November 2014

St. Luke records that when Jesus was born an angel of the Lord directed a group of shepherds to go find him. Luke introduces this group of shepherds by saying: And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night [Luke 2:8]. This has led to a […]

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Was Jesus really born on December 25th? You’ll find strong opinions on both sides of this question, with some saying definitely yes and some saying definitely no. I don’t have strong feelings on this question. Although the Church today liturgically celebrates the birth of Our Lord on December 25th, whether this is the exact date […]

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Recently I blogged about the common apologetics claim that the dates of Christmas and the Annunciation were based on the idea that Jesus lived to an “integral age.” In other words, that Jesus died on the anniversary of his birth or conception. According to some authors, it was popularly believed among ancient Jews that prophets […]

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Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25th? Why is the Annunciation on March 25th? According to some authors, it’s due to something called the “integral age” view that was common among ancient Jews. But this idea itself might be a myth. Here are 9 things to know and share . . . BE SURE […]

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Recently Tomas McDonald interviewed me for his blog, God and the Machine, on the subject of prayer. On Facebook, Tom commented: “Jimmy’s reflections on prayer across time may prove that he is indeed the first ginger Time Lord.” Here’s the interview . . . Every Monday in How I Pray, I ask various Catholics about their prayer […]

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 6 November – 22 November 2014. Angelus 9 November 2014 General Audiences 12 November 2014 Letters 6 November 2014 – Letter of the Holy Father to the Prime Minister of Australia on the occasion of the G20 Summit [Brisbane, 15–16 November […]

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There is a persistent claim that the early Christians were pacifists—in the strong sense of being opposed to all use of violence—and that it was not until the time of the Emperor Constantine that this began to change. After Christianity became the official religion of the empire, the Church embraced the use of military force, […]

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The Church Fathers on John’s Gospel Clement of Alexandria gives the following account of when and how John’s Gospel was written: [L]ast of all, John, perceiving that the external facts had been made plain in the Gospel, being urged by his friends, and inspired by the Spirit, composed a spiritual Gospel [preserved in Eusebius, Church […]

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The Principle is a documentary promoting geocentrism, or the idea that the earth is at the center of the universe. In a previous post, I looked at how well it worked as a film. (I gave it * * 1/2 stars out of 5.) What about the content of the film? How well does that […]

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Recently the Register asked me to review The Principle—a documentary that promotes geocentrism, or the idea that the earth is at the center of the universe. This film is much smaller than most of those the Register reviews. Indeed, at the time of this writing it has only reported $16,826 at the box office—half of […]

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