The Big Picture Religions offer the “Big Picture” explanations of life: What does it all mean? Scholars of religion talk about the “numinous experience” or the “tremendous mystery” that human beings encounter. There is a spiritual plain of existence beyond the mundane — something that breaks into our world, uplifting and sanctifying it. The biblical… Continue reading Catholicism 101: An Overview of the Faith
What can a Protestant, Orthodox, and Catholic Christian learn from each other? This last week was the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Obviously, there are many divisions among Christians today. But we still have so much in common, and we have much we can learn from our differences --- which are often complementary. This… Continue reading A Protestant, Orthodox & Catholic walk into a blog…
I'll be honest. The Bible is not always my favorite. Often, I'll read it and end up with even more questions. The text is complex, dated, and sometimes just plain archaic. How can this be the Word of God?, I think. What makes it worse is that there are SO many approaches to the Bible,… Continue reading So… What is the Bible, anyways?
3. Because Catholicism is all-embracing. “Catholic” means more than just universal. Originally coming from the Greek meaning “according to the whole,” it also suggests completeness. In addition to embracing all peoples and cultures, Catholicism encompasses endless ways of living out the one Christian faith. With a billion+ members, the Catholic Church can be found throughout… Continue reading Why am I still Christian? Reason #3
Reason #2: Because Catholicism leads to human fulfillment Catholic Christianity encourages human fulfillment by bringing all people together into communion with each other and with God. The question of human fulfillment is important. In some ways it is the question. But one thing’s for sure: We all desire happiness. Our desire for happiness has no… Continue reading Why am I still Christian? Reason #2
Salvation is a central theme in Christianity. You can't really think of Jesus without also thinking of salvation: the angels announce him as the "Savior" born in Bethlehem; John the Baptist identifies him as the "Lamb of God" who takes away the sins of the world; St. John proclaims him to be God's only Son… Continue reading 5 Myths on what Christians mean by Salvation
The truths of Catholicism depend on Revelation, or God informing us about Himself and His plan for us. But belief in revelation is not a jump in the dark. It rests on more fundamental principles that can be accessed through the use of human reason. Take God’s existence, for example. It's quite possible to arrive… Continue reading Why am I still Christian? Reason #1