October 2012

A charge made by some atheists is that the Bible supports rape and that the God of the Bible is therefore a moral monster. There are a number of passages they appeal to, attempting to document this claim, but do they really support the charge that is being made? Let’s look at the matter . […]

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Some years ago I went to a travelling exhibit of the Vatican art treasures. One thing leapt out at me really clearly: In contrast to all the art treasures from previous centuries, the “art treasures” from the mid-2oth century onward were terrible. Sometime I want to post a picture of the “Millennium vestments” they designed for […]

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This version of The Weekly Benedict covers material released in the last week from 16 October 2012 – 28 October 2012  (subscribe here; get as an eBook version for your Kindle, iPod, iPad, Nook, or other eBook reader): Angelus 21 October 2012 General Audiences 17 October 2012 Homilies 28 October 2012 – Holy Mass for the […]

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My buddy Jon Sorensen is out visiting this weekend, so he’s not around to stop me from posting the beginning of his awesome article on how Jesus is not a knockoff of the Egyptian god Horus. (Take that, Bill Maher!) Here goes . . .   Horus Manure: Debunking the Jesus/Horus Connection This article was […]

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Recently  a couple of pro-life political candidates have made dramatic, embarrassing statements about rape. The first was Todd Akin of Missouri (no relation, as far as I know), who referred to the odds that a woman will have a baby if she has been subjected to “legitimate rape.” GAH! More recently, Richard Mourdock of Indiana seemed […]

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This is a post linking to pieces that are part of an ongoing series I’m working on about the “dark passages” of Scripture–passages that tend to take modern readers aback (for example, because of the violence contained in them). I’m also including passages that some find difficult even if they aren’t “dark.” Here I’ll link […]

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Matthew 2:23 says that Jesus was raised in Nazareth “that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, ‘He shall be called a Nazarene.’” But this statement does not appear in anywhere in the Old Testament. Does this mean that Matthew just invented the prophecy? Recently a Muslim author responded to me by claiming […]

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Many people of conscience view Halloween with some suspicion, and the way it is often celebrated today, that’s understandable. Some have chosen not to celebrate Halloween at all, and that’s a respectable choice. Others have chosen to invert the popular celebration by dressing up–or having their children dress up–as entirely wholesome figures, like doctors, nurses, […]

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This version of The Weekly Benedict covers material released in the last week from 8 October 2012 – 21 October 2012  (subscribe here; get as an eBook version for your Kindle, iPod, iPad, Nook, or other eBook reader): Angelus 14 October 2012 General Audiences 10 October 2012 Homilies 21 October 2012 – Holy Mass and Canonization […]

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Some people hold the view that the writers of the four gospels felt free to basically make stuff up, to freely shape the narratives they were writing about Jesus’ life by either manufacturing stories about his deeds or making up teachings and putting them on his lips. The idea is that they used the figure of Jesus […]

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