Skip to comments.Catholic Word of the Day: IMMANENTIST APOLOGETICS, 01-29-14
Posted on 01/29/2014 7:02:45 AM PST by Salvation
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A method of establishing the credibility of the Christian faith by appealing to the subjective satisfaction that the faith gives to a believer. This method tends to ignore, if not deny, the corresponding value of objective criteria for accepting divine revelation, notably miracles and prophecies. The latter alone are finally demonstrative of the fact of revelation. Therefore immanentist apologetics runs the danger of leaving Christians with purely personal motives for their faith and without intellectually convincing grounds as to why they believe.
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I am a loyal and faithful Catholic. I attend Mass every week, I am a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and a volunteer in my Church, but that does not make an a mindless drone who never questions anything. Here some areas where I disagree with the Church:
1) Mandatory priestly celibacy. There is no such requirement for it ever mentioned in the Bible, not in the Old Testament, not in the New Testament, not in the Gospels. It was not something that came about until the Middle Ages, used as a tool to root out corruption in the Church, primarily nepotism.
2) Papal Infallibility: Let the current Pope’s most recent comments on economic policy serve as a reminder that even popes make mistakes from time to time.
3) The Virgin Mary: Not always a virgin her ENTIRE life. She was happily married and Mary and Joseph did have other children after Jesus was born. His brothers and sisters are mentioned in the Bible. And there is no scriptural basis that Mary herself was conceived in an Immaculate Conception as some Catholics believe.
We Catholics have the right to practice our faith and make our rules. But we do not have the right to re-write history or re-write the Bible.
Straight from the Bible:
Mt 16:18-19 ... Jesus gives Peter primacy: rock, keys, binding and loosing.
Is 22:22; Rev 1:18 ... keys as symbol of authority.
Jn 21:17 ... feed my sheep
Mt 10:1-4; Mk 3:16-19; Lk 6:14-16; Acts 1:13; Lk 9:32 ... Peter always mentioned first, as foremost apostle.
Mt 18:21; Mk 8:29; Lk 12:41; Jn 6:68-69 ... Peter speaks for the apostles.
Acts 2:14-40 ... Pentecost: Peter who first preached.
Acts 3:6-7 ... Peter worked first healing.
Acts 10:46-48 ... Gentiles to be baptized revealed to Peter.
Jn 1:42 ... Simon is Cephas (Aramaic: Kepha for rock).
Lk 22:31-32 ... Simon ... strengthen your brethren.
Lk 10:1-2, 16; Jn 13:20; 2 Cor 5:20; Gal 4:14; Acts 5:1-5 ... vicars (substitutes) of Christ.
Mk 6:20; Lk 1:70,2:23;
Rom 12:1; Act 3:21, 1 Cor 7:14; Eph 3:5; Col 1:22 ... humans can be holy (call no one holy).
Again straight from the Bible:
Acts 1:15-26; 2 Tim 2:2; Tit 1:5 ...unbroken succession. Acts 15:6,23; Acts 14:23; 1 Tim 4:14, 5:22; 1 Tim 5:17; Jas 5:13-15 ... presbyters/elders (priests) were ordained, preached and taught the flock, administered sacraments.
Jn 8:56; Lk 16:24; Rom 4:1,16-18; 1 Cor 4:14-15; Acts 7:2; 1 Thess 2:11; 1 Jn 2:13-14 ... call no one father?
1 Cor 7:7-9 ... Paul unmarried.
Mt 19:12; 1 Cor 7:32-33, 1 Tim 4:11-12 ... celibacy.
Gen 14:18; Ps 110:4; Heb 7:1-17 ... Melchizedek.
1 Cor 12 ... different roles of members of body.
Again, straight from the Bible so you can believe:
Gen 5:24; Heb 11:5; 2 Kings 2:1-13 ... Enoch and Elijah taken to heaven.
Lk 1:28 ... annunciation.
Lk 1:42-48 ... blessed among women. All generations shall call her blessed.
2 Tim 4:8, Jas 1:12, 1 Pet 5:4, Rev 2:10 ... coronation awaits saints.
Jn 2:1-5 ... Marys intercession.
Rather than a machine gun approach, let’s review each and every passage in context to see if it supports your position. Do one at a time. Start with mandatory priestly celibacy. Show me ONE passage in the Bible which requires celibacy as a condition for serving in the priesthood and we’ll take it from there.
Priestly celibacy is a discipline not a dogma or doctrine. It’s merely something the Church decided was a better practice. There are, in fact, married Catholic priests today.
I forgot to mention that papal infallibility does not apply to every statement that the pope makes or even his official writings. In fact there are very few such infallible decrees in the history of the Church.
Yes. Agreed. Mandatory priestly celibacy has NOTHING to do with anything which can be found in the Bible. In fact priests were married men in the Bible.
Yes, agreed. Popes are human too. Therefore all are sinners and subject to human error just like the rest of us.
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