Luther vs. Zwingli

James Swan summarizes Luther’s writings to and against Zwingli. It’s his latest in a series addressing a point in a discussion with some Catholic apologists. The latter were making claims about a Luther citation for which they had only Catholic secondary sources. Swan has been trying to find the primary source to be able to…

On Footnotes

James Swan discusses the use Catholic lay apologist Steve Ray makes of Luther quotes. Ray thinks Swan is quibbling, but Swan makes a necessary and legitimate point. If you are going to cite someone, you need to cite an authoritative source, preferably something you have actually read to verify whether the statement you are using…

James Swan on Systematic Theology and Catholic Converts

James Swan quotes Cornelius Van Til, who sees the study of systematic theology as an antidote to any heresy; Swan then asks, … how many Catholic converts previously went to churches with strong systematic confessions of faith, like the Westminster Confession, and how often were they taught the confession, like in a Sunday School class,…

The Perils of Apologetics

I find much of contemporary apologetics embarrassing. It too often quickly goes from proof-texting to name-calling. I know Steve Ray to be a nice guy, but here and here something happened. Read his comments (and the lengthy comment he posted each time he deleted someone’s comments) and this lengthier response. Steve’s normally a genial apologist;…

Wrong Polarities

Mark Shea has forgotten the basics of Evangelical faith, suggesting that the only options are 1) authoritative pope or 2) relativism. If you don’t have a magisterium, he argues, all you have is private judgment, and thus any discussion between, say, a Mormon and an Evangelical must be a toss-up (and for that, he says,…

Reflections Based on Newman’s Apologia Pro Vita Sua

John Henry Newman published his Apologia Pro Vita Sua in 1864, some twenty years after he became a Catholic, in response to an attack by Charles Kingsley. I’m not about to write a book, but some attacks do require response, such as that made recently by Dave Armstrong. Armstrong says statements that I have made…

Healthy Apologetics

Fr. Jonathan Morris commented on Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Now he answers questions from his readers. Not all of his readers are tactful, or reasonable, or charitable. But he always is. “Coals of fire.” Fr. Jonathan gives us an example of how Christian apologetics should be done.

Beckwith

Much has been said on Catholic and Protestant blogs alike about the reversion to Catholicism of former evangelical theologian Francis Beckwith. Now, some might suggest that there is something psychological rather than theological at work in the case of men in their mid-40s who return to the faith they had spurned as adolescents or young…

On apologetics

Frank Turk discusses internet apologetics at Pyromaniacs. People: lighten up. The question is not “is this important work”. This is important work for the church and for the sake of the Gospel. But problematically, most of us who are bad apologists are doing these things absent from the context of church. … The problem is…