Archive for January 2010

“So All Could Understand”

Jan 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Reformed theologians use the term “perspicuity” to refer to a quality they believe Scripture to possess. By this they mean that Scripture’s meanings are plain and evident for even the ordinary reader, and that the Church is not a necessary interpretive intermediary. If Scripture were not perspicuous, then either the Church would be a necessary […]

St. Thomas Aquinas on the Unity of the Church

Jan 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Today, on this eighth and last day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we will look at what St. Thomas Aquinas says about the unity of the Church. Here I’ll offer some very brief remarks on what St. Thomas teaches concerning the unity of the Church. I’ll draw from Aquinas’ commentary on the Apostles’ […]

The Bible and Ecclesial Unity

Jan 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Is the Bible a source of unity between Catholics and Reformed Christians? As I shall explain, the answer is ‘yes and no.’ The Bible is a source of unity, albeit an imperfect source of unity, if by ‘unity’ we mean ‘of one mind.’ To those of us who have spent time staring across the divide […]

The Canon Question

Jan 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Articles

As Christians, how is it that we know we are saved by the death and resurrection of the incarnate Son of God? For those raised as Christians, the Sunday School sing-song answer “for the Bible

The Catholic-Protestant Divide: A Path to Unity

Jan 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

The second winning essay in our essay contest is titled, “The Catholic-Protestant Divide: A Path to Unity,” written by Dave Wade. Dave is a lifelong Catholic, a catechist on the RCIA-ACI team and musician at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Clearwater, Florida. He is also the Catholic Mentor/Moderator @ Dave is planning to enter […]

St. Francis De Sales, Apostle to the Calvinists

Jan 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Few figures loom as large in the history of Calvinism, and yet are at the same time so unknown by Calvinists, as St. Francis De Sales. St. Francis, born in 1567 to a wealthy family, led an interesting life, the details of which are too great to expound here, but I recommend the Catholic Encyclopedia […]

Once Upon a Thousand Years

Jan 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Towards the end of Leo Tolstoy’s literary masterpiece, Anna Karenina, we find Konstantin Levin, the book’s male protagonist, grasping his way towards an explicit faith in God. Along the way, Levin considers the faith of the Church, but finds himself unable to fully accept her testimony to divine truth:

The Authority of Divine Love

Jan 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

A few weeks ago we announced an essay contest for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The essays were to answer the following question: “What is it, most fundamentally, that still divides Catholics and Protestants?” They were to locate the fundamental disagreement underlying the other Catholic-Protestant disagreements, explain why it is fundamental, and show […]

Unity in the Ante-Nicene Church

Jan 19th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

With a title like this, the reader might initially expect a long list of patristic quotes, but I’ll take a different route. In fact, I intend to write this without quoting the fathers even once. Let’s see if I can withstand the temptation. The ante-Nicene Church was, from a political perspective, an illegal network that […]

Saint Paul on the Unity of the Catholic Church (An Argument Against the Terms “Lutheran” and “Calvinist”)

Jan 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Non-Catholics (and yes, even the Eastern Orthodox) do not enjoy the ecclesial unity Saint Paul prescribed for the Church of Jesus Christ. Saint Paul is resolute in his conviction that the Church of Christ must be one. Most of his epistles specifically speak against disunity within the Church. Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians seems […]