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”
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.
"Your moral challenge to my behavior is invalid, because Jesus once said 'Judge not.'" With a single quotation, Christians are thus forbidden from declaring truths authoritatively on morality. This is sometimes what is honestly meant when this quotation is used. What is also implied is that Christians must also first prove they are morally perfect … Continue reading Misusing the Bible: Judge Not
I have to admit, this is not a take I've seen before; I have addressed the "Jesus forgave the adulterous woman" claim in other contexts; it is more accurate to say he told them "produce the other adulterer and stone them both, or go away." But the "Jesus told Simon Peter to drop his sword" … Continue reading Misusing the Bible: Gun Control and Simon Peter’s Sword
"He who is without sin, cast the first stone." This has been used to shut down virtually any moral criticism over time. It is a very popular misreading of the story of Jesus and the adulterous woman. Those who use it this way imply that Jesus violated the Law or simply waved it away, and … Continue reading Misusing the Bible: The Adulterous Woman
[Num 23:7-10] 7 And Balaam took up his discourse and said, "From Aram Balak has brought me, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains: 'Come, curse Jacob for me, and come, denounce Israel!' 8 How can I curse whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced? 9 … Continue reading The Four Oracles of Balaam