Archive for August 2011

Philosophy and the Papacy

Aug 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

The Scripture readings for today’s liturgy provide a biblical basis for the papacy, as John Bergsma explains. But as a Protestant, I was not able to see those verses as providing that basis, until I read Plato’s Republic. Of the various philosophical factors that helped me become Catholic, one was teaching through Plato’s Republic. I […]

The Bible Made Impossible: Reviewed by Brent Stubbs

Aug 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Brent Stubbs This is a guest post by Brent Stubbs, in which he reviews Christian Smith’s recent book The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture. Brent is a convert to the Catholic Church from the Pentecostal tradition. However, his theology became Reformed while he was pursuing a BA […]

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven

Aug 15th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Today, August 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven. On this day, the universal Church celebrates what took place at the end of our Blessed Mother’s earthly life. “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and […]

Book Review: If Protestantism is True by Devin Rose

Aug 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Called To Communion readers might already be familiar with Devin Rose, who is no stranger to the combox here; but if not, please visit Devin’s blog. Devin is a convert from atheism to Christianity first, and from Evangelical Christianity to Catholicism. He is now an up and coming Catholic author and apologist. Devin recently signed […]

A Reflection on PCA Pastor Terry Johnson’s “Our Collapsing Ecclesiology”

Aug 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Terry Johnson Terry Johnson, senior minister of Independent Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Savannah, Ga., wrote an article titled “Our Collapsing Ecclesiology” in the March issue of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church’s magazine New Horizons. The article is well worth reading, because it examines the recent trends in Evangelicalism away from attendance in Sunday morning services, even […]

Episode 16 – Stephen Beck’s Conversion Story

Aug 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Podcast

Stephen Beck Stephen Beck was raised Evangelical, but read his way into the Reformed world. He became a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and then the Presbyterian Church in America. Stephen and his family were received into the Catholic Church on the Easter Vigil of 2011 at St. Andrew’s by the Bay Catholic Church […]

Children and the Catholic Church

Aug 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

I first read G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy about seven years ago. Despite the anti-Calvinist rhetoric throughout the book, which at the time greatly reduced Chesterton’s credibility to me, I was deeply struck at his insight into the world of children. Chesterton was never able to have children himself, but nonetheless he seemed to retain in his own life […]