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August 22, 2016
Esther before King Ahasuerus

On this day when the Church memorializes the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is always helpful to consider the accumulation of examples from the Old Testament concerning the Gebirah (Hebrew, “Great Lady”)or “Queen Mother.” In an earlier blog post , and, in my book, ...

August 19, 2016

Newspaper, magazine, and online commentators have served up any number of reasons for the hatred underlying terrorist attacks. Many of them say the root of the problem is that terrorists resent American prosperity. I remember when a recent president said, “They hate us for our freedoms.” I doubt it. Terrorists don’t care, one way or the other, about our Bill of Rights.

I don’t recall demonstrations against the right of Americans to assemble peaceably, to petition for redress of...

August 16, 2016

That God demands man—indeed, created man—to worship him is a fact. He desires the praise and worship of every man and woman without exception. What does this tell us about God’s character? Is his demand and desire for worship unreasonable?

An article at the Richard Dawkins Foundation For Reason & Science website speculates upon a hypothetical scenario where a team of psychologists...

August 15, 2016

Ad hominem is a Latin phrase that means “against the man.” It is considered a fallacy or error in reasoning because it tries to refute an argument by attacking the person making the argument rather than the argument itself. This is fallacious because an argument’s soundness has no relation to the character of the person making the argument. Kind, sweet people can be wrong, and mean, vicious people can be right....

August 12, 2016

Catholics claim Christ constituted his church as a visible society with a hierarchical structure. And as Dominus Iesus teaches, this society “subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the successor of Peter and by the bishops in communion with him” (16). Catholics also claim membership in this visible and hierarchical society is necessary.

And yet Jesus’ teaching in Luke 9:49-50 seems to contradict this belief. Jesus commands the apostles to not...