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
Last night I had dinner with Jaison Jacob - a Calvinist friend living and studying at Moore Theological College. The discussion turned to matters surrounding the bible - something that I was hoping to avoid because we always go in circles on this issue and never get anywhere. However to my surprise, Jaison was able … Continue reading Revisiting Sola Scriptura
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?
Thought experiment: You go to heaven but your family goes to Hell. How do you feel? Option 1, The "traditional" option: Nothing can subtract from the joy of heaven, so you experience a sadistic pleasure as you watch your family burn. You rejoice at God's justice and glory, crying tears of ecstatic joy as you … Continue reading Holy Saturday and the Unquenchable Love of the Latter Day Saints
(Go to part 1 - "Agnostic to Christian") Dawn of a New Day I woke up the day after my conversion and was full of zeal to read the bible. The Valium that my stepfather had given me the previous night was obviously only a quick fix and not a long term solution to my … Continue reading Testimony – Christian to Catholic
"If any one saith, that he will for certain, of an absolute and infallible certainty, have that great gift of perseverance unto the end,-unless he have learned this by special revelation; let him be anathema." Thus reads the sixteenth canon of the sixth session of the Council of Trent. To my knowledge, this is the … Continue reading An Anathema Against Assurance
One of the complaints that Catholics commonly throw at Protestants is that their doctrine of "Private Interpretation" leads to doctrinal anarchy: When you're doing theology with a mindset of "The Bible, the Holy Spirit and Me" it's inevitably going to lead to massively inflated egos, widespread doctrinal disagreements and an intensely burning pride. What I … Continue reading Private Interpretation and the Scope of Catholic Theology