Saturday, May 30, 2009

Society Jam - A Free Concert in Harrisburg NC


If my dear readers will please excuse a bit of shameless self promotion I'd like to announce a concert that I'm putting on for my charity, the Philippine Aid Society, called "Society Jam". It will be held in Harrisburg, NC and so if you live within driving distance of the Charlotte area, I invite you to come out on June 13th and enjoy the day with us.

You can find more details of the show at Society Jam's official web site.

Army of Martyrs will now return to your regularly scheduled broadcast.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tending to Truth

I hope my readers will visit Brooke's blog, "Tending to Truth" and find out why this former Presbyterian converted to the Catholic Church. Welcome home Brooke.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Apologetics and Propaganda

My argument is this: If an idea is true, it can be expressed simply.

I came to this conviction when, under the weight of one simple and devastating defense after another, my intellectual reservations about Catholicism were shattered. That is,: my complex arguments against Catholicism were defeated by simple logic.

It has not occurred to me that I might have failed to grasp an argument of Protestantism which would prove its point, nor that I might not have been exposed to such an argument.

The reason for my confidence is that I've come to see that almost every Catholic, even the poorly educated populace, can give you a good reason why sola scriptura is false. But even the professional Protestant apologists can't make a decent argument for why it's true! The only arguments for sola scriptura that are even worth refuting are complex ones requiring lengthy discussion and based on a variety of questionable philosophical presuppositions. If something is true however, we find that it can be expressed simply and that it is expressed simply. If a doctrine like sola scriptura were true, a simple argument would have surfaced and blazed like wild fire across the lips of every Calvinist, Lutheran and Baptist so that even the snake handler could defend it.

But it does not follow that if something is simple it is true. There are many simple lies and the common form of this is propaganda. A modern example of a simple absurdity can be expressed in three words: "It's my body." So there is such a thing as truth evidenced by its simplicity: "Sola Scriptura is not found in Scripture" and such a thing as a lie disguised in simplicity: "man's real participation in salvation (merit) would rob God of glory."

The Invisible Church

There's only one reason to suggest that the Church is invisible: to deny that the Catholic Church is the Church. Ambiguity, non-specification, abstraction - the ends thereof lie in confusion not clarity. Is this from God?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Authority

We ought to abide by the authority of the Church rather than by that of an Augustine or a Jerome or of any doctor whatever. - St. Thomas Aquinas


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Aquinas For Kids

My son shouldn't ask me questions when I've been listening to Aquinas on iPod all day.

"Dad - why do they call that thing a hopper?"

"Because it hops"

"No it doesn't, it just goes up and down."

"A thing is referred to as a 'hopper' in one of two ways: either literally or metaphorically."

Well I got a kick out of it anyhow.

I Really Really Recommend

Tim Jones has an excellent post up: "But I Really Really Really Want To".

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Podcast on Faith & Reason

Bryan Cross and I discuss the topic of Faith and Reason in our latest podcast episode at Called to Communion. Are the dogmas of the Catholic faith falsifiable? How does one strike a balance between fideism and rationalism? These are some of the questions we talk about during the podcast.

Friday, May 15, 2009

How Big is the Catholic Church?

Undoubtedly we must answer: she is enormous but her dogmas wield the precision of a razor.

The Catholic Church is much larger than Latin Christianity or Eastern Orthodoxy. Don't get carried away with that though - it's also bigger than Eastern Mysticism or Western materialism. And to affirm the monstrous breadth of Catholicity does not admit that the East is partially right in their rejection of the Papacy nor that the West made a mistake at Trent any more than it means that Shintoism falls under the umbrella of divine truth or that Hollywood has something insightful to teach the Church.

Yes, we say that the Church is big and that Catholicity cannot be pinned down under mere human opinions but we err greatly if we fail to balance this truth with the fact that the Catholic dogmas are as narrow as a mathematical theorem.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Christians Are Called to Communion

This is a promo video I put together for our website, Called to Communion. (Which you should be subscribed to!) This video might be a good tool to pass along to Protestant friends and family members to spark some dialogue about true Christian unity.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

My Son's First Communion

While we were getting ready to leave for Miguel's first communion, his buddy came to the door and asked if he could come out. "I can't play, I'm going to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ." That's my boy.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Have Questions About or Issues With Development of Doctrine?

We're putting together a new podcast at Called to Communion and with this one, and future podcasts, we'd like to start fielding some questions from readers and listeners. The upcoming topic will touch on Development of Doctrine and also the relationship of Faith in the Catholic Church to reason and scriptural interpretation. Questions can be anonymous if you'd like. Send email with your question and your first name & city to - timatroutman#gmail*com Where # = @ and * = .

We'd especially love to hear from Protestants or Eastern Orthodox.



Saturday, May 02, 2009

A Calvinist Convert to Rome

Swing over to Scattering Flowers and meet Jackie, a former Calvinist who has recently converted to the Catholic Church. She's got some great stuff so far up there and I'm sure there will be more where that came from. Welcome home Jackie.