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 …

The Development of Doctrine

There’s a lot to be said about “development.” Of course, Catholics want to lump everything under the one thing. This is the “word=concept” fallacy. Dr. William Witt, an Anglican, wrote a bit about Newman and development, and here he defines here identifies two different kinds of development. He cites Mozley, who accuses Newman of using …

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 …

A word about method

At another place where I am a frequent commenter, the host, Jason Stellman, suggests that we should ask the following question: Should we Protestants, whether Lutheran or Calvinistic, be playing the antiquity game in the first place? Or should we be more consistetly Sola Scriptura? I absolutely believe that Protestants should be in the business …