Theology

Calvinist theology places a great deal of emphasis on the concept of God’s elect. The term “elect” is taken from the Greek word eklektos, which means “chosen.” In Calvinist thought, the elect are those that have been chosen by God to be saved on the last day. The Westminster Confession of Faith states, “God hath […]

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In 1517, Martin Luther drafted a document known as The 95 Theses, and its publication is used to date the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The recent 500th anniversary of that event focused a good bit of attention on the 95 Theses. Here are 8 things to know and share . . .   1) […]

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It’s no secret that, today, a lot of people disagree with the Church’s teaching on various points. That’s no surprise. The Church, like Christ, has always been “a sign that is spoken against” (Luke 2:34). What’s more surprising—and scandalous—is that in our age many professing Catholics reject Church teaching, even teachings regarded as infallible. The […]

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In recent years both Catholics and Protestants have been puzzled by occasional mentions in the press that the two groups would be jointly commemorating of the upcoming five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. What on earth? Why would Catholics commemorate such an event? Let’s talk about that.   “And So, It Begins . . […]

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Charlie Gard is an eleven-month old baby in England. He has a rare genetic disorder known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. According to press accounts, Charlie is terminally ill at this point. His parents have raised more than $1 million to try an experimental treatment to help him, but hospital officials—backed by British and European […]

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I use the online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the Vatican web site all the time, so I decided to make an upgraded version of their index page (here). The improvements on this version include: The links now open pages in new tabs. I’ve added links to the Latin version, to […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (April 20, 2017, 2nd hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 2:22 Did Jesus falsely prophesy that he would return before the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70? 13:39 Did some of the disciples initially think Jesus was a ghost after his resurrection? 17:50 What is “hermeneutics”? How […]

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Does the Bible indicate God is a deceiver? Recently I was contacted by a reader who was looking for a response to claims made by a Muslim apologist concerning instances in Scripture where God appears to use deception. Let’s talk about that.   What the Muslim apologist was doing The Muslim apologist was responding to […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (April 14, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 1:10 What was happening at the Triumphal Entry? 4:50 What is happening with the mysterious incident where the disciples get the animal for Jesus to ride? 8:30 When was the cleansing of the Temple? 9:50 What is a […]

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Some people think that only the present is real and that the past and the future don’t exist. This view—known as “presentism”—encounters problems if God exists changelessly, outside of time in an “eternal now” alongside the changing “temporal now” that we exist in. We looked at some of these problems recently. For example: God’s changeless […]

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