Daniel and the Universal Kingdom

Daniel and the Universal Kingdom

Daniel 2 contains a fascinating prophecy which speaks of God’s plan to set up a Kingdom upon earth that is not of human origin and will come to cover the whole earth. Christians as far back as the Early Church Fathers have interpreted this prophecy as referring to the Catholic Church being established by Christ, expanding all over the world, and lasting forever. After reflecting upon the prophecy, I see no other plausible interpretation. Let...

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Let’s Play Fair

Let’s Play Fair

Over at Called to Communion, Darryl Hart has once again criticized me and my pals for our conspiratorial plan to dupe humanity by waging a massive cover-up of all the Catholic Church’s misdeeds over the past 2,000 years. He wrote in a comment in this thread: What I believe to be dishonest about Jason and the Callers is the partial evidence they give for the truth of Roman Catholicism, and the neglect of those historical realities that...

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Stuff I Don’t Like That Much: Catholicism Edition

Stuff I Don’t Like That Much: Catholicism Edition

D.G. Hart, this one’s for you. . . . Most of you won’t know this, but Darryl and I kind of used to be pals (in a professor/student kind of way, of course). He was my faculty advisor at Westminster, and he oversaw my work on a directed research project examining Calvin and Edwards on the issue of assurance (a project for which I not only earned an A, but which Darryl described as an “impressive study” [hey, turns out that...

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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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Apostolic Succession: A Minimalist Proposal

Apostolic Succession: A Minimalist Proposal

I would like to move the recent discussion concerning apostolic succession from the “What Difference Does the Vowel Make?” thread to this one (hey, it’s nearing 500 comments and counting). In the interest of narrowing the focus, I would suggest that there are two related questions that need to be asked: (1) What historical circumstances need to have occurred in order to substantiate apostolic succession?, and (2) What...

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