows is an enumeration of the causes of justification from chapter vii of the Council of Trent’s Decree on Justification. Please identify which

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The Book of Life

What is the Book of Life? It’s not a physical book. God does not need the assistance of a created thing for keeping track of our works nor for knowing who actually belongs to Him. As St Thomas writes: A

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In what does God’s image consist?

And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness, and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature

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