May 27, 2016

Some people mistakenly think the King James Version of the Bible (KJV), with its eloquent thee’s and thou’s, is the original version.[1] But the Bible was not written in seventeenth-century Old English. More than 1,500 years earlier, the New Testament was written in ancient Greek; and long before that the Old Testament was written in ancient Hebrew, along with some Aramaic and Greek (the Old Testament was later translated into the Greek Septuagint).

As time went on, all these texts were translated into Latin, which is the official language of the Church, as well as popular languages like German, French, and English. Today, the entire Bible has been translated into more than 500...

May 25, 2016

In my last post, I gave an abbreviated version of three of the eight reasons I give for Mary's perpetual virginity in my book, Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines. The com boxes lit up with questions so I thought I would provide three more abbreviated reasons in this post.

Reason Four: Mary was consecrated to the Father of her Son

As I said in my last post, Mary was also in a nuptial relationship with the Holy Spirit. The marriage between Mary...

May 23, 2016

Late one Saturday afternoon, I was snoozing on the sofa when the doorbell awakened me. Craning my neck, I noticed two well-dressed young women at the screen door.

“What can I do for you?” I called out, thinking they were Avon ladies and not wanting to be disturbed.

“We’re Witnesses of Jehovah, and we’d like to share some Scripture truths with you.”

I was up in a flash. My wife was about to put an early supper on the table. “Go ahead without me,” I told her. “I have work to do.” I stepped onto the porch and closed the door behind me.

Wanting to get the upper hand immediately, I said to the proselytizers, “I’m glad you’re here. I take considerable interest in your faith. I have a copy of the New World Translation of the Bible, the one your Brooklyn...

May 20, 2016

July 2002. I remember hearing the terrible news. An explosion had ripped through a coal mine in Pennsylvania and nine miners were trapped 240 feet underground in a dark, partially flooded mineshaft.

An astonishing rescue effort was launched. Engineers examined the situation and made recommendations, environmental scientists ran tests on the ground water, massive drilling equipment and men who operated it were brought in. Even the U.S. Navy supplied underwater experts and nine decompression chambers in hopes the men would be brought up alive.

For three days Americans sat transfixed in front of their TVs as engineers drilled a narrow shaft the entire distance down to the trapped miners. If they miscalculated the angle and failed to intersect the area where the men were...

May 18, 2016

If I had been the Holy Spirit’s editor when he was inspiring the Bible, I would have recommended that he not include that New Testament verse where Jesus says, “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matt. 7:1). Better still, I would have recommended keeping the verse but adding a clarifying commentary so that it could not be misused by American moral liberals of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. I would have had Jesus speak a few more words, beginning with, “Please, don’t misunderstand me . . .”

Moral liberals—I mean the kind of people who believe, among other things, in sexual freedom, abortion, and same-sex marriage—have been preaching an ethic of non-judgmentalism for more than a half century now, and they have won vast numbers of converts. According to this...

Host Stephen Colbert (right) greets Sean Carroll, "The Colbert Report," 11/29/12
May 15, 2016

In a book that was released a few days ago, Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist, critic of religion, and former guest of The Colbert Report, presents what he calls the Big Picture. Neil deGrasse Tyson says the book “weav[es] the threads of astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, and philosophy into a seamless narrative tapestry. Sean Carroll enthralls us with what we’ve figured out in the universe...

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