When you hear someone mention the Book of Revelation, what is your first thought? Mine… is to run away as quickly as possible. The reality is that the vast majority of people who quote passages from this book… Read More
It is often said by fundamentalist Christians that Catholic doctrines are made up, that we’ve disregarded God’s Word to follow the laws of man. It’s utterly ridiculous. Catholics were the first Christians, and we were the ones who… Read More
As most people know, the Bible is less of a book than it is a library. Consisting of dozens of books from different authors written at different times for different purposes, it is hardly a cohesive work. Add… Read More
One of the most common things I hear from non-Christians is that “Jesus never claimed to be God.” While people like Peter and Paul professed his divinity and later councils defined what that meant, Jesus never speaks of… Read More
The following is my homily for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. The readings can be found here. They say that you should always read the fine print before you sign anything. I… have not always been… Read More
Sometimes the Bible challenges us with difficult questions
If you’ve ever read the Bible all the way through, you might have noticed some “inconsistencies.” As Christians, how do we respond to these issues?
Every so often there is a debate in the political arena about placing the Ten Commandments in a public space, either a courthouse or at city hall. And while there is a lot to debate around this topic… Read More
In many seminary classes and Bible studies, there is a standard way of reading the Gospels: pick a passage, compare it with similar stories in the other Gospels, and come to a conclusion about what it means. Like… Read More
The Bible offers us two accounts of Creation. How do we reconcile the two?
Many say that the Bible can justify anything we want. I think they’re right.
There is often a question in reading the Bible about the “literal” meaning of the text. Stemming from controversies with fundamentalist readers, we find ourselves wondering… Did God create the world in 6 days less than 6000 years… Read More