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
The World is either chance or purpose. These two options are very different, and they're the only possibilities. To be sure, there are further refinements: If this world is intentional, that doesn't in itself answer everything about humanity's purpose, or the nature of the intention-giver (God? etc.) But when deciding how we live, the ultimate… Continue reading #YOLO – oh and the world either has purpose, or it doesn’t
What does it mean to believe in God? For the Christian, belief in God is more than just believing that God exists. It starts there, but it's much more than that: To believe in God is to choose to enter into relationship with the Creator, the only one who is able to inform our purpose… Continue reading “I Believe in God…”
1. What is Lent? Lent is a special time dedicated to self-examination and conversion as Christians prepare to celebrate Easter, the high point of the Christian calendar. Lent is celebrated approximately 40 days, recalling special times of preparation in the Bible. For example, Jesus fasted for “40 days and 40 nights” in preparation for his… Continue reading 7 FAQs on Lent
My cat Petra is good at many things. She’s quite the expert at teleporting from one room to another (she’s that fast). She knows how to manipulate—she gets fed whenever she wants, really. She usually wins the play fights against her sister Ollie, the slower (dumber?) one. Most of all, she’s good at winning my attention. But Petra’s also good at proving God. Here’s how.
God is not an old man with a beard. He’s not floating around up there in space. If that’s what Christianity meant by God, then yes—science would have plenty to say. But God is not just another being out there. He’s not even the highest being. Rather, according to classical theism, God is being. The great thirteenth-century theologian Thomas Aquinas described God as ipsum esse subsistens, or the act of “to be” itself. This is beautifully confirmed in the story of the burning bush, when God reveals his name to Moses as “I am who I am” (Ex. 3:14). God just is. In God, there is no difference between what God is and that God is.