Archive for August 2009

Is the Catholic Church Semi-Pelagian?

Aug 30th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

There are certain charges which are worthy of a defense only on account of their frequent repetition.  If someone refers to a Calvinist as a hopeless determinist, the well rounded Calvinist might decline to defend such an uneducated attack after hearing it once or twice, but there is a point at which the accused party, […]

“Calvinism” Sans Double Election

Aug 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Would Calvinism be improved if it dropped all this talk of ‘double election,’ the doctrine that God chose some from before all time for salvation and the rest for damnation? Rev. Alvin Hoksbergen, a retired minister in the Christian Reformed Church, proposes in The Banner that a major retooling of election-speak from Reformed pulpits is […]

Episode 7 – A Dialogue on Conversion

Aug 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Podcast

Tom Riello and Tim Troutman, former PCA members, talk about their respective conversions in this episode.  This is simply a recording of an unscripted conversation with no set topic except, generally speaking, their conversion experiences.   The topics discussed include the canon, Church authority, and the papacy. To download the mp3, right-click here.

Magical Sacraments in Elfland

Aug 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Someone recently remarked that sacramentalism was a medieval corruption of authentic Christianity. Perhaps the early Christians were cold rationalists, unswayed by superstitious notions that God had created a magical world. God’s world acted strictly according to scientific laws He had put in place and to suggest otherwise amounted the high treason of believing in magic. […]

A Catholic Reflection on the Meaning of Suffering

Aug 9th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

If God is all powerful, and truly seeks our good, then why does He allow bad things to happen to people? Why does God allow all the suffering we experience in this life, if He loves us and is all-powerful and all-knowing? What does the Catholic Church say about the meaning of suffering?

Fallacy of Hierarchical Continuum?

Aug 4th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Are Catholics, who insist on an apostolic hierarchical continuum, guilty of the continuum fallacy? For those unfamiliar with the term, allow me to illustrate. The continuum fallacy exists when a person denies one of two concepts existing at polar ends of a spectrum because, on account of the continuity or successive stages between them, there […]

St. Thomas Aquinas on Assurance of Salvation

Aug 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

It is not uncommon for people to suppose that one of the main differences between Protestantism and Catholicism is that according the former the believer can be assured of his salvation, while the latter denies that the faithful can enjoy assurance. But this is not the case. As a matter of fact, assurance of salvation […]