Old Testament

The Latest Historical Attack on Jesus Falls Flat

Archaeologists find a pre-Christian stone that describes a savior who will die and rise in three days. Has Christianity been debunked? Mark Shea takes a look. In a story that has "Academic Seeks Publicity Gig" written all over it, the New York Times breathlessly revealed the other day that some professor had found a stone [...]

Bedrooms and Battlefields

For modern folks like me, perhaps the most frustrating thing about the Church is her failure to be ambiguous. The Catholic moral code is frightfully clear about a long, long list of things, and leaves no wiggle room for those of us who'd rather form our consciences from papier-mâché and wishful thinking. For some 20 [...]

The Lord Alone

In Exodus 22, we read, "Whoever sacrifices to any god, except to the Lord alone, shall be doomed." The word "sacrifice" in this passage means to offer an oblation whose consummation acknowledges the Lordship of Yahweh over all things. By extension, it forbids the performance of any act that implicitly praises or honors a god [...]

Divine Hatred, Divine Love

  Most of us modern Christians congratulate ourselves that we're tolerant and not judgmental. All that Old Testament brimstone is old hat. We've advanced and evolved. We're more forgiving than our ancestors.   But then a story like this catches our eye: Shouting, "This is YouTube material!" a 27-year-old British man urinated on a dying [...]

The Gospel of Ann Coulter

St. Paul tells us that it was Jesus who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, pastors, and teachers. So far as I can tell, however, there is no office in the Church of "Professional Bomb Thrower." That's just one of the reasons I don't turn to Ann Coulter [...]

Benedict’s Jesus

It has been said that while writing the Summa, Saint Thomas Aquinas was, among other things, engaging in a dialogue with Saint Augustine across the cen­turies. In his extraordinary Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict XVI also seems to regard, in his mind’s eye, a number of interlocutors, living and dead.       It has [...]

Theological Politics

WHEN CLERGYYMEN and other professional religious people move into the vigorous debates of American politics — as, in fact, they are doing more and more — they bring with them the concepts and terminology of theology. To the religious-minded this transference might appear unobjectionable, but I contend that religious concepts are likely to do more harm than good to our political [...]