Posts Tagged ‘ Church Fathers ’

Three Frameworks for Interpreting the Church Fathers

Dec 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Articles

This is a guest article by Dr. Kenneth J. Howell. Dr. Howell earned an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Linguistics and Philosophy from the University of South Florida, a Ph.D. from Indiana University in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Science, and a second Ph.D. from Lancaster University (U.K.) in the History of […]



Jason Stewart on the Journey Home (October 29, 2012)

Oct 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

For those of you who missed Jason Stewart’s appearance on The Journey Home this past Monday evening, here it is: More from Jason Stewart:  An OPC Pastor Enters the Catholic Church See also: Taking a Stand on the Scriptures Against the Traditions of Men



St. Irenaeus on Justification

Jul 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

In most cases when St. Irenaeus comes up in Protestant-Catholic discussion, the focus is on the papacy, apostolic succession, or the relation of Scripture and Tradition. Here, however, I examine what St. Irenaeus has to say about justification. His teaching on this subject is ecumenically relevant not only because the doctrine of justification was at […]



The Dual Profile of the Church

Jun 28th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Recently, I wrote about the Bible and the Catholic Church. I was motivated in order to address two matters that those considering the Catholic Church as the Church established by Christ might have: 1. that the Church encourages the faithful to read and reflect on the Bible; and 2. that the Church, because of the […]



An OPC Pastor Enters the Catholic Church

Feb 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Please welcome our first of two newly added authors at Called To Communion, Jason Stewart. Jason was an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) before he and his wife Cindy entered into full communion with the Catholic Church in January of 2011. He earned his Master of Divinity from Mid-America Reformed Seminary (Dyer, […]



From Calvin to the Barque of Peter: A Reformed Seminarian becomes Catholic

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

This is a guest post by Jason Kettinger. For the past ten years Jason Kettinger was a member of the Presbyterian Church in America. He received baptism in 2001, and spent his college days as a fruitful member of Reformed University Fellowship, before graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in political science […]



What Therefore God Has Joined Together: Divorce and the Sacrament of Marriage

Sep 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Articles

There are some ancient Christian doctrines that only the Catholic Church has retained. One such doctrine is her teaching on contraception, which was the unanimous teaching of the Church Fathers, and which all Christians shared for nineteen centuries until the Lambeth Conference of 1930. At that conference the Anglican Church decided to permit the use […]



Controversies of Religion

Sep 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

I. The Reformed Position: The claim in the Westminster Confession of Faith that all controversies of religion ultimately are to be determined by the Holy Spirit speaking in Sacred Scripture contradicts the testimony of the Church Fathers, who repeatedly teach the necessity of judging such controversies by way of the Church and Sacred Scripture. The […]



St. Optatus on Schism and the Bishop of Rome

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

June 4 is the feast of St. Optatus, a fourth-century bishop of Milevis, in Numidia, about ten miles from the Mediterranean Sea on the coast of northern Africa in what is now Algeria. He was a convert to the Catholic faith, and an African by birth, according to St. Jerome. He died around AD 385, […]



The Commonitory of St. Vincent of Lérins

May 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Yesterday (May 24) was the feast day of St. Vincent of Lérins, a soldier who became a monk at the monastery in Lérins, and wrote his famous Commonitory in AD 434, three years after the third Ecumenical Council at Ephesus, and seventeen years before the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon. Because Protestants generally accept both those […]