This is part of a larger piece on Abraham I've been tinkering with. I find he is highly underrated as a core theological figure. Image h/t https://catholic-resources.org/Art/Dore-OT.htm Abraham is the spiritual father of both covenants (Galatians 4:22-24), and therefore any proper understanding of the contrast of Old and New must begin at Abraham. Abraham’s life … Continue reading Introductory Thoughts on Abraham
"This is very kind of you," said Musashi, bowing his head. "I'm grateful for the good training I received today, but I feel I should apologize for the unfortunate way it turned out—" "Why? Things like that happen. You have to be ready to accept it before you start fighting. Don't let it worry you." … Continue reading Become Weaker
A source of perennial confusion, especially in Protestant/Catholic discourse, is the role of "the Law" and its bearing on the New Covenant. Often the entire "Old Testament" portion of the scriptures is considered the "Old Covenant" and that gets conflated with "The Law," when in reality the Law (the Torah) is merely one of the … Continue reading Abraham’s Faith
Pope Leo XIII in Libertas artfully lays out a definition of human liberty which needs no amendment for direct application to today. At the root of the errors of free marketers is a conception of human liberty that often assumes a Newtonian perfection as the result of aggregate human action; that is, it assumes that … Continue reading True Freedom and Sacrifice
I've heard this my entire life, from people who range in their beliefs from Protestant to Catholic to agnostic deists. I think it can be meant in a correct way - "you can handle this" - but the substance of the statement doesn't rise even to the dignity of error. First, it paints a picture … Continue reading The God of “More Than You Can Handle”
Solomon spent many hours spent seated in the enormous square-roomed summer loft of his palace, deliberately isolated from human distractions. Only cool flowing winds and the ambient tranquility of chirping birds managed to gentle impose themselves upon the atmosphere of the room. He designed the loft entirely on his own, whereas he delegated certain aspects … Continue reading Narratives of Solomon
Without a relationship to teaching authority, the Temple, the ordained sacrifice of the Passover, and the Priesthood, the Samaritans worshiped a God they no longer knew.