A. (1) Civil government ought to recognize, protect, and privilege true religion. (2) The Christian religion is the true religion. (3) Civil government ought to recognize, protect, and privilege the Christian religion. Though supported by classical pagan authors (Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, etc.), the medieval tradition, and the Reformed tradition, the major premise is the most […]Read More The Civil Defense of Christianity
I didn’t grow up Reformed, and so some of the distinctions that are made in and among Reformed churches are difficult for me to contextualize. This section is somewhat long, but it moves quickly, and I found it very helpful in sorting out “what all the discussions were about” during the Reformed “High Orthodox” period […]Read More Debate and Polemic, Within and Without the “High Orthodox”
Man is created for worship. And if he will not worship the one true God, he will find something else to worship. “Atheists”, “deists”, “practical atheists”, even followers of ancient Hermes all found something to hold onto with the resurgence of the various “reappropriations” of classical philosophies. In some respects, it was the second century […]Read More Philosophies that didn’t help: Philosophical Issues and Developments in the Post-Reformation Era 2
Ever since Tertullian famously asked “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” the relationship between theology and philosophy has been full of ups and downs. And while Christianity emerged from Old Testament Judaism, in Palestine, Christianity itself entered a world that was largely Greek-speaking and “Hellenistic” – that is, one that was shaped by Greek […]Read More Fudging Aristotle: A Digression (Part 2): “’Not Informed by God’s Revelation”
I am delighted that Dean Obeidallah has graciously responded to my tweets about his recent article. Dean is concerned that the rise of Mike Hucakbee and Rick Santorum may lead to what he calls a “Christian Sharia”. And given Dean’s misunderstandings of the Bible, I can certainly see his point. After all, if you think […]Read More A Dialogue with Dean Obeidallah – U S Laws are based on the Bible!
My name, John Bugay, has some notoriety in the world of Catholic apologetics, and as a result, the word “anti-Catholic” has appeared in connection with my name in some search engines. This blog post is in response to several items that appear in conjunction with searches for my name. I am “anti-Catholic” in the sense […]Read More John Bugay on Catholicism: Some Older Blog Posts