I am posting to take another shot at the “Historical Jesus” nonsense that has dominated academic programs of study. You know the university “Religious Studies” classes that teach Jesus as a myth-embellished street preacher instead of as the Right Hand of G-d. In this post I want to dispute against the anti-Christian notion that the initial Jesus movement did not consider Jesus to be divine, and that the idea of Jesus as G-d is something that developed later and came from sources in the surrounding Pagan culture.
Allow me to direct your attention to evidence found in St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians. There are several reasons for choosing to argue from Galatians. First, it has widespread acknowledgement as a genuine letter by Paul, even among anti-Christian academics.
Yesterday, 2020-07-24, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition of Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, a rural Nevada church, for injunctive relief from an order by the state which restricts worship services to a maximum of 50 people, and argued that the same rules that apply to casinos, movie theatres, restaurants, and other businesses should apply to churches as well.
The Court denied the petition by a 5–4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four Locust appointees in rejecting the claim that restricting religious worship in ways not applied to other activities violated religious freedom. The four dissenting judges filed a total of 24 pages of dissents [PDF], with Alito and Kavanaugh each writing 11 pages of arguments. Neil Gorsuch penned only a single paragraph; here it is.... [Read More]
This is an update of the continuing slaughter of Christians in Nigeria.
Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Monday (July 20) killed 11 Christians in an attack in Kaduna state, Nigeria, in the village of Gora Gan.
This brings the number of murdered Nigerian Christians to 50 since June 12. This particular attack sent seven survivors to the hospital in Zonkwa. Many houses were torched, and there are now over 500 new refugees in a camp in Zonkwa.
The thought police raised a small ruckus and got the Archdiocese of Boston to instruct a priest to resign from his job as a chaplain at MIT.
Father Daniel Moloney had written an e-mail that succinctly reviewed Catholic thinking on sin, justice and mercy. He remarked on some allegations, including that Officer Chauvin acted from racist motivation, that are going around in common parlance but that are not known facts. Father Moloney’s note got circulated, misquoted, mischaracterized and distorted, including by MIT officials. The Archdiocese immediately adopted some of the mischaracterizations and promptly caved.... [Read More]
Roman Catholic Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States between 2011 and 2016, today (2020-06-07) published a letter [original PDF] to U.S. president Donald Trump in which he warns,
In recent months we have been witnessing the formation of two opposing sides that I would call Biblical: the children of light and the children of darkness. The children of light constitute the most conspicuous part of humanity, while the children of darkness represent an absolute minority. And yet the former are the object of a sort of discrimination which places them in a situation of moral inferiority with respect to their adversaries, who often hold strategic positions in government, in politics, in the economy and in the media. In an apparently inexplicable way, the good are held hostage by the wicked and by those who help them either out of self-interest or fearfulness.... [Read More]
Looking for a good read? Here is a recommendation. I have an unusual approach to reviewing books. I review books I feel merit a review. Each review is an opportunity to recommend a book. If I do not think a book is worth reading, I find another book to review. You do not have to agree with everything every author has written (I do not), but the fiction I review is entertaining (and often thought-provoking) and the non-fiction contain ideas worth reading.... [Read More]
The Catholic Church in Minnesota joined with the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod in making a statement earlier this week. They said that their churches will open for real-life worship on Sunday, May 31, regardless of the Governor’s edict.
“Text Criticism” is an academic discipline devoted to the study of ancient writings. Text criticism is best known as the study of handwritten manuscripts from before the age of printing. In particular, the most studied and most controversial work in the world of text criticism is the New Testament.
Text criticism got its start when translators noticed differences between manuscripts. Translators would compare manuscripts and find instances where they would have to choose between manuscripts for passages with differences.
Being a Catholic with traditionalist leanings, I have not been much of a fan of what today is called worship music. Give me some “Salve Regina” any day. Nevertheless, there are always exceptions. A couple of years ago on Easter weekend, one of my favorite podcasters and pundits – John Derbyshire – ended his weekly podcast with the song below, titled “How Long, O Lord?” by Sovereign Grace Music: