Don’t Pity the Fool

Don’t Pity the Fool

Despite having become something of a douche in the past 15 years or so, any honest and knowledgable music fan must admit that one of the best, most talented, and most musically diverse singer/songwriters of the 1980’s was (wait for it, wait for it) . . . Sting, whose Dream of the Blue Turtles  (1985) and Nothing Like the Sun  (1987) were nothing short of brilliant. My favorite song on the latter is “History Will Teach Us...

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On Selective Skepticism

On Selective Skepticism

So after a few posts and several hundred comments, here’s where we are with respect to the Protestant position on the nature of the church: Jesus founded a church that had no visible, laying-on-of-hands apostolic succession and no infallibility, but only an invisible succession of apostolic doctrine which was to be fallibly identified and understood. Now if there had  been a visible episcopal succession that had been protected from error...

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Some Thoughts on the Tu Quoque

As those of you who follow Catholic/Protestant dialogue surely know, there’s a lot of debate that surrounds what is called “the tu quoque.” Here’s how it works: a Catholic will accuse a Protestant of not submitting in any meaningful sense to ecclesiastical authority since he chose his church based solely on its agreement with his own interpretation of Scripture. “At the end of the day,” the Catholic says, “all you’re doing is...

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Tongues and Popes, Is-es and Oughts

You know how sometimes someone articulates something that is just so incredibly and profoundly helpful that you immediately realize that you will be benefiting from it for the rest of your life, as well as being forever in the debt of the one who enlightened you? Well hold on to your seats, because I’m about to bust out a little nugget of wisdom that you can take to the bank, and it’ll pay off every time: There’s a difference between an...

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Abraham’s True Sons, Alexandria’s True Bishops

The other day I was directed to a fascinating discussion on the Puritan Board (which I’ve subsequently joined) on the topic of Sola Scriptura. The thread was started because one of the members was being challenged by a friend who had been investigating Catholic and Orthodox theology and began challenging him about whether the Bible and the early church fathers teach that Scripture is the believer’s sole authority on matters of...

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Apostles and Early Fathers: Who Were the Real Morons?

Since Mark Shea’s book By What Authority? founds its way into the conversation, I thought I’d clear up what I believe his point to have been, as well as put forth a question to him (or to anyone who feels like trying to answer it). Shea draws his readers’ attention to the way that evangelicals respond to the work of the Jesus Seminar, saying that evangelicalism is certainly correct in highlighting the absurdity of the idea...

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