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Short argument for merit

He who plants and he who waters are equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labor. [1 Corinthians 3:8] Yet God merely crowns the merits He gives us: What have you that you did not receive? [1

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The Church is Steward of Revelation

When I was a Protestant I was regularly frustrated by the fact that publishing houses and other non-ecclesial bodies had effectively assumed stewardship of the Bible. Publishers own copyrights on various translations, and Bible societies do the same. I was

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Posted in Dei Verbum, Lumen Gentium, Magisterium, Revelation, Scripture, Vatican II

The Catholic Appeal to Scripture

In a thread at the Protestant (and excellently-named) blog Green Baggins a Presbyterian commenter opines of the Catholic paradigm: There is no room for “asking what the Bible says” on any matter of serious importance in this paradigm. The freedom

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Posted in Apologetics, Doings on other blogs, Epistemology, Fides et Ratio, Protestantism, Revelation, Scripture, Solo Scriptura

Catechism: Prologue

The opening words of the Catechism are from Scripture. “FATHER, … this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” “God our Savior desires all men to be saved

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Treasury of Merits

Some Protestants object that there is no basis for the Catholic doctrine of the treasury of merits of the saints (about which see here in the Catechism). But this doctrine is really in essence not different from the fact that

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Posted in Ecclesiology, Merit, Saints, Scripture

Evil and Good

King David was a just man who committed a terrible sin, committing adultery with the wife of Uriah and then murdering Uriah. And he paid a terrible price for this sin: David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against Yahweh.’

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Silly Rationalizations

The notes to the New Jerusalem Bible include the following comment on Exodus 16:15: “Manna is an insect secretion found on tamarisks.” This is one of the more unfortunate and absurd notes in the NJB. The editors apparently think it’s

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Posted in Apologetics, Fides et Ratio, Scripture

Scattered Thoughts on Exodus 6 and Genesis 15

Here’s what is recorded in Exodus 6:2-3: God spoke to Moses and said to him, ‘I am Yahweh. To Abraham, Isaac and Jacob I appeared as El Shaddai, but I did not make my name Yahweh known to them. And

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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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Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Aquinas - Theology, Calvinism, Scripture, Summa Theologiae

Genesis 26: Scattered Thoughts on Righteousness and Tradition

In Genesis 26 we read this: I will make your descendants as many as the stars of heaven, and I will give them all these lands; and all the nations in the world shall bless themselves by your descendants in

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Posted in Calvinism, Scripture, Veritatis Splendor

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