By Word or by Writing: Scripture as Tradition in Catholicism

I recently attended a Mass in which the celebrant’s homily addressed what is in some circles a fairly thorny issue: the relationship between Scripture (the Bible) and Tradition. According to Catholicism, “Tradition” with a capital “T” is to be distinguished from “tradition” with a lowercase “t”. Tradition is permanent, unchangeable,…

Star Wars and Christian Metaphysics: A Theory

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS. Star Wars is undoubtedly one of the most magical and beloved sci-fi/fantasy film series of all time. Episode IV gave us an incredibly memorable cast of heroes and villains, so much so that, about thirty years later, the masterminds behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story could…

On the Catholic Doctrine of Salvation

Of all of the disagreements between Catholics and Protestants, soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) is probably one of the most fierce. It is easy to understand why this would be the case. If salvation is ultimately the means by which human beings are gratuitously enabled to participate in the divine…

The Immortal Soul and the Mortal Body: A Catholic Christian View

On the Concept of “the Afterlife” The phrase “the afterlife” can sound nebulous almost to the point of meaninglessness. There are a number of conflicting conceptions about what such an afterlife would be. Greek poets like Homer discuss fields where those who have died do live on in a diminished…

The Misfits Approach: A Description

The biblical book of Ecclesiastes is a philosophical and theological classic. In particular, its author, the Qoheleth, develops a moving theology of time and season. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to…

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