A Dialogue: The Trustworthiness of Sacred Scripture

The dialogue here is an exchange between myself and Fr. Casey, who is a Catholic personality with a Youtube Channel called "Breaking in the Habit." As many of the readers here know, as a trained historian, I thought the video was a generalized view on the historicity of the Exodus with dated talking points on …

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Hebron—A Tale of Biblical Scholarship and Archaeology

It’s no surprise that if there are no rocks that have been dug up then modernity’s skeptical approach wants to relegate Biblical narratives as a myth. The one aspect that needs to be stressed from an academic bias is that there is no unbiased scholarship—none; it doesn’t exist. For example, many skeptics will put forth …

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What Happens When Youtube Theologians Make Historic claims?

I'm curious when clerics or theologians make authoritative historical arguments what exactly are their credentials to make these historic claims? Perhaps, Fr. Casey has a degree in History; however, by the video, his presentation appears second hand. Fr. Casey even presents the 600,000 men argument against the Exodus narrative, which as someone trained as a …

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Considering St. Robert Bellarmine’s De Controversiis Part 2

In the last post of this series—part 1—it was discussed the historical disagreement of Thomas Paine, one of the founding fathers of the United States, arguing in his esteemed work Common Sense that theologically the ‘anti-monarchical’ passages of scripture had never been addressed—especially by those who supported monarchy as the best form of government. As …

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Thomas Paine, John Calvin, St. Robert Bellarmine and Forms of Government–Part 1

Common Sense is Thomas Paine’s great work in which he argued for the America Colonies' rejection of the rule of England’s monarchy and the rule of King George III. Paine famously argues by a commentary used for political means that 1 Samuel 8 is a rejection of Monarchy writing: “As the exalting one man so …

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Religion in the Soviet Union: What Culture’s Literature Can Explain about its Society. Part 3 of 3

The Soviet Union was not a nation that cared too much for dissenters of its engineered state philosophy of communism. In fact, when Boris Pasternak attempted to get his book Doctor Zhivago published by Novy Mir they rejected the title claiming that the “author’s point of view was incompatible with the spirit of the revolution and the …

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A Return of Authentic and Faithful Biblical Scholarship

Bible Scholar and Skeptic Bart Ehrman argues that the Gospels have been altered so much that they cannot be viewed as history,  Ehrman explains, “The authors too were human beings with needs, beliefs, worldview, opinions, loves, hates, longings, desires, situations, problems—surely all these affected what they wrote…” (Ramage, Jesus, Interpreted, 104). One of the pieces …

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Did the Apostles just invent Jesus as the Messiah by using Old Testament prophecies?

The challenge that is often posed by skeptics to the faithful is whether the Apostles simply read the Old Testament into the Passion narrative in the wake of the crucifixion of Jesus. It is a fair challenge, one that I’ve wrestled with myself. It’s easy to think that if you needed to make a specific …

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“You have Original Sin.”- Paul of Tarsus

In the development of Christianity through primarily St. Augustine came forth the developed concept of Original Sin. In a previous post, Nicholas disagrees with the notion of Original Sin and says that Holy Scripture does not teach it and Augustine created a positive idea of the inherited sin of the flesh. After some discussion with …

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