The Singular Divine Sacrament In this post I will examine what makes a sacrament "valid", under the assumptions of the Lutheran Sola Fide. Firstly, according to the Lutheran Sola Fide, there is in actual fact only one single sacrament: The preaching of the Gospel promise. This sacramental promise is effective ex opere operato in the … Continue reading Sacramental Validity Under Sola Fide and According to the Gospel Promise
Proof 0. A. Only God is uncreated and everything that is not God is created by God (Assumption) 0. B. God is not logic (Assumption) 1. A. God created logic and determines how it operates (Implication of 0A and 0B) 1. B. God is prior to logic and not bound by it (Implication of 1A) … Continue reading Deductive Proof of Incarnation and Pluralism
In the previous post, we saw how pure reason, unaided by revelation, is able to arrive at an understanding of God which approximates the classical Christian presentation of the Trinity. In that article I used the words "Father", "Son" and "Spirit" to refer to the three hypostases out of habit, however this was something of … Continue reading Simplicity and Trinitarianism
Mark 7:1-13 RSV-CE 7 Now when the Pharisees gathered together to him, with some of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem, 2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they wash their hands, observing the tradition of the elders; 4 and … Continue reading What is Catholic Tradition?
Hello Father, I hope this email finds you well. I've been thinking about apophatic approaches to God a lot over the past few years, and I've arrived at some interesting conclusions. I know from reading your blog that you are a fan of apophatic mystery and so I thought I'd run it all by you … Continue reading Apophaticism and Transcendence