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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • ‘Straight, Christian’ Pretended to be Gay For a Year

    10/16/2012 7:56:47 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 30 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 16, 2012 | JP
    I don’t believe Timothy Kurek. He’s the alleged Christian, alleged heterosexual who told ABC News he spent a year “pretending” to be gay. Why did the 26-year-old Nashville man, a graduate of Liberty University (the so-called evangelical “West Point”) decide to go undercover? Because, he said, he wanted to “walk in the shoes” of a homosexual. So Kurek went all in. He “came out” as gay to all his family and friends. He got a job in a gay café. He hung out at a gay bar. He joined a gay softball league. He even got a gay bud of...
  • Farewell to the American Protestant Majority

    10/15/2012 4:41:39 PM PDT · by rhema · 19 replies
    Moore to the Point ^ | 10/9/12 | Russell Moore
    According to a new study by the Pew Forum, Protestants are, for the first time in history, not a majority in the United States of America. I don’t think that’s anything for evangelical Protestants, or anyone else, to panic about. Several years ago, I pointed out here that studies were showing a declining Protestant majority, and projections were being made for this very reality. Now, the surveys says we have a 48 percent plurality of Protestants. I wasn’t frantic about that several years ago, and I’m still not. When working toward our “God and country” badges, my childhood Boy Scout...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ARCA, 10-15-12

    10/15/2012 9:03:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 10-15-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ARCA A box in which the Eucharist was kept by the early Christians in their homes. It was also a chest for the safekeeping of church moneys, endowment funds for churches, schools, or other pious uses. The term is now used to describe the investments for some ecclesiastical purpose, e.g., arca seminarii, seminary fund. (Etym. Latin arca, chest, coffer.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Following the Truth: Attention Catholics,Time To Get Serious About Evangelization! (Year of Faith)

    10/14/2012 7:19:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | Sep 19th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Attention Catholics…It’s Time To Get Serious About Evangelization! Sep 19th, 2012 by Gary Zimak.  “The task of preaching, teaching, growing and living the Catholic faith in our time, in this country, belongs to you and me. No one else can do it.” (Archbishop Charles Chaput at the Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Sept. 18,2012)On October 11, 2012 we officially begin the celebration of the Year of Faith, as promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei. The Holy Father has declared that the Year of Faith is “a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to...
  • What does Heaven Cost? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 28th Sunday of the Year

    10/14/2012 2:24:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 13, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Gospel today invites us to wrestle with fundamental, essential, and focal questions, What does heaven cost? And, Am I willing to pay it?I. Problematic Pondering. A man asks Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”Now, his question is a good one, but it is problematic, because he couches it in terms of his own personal power and achievement. For, he wonders what he, himself, must do to attain eternal life.The problem is, none of us have the holiness or the spiritual wealth or power to attain heaven based merely on what we do. The kind...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Defections From the Catholic Church

    10/14/2012 6:20:30 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Defections From the Catholic Church 1243. How many were the major forms of defection from the Catholic Church since the time of the Apostles? As a general estimate, I would say seven, namely, Gnosticism, Manichaeism, Arianism, Nestorianism, Eutychianism, Greek Orthodoxy, and Protestantism. I have given them in the order of their appearance on the stage of history. 1244. What was the principle cause of desertion in each case? That is a very comprehensive question, and I can but give here a general answer. In each case the dissident movement began either in a denial of the teachings of the Catholic...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LIGHT, 10-13-12

    10/13/2012 10:23:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 10-13-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LIGHT In revelation and sacred doctrine, a source of understanding or of insight into the truth. It may be either the truth itself, which enlightens the mind about what God wants human beings to know; or the inward supernatural power that enables the mind to grasp what is beyond its native capacity to understand; or the assistance of grace to help dispel the darkness induce by sinful passion that tends to prevent the intellect from seeing the things of God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MOTIVE, 10-12-12

    10/12/2012 9:14:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 10-12-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MOTIVE A conscious good that incites a rational being to perform some action. It is a motive of assent when the intellect is moved to make a judgment, and the motive of consent when the will is moved to make a decision. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • An ‘Error Message’ on the Screen of Western Civ (RTS Chancellor on the importance of a work ethic)

    10/12/2012 6:08:35 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 11 replies
    Reformed Theological Seminary ^ | 12/31/2011 | Dr. Michael Milton
    An ‘Error Message’ on the Screen of Western Civ? The Most Important Question Facing us in 2012 is more than an Election The most important question of the coming year is not “who will be the next occupant of the White House?” The single most important matter before us all is a question of value. It is a question that may be stated, “Will the Western world embrace the very thing that holds it together. Or will it continue the denial of the obvious and seal its inevitable decline?” Let me explain. In historiography – the study of history –...
  • What St. Paul’s example as both believer and Bishop can teach us about authority

    10/11/2012 1:41:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 10, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the readings for daily Mass the past few days we have been reviewing the faith journey of St. Paul who describes his personal history and also his authority in the second chapter of the Letter to the Galatians. The story is interesting for three reasons. It can help correct notions that some have of PaulÂ’s rapid assent to the office of apostle (Bishop) and affirm that he was not a lone-ranger apostle. He was a man who was formed in the community of the Church for some length of time, and did not go on Mission until he was...
  • The State-Sponsored Fairy Tale

    10/11/2012 12:48:23 PM PDT · by Guido2012 · 35 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 10/11/12 | Tony Caruso
    Evolution is the proverbial big lie. It is told over and over again by government bureaucrats, teachers, scientists, university professors, news anchors, and others who should know better. It remains unchallenged in the public arena because no dissent is permitted to this state religion. Like most government lies, particularly those it tells school children in order to perpetuate Marxism into the next generation, the theory of evolution enjoys near-sacred politically correct status. It is not to be questioned. Those who do so will be scorned by the establishment as uneducated zealots, marginalized as pariahs in the world of political discourse,...
  • Request for Calvinists to help "Freep" a "Two Kingdoms" blog opposing Christian pastors in politics

    10/11/2012 11:27:52 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 19 replies
    Presbyterian Blues ^ | 10/11/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    Fellow Calvinists on the Great Reformed Ping List, I need some help. Go to this website, run by a lawyer who is also an Orthodox Presbyterian elder, and you'll see what is being advocated by prominent people in Calvinist circles today who are seriously arguing not only that the church ought to steer clear from political positions but also that Christians ought not to use their Bibles when they enter the civil realm.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALUMBRADOS, 10-11-12

    10/11/2012 9:18:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 10-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALUMBRADOS A loosely organized group of spiritual persons in sixteenth-century Spain, condemned many times by the Inquisition, who taught that once a person attains the vision of God's essence in this life he can dispense with all external means of sanctification. Vocal prayer, the use of the sacraments, the practice of justice and charity, penance and bodily mortification become unnecessary. Perfect souls need give themselves only to mental prayer and ecstatic contemplation, which unite them so intimately with God that they lose personal liberty and individuality. In the state of perfection a man becomes incapable of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CONCORDAT, 10-10-12

    10/10/2012 11:40:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 10-10-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CONCORDAT An official agreement between the Pope, in his spiritual capacity as visible head of the Catholic Church, and the temporal authority of a state. Commonly accepted as a contract between Church and State, it is a treaty governed by international laws and has been used by the Holy See since the early Middle Ages. The earliest agreement called such was the Concordat of Worms (1122), by which Pope Calixtus II and Emperor Henry V (1081-1125) put an end to the struggle over lay investiture. the best known in modern times was the Lateran Treaty of...
  • Why We Can't Go Back...

    10/09/2012 4:45:24 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 7 replies
    The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh. The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.(Isaiah 24:7-12)I...
  • Christian Apologist 'Eastwooding' After Richard Dawkins Refuses Debate (On the Existence of God)

    10/09/2012 12:47:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/09/2012 | By Michael Gryboski
    A video of a Californian Christian apologist who "Eastwooded" atheist author Richard Dawkins in response to Dawkins' refusal to debate him over the existence of God will soon be posted to YouTube. The video features Dr. William Lane Craig, a research professor of Philosophy and the New Testament at the Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, delivering remarks at Contending with Christianity's Critics Conference held at Watermark Community Church in Dallas on Sept. 29. During his remarks, Craig places an empty chair opposite his podium and has a dialogue with it, a la Clint Eastwood's much talked about speech...

    10/08/2012 10:01:54 AM PDT · by truthxchange · 3 replies ^ | October 8, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Christians: Culture Warts or Faithful Servants? (Part I) According to recent polls, most young people “have graded Christianity, and so far, the grades aren’t looking good.” Young believers do not want the name “Christian” because of “the baggage that accompanies the label.” We all have baggage, but there is something very fishy going on here. Why is the most ethical, humane movement in two thousand years of Western history now covered in abject shame? Christianity has become “unchristian.” Much of the malaise of the young is due to the culture’s intimidating opposition to the biblical world and life view, which...
  • Official Vatican Newspaper Criticizes 'Prometheus' for 'Mishandling' Delicate Questions

    10/08/2012 9:40:50 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 09/24/2012 | Eric J. Lyman
    ROME – The Vatican’s official newspaper attacked Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, taking issue with the film’s premise about the origins of mankind and saying it is “a bad idea to defy the gods.” The film, which opened in Italy Sept. 14, stars Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Charlize Theron in a story about a team of explorers seeking to understand the origins of mankind on earth after discovering a series of clues left behind by ancient civilizations. The science fiction thriller has performed well in a relatively weak box office period in Italy, taking in €1 million ($1.3 million) last weekend,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GREED, 10-08-12

    10/08/2012 8:32:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 10-08-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):GREED Avarice or cupidity. It implies a controlling passion for wealth or possessions and suggests not so much a strong as an inordinate desire and is commonly associated with the lust for power. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Election and Lordship (Dispensational)

    10/06/2012 6:57:34 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 1 replies
    THINGS TO COME, A Journal of Biblical Literature | October, 1895 | Dr. Sir Robert Anderson