Catholicism is sacramental, incarnational, and earthy: Or basically, Catholicism is consistent with human nature! If God truly created all else that exists—the entire material Universe, then surely He must deal with us accordingly. We are not angels! We are body and spirit. Think of the Incarnation, after all. You know, the central belief of Christianity:… Continue reading Why Christian? #4: Because we’re spirit *and* matter
Today, June 1, the church celebrates St. Justin Martyr, an early second-century convert to the Christian faith. Before his conversion, Justin jumped from philosophy to philosophy, ultimately sticking to Platonism—until he met a mysterious old man who moved him in the direction of Jesus Christ. Born in Palestine, Justin eventually found himself in Rome, where… Continue reading Justin Martyr reveals what the Early Church believed about the Sacraments
The fact that many Pro-Choicers cannot settle on when an unborn human life deserves protection (if at any stage at all!) should give us pause: Why risk it? Not knowing what stage of development should define a life worth protecting is, in fact, an argument against abortion. But even so, we can do better than uncertainty.
The purpose of this blog post is not to discuss the recent Alabama abortion ban, which even Pro-Lifers have various views on. Rather, after encountering certain trends in the abortion dialogue (both in the media and among friends), I feel the need to shed some light on some of the stock arguments and common gotcha! phrases from the Pro-Choice side.
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?