Month: July 2013

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Hey, Hays, Kansas!

St. Paul in Athens (19th c.) I’m coming your way today! I’m giving a talk tonight on “The Digital Town Square: How Social Media is Changing the Face of Catholicism.” Here’s the description that was in the bulletin: “Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery blogger and Seminarian for the Archdiocese of KC, discusses how the internet enables […]

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The Single Best Argument Against Philosophical Materialism?

Robert Ritchie, commenting on Wednesday’s post refuting philosophical materialism, raised another important line of argumentation: that we can see that philosophical materialism is false because of “the reliability of our cognitive functions.” Ritchie described the argument as “exceedingly powerful,” and “for my money, is the best single argument against materialism.” I’ll let you be the judge […]

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Have You Wept Over the Death of Immigrants?

Last week, Pope Francis visited the small Sicilian island of Lampedusa, a crossing-over point for immigrantscoming from northern Africa to Europe. He went to mourn the deaths of an estimated 20,000 migrants who have crossed over. These individuals were mostly Muslims who were crossing into Europe illegally, and their deaths were largely ignored. The pope’s trip […]

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Why Non-Christians Should Read Lumen Fidei

On Friday, Pope Francis released his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, which means “The Light of Faith.” Even though the encyclical is addressed to “the bishops, priests, and deacons, consecrated persons, and the lay faithful,” I hope that non-Christians will read it as well. Why? Because Francis explains in stark terms the differences in how “faith” […]

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“Once Saved, Always Saved” and Three Cups of Tea: Cup 3

This is the third (and final) part of a three-part guest post by David Bates of the blog Restless Pilgrim, on the topic of the doctrine of eternal security, better known as “Once Saved, Always Saved”: In the last two blog posts I critiqued the Scripture interpretations of Mack, a commentator on my Once Saved, Always Saved post. Mack had responded […]

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