Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Rev. Dr. Michael Root Swims the Tiber

Rev. Dr. Michael Root, a prominent Lutheran theologian, announced that he will convert to the Catholic Church. Read the story here. H/T Chad Toney.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bank Accounts & Justification

Recently a friend reminded me of a common Protestant analogy regarding salvation and merit. The analogy is that sinners have a ‘bank account’ wherewith to ‘pay’ for their eternal salvation. The problem is that man cannot possibly have enough in this account to pay the ‘amount due.’ Faith in Christ is equivalent to having a blank check payable from Christ’s own account of merit. So in that analogy, God does not withdraw the ‘merit’ from the sinner’s account but from Christ’s account.

In referring to this analogy, my friend worded it differently than I’d ever heard. He said that in the Protestant view, Jesus makes a deposit into our “account.” I replied, “a Catholic could agree to that!”

Read the rest at Called to Communion...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Homeschooling my son This Year

We have officially decided to homeschool Miguel this year. Miguel will be 11 in November. I was fortunate to find this incredible Catholic, classical homeschool education curriculum online. It was recommended to me by my Polish friend and after I fell in love with the curriculum, I noticed that their headquarters was only about 30 minutes away from where I live.

It has a great catechism course if you're looking to expand education for your children. So far, we're pleased with the results and Miguel is loving it. It is harder than public school, but well worth it. William Michael, the founder, wrote this article called "Wise and Simple" on raising and educating our children properly. I really enjoyed the read and think you will as well.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Aristotle on Individuals Grasping the Truth

Aristotle said essentially the same thing I attempted to express in my previous post:

While no one person can grasp truth adequately, we cannot all fail in the attempt. Each thinker makes some statement about nature, and as an individual contributes little or nothing to the inquiry. But the combination of all the conjectures results in something big. It is only fair to be grateful not only to those whose views we can share, but also to those who have gone pretty far wrong in their guesses. They too have contributed something: by their preliminary work they have helped to form our scientific way of thinking.
(Metaphysics Alpha Minor, ch. I: 993b 1-4 as quoted by Randall, John, Aristotle, p. 53)