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August 13, 2013

Some year ago, I encountered a reference to the First Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) having addressed the canon of Scripture.

For a long time, I was unable to find any confirmation of this.

The surviving materials we have from Nicaea, which include the first part of the Nicene Creed, do not deal with which books belong in the Bible.

I ended up concluding that the idea the council addressed this subject was likely a myth, but recently I ran across an indication that it may...

August 13, 2013

Here are three beautifully worded, eye-opening quotes from C. S. Lewis on lust, women, and masturbation. I offer them in my seminars on pornography and wanted to share them with you.

Lust

“Lust is a poor, weak, whimpering, whispering thing compared with that richness and energy of desire which will arise...

August 12, 2013

When I was young I was taught in school that Christians believed the Earth was flat. It was not until Christopher Columbus’s historic journey to the “New World” that the Church was forced to accept this as fact and do away with its false belief. The idea that Christians believed in a flat Earth has been taught in school textbooks,...

August 6, 2013

The argumentum ad hominem (orad hominem for short) is a fallacy that consists in attacking a person instead of his argument or belief. It is, perhaps, the most common fallacy committed on the Internet today.

Here are three examples of the argumentum ad hominem: 

1. Mr. Jones believes that Jesus Christ was a real historical figure; he claims that the New Testament documents are the best-attested documents of antiquity and that they were written within...

August 5, 2013

Many Catholics squirm at the very mention of the Spanish Inquisition, oftentimes conceding to claims that it was the most brutal time in Church history. But was it really as brutal as it is often described?

If you have never seen the BBC documentary The Myth of the Spanish Inquisition, I highly recommend it. At a little over forty-five minutes, it summarizes the most recent scholarship about the "Black Legend...