Monthly Archives: June 2012

Justification?

I’ve started phase 2 of my independent study on Paul, so I’m now thinking about “justification.” I’ve read the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification along with the Roman Catholic and Lutheran responses to it, the resulting clarifying annex … Continue reading

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A Catholic’s Perception of an Orthodox View of Paul, informed by Certain Homilies by St. John Chrysostom

Based on some prior familiarity with the Eastern Orthodox tradition, the relatively small bit of reading I’ve done in the Orthodox Study Bible (and reviews thereof), and several of the homilies of St. Chrysostom, I venture a response to the … Continue reading

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Chrysostom on theocracy

“For Christians above all men are forbidden to correct the stumblings of sinners by force…it is necessary to make a man better not by force but by persuasion. We neither have authority granted us by law to restrain sinners, nor, … Continue reading

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Weeping, Lamentation, and Hope

At the end of his post on praying with the psalms in times of sorrow, Richard Beck articulates (one of the reasons) why I cry at church: Because, like I said above, I’ve seen how these psalms of praise are … Continue reading

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Natural Rights and the Medieval Church

Various times over the past few years, I’ve heard it claimed that the idea of human rights arose from Christianity, but never from what you might call an unbiased source, and never with any details. So I was interested to … Continue reading

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Statement by the CMSM

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) is the counterpart body of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). CMSM has the same status in canon law for vowed religious men (monks, brothers, some priests) that LCWR has for … Continue reading

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“Product identity”? Seriously?

If anything, [the Farley case] collaterally gives another example of why this LCWR assessment is taking place. Too many people crossing the LCWR screen who are supposedly representing the Catholic church aren’t representing the church with any reasonable sense of … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Romans

This is clearly a very carefully structured and intertextual letter. It reminded me a bit of a prose version of Isaiah: just the type of thing that is dangerous to quote bits of out of context, which is mostly how … Continue reading

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Beyond the bumper stickers

A thoughtful and helpful column from a UCC pastor whose background is Roman Catholic, directed primarily towards her Protestant sisters and brothers who don’t have much experience with or knowledge about Catholic religious orders. I especially appreciated her comparison of … Continue reading

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Impressions from Paul’s letters to the Galatians, Philippians, Corinthians, and Philemon

My overall impression from reading these letters is that Paul was a man of strong feelings, rhetorical skill, and an overriding passion for the gospel that was laced throughout with joy; and that the church of Paul’s time was anything … Continue reading

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