But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Duex Ex Machina - Apologetic Report

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.

-A quote attributed to Albert Camus, but I can’t find the source

Orcs for the Bright Lord

Given the recent controversy over the election of President Trump and the senatorial candidate Roy Moore, a...

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There is a passage from the Summa which is frequently appealed to by Roman apologists which goes:

Now the formal object of faith is the First Truth, as manifested in Holy Writ and the teaching of the Church, which proceeds from the First Truth. Consequently whoever does not adhere, as to an...

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If the historical evidence of the Catholic Church for the stability of the faith in the See and the Successor of Peter be not sufficient to prove, as a fact of history, that the Christian Church has so held and taught, history is altogether a poor and slender foundation for the events and actions...

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In the Scripture, the word “Church” has two main meanings, apart from others; one of which means the congregation of all the saints and true believers, who really believe in Christ the Head and are sanctified by his Spirit. This is the living and truly holy mystical body of Christ, but...

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There is an oft repeated quote from Augustine which is frequently used in Roman polemics against the Protestantism:

For my part, I should not believe the gospel except as moved by the authority of the Catholic Church.

-Against the Fundamental Epistle of Manichaeus

Suppose we ignore the entirely...

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The following is taken from the St Andrew’s Cathedral Magazine,The Courier.

THE CATHEDRAL AT WAR

Transcending enemy lines: ANDREW OGAWA

by sharon lim and titus zheng

2017 marks 75 years since the Fall of Singapore when the British surrendered to the Imperial Japanese Army. Although Singapore was...

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Pope Francis’s Magisterial Teaching on Liturgical Reform

The Pope recently gave an address to the Italian National Liturgical Week where he made the following statement:

 The direction traced by the Council took shape, following the principle of respect for the sound tradition and...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 11:12

The Problem with Handing a Blank Cheque to Equality

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It is becoming an entrenched part of the Evangeligentsia’s piety to affirm with creedal reverence the idea that all man are equal in the eyes of God, or that somehow the concept of being created in the image of God entails some sort of equality of mankind. To ask for the meaning of this vague...

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Most defence of the heterosexual nature of marriage normally centers around some sort of “ideal” standard which marriage ought to conform to and what that ideal is. Some might even focus on the consequences of homosexual marriage, etc. The issue however, I would argue, has to do with...

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Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of “over-zealous” treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one’s inability to impede it is merely accepted.

-Cate...

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Sola Isn’t the Point

It is my observation that a lot of misunderstanding over the doctrine, or more accurately the formula, of justification by faith alone, tend to obsessively focus on the formula itself rather than what the constellation of doctrines and propositions referred to by the...

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Saturday, 22 July 2017 18:09

A Tale of a Kantian and a Christian

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And it came to past that as the paths between a Kantian and a Christian converged an angel of the Lord appeared in all its heavenly glory and he sternly commanded the both of them:

“This is the command of the Lord unto you, you shall both sprout wings and take flight, or at the Day of the...

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The Historical Context of Quia quorundam

On 10 November 1324, Pope John XXII issued the bull Quia quorundam to condemn a group of monastics who contended for a rather extreme position concerning the rule of poverty and that Christ and the apostles possessed nothing in common or individually. The...

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And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and...

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Preliminary Outlines

Recently I have been interacting on Facebook with readings which resist a Calvinist conclusion on Romans 9. In particular my attention was drawn to this essay by Brian Abasciano which argues for a predominantly corporate understanding of election. It is...

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Since this is argument, that without the Church there will be no Bible, comes up so frequently in arguments with high church apologists, I believe that it will be useful to summarise my reply to this argument.

There are several variants which this argument take. What I will contend is that for...

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Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,as he does in all his letters when he...

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You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me…

-John 5:39

The Theological, not Epistemological, Question of Divine Revelation

From the outset it is necessary to clarify the background questions and issues which...

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For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do.By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh…

-Romans 8:3

This is strongly penal language. However, Paul does not say either that God punished Jesus or that God punished...

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Saturday, 11 February 2017 01:04

The Non-Avenging God of Shūsaku Endō’s “Silence”

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Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

-Romans 12:19

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth,...

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Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

-Genesis 1:26

Oh, no single...

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I was thumbing through Peter Murphy’s Murphy on Evidence (Thirteen Edition) and I came across a legal formula which struck me as possessing a curious resemblance to a theological confession.

I have in a previous post articulated how the legal standards of “proof beyond reasonable...

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The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath.

Mark:2:27

A Brief Overview of the Events surrounding the Controversy

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In the Roman Church a battle is raging over Pope Francis’s controversial apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. In it the Pope seems to be altering an old...

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