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The Importance of Tradition for Catholic Interpretations of the Bible – Catholic Approach to the Bible Series – CHS 83

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The Importance of Tradition for Catholic Interpretations of the Bible – Catholic Approach to the Bible Series – CHS 83

How important is tradition for Catholic interpretations of the Bible? In this episode, I provide my first response to a recent book written about the value of Reformation principles for the interpretation of the Bible.

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The Shared Heritage of All Christians (Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox and Others) – Ecumenism Series – CHS 82

A gathering of various Christian leaders (Catholic, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Lutheran and others) standing before the congregation in Santiago, Chile. Image taken by Eduardo Frei

In the Second Vatican Council’s Unitatis Redintegratio (Restoration of Unity – The Decree on Ecumenism 21 Nov 1964), the Council fathers spoke of the shared heritage among all Christians. The Council fathers wrote as follows: “On the other hand, Catholics must gladly acknowledge and esteem the truly Christian endowments from our common heritage

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Helping the Next Generation Keep the Faith – Why Study the Catholic Heritage Series – CHS 81

Helping the Next Generation Keep the Faith - Why Study the Catholic Heritage Series

Helping the Next Generation Keep the Faith – Why Study the Catholic Heritage Series

Recent sociological research done by Christian Smith indicates that a high percentage of teens from all US Christian denominations are quickly abandoning Christianity altogether. In a decades long study, Dr. Smith discovered that the religious faith of most US Christian teens is that of therapeutic, moralistic Deism.

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The Life and Work of Cardinal Robert Bellarmine 1542-1621 – Doctors of the Church Series – CHS 69

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Who was St. Cardinal Robert Bellarmine? In this episode, we take a look at the life and work of Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) who was arguably the most learned Catholic theologian and apologist of the sixteenth century.

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Identify the Genre of a Document – How to Study the Catholic Heritage Series – CHS 68

How can Catholics become better students of the Catholic Heritage? In this episode, we discuss the importance of considering the genre of a document. Not all documents are the same. Authors in the Catholic heritage have composed letters, poems, theological treatises,

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The Problem with Secret Information about Pope Francis and the US Catholic bishops – CHS 67

A recent trend has emerged among certain lay Catholics with substantial online internet followings. In their social media feeds and various media productions, they are making various claims about Pope Francis and US Catholic bishops on the authority of their unnamed “sources.”

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My Recent Trip to the Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro North Carolina – CHS 66

My Recent Trip to the Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro North Carolina

The month of February marks African American History month. I recently visited the Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, in order to better understand the history of the Civil Rights Movement (1950s-1960s) in the Southeast. In this episode, I briefly discuss the

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Identifying the Commitments of the Author – How to Study the Catholic Heritage Series – CHS 65

Identifying the Commitments of the Author – How to Study the Catholic Heritage Series

How does one properly interpret the records of the Catholic heritage? In this episode we discuss the aspect of examining the stated or unstated commitments of any author, especially secondary source authors such as contemporary scholars. What authors believe about the Life Questions, we believe,

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Did Catholicism Exist before the Emperor Constantine? – CHS 63

Did Catholicism exist before the reign of the Emperor Constantine (r. 306-337 AD)? Various historians and other scholars claim that Catholicism, as we would recognize it today, did not exist before the reign of either Constantine or his later successor, the Emperor Theodosius I (r. 379 -395). In this episode, we look at

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The Gnostic Character of Recent Catholic Criticisms of Pope Francis – CHS 62

Catholic laity have recently begun to use Gnostic rhetoric in their criticism’s of Pope Francis. In this episode, we provide a brief overview on Gnosticism’s origins, tenets and conflicts with the bishops of the early Church.

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Expect the Unexpected from the Sources – How to Study the Catholic Heritage Series – CHS 61

How does one properly interpret the records of the Catholic heritage? In this episode we discuss the aspect of expecting the unexpected from the sources. By expecting surprises, by not assuming the author’s position and by avoiding assumptions, readers can obtain a more accurate sense of a given author’s meaning at the time of composition.

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How Fair is Media Coverage of Pope Francis’ Words? – CHS 60

Is media coverage of Pope Francis’s words fair? In this episode we discussed the various factors that go into the ways the media handles Pope Francis’s words. We consider such factors as the ability of journalist to grab an audience’s attention,

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Identify the Author’s Objectives – How to Study the Catholic Heritage Series – CHS 59

How does one properly interpret the records of the Catholic heritage? In this episode we discuss the aspect of considering the author’s objectives. By taking a closer look at the actual text, it central aims, context and purpose, readers can obtain a more accurate sense of the author’s meaning.

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Catholic Disregard for the Second Vatican Council – CHS 58

Certain Catholics express much hostility toward the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). One such objection posits that the Second Vatican Council was entirely focused on pastoral matters and not Catholic doctrine. For this reason, those who use this argument often maintain that the statements of the Second Vatican Council as well as its actions can be simply disregarded. In this episode, we talk

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How Did Augustine’s Writings Survive the Vandal Invasion of North Africa – CHS 55

 

At the moment of his death, Augustine’s North Africa was being quickly overrun by Vandal forces.

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What Are the Main Objectives When Studying Church History – CHS 54

 

When students and scholars study church history, what are their chief objectives?

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How to Find Primary Sources – CHS 53

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How does one find the primary sources? In this episode, we provide some practical tips on locating the primary sources of the Catholic heritage.

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What Are the Primary Sources? – How to Study the Catholic Heritage Series – CHS 52

How does one begin to study Catholic history and theology in greater detail? In this episode, we discuss the role of the primary sources in the study of the Catholic heritage.

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Did Philo of Alexandria Reject the Deuterocanonical Books? – CHS 51

Did Philo reject the Deuterocanonical books? In this episode, we discuss some of the historical, textual

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Is Doing History an Option? Why Study the Catholic Heritage Series – CHS 50

Oftentimes, people say that they do not like history because just do not do history. In this episode, we question the notion whether the doing of history is in fact optional.

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