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 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