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Longtime readers of this blog may possibly have noticed that the argument of my last few posts is really nothing more than an expanded form of the argument I offered in an article I wrote a few years ago: The

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Posted in Apologetics, Called to Communion, Epistemology, Protestantism, Solo Scriptura

Protestant Infallible Interpretation, Part 3

Last time, we ended with a question that becomes necessary as a consequence of certain opinions that were held by (for example) Martin Luther: to wit, that the Holy Spirit helps a person to correctly interpret the Bible. The question

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Epistemology, Infallibility, Protestantism, Scripture, Solo Scriptura

Protestant Infallible Interpretation, Part 2

In our last episode, I examined the Reformed/Presbyterian notion that Scripture is the “infallible interpreter” of Scripture. This model of exegesis does not work, I argued, because the Bible is an object and objects do not interpret themselves. Interpretation is

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Epistemology, Fides et Ratio, Infallibility, Protestantism, Solo Scriptura

Protestant Infallible Interpretation

In my last post, I said that the Protestant has made himself the measure of all things when it comes to the Bible: he will decide for himself what the Bible teaches. This amounts to a sort of “baptized Renaissance

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Baptized Humanism?

The Reformation arose out of the Renaissance. Protestants are ready to acknowledge the fact that the Renaissance emphases upon classical literature and a return “ad fontes,” to the sources, played an important part in the birth of their movement. This

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Posted in Apologetics, Church History, Protestantism, Solo Scriptura

Aquinas the Catholic

Sometimes, and for reasons that honestly escape me, certain Protestants will attempt to say that St. Thomas was “one of them:” Not that he was literally Protestant of course, for that would be anachronistic, but rather some folks claim that

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Blessed Virgin, Protestantism, Scripture, Sin

Newman QOTD

Here is an intriguing remark from Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s work An Essay in aid of a Grammar of Assent: [I]f it is the duty of the Church to act as “the pillar and ground of the Truth,” she

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Posted in Apologetics, Ecclesiology, Protestantism

The Accidental Catholic

[Note: this is essentially the same article that I wrote for Called to Communion in 2011. I thought it might be helpful to post here too, at least as a backup copy. I have made a few alterations to chronological

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Posted in Ecclesiology, Epistemology, Protestantism

No sola fide at the last judgment

Come Judgment Day we will be judged according to what we have done. This is perfectly in keeping with Jesus’s declaration, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). I saw the dead, great and small alike, standing in

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Posted in Apologetics, Faith, Justification, Obedience, Protestantism, Sola Fide

Unspoiled Religion

We are drawing near (at least for now) to the end of my series of posts addressing problems and difficulties with the Protestant doctrine of sola fide. Pure, unspoilt religion, in the eyes of God our Father, is this: coming

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Posted in Apologetics, Faith, Obedience, Protestantism, Sola Fide
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