Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Canon Question

More than any other issue, the canon caused me to realize that Protestantism couldn't work. Protestantism simply has no answer for The Canon Question and Tom Brown does an excellent job arguing as much in the latest lead article at Called to Communion. I hope you'll take the time to read it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Unity in the Ante-Nicene Church

The ante-Nicene Church was, from a political perspective, an illegal network that broke away from the tolerated Jewish religion. This underground status made Christian unity a true challenge. After the Edict of Milan in 313 AD when Christianity became legal, great strides were made towards liturgical and episcopal unity, but that unity developed and flourished from a foundation of unity which extends all the way back to the Jerusalem Church of Acts. I would like to examine three principles of unity in the early centuries of Christianity: government, liturgy, and doctrine.
Read more on Ante-Nicene Church Unity at Called to Communion.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Week of Christian Unity

Happy MLK day and also note that today kicks off the "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity." Please keep this important intention in your prayers throughout the week.

Also, Called to Communion will be publishing a number of posts on the subject of unity this week including two guest essays.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Betancourt Crosses the Tiber

Not long ago, Norman Geisler co-authored a book entitled "Is Rome the True Church?" The book's co-author, Joshua Betancourt, has reportedly converted to Catholicism since the publishing of the book. H/T Frank Beckwith. Welcome home.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Why Faith is Good

The dichotomy between good and evil is in no way arbitrary; it must be understood in terms of being and corruption of being. Now information is the basis for the decisions we make, but we have a problem. God alone posses the information necessary to make an exhaustively informed decision. All other intelligent beings, even angels, make decisions based on limited knowledge except via participation in the divine essence, i.e. the beatific vision.

This lack of knowledge is the cause of our ability to make an incorrect decision (sin). A child lacks the information to choose between candy and a vegetable. As far as he can tell, the candy is the correct choice. But unless he, by faith, trusts in one more knowledgeable than him, e.g. a parent, then he will make the wrong choice. Likewise, so long as creatures do not fully participate in the perfect knowledge of the Creator via the Beatific Vision, faith is necessary to make the correct decision.

It is clear from the above that to lack faith is an evil because creatures inherently lack perfect knowledge and to make a false choice is evil. Therefore faith is a good. As it is written, "The just shall live by faith."

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Essay Contest at Called to Communion

At Called to Communion, we are calling for essays on the subject of 'Christian Unity' to raise awareness for the week of prayer for Christian unity. The top two essays will be published and the winners will receive a free copy of Taylor Marshall's new book, "The Crucified Rabbi."