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A God-Bathed World

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When you look at a tree, what do you see? For the longest time I just saw branches and leaves. But after studying some philosophy, I now see something far greater: I see God. Now, you’re probably thinking, Oh no. Karlo has gone off the deep end and become a pantheist! No, no, no. When I say, “I see God,” …

The ‘Fruit-of-the-Vine’ Objection

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Catholics defend their belief in the Eucharist by appealing to Christ’s words at the Last Supper. We argue that because Jesus said, “This is my body,” and not, “This represents my body,” he literally meant that bread becomes his body (and wine his blood). A Protestant, however, might respond: “Ah, but Jesus couldn’t have meant for the substance in the …

RIP: God?

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Some atheists claim that science has buried God by proving he doesn’t exist, or at least by making him irrelevant. Stephen Hawking stated in a 2010 interview, for example, that science can explain the universe without the need for a Creator. So, is science God’s undertaker? Let’s think it through. Setting boundaries Since science is an empirical discipline, it can …

That They May Be One

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Catholics claim that the papacy is the key to Christian unity—the visible source of unity for God’s people. According to the Second Vatican Council, God has established the bishop of Rome as the Church’s “perpetual and visible principle and foundation of unity” (Lumen Gentium 88). In his encyclical Ut Unum Sint, Pope St. John Paul II articulated the same belief …

The Call of (Human) Nature

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Many who self-identify as “gay” are not shy about appealing to nature to justify their lifestyle. They often say, “I was born this way” or “It’s natural for me to feel attracted to members of the same sex.” What they mean is that they didn’t consciously choose their attractions, so they must be natural. And since they’re natural, they must be …

More Bible Clues for the Priesthood

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Protestants argue that there is no ministerial priesthood. Instead, they say we’re all priests. As Martin Luther did, they use 1 Peter 2:9 to support this claim: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people.” Catholics argue that a ministerial priesthood does exist in the New Covenant, apart from the priesthood of all …