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Are Catholics “Born Again”?

Long before Evangelicals were calling themselves “Born Again Christians” in the twentieth century, Catholics were referring to themselves that way.  For example, the Latin name “Renatus” (the root of names like RenĂ©e) means “Born Again” – that is, the notion of being born again was significant enough that parents wanted to name their kids after it. Interestingly, […]

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An Early Church Father Worth Knowing: Optatus of Milevis

I. Who Optatus of Milevis Was Prior to last week, I’d never heard of St. Optatus, the bishop of Milevis in the middle-300s.  I’m not alone: the  preface to the 1917 translation of Against the Donatists, the only work of his we still have, calls him “perhaps the least known of all the Fathers of the Church.”  As […]

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Proving Too Much, Part II

I came across one of David Green’s opponents — a friendly seeming young guy named Brian — defending the notion of historic Christianity against innovations like hyper-Preterism. I asked him, more or less, what I posed in yesterday’s post: how can you reject theological novelties like hyper-Preterism on the basis that they are novelties, without […]

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What John’s Baptism Teaches Us About the Sacraments

This upcoming Sunday, we’ll hear that John the Baptist went throughout the “whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Luke 3:3). I’m curious as to how Protestants distinguish their own views of water Baptisms from the Baptism of John. In any case, even Protestants who think that […]

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