October 31, 2010 1 Comment
June 10, 2010 4 Comments
It has become popular in certain circles of Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism, to oppose the death penalty as something “unchristian.” I have had many discussions on this topic with professing Christians from all stripes. However, this response usually comes from a misplaced “sentimentalism,” rather than the divine founts of Scripture and Tradition. Purveyors of this anti-death penalty view usually fall back on saying that “God is love,” or they cite an obscure saint somewhere who was overflowing with compassion and hated to see men die. While I understand the compassion in mind here, we need not be more compassionate than Christ Himself. God is love, but He is also just (Matt. 12:18). But, “evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all” (Prov. 28:5).
The usual response at this point is that, “if one opposes abortion, he must also oppose the death penalty.” This confuses two issues. All murders are killings, but not all killings are murders. One can be just and is a virtue, while the other is a vice and a crime. God Himself ordained civil government to be a restraint on the wickedness of men, and part of that ordination includes the death penalty. In Genesis 9:6, God states that whoever sheds man’s blood, deserves to have his blood shed because he has defaced the image of God. Such is God’s reasoning. Read more of this post
April 19, 2010 41 Comments
If you’ve read much in terms of Catholic theology and Church History, it’s not too long before you come into contact with various theories about what has happened in the last several decades. There are countless magazines, books and theories, from all different vantage points – some “rad trad,” others less trad, but everyone knows there’s been a crisis.
When I left Calvinism in 2003 I was immediately confronted with this big issue. As a veteran researcher, now, in this topic, I can point newbies in the right direction in terms of what has happened. Roughly 300 years ago, numerous anti-Christian/Catholic groups such as the Freemasons and Illuminists decided to bring an end to what they perceived to be a mental tyranny over the mind’s of men (to use Thomas Jefferson’s phrase). The medieval church was seen to be precisely this. Think for example, of Mozart’s famous opera, the Magic Flute, where the Church of the middle ages is pictured as the nighttime, and Masonic Enlightenment rationalism is pictured as the true dawn of humanity. Read more of this post