Newman’s theory of development shattered

In Newman’s “Essay,” at the end of Chapter 3, Section 2, he suggests that “the one essential question is whether the recognized organ of teaching, the Church herself, acting through Pope or Council as the oracle of heaven, has ever contradicted her own enunciations. If so, the hypothesis which I am advocating is at once …

The Reformation Today

My contention is that the Reformation, warts and all, was one of the greatest “moments” in human history. It brought to the foreground a Scriptural doctrine (“justification by faith alone”) that had been forgotten and buried for centuries. A lot of other things happened as well, but on balance, it was a great moment of …

Claims of “church unity” are a lie

One of the most significant, Protestant-like “divisions” in the early church may be found in the simple designations of “The School of Antioch” or “The School of Alexandria,” both of which held differing views of Scripture, and later, of the person of Christ. This manifested itself in “The Great Schism,” a schism of church governments …

The Catholic Claim of Authority

This is a slightly-edited form as comment number 681 in the “Whose Lens Are You Using” thread at Greenbaggins. In another posting, Bryan Cross said he became Catholic because “I had to choose between ecclesial deism and apostolic succession.” (From comment #635 in the above-linked thread.) This is just a false choice. Turretin described this …

The Catholic Hermeneutic

I think that more needs to be made about the shift in Catholic treatment of the Bible. The earlier treatment is found in Pius XII and Humani Generis: “theologians must always return to the sources of divine revelation: for it belongs to them to point out how the doctrine of the living Teaching Authority is …

Great Moments in Papal History

I don’t think Catholics understand what they’re defending, when they defend the papacy. Along those lines, I’ll be posting this series, “Great Moments in Papal History,” to show the character of those in office, whose legitimacy must be maintained in order to also maintain a “succession” in this “office.” This is from Norman Davies, “Europe” …

“An Examination of Roman Catholicism”

Lane Keister over at Green Baggins has posted “An Examination of Roman Catholicism,” in which he lists a few items of Catholic doctrine, a response from the Reformed Confessions, and then some scripture verses. The purpose is “to have a handy chart for easily comparing the Reformed faith with official Roman Catholic teaching on a …