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Anti-Catholic Protestant apologist Jason Engwer, who heads the Tribal blog site, takes some shots at the Assumption of Mary in his article, Luke Against Roman Catholic Mariology (10-24-21). I respond with similar arguments, using his incessantly skeptical and cynical (two can play this game) methodology. His words will be in blue. ***** Likewise, it is …

Relic of St. Clare of Assisi; photograph by Judy Flores Partlow, 18 April 2012 [Flickr / CC BY 2.0 license] (2-18-04) 2 Kings 13:20-21 [RSV]: So Elisha died, and they buried him. Now bands of Moabites used to invade the land in the spring of the year. 21 And as a man was being buried, lo, …

Reformed Baptist anti-Catholic apologist Bishop “Dr.” [???] James White wrote a post entitled, “The Dizzying Effect of the Tiber on the Mind” (7-24-12). It was the usual potpourri (“popery”?) of 101 things where “Rome” is (so he is absolutely “sure”) mistaken and anti-biblical and blasphemous, etc., but at the end after his dizzying survey, he concentrated …

St. Peter Preaching (detail; 1426-1427), by Masolina da Panicale (1383-1447) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * * From my 2009 book, Bible Proofs for Catholic Truths (mostly just Bible passages); except that these passages are from the RSV rather than the KJV (as in the book) * * * * * AUTHORITATIVE ORAL TRADITION (INCLUDING “WORD” AND “WORD OF …

. . . of the Flesh (Sackcloth / Hair Shirts, Etc.) Saint Jerome in the Wilderness, by Pinturicchio (1454-1513). The saint spent four years in the Syrian desert as a hermit, mortifying his flesh and elevating his spirit through study [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * * (2-19-10) * * * * * * Lately, a …

(1998; Afterword: 8 February 2003) * * * * * One cannot deny the traditional Christian doctrine of hell and honestly call oneself an orthodox Christian. No mainline or self-proclaimed evangelical denomination denies this doctrine (Seventh-Day Adventists being a special case), and of course, Catholicism and Orthodoxy have always held to this belief as well. …

. . . and in Favor of Progressive Giving According to Ability * * * (2-4-09)* * * From exchanges on the Coming Home Network board (where I was moderator). * * * * * Why don’t Catholics give more to the Church? Probably because they are materialistic, like most folks (especially Americans). That’s the short, …

* * (11-25-08) * * * This came about as a result of some questions asked on the CHNI forum, from a few people who are seriously considering conversion to Catholicism.* * * * * I struggle with this and don’t know what to make of it. I hear or read Catholics make comments or …

Photo by “paterdarius” [Pixabay / CC0 public domain] *** (5-9-08) *** [all verses RSV] *** The Power of Priests to Bind and Loose (Impose Penance and Grant Absolution) Matthew 3:6 and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Matthew 18:18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall …

  Someone asked me on my Facebook page: “How come we celebrate Lent…and the word is not in Scripture?” “Lent” simply comes from Old English for “spring” (I learned that just now). “Trinity” (the word) is not in Scripture, either. Christian church buildings are not in Scripture. “Original sin” (the term) is not in Scripture (the concept is). The …

“The Arrest of Jesus”, a fresco painted between 1304 and 1306) by Giotto, in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua. (Image in the Wikimedia Commons public domain) *** But first, some Witnesses new: Some will be interested to know that the whole Witnesses film is illegally available online on a site which, for obvious reasons, I …

From my book above (2013). View book and purchase information. Passages are from KJV in the book unless otherwise noted (RSV). ***** 45-1. Is faith ever directly associated with increased righteousness, in conjunction with salvation? Romans 1:17 (KJV) For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, …

Biblical passages Some claim that the doctrine of the Eucharist is not found in the Scriptures, but this perspective is an indication of reading the biblical text through a confessional lens. The Last Supper accounts all describe Jesus as saying “this is my body, this is my blood” in Matthew 26: 17-30, Mark 14: 12-25, …

This material is from my 2013 book, Revelation! 1001 biblical answers to theological topics; except that here the passages of the Bible will be RSV. In the book, they are mainly KJV, for copyright reasons. The book was designed to answer 1001 theological questions solely from the scriptures. I have also included selected parts of …

In one of my books (Apocalypse! : 1001 biblical answers to theological questions), I used a question-and-answer format, where the answer to each question was a passage from the Bible. Here are the sections on worship: Veneration of saints and imitation of saints Does Saint Paul teach us to imitate him? Philippians 4: 8-9 (RSV) …

Mary “remained a virgin by conceiving her Son, virgin in giving birth, virgin in carrying him, virgin in nourishing him with her breast, always virgin” (CCC 510) Once upon a time, almost no Christian denied that Mary the mother of Jesus was a perpetually virgin: Protestants included. Among the early leaders of this movement, virtually …

Catholics believe in Jesus Christ and his all-sufficient saving work on the cross (ours to be received by grace alone), just as Protestants do. We only deny an extreme position of Faith Alone. Saint Paul contrasts grace and / or faith with the works of Scripture, only in one particular sense: the “works” of Jewish …

God became man (Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior). The incarnation was the event in salvation history that raised matter to heights never before unknown. All created matter was “good” from the start (Gn 1,25), but was “glorified” by the incarnation. Ritual and “physicality” were not abolished by the coming of Christ. Quite the contrary: …

By analogy, the biblical accounts of “apparitions” or of visions or dreams of deceased persons are of the same essential nature as a Marian apparition. Angels (i.e. also creatures like men) could also be included in such a survey, but the stories of angels are relatively well known, and for the sake of analogy and …

Confirmation (1712), by Giuseppe Crespi (1665-1747) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (5-6-08) *** [all passages: RSV] *** THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ON PEOPLE Wisdom 9:17 Who has learned your counsel, unless you have given wisdom and sent your holy Spirit from on high? Matthew 3:16 And when Jesus was baptized, he immediately …

The Ebla clay tablets provided researchers with a wealth of information on cultural practices and myths, court affairs, ancient languages, foreign and domestic affairs and policies of the ancient city of Ebla between 2500 BC and the destruction of the site in 2250 BC. In addition, these clay tablets provide key evidence of controversial Bible …

Russian icon of Saint Paul / Apostle Paul (1550) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] ***** [slightly modified excerpt from my book, A Biblical Defense of Catholicism] *** [For a brief historical explanation of this vexed issue of the Protestant Revolt (aka “Reformation”): see: Catholic Indulgences: History & Myths.] *** Biblical evidence of indulgences Matthew 16:19 [RSV] …

From my notes for The Catholic Answer Bible [later expanded as The New Catholic Answer Bible] (Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor, 2002): The Catholic Church teaches that a valid sacramental marriage between two baptized Christians is permanent or indissoluble. No power on earth can dissolve it. This is based on the explicit teaching of Jesus. …

1 Samuel 28: 12-15 When the woman saw Samuelshe cried in a loud voice; and the woman said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul. [13] The king said to him: “Do not be afraid; What do you see? “And the woman said to Saul,” I see a god coming up out …

. . . by reference to texts on the omniscient attributes of God the Father Christ Pantocrator mosaic (13th century) in Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]** [all Bible passages: RSV] * * * God knows what is in the hearts of men * God the Father * 1 Samuel 16: 7 …

In Korea, we can easily see the people who approach us with The Watchtower and Awake magazines. They are called Jehovah’s Witnesses. Socially, TJs are best known for their practices of refusing to: (1) serve in the military; (2) salute the flag; (3) to celebrate Christmas, birthdays or other holidays; and (4) give or accept …

Ellen G. White (1827-1915) and James White (1821-1881): Founders of Seventh-day Adventism [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] * * * I was in a Facebook discussion with Seventh-day Adventists about their view that worship takes place properly on the Sabbath (Saturday) and not Sunday. I provided a link to a collection of links on the …

The confession (1838), by Giuseppe Molteni (1800-1867) [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license] * * * * * One technique or method I have found during my apologetics is to answer questions about theology with biblical passages only, in order to demonstrate how intensely “biblical” Catholic teaching is. Regarding this particular issue, Catholics are …

. . . vs. “Traditions of men” Jesus appearing to the disciples after his resurrection (1308-1311), by Duccio (1260-1318) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] (6-23-11) Matthew 15: 3 He answered them: “And why transgress God’s command for the love of your tradition? “ Matthew 15: 6 So for the sake of your tradition, you made the …

For example, the pillars of cloud and fire and the burning bush Joshua crossing the Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant (1800), by Benjamin West (1738-1820) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] (6-24-11) * * * * * Sometimes we miss things in the Bible even though they are right in front of us. Some …