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Contradictions in the Bible (part 3)

  Today we present our final installment in our long series on contradictions in the New Testament with refutations for 63 allegedly contradictory statements from the writings of the Gospels, Acts and the letters of St. Paul. Since it has been awhile since I last posted in this series, let me remind the reader that these alleged "contradictions" are taken from the atheist website Skeptically.org, where they presume to catalog 194 different contradictions in the New Testament (http://www.donotlink.com/fmsb). In our previous two installments in this series (Part 1 (http://www.unamsanctamcatholicam.com/apologetics/84-contra-atheism/337-contradictions-in-the-bible.html) and Part 2 (http://www.unamsanctamcatholicam.com/apologetics/84-contra-atheism/361-contradictions-in-the-bible-2.html)), we demonstrated how the criteria these skeptics employ for what constitutes a "contradiction" is extraordinarily loose. It would behoove the reader to review the introduction to Part 1 in this series where we...


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Solomonic Gates: Hazor, Megiddo, Gezer

Despite the vast trove of archaeological data that has come to light in the past century in Israel, solid historical evidence of the existence of King Solomon has continued to elude archaeologists and scholars. While there are inscriptions indisputably referring to kings such as Hezekiah, Omri, Ahab, Jeroboam II and even some fragmentary mentions of King David, the historical record has been silent on King Solomon. This has prompted some skeptics to assert that Solomon is nothing more than a Jewish fable; in fact, some will go so far as to deny that there ever was a United Monarchy, and this supposition is in turn used to cast doubt upon everything the Bible says of the events prior to the 9th century. Yet, if the...


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Introduction to Trinitarian Theology

For years at Unam Sanctam Catholicam we have been offering high quality RCIA lesson plans and Power Points that are orthodox and in continuity with the Church's great Tradition. In honor of Trinity Sunday, in which the supreme mystery of the Christian faith is celebrated in awe-filled reverence, we have taken our lesson plan on the Holy Trinity and turned it into a regular article. We have done this for two reasons: first, many Christians, though able to state correctly that the Trinity is one God existing in three divine Persons, may know little more Trinitarian theology than this basic formula. Second, we want to provide an opportunity for people to see an example of the layout and content of one of our lesson plans.


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Pentecost and the Jews

The Day of Pentecost is celebrated as the birthday of the Church, that day when God, in fulfillment of the promises of Christ, poured out the Holy Spirit upon the believers gathered in the Upper Room. This Holy Spirit endowed the fledgling Church with supernatural zeal, courage and miraculous charisms and sent the Apostles out from the Upper Room to begin the conversion of the world. Pius XII, in his memorable encyclical Mystici Corporis, stated that the Holy Spirit's indwelling in the Church made it the very soul of the Catholic Church. And this began on the Day of Pentecost. Rightly, then, is this feast celebrated with such enthusiasm by the Catholic people. Today, however, rather than focus on the giving of the Holy Spirit,...


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Despair and Presumption

"O Israel, hope in the Lord, now and forever more" (Ps 131:3). The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines hope as  "the confident expectation of divine blessing and the beatific vision of God; it is also the fear of offending God's love and of incurring punishment" (CCC 2090). Most of us are familiar with despair and presumption as two sins against hope; presumption claims to have already laid hold of something that we do not yet fully possess, while despair leads us to believe it is impossible to ever possess it. The object of hope is a good which is difficult but possible to obtain - in our case, eternal life. Despair sins against hope by making impossible something possible, while presumption sins against hope by making...


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Authority of Rerum Novarum and Quadragesimo Anno

In my home state, there has been vigorous debate about proposals to raise the state's minimum wage. This sort of proposal of course prompted fierce online debates between various factions, some arguing for, some against the proposal. It also brought out spirited debate among faithful Catholics on the concept of a just wage, and classical issues surrounding Catholic social teaching. The particulars of the minimum wage proposal are neither here nor there; I personally see very little correlation between contemporary economic discussions and the lofty ideals of Leo XIII and Pius XI. But what was very interesting in the discussions was the different approaches Catholics took to their Catholic social teaching. Some were willing to grant it a great authority, on par to the Church's...


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Geisler and Mackenzie: Refutation of Sola Scriptura (part 2)

In Part 1 of this series (http://www.unamsanctamcatholicam.com/apologetics/86-contra-protestantism/529-refuting-geisler-mackenzie-sola-scripture.html), we covered mainly Geisler and Mackenzie’s arguments from scripture. While in this rebuttal you will find they appeal to scripture very often, they appeal to it for the purpose of arguing that every oral tradition taught by either Christ or the apostles, was eventually "inscripturated", that is, recorded in the New Testament. We admire Geisler and Mackenzie for their zeal in supporting what they believe, yet, still, even so, we are reminded of the words of St. Paul: “For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge” (Rm 10:2). With that said, pull up a chair and get comfortable, as we embark on a journey to find...


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Orderic Vitalis and Curly-Toe Shoes

So long as you have not been living in a cave for the past thirty-years, you have most likely noticed some of the bizarre fads in hair and clothing that have come and gone. How about loose pants sagging down below the buttocks? Or the Goth look of wearing pounds of metal chains dangling off of everything? Or what about the unfortunate "skinny-jeans" fad of recent years? As long as we are in the world, we will always deal with goofy fads in clothing and hairstyles. When I was young it was mullets and tons of hairspray with bright neon colored clothing; later it was mohawks. In my father's day it was all the nonsense associated with the Hippie movement and the fashion-blight that was...


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Wedding Cake Q and A

We are in an interesting time in American legal and cultural history. On the one hand, the advance of modernity is throwing down traditional legal barriers to same-sex so-called marriage and opening up new doors to homosexuals to not only practice homosexuality but have their unions recognized by the State. On the other hand, there is a growing movement of concerned Americans protesting infringements against religious liberty by the new regime which in many cases compels Christians to support things contrary to their faith, either implicitly or explicitly. These two contrary movements have come crashing together in the controversies over whether Christian bakers, florists, restaurants, etc. are legally obligated to provide services for homosexual weddings, the so-called "wedding cake" dilemma.


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Geisler and Mackenzie: Refutation of Sola Scriptura (part 1)

By Wesley Hunt. Protestant apologists Ralph Mackenzie and Norman Geisler have put out an apologetic dissertation in defense of one of the hallmark doctrines of the Reformation, namely, sola scriptura. The article is titled, “A Defense of Sola Scriptura (http://www.donotlink.com/ehzn),” and seeks, among other things, to provide a thorough yet succinct justification for sola scriptura. Throughout the article, the apologists approach the issue from a number of angles, and it is the goal of this essay to address simply those claims Geisler and Mackenzie make from scripture. The other two posts, which will hopefully be soon to follow, will cover their arguments from both tradition, as well as other miscellaneous arguments presented in their paper. With that in mind, pull up a chair and enjoy...


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History of the Catholic Church

  • Solomonic Gates: Hazor, Megiddo, Gezer

    Despite the vast trove of archaeological data that has come to light in the past century in Israel, solid historical evidence of the existence of King Solomon has continued to elude archaeologists and scholars. While there are inscriptions indisputably referring to kings such as Hezekiah, Omri, Ahab…

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Theology & Liturgy

  • Introduction to Trinitarian Theology

    For years at Unam Sanctam Catholicam we have been offering high quality RCIA lesson plans and Power Points that are orthodox and in continuity with the Church's great Tradition. In honor of Trinity Sunday, in which the supreme mystery of the Christian faith is celebrated in awe-filled reverence, we…

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Catholic Spirituality

  • Despair and Presumption

    "O Israel, hope in the Lord, now and forever more" (Ps 131:3). The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines hope as  "the confident expectation of divine blessing and the beatific vision of God; it is also the fear of offending God's love and of incurring punishment" (CCC 2090). Most of us are famil…

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Saints, Reviews & More!

  • Poltergeist (2015)

    There isn’t a shortage of remakes these days. The only thing consistent about them is that the source material has absolutely no bearing on the quality of the remake. That being said, I want to be clear from the outset that I’m not one of these guys who thinks that remakes are de facto bad. However,…

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Economy & Society