Advent, Incarnation, and Visibility

Advent, Incarnation, and Visibility

Since the season of advent is right around the corner, I thought I’d offer a personal reflection on the Incarnation from a newly Catholic perspective, as well as suggest areas where I think Catholicism exhibits the dynamic of the Incarnation more faithfully than Protestantism does. Consider first the realm of ecclesiology (which is related to Christology most obviously because the Church is the Body of Christ). In Protestantism, there is...

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ECFs vs. WCF, Part 2

ECFs vs. WCF, Part 2

In response to those who have insisted that the dogma of transubstantiation is an illegitimate importation of medieval metaphysics into the teachings of the early church fathers (who denied that the substance of the bread and wine are changed into the very body and blood of Christ), I would adduce the following passages: For not as common bread nor common drink do we receive these; but since Jesus Christ our Savior was made incarnate by the word...

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New Passover for a New Exodus

New Passover for a New Exodus

Continuing our series on the Eucharist, Catholics understand Jesus to be a new Moses, and what kind of new Moses would he be if he did not inaugurate a new Exodus? And of course, what was it that launched the first Exodus but the celebration of the Passover? A new Exodus under the leadership of a new Moses, then, calls for a new Passover to kick things off. St. Paul clearly understood this typology. He wrote to the Corinthians in his first...

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A Once-For-All Perpetual Offering?

A Once-For-All Perpetual Offering?

I had initially begun this as a comment to someone who brought up the once-for-all nature of Christ’s sacrifice in the comments in the previous thread, but then I decided to turn it into a full-on post. Since the book of Hebrews was alluded to (and indeed must be when we’re discussing the idea of sacrifice), here are a few passages I’d like to consider: Now the main point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high...

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Cup and Cross, Supper and Sacrifice

Cup and Cross, Supper and Sacrifice

Having considered the crucifixion as forewarned by Jesus and preached by the apostles, the next step in our consideration is a bit murky and difficult to determine. Habit would suggest that we just immediately jump from Acts to Paul, although Paul doesn’t really offer much of an extended treatment of the crucifixion (he focuses more on the grace that the cross unleashed than on what exactly was happening there). If not Paul, then the next...

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You Are What You Eat

As many people my age or a little older have been catechized to believe, You Are What You Eat. And oddly enough, what those old animated PSAs from ABC’s Saturday morning line-up taught us is remarkably consistent with the apostle Paul’s teaching on the Lord’s Supper. Who says watching secular cartoons can’t feed the soul? In I Corinthians 10 Paul is seeking to dissuade his readers from idolatry by explaining to them that eating an...

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