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November 4, 2013

Facebook is an intriguing social phenomenon for many reasons. One that has long fascinated me is Facebook Likes. For those of you who have resisted being sucked into Facebook, Likes are links to public pages on Facebook that are established by members based on their personal preferences. These links allow members to see in their personal newsfeed the updates from public pages that they have Liked. 

When I have the...

November 2, 2013

In John Calvin’s magnum opus, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin presents a view of man that is very much like Luther’s, but contrary to what we find in the pages of Sacred Scripture. Calvin used texts like Gen.6:5,

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually,

and Romans 3:10ff,

None is...

October 30, 2013

Even when you give someone a well-constructed apologetic argument, it's always possible they will simply reply, "Being Catholic is your truth, not mine. It's true for you, but not for me." How should we respond to an assertion like this?

What is truth?

When we say a statement is true, we mean that it accurately describes the way the world is. Telling the truth means a person “tells it like it is,” or what they say “corresponds to reality.”...

October 29, 2013

If you read magisterial documents written in the last fifty years, you’ll occasionally run across a statement that talks about man being revealed to himself.

Sometimes, the statement will say that God reveals man to himself.

Other times, it will say that Christ reveals man to himself.

What do these statements mean?

Two types of revelation

We’re familiar with the idea of divine revelation—that God discloses or reveals certain things to us....

October 28, 2013

A couple of years ago, I attended a Bible study class on the Book of Ruth at a local synagogue. I was interested in learning more about Scripture from a Jewish perspective. One aspect of the class that fascinated me was that the rabbi leading the class focused the class's attention on small details of the text on which I never would have thought to focus. For example, what was the significance of Elimelech and his family choosing to leave Bethlehem during its time of trial (...