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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Day 49- The Anxious Mile

The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. Jesus enjoined them, "Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod. " They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread. Mark 8:14-16 Have you ever been so …

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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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Day 41- The Healing Mile

“Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed." Mark 6:56 Before healing comes compassion. Before compassion comes encounter. And before encounter comes the love of God. We …

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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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