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Do Ecumenical Councils Eliminate the Need for the Papacy?

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A friend asked me about an argument against Catholicism raised by Fr. Viktor Potapov, an Orthodox priest based here in D.C., in Chapter Ten of his Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy.  The argument essentially says that the early Church believed in conciliar infallibility, but that the West replaced this idea with papal infallibility.  Fr. Potapov first explains […]

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CNN’s Easter-Bashing Goes Laughably Awry

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CNN’s annual “Bash Christianity on Easter” story is crazier than usual.  This year, they ran an article entitled The Jesus Debate: Man vs. Myth. On one side were John Dominic Crossan and Bart Ehrman, who deny the physical Resurrection. On the other side, are folks like (self-proclaimed “spiritual pioneer”) Timothy Freke who go even further, and deny […]

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Three Prophesies About Christ That Couldn’t Have Been Made Up

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In the New Testament, Jesus is depicted as fulfilling numerous Old Testament Messianic prophesies.  These prophesies provide objective verification that He is Who He claims to be.  But how can we know that these things really happened?  In other words, how do we know that the New Testament writers didn’t just make up these details, […]

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Did the Gospels Evolve?

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Caravaggio, Doubting Thomas (1603) A common claim from Biblical skeptics is that the earliest New Testament Books tell a very different story than the later Books: that the story of Jesus grew with time, becoming more and more incredible, and less and less historical.  In other words, it’s the idea that the New Testament evolved from history […]

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A Catholic Trillema: Why the Church Can’t Just be a “Good Denomination”

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C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) C.S. Lewis famously argued that given what Jesus claimed about Himself, He was either Lord, liar, or lunatic — that if He wasn’t God, He couldn’t be considered merely a good man or a moral teacher. Lewis explained in Mere Christianity why this argument is important: I am trying here to prevent anyone […]

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