All I Really Want… is Some Peace, Man!

All I Really Want… is Some Peace, Man!

In response to Pope Francis’s clearly biblically-illterate statements in his recent homily, online skeptic Darryl Hart courageously asks: I wonder in what part of the Bible you would read a statement like this from Pope Francis (yesterday): . “The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of...

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Christianity and Protestantism

Christianity and Protestantism

As I mentioned a couple posts ago, every now and then I hope to shift gears a bit and write from a more personal perspective about what becoming a Catholic has been like, and how Protestantism appears now that it is in my rearview mirror. One thing I have begun to notice — especially after starting to fall in love with G.K. Chesterton about five years ago — is how practically and ecclesiologically atheistic Protestantism seems from a...

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Thou Shalt Not Commit [Yawn…] Adultery

In his Letter to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris next turns his sights on the supposed indispensibility of the Decalogue for shaping a nation’s moral character. He notes that the first four commandments “have nothing whatsoever to do with morality,” but rather forbid all non-Judeo-Christian expressions of worship (on pain of death, he adds). Commandments 5-9 do address morality, Harris concedes, but he then expresses doubt about...

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WWMLKD?

Sam Harris needs a good, confessional, two-kingdoms suckerpunch (given in the love of Christ, of course). With every page I read of his Letter to a Christian Nation, the more I wish I could spend some time with him to administer that, umm, corrective myself. The next section of his book deals with ethics. He remarks that “the idea that the Bible is a perfect guide to morality is astounding, given the contents of the book.” He then...

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Can Harris Habeas the Corpus Christi?

As we continue to consider Sam Harris’s attempt to “demolish the intellectual and moral pretensions of Christianity” in his book Letter to a Christian Nation, we come now to a glaring flaw in his argument. Part of the problem is that Harris is confused about whom he is attacking, as should be apparent when he writes: “Consider: every devout Muslim has the same reasons for being a Muslim that you have for being a...

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