Preach The Word

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by the Apostle Paul The 30 (40) Days of Blogging is not far away. Why blog at all? For the same reason you preach. Why preach at all? It's your principle job! "I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great ... More...

On The Failures of “General” Christology

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In orthodox formulations of Christology, there exists an ongoing and apparently irreducible quandary: How should we speak of the obviously "special" quality of Christ's humanity without compromising the principle that he was "made like unto his brethren" (Hebrews 2:17)? Or, to put the question from the opposite direction, how should we express his solidarity ... More...

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...