Adam, Ralph, Moses and Man

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Essential to the idea of the Incarnation is what Anscar Vonier called “the assumption that to God mankind is a unity far beyond anything we can conceive.” I will argue, in these reflections, that this unity is biological, psychological, and historical. With respect to biology, perhaps some attention should be given to a recent theory that interprets the ... More...

The Incomprehensibility of Sin: A Problem for Apologetics

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Following the lead of Holy Scripture, the Church has consistently proclaimed that Christ is victorious over three enemies: Sin, Death, and Satan. All three, alas, pose special difficulties for those outside the Christian faith we are proposing to them. We Christians understand sin, for instance, in a way nearly incomprehensible to those who suppose a progressive view ... More...

Once Saul, Always Saul

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Bible does not explain why the name of Saul, the early persecutor of Christians, was changed to Paul, but also the Bible does not discourage speculation on the point. Undiscouraged, then, let us speculate. A modern view speculates that the man in question had two names all along; he was known as “Saul” among Jews and as “Paul” among Gentiles. This explanation ... More...

The Political God is the Buffoon King

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  by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The account of Esther commences with an emperor and his empire. This emperor's original-Persian-name was Xsayarsa. The Babylonians called him Achshiyarshu, which gave rise to the Hebrew version in the Massoretic text, Akhashverosh. Jerome, in his Latin translation from Hebrew, transliterated this to Ahasuerus, the name maintained in most English translations ... More...

When the Holy Spirit REALLY Speaks, What Does He Say?

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon When our Lord spoke of his coming departure from this world, he described it as an advantage to us. "It is to your advantage (sympherei hymin)," he declared, "that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you" (John 16:7). This declaration is given in response to the Apostles' sense of loss when ... More...