Category Archives: Apologetics

Trusting the Authority of Scripture Is Not Knowledge (?) – Part II

This morning, I’ve finally been able to read through the several very “meaty” comments from Nathaniel McCallum, Nathan G., and Jonathan Prejean on the “Trusting the Authority of Scripture Is Not Knowledge” thread below. There’s really quite a lot there, … Continue reading

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Trusting the Authority of Scripture Is Not “Knowledge” (?)

Many Catholic apologists make the argument that the Protestant reliance upon Scripture as the sole infallible rule of faith (sola Scriptura) is defective because it implies a previous reliance upon the authority of the Catholic Church as the “publisher” and … Continue reading

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Luther and “The Devil’s Whore”

Next to the false idea that he believed Christians, freed from sin by grace, could live any way they wished – the heresy of antinomianism – probably the greatest popular caricature of Martin Luther is that he despised the operations … Continue reading

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Theses On Religious Conversion (In General)

Since the series on “What’s Wrong With Catholic Conversion Stories?” has unfortunately generated some inappropriate and unhelpful chatter, and since I, honestly, did not write each post with the level of clarity and charity that I had imagined them embodying … Continue reading

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On the Objectivity of Ethics

I’ve been teaching ethics to 7th and 8th graders this term, and it’s been quite an interesting – and sometimes a disturbing – experience. Let me preface the rest of this entry by saying that I was raised in a … Continue reading

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Two Steps Removed From Truth

A quick thought I don’t have time to expand on right now: So called “presuppositional” apologists make the centerpiece of their paradigm the doctrine of “autonomous thought” – that is, human thought that doesn’t acknowledge its dependence on the Christian … Continue reading

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Plato on Internet Convert Apologists

The applications are, I think, self-evident to all who know that scene. …isn’t it one lasting precaution not to let them taste arguments while they’re young? I don’t suppose that it has escaped your notice that, when young people get … Continue reading

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Answering Newman: A Primer for Protestants (I)

Last week, I had an illuminating talk about matters of Church history and Protestantism with a friend I haven’t seen for about 13 years. Like many Protestants, he’s run into what my Catholic friend Frank of Fides Quaerens Intellectum calls … Continue reading

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“Jesus Isn’t Reformed”

I happened to see this very provocative statement on, of all places, a Reformed blog. I don’t know the confessional orientations of most people who read this blog, but I assume that some at least are Reformed types (as I … Continue reading

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Conflicting Magisteria

Catholic and Protestant apologists love to waste each other’s time fighting over equal and opposite distortions. One of my favorite examples is the endless debate over the “clarity” of Scripture relative to the authority of the Church. Typically the Catholic … Continue reading

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