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A Review of Fr. Thomas Joseph White’s The Light of Christ

Nov 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Blog Posts

A friend of mine attending the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) — a Catholic adult Sunday school of sorts for those interested in learning more about Catholic doctrine and practice — asked me if I were to recommend one book for him what would it be? I told him this was a daunting, […]



A Return To The “Infinite Regress” Objection

Nov 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Several months ago an elder from my old Presbyterian church (P.C.A.) and I had an email exchange that hovered around the competing paradigms of authority between Catholicism and Reformed Protestantism. The Catholic paradigm is one in which the Magisterium is the authoritative interpreter of Scripture. According to Reformed Protestantism, in contrast, Scripture is both sufficient […]



Recommending Mary: A Review of Marian Veneration by Francis Cardinal Arinze

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: Blog Posts

For Protestants interested in better understanding the subject of Mary and Marian devotion in Catholic faith and practice, there are many good books, including several that have been published within the last ten years.1 One of the most accessible — both in terms of clarity of writing, doctrinal precision, and breadth of subjective address — […]



Finding a Shared Colonial History: A Review of Kevin Starr’s Continental Ambitions

Jun 14th, 2017 | By | Category: Blog Posts

In approaching American history, there is a tendency among Protestants and Catholics to view the social, political, and religious narrative of our country (and continent) through only the lens of one’s own faith community. In my own former Presbyterian church (PCA), I remember cookouts on the fourth of July during which a leaflet would be […]



Reading St. Paul Through the Book of Acts

Apr 25th, 2017 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Ecumenical Bible studies: they are often demonstrations of the best and worst of Christian dialogue. In their most beneficial form, they offer opportunities for members of various Christian traditions, be they Catholic, Orthodox, Reformed, or various strands of Evangelicalism, to share their own rich understandings and applications of Biblical literature. Alternatively, they can devolve into […]



The Gospel Coalition and the Vividness Criterion

Mar 5th, 2017 | By | Category: Blog Posts

This is the first in an occasional series on how cognitive biases frequently — and often unknowingly — affect ecumenical dialogue between Protestants and Catholics. 



Lies, Damned Lies, and Anti-Catholic History

Oct 31st, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Ten years ago I was an AP European History teacher at a school in rural central Virginia. At the time I was a very sincere Reformed Protestant, and although I wanted to maintain academic objectivity in the classroom, I was still quite eager to teach the unit on the Protestant Reformation. We began with the […]



Is “Politics a Good Thing” ?

Jul 17th, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

When I was an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, I had the pleasure of taking an introductory politics course taught by the well-known commentator and political analyst Larry J. Sabato, who runs UVA’s Center for Politics. One of the most memorable moments in that course was when Dr. Sabato distributed small bumper stickers […]



Jack Mulder Jr. Answers “What Does it Mean to be Catholic?”

Jan 31st, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

A review of Dr. Jack Mulder Jr.’s 2015 book What Does It Mean To Be Catholic?



Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016: Day Four, “A priestly people called to proclaim the Gospel”

Jan 21st, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Biblical text for 2016: Day Four: A priestly people called to proclaim the Gospel. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were no people but now […]