Bible

The Feast that is the Sacraments

"Supper at Emmaus" (detail) by Caravaggio

Four elements stand out in the traditional Catholic doctrine of what a sacrament is. Fundamentalism is suspicious of all four. A sacrament is “a sign that effects what it signifies, instituted by Christ to give grace.” 1. Sacraments are signs and symbols. Fundamentalism is temperamentally wary of symbolism. It has a plain, “no-nonsense” mentality. Symbols are too poetic for its […]

Whose Bible is it, anyway?

"St. Jerome Writing" (detail) by Caravaggio

We needn’t be bitter in defending our beliefs. Even though many fundamentalists think the Catholic Church is under the control of Satan and all or most Catholics are headed for hell, not all think that—and we shouldn’t think the same of them. However narrow-minded their faith often is, it’s also usually genuine, both in personal sincerity and in basic Christian […]

Why We Need the Sacraments

"Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Perugino

Four elements stand out in the traditional Catholic doctrine of what a sacrament is. Fundamentalism is suspicious of all four. A sacrament is “a sign that effects what it signifies, instituted by Christ to give grace.” 1. Sacraments are signs and symbols. Fundamentalism is temperamentally wary of symbolism. It has a plain, “no-nonsense” mentality. Symbols are too poetic for its […]

Twelve Surprises About Catholicism and Evangelicalism

"Christ in Gethsemane" (detail) by Heinrich Hofmann

Over the past dozen years I’ve had the amazing and accidental opportunity to do something few Christians get to do: dive deeply into both the Catholic and Evangelical worlds.  That experience has been enlightening, confusing, encouraging, frustrating and inspiring all at once.  As a result, I’ve arrived at 12 realizations that surprised me about each side of Christianity, and the […]

Reading David and Goliath in the Four Senses of Scripture

"David and Goliath" (detail) by Guillaime Courtois

Reading the Holy Scriptures in the modern age is a more daunting task than might be supposed considering the cacophony of educators cheerleading for the false success of a wholly corrupted educational system. The modern school promotes a false sense of literacy more transparent than the Emperor’s new clothes when held up to time honored understandings of literacy and the […]

The Bible Lady and Angels in Scripture

Do you know the Bible Lady and her wonderful work with Catholic Scripture Study International?  Gail Buckley is a remarkable woman who is deeply passionate about sharing the power of Scripture with the world.  Her energy is amazing and her passion for Christ and the Church are inspiring. She is the Founder and President of Catholic Scripture Study International, the […]

Dr. Peter Kreeft on the Need for Sacraments

"The Last Supper" (detail) - by Da Vinci

Four elements stand out in the traditional Catholic doctrine of what a sacrament is. Fundamentalism is suspicious of all four. A sacrament is “a sign that effects what it signifies, instituted by Christ to give grace.” 1. Sacraments are signs and symbols. Fundamentalism is temperamentally wary of symbolism. It has a plain, “no-nonsense” mentality. Symbols are too poetic for its […]

Who’s in authority here?

All the beliefs that divide Catholics from fundamentalists are derived from the teaching authority of the Church. Because Catholics believe in the Church, they believe a fuller, more complex and mysterious set of things than the narrowed down fundamentalist. Thus, the Church is the essential point of divergence. In the fundamentalist view, the Catholic Church exalts itself over the Bible, […]

Whose Bible is it, anyway?

"St. Jerome Writing" by Caravaggio

We needn’t be bitter in defending our beliefs. Even though many fundamentalists think the Catholic Church is under the control of Satan and all or most Catholics are headed for hell, not all think that — and we shouldn’t think the same of them. However narrow-minded their faith often is, it’s also usually genuine, both in personal sincerity and in […]