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A Prayer from Augustine’s Confessions

“O Lord our God, under the covering of your wings (Exod 19:4) we set our hope. Protect us and bear us up. It is you who will carry us; you will bear us up from our infancy until old age … Continue reading

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The Waiting Place

Are you in The Waiting Place? Waiting for healing Waiting for test results Waiting for a tax refund Waiting for clear direction Waiting for interest rates to go up Waiting for the phone to ring with a job offer Waiting … Continue reading

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My Basket of Questions

Last Monday we had our last PhD seminar meeting on Old Testament Ethics with Dr. Block, in which we faced one of the toughest issues in the whole Bible: God’s command for Israel to exterminate the Canaanites. It’s a dark … Continue reading

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Catholic Theology (Part 9): Penance, Indulgences, and the Treasury of Merit — Modes of Restoration in the Catholic Church

In my final post in this series on Catholic teaching, I’d like to focus on a collection of related issues that have puzzled Protestants since the Reformation: Penance, Indulgences, and the Treasury of Merit. These are foreign concepts to those … Continue reading

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Catholic Theology (Part 8): Of Popes and Bishops — Catholic Ecclesiology

This is the second-to-last post in my series on Catholic Theology from an Evangelical perspective. In case it’s not already patently obvious, systematic theology is not my area of expertise. My concentration at Wheaton is Old Testament. These reflections are … Continue reading

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Catholic Theology (Part 7): Do Catholics Worship Mary?

One of the most obvious practical differences between Catholics and Protestants is our respective postures towards Mary. Protestants don’t dislike her, but she simply takes her place alongside all of the other heroes of the faith, no better than the … Continue reading

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Catholic Theology (Part 6): Icons

Today’s post invites you to consider Catholic teaching about icons. An icon is a work of art with religious significance, usually a painting. Icons are used extensively in the Eastern Churches (both Orthodox and Catholic), but also by Roman Catholics. … Continue reading

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Catholic Theology (Part 5): On the “communion of saints” . . . or . . . Why Do Catholics Pray for the Dead?

…I believe in the holy catholic Church, The communion of saints, The forgiveness of sins, The resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting. -Apostles Creed In my most recent post I explored Catholic teaching about the “life everlasting,” including … Continue reading

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Catholic Theology (Part 2): Do Catholics Have True Faith?

I’m blogging from the campus of Notre Dame, where I am taking a course in Christian Doctrine from Dr. John Cavadini. Each post in this series will examine an area of disagreement (or perceived disagreement) between Catholics and Protestants. My hope is to grant you … Continue reading

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Catholic Theology (Part 1b): a follow-up question

My first post on Catholic Theology may be found here. For Protestants (and Karl Barth is one prominent example), reason is not a reliable means of knowledge about God, at least not for Theology Proper (though one does find appeals … Continue reading

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