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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THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON BIBLICAL INERRANCY

What is this post about? It is about the argument between those who use the expression "biblical inerrancy" and those use the expression "biblical literalism". Those who say we can trust the Bible use the expression "biblical inerrancy". Those who say we cannot trust the Bible use the expression "biblical literalism". Oddly, Bing and Google …

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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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Soviet Mass Culture Propaganda Machine: A Mirror image of Western Media? Part 2 of 3

The Soviet mass culture propaganda machine was filled with images of heroism to motivate the populace during the war and give them great resolve against their enemy. The Soviets relied on stirring rhetoric to burn the zeal for Soviet Russia within the hearts of their citizens. The idea, after all of the revolutions and purges, …

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Materialist Ideology of Prometheanism and its Dangers. An Examination of Soviet Mass Culture–Part 1 of 3

Prometheanism was the prime culture mover in the Soviet Union. It is an ideology that gets its name from the Greek myth in which the Titan Prometheus is able to thwart the ruling gods by giving man fire to become god-like.  It is an ideology of turning away from the path of providentialism as humanity …

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