Discussion with Dr. R. Scott Clark of Westminster Theological Seminaryand other Protestantson David’s Justification in Romans 4:5-8
A Bellarmine Theological Forum patron alerted me to a discussion taking place on a Protestant blog regarding the topic of Justification. He said that one of the participants was Professor R. Scott Clark of Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) in Escondido, CA. As many BTF patrons know, I graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, so I am well familiar with the caliber of men that teach there and the approach they take toward theology.
The topic of the conversation was the radio interview I had about a year ago with another professor at WTS named Michael S. Horton. Professor Horton interviewed me on his radio program as I gave the Catholic understanding of Justification from my book Not By Faith Alone (Queenship Publishing, 1996). (Michael and I had previously debated this topic in front of a public audience of 1500 people in 19…
Do you know any first grade students, Christian or non-Christian, who believe that 2 + 2 = 5? Do you know any high school students who believe that common water is not H2O? Do you know of any Christian students who, knowing that 2 + 2 = 4 and that water is H2O, ever tried to wish it away by calling on God in prayer? Do you know of any comparable students who believe, or religious people who teach, that two truths can be contradictory, or that a true fact and a false fact can be true as a unit? I thought so.
Welcome to the world of Mark Shea where exaggeration is as common as H2O and making straw men is as common as straw; where calling your opponent a fool or liar is more important than trying to understand what your opponent is saying and why he says it. It’s the same MO as always from Mark Shea: Shoot first, ask questions later. Read the Full Article (PDF)
“The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and Its Impact on World History” A Review By Robert A. Sungenis, Ph.D.
(NB: This review appears in the May 2008 issue
of Culture Wars)
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Reviewing a work as long (1000+ pages), as detailed (1000+ footnotes), and as provocative (the Jews) as E. Michael Jones’ book, The Revolutionary Jew is certainly no easy task, but it has been one of the most enriching and mind-opening endeavors I have ever undertaken. To do justice to this wonderful work would take a book in itself. I will quote from it extensively if for nothing else than to lead you to those pages and its surrounding context so that you will read them for yourself. So packed is it with mind-numbing facts and insightful commentary that one is tempted to embark on a trip to a remote place and lock oneself up in a room and absorb every word. When …
On June 9, 2020, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó wrote a public letter giving what he believes is the correct course of action for faithful Catholics in light of the crisis in the Catholic Church. As I read the letter, I agreed with about 90% of it, since I, like many other Catholics, have seen with our own eyes over the last few decades the astounding degradation of our Catholic doctrines and practices.
Still, there was about 10
% of the letter—the part that contained what the Archbishop believes to be the correct course of action to reverse and remedy our desperate situation— that seemed to me to be very desperate itself. In brief, the remedy is that we should blame Vatican Council II for the evils that beset us and treat it accordingly, essentially rejecting it since it is the root of the problem. As such, the Archbishop wishes to reject the “hermeneutic of continuity” since in his estimation it has proven to be an utter failure and consequently it should be abandoned as a remedy f…
Interview of Robert Sungenis by Protestant Dr. Michael Horton on the Topic of Justification
Venue: The White Horse Inn, a Protestant radio show broadcasted to over 50 stations nationwide, which includes a bi-monthly magazine titled Modern Reformation.
Comments by Robert Sungenis:
In this interview, Dr. Horton inquiries, once again, into the Catholic understanding of Justification – how a person is justified before God from his sins so that he can go to heaven. Twelve years ago, Dr. Horton, along with his colleagues Robert Godfrey and Ken Rosenblatt, had a debate against Robert Sungenis, Patrick Madrid (now editor of Envoy magazine) and William Marshner (professor at Christendom College). Since that time, there has been no movement from either side in modifying their position on Justification.
In the September/October issue of Modern Reformation, Horton devotes the whole magazine to promoting the Protestant Reformed beliefs of Justification, and does so mainly by castigating any underst…
Over the years Catholic Answers has produced some exceptional apologetic material, but this was not one of them. Oddly enough, we cannot blame it on anyone in particular because the author did not attach his name to the tract. I think we can safely assume, however, that it would not have been published in 2004 without the consent of the then president, Karl Keating. For all intents and purposes, this tract started with a presumed thesis and then went on a hunt to find evidence to support it. The author skipped his way through the patristic sources, twisting and cherry-picking as he went. Insult was added to injury when at the end we find that the nameless author secured a nihil obstat and imprimatur from his local bishop. Sometimes an imprimatur isn’t worth the paper it is written on, and this is one of those cases. Bear with me as I go through this tract sentence by sentence.
As my patrons know, I have been dealing with the subject of creationism v. evolution for the last 40 years. Although I have not written a book specifically on evolution, I have included critiques of it in my books, Scientific Heresies and A Commentary on Genesis 1-11, in addition to numerous treatments in published and unpublished articles. After reading Salkeld’s paper, I was amazed at the total misrepresentation of the creation side of the story and the modern science that backs it up. I was also alarmed by Bishop Robert Barron, who Salkeld cites for support, with his cavalier attitude of Scripture; and how Jimmy Akin, who Salkeld also cites, takes sides against the traditional requirement concerning the unanimous consent of the Fathers. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when I read Salkeld had the audacity to accuse creationists of being part of a “conspiracy theory,” yet, by his own admission, he had refused to answer any of their challenges. It was then I decided to write…
The Death Penalty: Admissible or Inadmissible? A Response to Tim Staples and Catholic Answers
Some of my patrons have asked me to give my analysis to a paper Tim Staples wrote last year regarding Pope Francis’ change to the Catholic Catechism on the death penalty. Mr. Staples’paper can be found at https://timstaples.com/2019/pope‐francis‐and‐the‐death‐penalty
As most know, Tim Staples works for Catholic Answers. Although Catholic Answers has done much good in teaching people about Catholicism, like all of us, it is certainly not infallible and is not an official organ of the church. In some cases, the answers Catholic Answers gives are not the
best Catholic answers.
Catholic Answers has developed a reputation for siding with the teachings and practices of the modern Catholic hierarchy over against the teachings and practices of the traditional Catholic church to the extent that almost anything the modern popes say or do is defended as true, good and wholesome. In fact, things the modern…
There was quite a hullabaloo in the press and an equal amount of murmurings from traditionalist camps in the second week of December over Pope Francis’ statement during his Wednesday audience in St. Peter’s square. The pope, without any equivocation, told us that a key part of the Lord’s Prayer, “lead us not into temptation,” has been mistranslated or misinterpreted for two millennia. If the pope’s novel correction to the Lord’s Prayer wasn’t beleaguered by a number of
many other doctrinally avant-garde teachings he has given us since he took office in 2013, such as the suggestion that hell does not exist or that we can’t judge homosexuals, we might not be as curious. But whether it’s pope or pauper who suggests that a 2000-year old prayer from the lips of none other than the Second Person of the Trinity has a major defect, we are obligated to take a very close look at the nature of the accusation. To be fair to Francis, asking God “not to lead us into temptation” is somewhat puzzlin…
Review of : The Controversy of Zionby Douglas ReedISBN: 0-945001-38-XFirst Published: 1978Reviewed by Robert Sungenis
In his day, “Douglas Reed was on everyone’s lips; his books were being sold by the scores of thousand, and he was known with intimate familiarity throughout the English-speaking world…one of the world’s leading correspondents,” says the writer of the Preface, Ivor Benson. But by the end of the 1940s Reed had almost vanished from the scene. The likely reason for his exile was Reed’s book, Far and Wide, which took a critical look at the history of the United States. We might say the second and decisive reason was his discovery of Israel’s connection to that history. Of himself Reed says, “I am a fairly obscure person and when I went to America in 1949 was almost unknown…the publication of most of my books having been prevented by the methods above described. I found that the ADL watched me like a hawk from my arrival and from this first realized its immense spread and vi…