Irenaeus on the Antichrist

Irenaeus of Lyons, writing in the second century, said in his book, Against Heresies (Book 5, ch. 30), that he thought one of the most likely interpretations of 666 was ΛΑΤΕΙΝΟΣ, or Lateinos, for the Latins were presently ruling and were the fourth and last kingdom foreseen by Daniel. But he went on to say…

Hurricane Gustav

Leading Democrats say Hurricane Gustav shows “God’s on our side.” Michael Moore says the hurricane is “proof there is a god in heaven.” And they think this is funny, that a (largely Democratic) region of the country will suffer yet again? Who is out of touch? Well, to start, Roy Nagin, who says this “mother…

Comparing Church Discipline

In the midst of a discussion about Truthful Evangelism at the Spectrum webpage, Dave Larson asked that I sketch some comparisons between Catholic and Adventist teachings on church discipline, specifically, the ultimate discipline that Catholics call excommunication and Adventists refer to as “removal from church membership.” Here’s a revised version of what I had sketched…

Superstition

Steve Ray was caught promoting superstition on the Catholic Answers radio program: wearing a rosary “around your neck keeps the Devil away – it keeps the evil powers away, because they hate the rosary and they hate the crucifix.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church rightly condemns superstition, defining it thus: 2111 Superstition is the…

Indentifying the Antichrist

The historic Protestant position is that the antichrist prophesied in Scripture is not a ruler at the end of time (contrary to futurism, such as current dispensationalism), nor a figure of the distant past (as in the preterist system, favored by Catholics such as Scott Hahn and most liberal scholars), but is instead a power…

Denver Police and the First Amendment

Police in Denver arrested an ABC news producer who was on a public sidewalk with a camera crew. Police have refused to tell ABC lawyers the charges. Video taken at the scene shows a man, wearing the uniform of a Boulder County sheriff, ordering Eslocker off the sidewalk in front of the hotel, to the…

Misunderstanding Genesis

Brian Bull, Fritz Guy, & Ervin Taylor, editors. Understanding Genesis: Contemporary Adventist Perspectives. Riverside, CA: Adventist Today Foundation, 2006. This is a volume that seems to be addressed to Seventh-day Adventists who believe evolutionary theory and who want some reassurance that that’s OK. Process theology and the historical-critical method are lifted up as possible refuges…

The Shakers

The Christian Century has an interesting article about the last Shakers, at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community in Maine. Among those interviewed, Br. Arnold Hadd, whom we met when we visited there this summer. Arnold Hadd is the last Shaker man on Earth. And you can find him and three “sisters” in the dwindling faith…

It’s a Small World …

It’s my son’s first day of classes at Southwestern Adventist University, and his math professor turns out to be George Parry, my wife’s math teacher back at Riverview Memorial School in Norridgewock, Maine.

The Democrats and Religion

The Democratic party is giving all its activities in Denver a religious veneer. Meanwhile, Archbishop Charles Chaput catechizes the Catholics of Denver (and elsewhere) on the errors of Nancy Pelosi, who had this to say on this week’s “Meet the Press“: I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that…

The Weber Thesis Confirmed

Fr. Philip is in Rome; his blood pressure is rising, and he can’t get his medication. It was mailed to him some time ago, but the university canceled mail delivery for a couple of weeks while the gatekeeper was on vacation. Now that it has resumed, a piece or two will be delivered each day…

Truthful Evangelism

Loren Seibold has a good post at Spectrum on some apparently unethical practices of an Adventist evangelist in ND. Some nastiness gets into the comment boxes, however, from folks who seem unable to separate the medium from the message. We need to do public evangelism, but we need to be upfront from the start. And…

Crossing Paths with History

Here’s a picture of the old school in Northfield, Vermont. We were living in Northfield when my son started preschool and my daughter was born. The preschool was at first located in Roxbury, but they moved it to the historic old school his second year; he attended here for a couple of months before we…

Dinoland

While Andrew was talking to potential campus employers, I took a side trip over to Glen Rose, TX, famous for its many dinosaur footprints in the limestone of the Paluxy River. I waded in the river at Dinosaur Valley State Park, viewing some of the exposed footprints. I drove by Dinosaur World, which looked tacky…

College Freshmen

From Beloit College, their Mindset List for the Class of 2012. I’m back (11:15 p.m. on Thursday) from dropping off my son. Yesterday was settling into the dorm; today was registration. Classes start on Tuesday.

Changes in US Catholic Catechism Re: Judaism

The USCCB is making some changes to the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults in the section on the relationship between Catholics and Jews (HT Carl Olson). After mail balloting, the final vote of 231-14, with one abstention, was announced Aug. 5 in a letter to bishops from Msgr. David Malloy, USCCB general secretary. The change,…

The Shroud of Turin

History and science (more) say it’s a painting, a forgery created in the 14th century, when conniving clergy conspired to wrest coins from the hands of credulous commoners. Now, some “true believers” still try to tell us it’s a miracle. Even apart from science and history, the purported shroud is not what Scripture describes: strips…