Part II – Understanding Christ’s Cry of Abandonment

Part II – Understanding Christ’s Cry of Abandonment

In response to the last post (Understanding Christ’s Cry of Abandonment), I have been asked about Pope Saint John Paul’s II comment on Christ’s cry, taken from one his Encyclical On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering: One can say that these words on abandonment are born at the level of that inseparable union of the Son with the Father, and are born because the Father “laid on him the iniquity of us all”. They also...

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All Law is Not Created Equal

All Law is Not Created Equal

There is no small amount of confusion in Catholic/Protestant discussions over the issue of God’s law. Protestants constantly accuse Catholics of teaching some sort of salvation by law or works, and regardless of how often or how strongly Catholics insist that they believe no such thing, the charges continue. Part of the problem, it seems to me, is that many Protestants — especially Lutherans or those Reformed who lean that way...

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On Gentile Justification and Jewish Jealousy

On Gentile Justification and Jewish Jealousy

Former Catholic Timothy Kauffman has written a couple posts about me at his new blog, Out of His Mouth  (a blog whose purpose is to “wield the sword of truth in defense of the faith, and refute the errors in which [the author] was once enslaved.” His latest article takes me to task over my “succumbing to Roman arguments about the meaning of Romans 2:13” (a charge which actually thrills me because it demonstrates that...

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Liberal Orthodoxy, Orthodox Liberalism

Liberal Orthodoxy, Orthodox Liberalism

A friend of mine was interviewed on Real Time with Bill Maher  Friday night about his new film, GMO OMG, and the segment shifted topics from Monsanto to Pope Francis. Maher, a notorious liberal opponent of right-wing Christianity, made a comment to the effect of, “It’s getting to the point where when people ask rhetorically, ‘Is the pope Catholic?’ I have to answer, ‘F**k if I know!’ Everything seems...

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On Love and Law

On Love and Law

My general thesis in our ongoing consideration of the atonement is that the cross was intended to make possible a covenantal context for grace, in which sin could be forgiven and man could be saved. My approach will be to take this basic paradigm and sort of test-drive it through the biblical data and thereby determine its explanatory value for the texts that deal with issues like salvation in general and the forgiveness of sins in...

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Calvinism, Catholicism, and the Cross of Calvary

Calvinism, Catholicism, and the Cross of Calvary

Despite media pundits and Protestant bloggers tripping over themselves to opine on (their complete misunderstandings of) Pope Francis’s recent homily, I do think his remarks provide a good springboard for discussion about what Rome and Geneva think the cross actually accomplishes. Where the Reformed get tripped up is over Francis’s use of the word “redeemed” and its application to all people, including atheists....

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