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Individual responsibility and the common good

In Ezekiel 18 God refutes the unjust idea of the Jews that children and parents should be punished each for the other’s sins, so that innocent children would be put to death (for example) if their parents deserve death for

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Posted in Justice, Justification, Scripture, Sin

Musings on an idiom

Internet Catholic and Protestant pugilists have had plenty of “fun” for a long time quarreling about Matthew 16:18: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hades shall

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Posted in Apologetics, Papacy, Scripture

The Woman of Revelation 12

A contentious subject betwixt Protestants and Catholics focuses on the identity of the Woman of Revelation 12: 1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon, and on her head a

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Posted in Blessed Virgin, Ecclesiology, Faith Seeking Understanding, Scripture

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

Getting what we deserve

Let us reason together. Does this in any way sound like we are justified by faith alone in the way that Protestants say, with no judgment whatsoever of the things we have actually done? 2 Corinthians 5:10: For at the

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Posted in Apologetics, Justification, Protestantism, Scripture, Sola Fide

Sola Fide Conspicuously Absent at the Last Judgment

Many years ago a friend expressed an objection to one of the passages in the book of Proverbs which endorsed corporal punishment. My friend didn’t like the sound of that at all, and preferred to believe that spanking was wrong.

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Posted in Apologetics, Scripture, Sola Fide

Sola fide is hiding again

Sola Fide is hiding again To love is to live according to his commandments: this is the commandment which you have heard since the beginning, to live a life of love. (2 John 6)   If you love me you

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

Sally Sparrow reads Ecclesiastes

I am a Whovian, and one of my favorite episodes is the über-classic “Blink”. It guest stars Carey Mulligan as the unfortunately-named Sally Sparrow who stumbles across some unexpectedly personal graffiti. The usual timey-wimey hijinks ensue. The episode is brilliant,

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Posted in Etc, Scripture, Trust Your Doctor

Sola Fide’s Continuing Struggle

It isn’t just the book of James that causes problems for the Protestant doctrine of sola fide. So does Matthew’s gospel. Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up

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Posted in Apologetics, Protestantism, Scripture, Sola Fide

That pesky sola fide — missing again

I have written a few posts in recent weeks concerning passages of Scripture where the erroneous Protestant notion of sola fide is just plain missing (more may be found here). Here is another one. And behold, one came up to

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Posted in Apologetics, Faith, Scripture, Sola Fide

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