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Is America Rooted in Exodus?

Preston R. Simpson

May 2022

Kass describes three key components in the formation of the Israelite nation: their deliverance from slavery, the covenant and Law, and the Tabernacle.

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The Gospels of Peter & Mary

THE FIGURES BEHIND THE EVANGELISTS

Frederick W. Marks

December 2021

Peter was almost certainly looking over the shoulder of Mark during the writing of the second Gospel, and Jesus’ own mother had enormous influence on Luke.

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The Ancient Game of Guilt Abatement

CRUSHING COMFORTING CANARDS

Frederick W. Marks

September 2020

Pew-sitters and religious leaders have come up with their own formulas to lessen the pain of guilt, all of them at odds with Scripture.

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The Resurrection: A Case of Collective Hallucination?

SCIENTISM CONFRONTS THE EMPTY TOMB

Carl Sundell

April 2020

The scientific community holds a bias against the supernatural that is more censorial than any bias religion could have against science.

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Love of God & Love of Neighbor: One Commandment or Two?

CARDINAL KASPER’S NOVELTIES

Christopher Roberts

January-February 2020

Carinal Kasper grounds mercy in New Testament revelation and the Fathers of the Church. But his sources often do not say what he claims they say.

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Who Determines Scripture's "Plain Meaning"?

Casey Chalk

July-August 2018

The "I'm too catholic to be Catholic" line of argumentation falls to a subjectivity or "lowest common denominator" critique.

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Which Church Is the Real 'Bible Church'?

ONLY ONE CHURCH FOLLOWS THE BIBLICAL BLUEPRINT

Frederick W. Marks

June 2018

The completeness of Catholic conformity to the biblical blueprint is nothing less than astounding.

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If God Is Love, Why Does He Command the Annihilation of Entire Peoples?

IS YAHWEH A BLOODTHIRSTY, GENOCIDAL MANIAC?

David D. Jividen

June 2018

We draw spiritual lessons from the Bible's 'herem' passages; we can interpret them in a manner that resolves the difficulties they pose.

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The Other Side of Mercy

CHRIST'S MISSION OF TOUGH LOVE

Frederick W. Marks

January-February 2016

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The Virgin Birth: Where Science Meets Scripture

PUTTING JESUS TO THE DNA TEST

Maria Hsia Chang

December 2015

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Is There a Biblical Basis for Capital Punishment?

UNDOING CALVARY

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

April 2015

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Isaac Newton: Scientist, Theologian & End-Times Prophet

COUNTDOWN TO 2060

Carl Sundell

March 2015

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The Crisis in Biblical Scholarship

SCRIPTURE STRIPPED OF DOGMA

Hurd Baruch

December 2014

Just as historians crank out “revisionist” history, theologians remake the image of Jesus in order to reshape everything from doctrine to architecture.

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The Davidic Typological Basis for the Dogma of the Assumption

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN MOTHER

Marcelo A. D'Asero

July-August 2014

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In Defense of Jacob

A MARTYR OF POLYGAMY

Alice von Hildebrand

June 2014

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Marian Misconceptions

HER OWN HAVE RECEIVED HER NOT

Frederick W. Marks

May 2014

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Finding the Christ in His Apostles

THE CULMINATION OF THE QUEST

Maria Hsia Chang

December 2013

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Garry Wills's Assault on Christian Faith

Lawrence B. Porter

December 2013

A review of Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition

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The Case for a Consistently Pro-Life God

DISPELLING AN ATHEIST ILLUSION

Frederick W. Marks

November 2013

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Discerning the Spirits of Deception
September 2013

The presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church has difficulty distinguishing the work of the Lord from that of the spirits of deception.

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Mysteries of Christ's Early Life

Stephen J. Kovacs

September 2013

A review of Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives

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On Taking the Kingdom by Force

TO THE VICTORS GO THE SPOILS?

William F.E. Mahoney

December 2012

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The "Big" Little Papyrus Fragment
November 2012

The recent find of a small papyrus piece that quotes Jesus saying "my wife" is the latest to make a temporary media sensation before fading into obscurity like other, similar discoveries.

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Understanding the Biblical Basis of the Mass

Rosemary Lunardini

November 2012

A review of A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: Understanding What We Say and Do in the Liturgy

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What Does It Mean to 'Serve Mammon'?

A HEART PIERCED WITH MANY PANGS

Christopher Zehnder

October 2012

The ideal of the New Testament is not the wealthy man but the man who abandons all for the Kingdom of God, he who does not look back even to bury his dead.

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The Ass of Burden & the Lion of Conquest

A HIDDEN PROPHECY

Edmund B. Miller

September 2012

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In the Beginning Was "Power"?

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

May 2012

Anne Barbeau Gardiner takes on an author who has "made a career of treating the Bible sacrilegiously" and sees power, not Logos, as the ultimate reality.

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When Prophets Don't Pass the Test

THERE ARE SOME MYSTERIES MATHEMATICS WON'T SOLVE

William F.E. Mahoney

July-August 2011

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An Army of Locusts Arises From the Smoke

GUEST COLUMN

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

June 2010

Abraham Woodhead interpreted Apocalypse 9 as predicting a sudden invasion of Christendom by a horde of violent and unnaturally lustful insects.

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The Primeval Struggle

GUEST COLUMN

Terence J. Hughes

July-August 2009

The forces that promote the Culture of Death have chosen their reward: "Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven!"

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At the Close of the Year of St. Paul

MISSION & MYSTICISM

Peter A. Huff

June 2009

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Pope & Rabbi Square Off Over the Teachings of Jesus

CAN THE TORAH BE AMENDED?

Hurd Baruch

May 2009

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Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body

A PRIMER

Brian Thomas Becket Mullady

March 2009

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What Rapturists Miss About Rapture Theology

SALVATION FROM SUFFERING?

Paul Catalanotto

May 2008

How can the Christian suffer as Christ suffered if he is airlifted off the face of the earth before he can undergo the most severe kind of suffering (the "tribulation")?

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Whatever Became of Hell?

HAS THE UNQUENCHABLE FIRE BEEN QUENCHED?

Hurd Baruch

January 2008

Jesus spoke of the evildoer as being in the netherworld, separated from the just by an impassable chasm, and tormented in flames.

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The Heretics’ Gnostic Gospel of Choice

Arthur C. Sippo

November 2007

Ever since The Da Vinci Code became a bestseller, the interest in "alternative gospels" and Gnostic writings has spiked among modern readers.

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A Catholic Response to Sola Fide

JUSTIFICATION: BY FAITH ALONE?

Bryan J.P. Gesinger

September 2007

Though "justification by faith alone" is widely popular, it is alien and contrary to the teaching of Holy Scripture viewed in its entirety.

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Balthasar, Christ’s Descent & the Empty Hell

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

July-August 2007

Review of Light in Darkness: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Catholic Doctrine of Christ's Descent into Hell

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Apocalypse Now (and Then)

Mary McWay Seaman

May 2007

Kirsch's absorbing personality profile of the scrupulous, dogmatic, and uncompromising John portrays him as a man in great distress in a pagan culture.

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Homosexuality Is Bad? But Where's That in the Lectionary?

WAS IT THE LAVENDER MAFIA?

F. Douglas Kneibert

June 2006

The Liturgy of the Word, which is a part of every Mass, would be one logical place for Catholics to look for divine guidance.

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Dives the Tax-Evader

GUEST COLUMN

Angus Sibley

June 2006

Around the world, the struggle continues against economic theories that generate and tolerate excessive inequalities.

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Jewish Light on the Risen Lord

FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS, A FIRST-CENTURY JEW

Frederick W. Marks

April 2006

The intellectual integrity of Flavius Josephus remains a model, not only for Jews, but for all who strive to enrich the world of scholarship.

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The Parable of the Wheat & the Weeds: A Magna Carta for Dissent & Heresy?
November 2004

Can some sense be made of the Pope's inaction?

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A Clever Translation of the Bible
September 2004

is a Bible with "extraordinary power" - extraordinary satanic power.

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The Broad & Comfortable Road to Lukewarm Christianity & Destruction

THE DEADLY PERIL OF IGNORING "THE NARROW GATE"

Frederick W. Marks

July/August 2004

If our Lord could use "narrow gate" imagery to spur His listeners to repentance, then so can we.

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A Groundbreaking Book

Ronda Chervin

June 2004

Jews of Old Testament times had to insulate themselves totally against the Gentiles because the pagan gods were demonic spirits.

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"For Fear of the Jews" (If Only)
June 2004

Bishop Patrick McGrath is not fit to be a bishop.

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The Gender of the Holy Trinity

SHALL WE FEMINIZE THE HOLY SPIRIT?

Monica Migliorino Miller

May 2003

The Church is the true spiritual mother -- women are her symbol. We must also appreciate the true Fatherhood of God -- earthly fatherhood is the symbol of Him.

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When the "Shorter Form" Is The Politically Correct Form
January 2003

Scripture is censored in the Parable of the Talents, where the "wicked, lazy servant" is sent "where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth."

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Debt Relief the Cyrenian Way

GUEST COLUMN

A. Cyrenian

June 2002

The Cyrenian approach to debt relief is personal: he lends a debtor money out of his own pocket at an unbeatable interest rate — nothing.

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Designer Bibles

Dale Vree

December 2001

Zondervan, publisher of the NIV, planned a so-called inclusive-language version of the NIV that would eventually replace it, but was pressured to stop.

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Jesus Found Guilty of Hate Speech
November 2001

America magazine bellyaches about how Catholicism has historically expelled "heretical Christians" from its midst.

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If Everyone Is Saved...

WHY BOTHER?

Dale Vree

January 2001

If no one goes to Hell, then all the talk about Hell in the Bible — and from the Church — is utterly cruel, needlessly cruel, maybe sadistic.

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From Sola Scriptura to Social Chaos

BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON

Gregory J. Roden

December 2000

The many rents in Christianity brought about by the heresy of sola Scriptura have as their cause that same sin of Adam and Eve.

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Sola Scriptura, an Impossible Theory

THE ISSUE OF AUTHORITY

Thomas Storck

December 2000

A syllogism: (1) Whatever is not contained in Scripture is not to be believed; (2) Sola Scriptura is not contained in Scripture; (3) Sola Scriptura is not to be believed.

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The Jesus Seminar: Making Uncomplicated Things Complicated

ON THE AUTHENTICITY OF ST. JOHN'S GOSPEL

William T. Galey

November 2000

Those who spin theories opposing John’s authorship are doing a great injustice to truth and the cause of Christ.

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The Failures of the New Lectionary

WHERE SOME SINS ARE NOT IMMORAL, ETC.

Chene Richard Heady

June 2000

It entirely translates and edits out the Bible’s teaching on fornication, and renders the doctrine of Hell if not invisible, then opaque.

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How to Find a "Total Bible Church"

HELPFUL HINTS FROM A SUCCESSFUL SHOPPER

Thomas Basil

February 2000

Look for one that explicitly reminds you of what St. Paul said was first in importance, Christ’s death, and for one that celebrates Communion frequently.

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Zorro & Bathsheba
September 1999

My, the difficulties of inclusivity are well-nigh preternatural

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The Dumbbell Feminese Dialect
July/August 1999

"Maximum possible fidelity to the sacred Scriptures"?

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Was Our Lord a Fundamentalist?

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD: SCRIPTURALLY UNENLIGHTENED?

David Watt

April 1999

Jesus confidently cites the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and refers to Jonah’s three days and nights in the belly of the whale.

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Is Hell Closed Up & Boarded Over?

ON BEING MORE TENDERHEARTED THAN GOD HIMSELF

David Watt

February 1999

Where eternal rewards and punishments are concerned, are we more tenderhearted and clear-eyed than our forebears in faith -- than God Himself?

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Bejesus Seminar Discovers New Gospel in Desert, Common Sand & Call to Faction Supporters Jubilant

A SENSITIVE JESUS WHO SAYS HE'S SORRY & GOES FREE

Andrea Burman

March 1998

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Lessons to Be Learned From the Ecclesiastical Battle Over "Inclusive Language"

THE CAMEL'S NOSE

Peter M.J. Stravinskas

February 1998

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When the Gospel Seems Like Bad News

BETTER A HARD TRUTH THAN AN EASY LIE

Preston Jones

February 1998

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Homosexuality & the Maccabean Revolt

SEXUAL POLITICS & THE BIRTH OF THE WEST

Patrick G.D. Riley

September 1997

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The Shaky Foundations of the Jesus Seminar

ON THE AUTHENTICITY OF ST. MATTHEW'S GOSPEL

William T. Galey

September 1997

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A Case Against "Inclusive Language"

THEOLOGY MATTERS

Kristen West McGuire

January/February 1997

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When Evangelicals Treat Tradition Like Revelation

ABORTION, POLYGAMY, & THE TRINITY

Mark P. Shea

September 1996

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The Ineffectual Jesus of the Jesus Seminar

GUEST COLUMN

Adam Brooke Davis

July/August 1996

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Why the Physical Resurrection of Christ Is So Believable

HISTORY, LITERATURE & LOGIC

Lauren A. King

September 1995

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The Gnostic Temptation in the Catholic Church

THE OLD MYTHOLOGIES ARE BACK

Bernard D. Green

September 1994

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On the Reliability of the Four Gospels

LETTER FROM ENGLAND

John Warwick Montgomery

May 1994

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Did Jesus Exist?

LETTER FROM ENGLAND

John Warwick Montgomery

May 1993

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A New Testament for New Agers

David Hartman

January-February 1993

Review of The Complete Gospels

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On the Authoritativeness of Scripture

A CONTRIBUTION TO CATHOLIC-EVANGELICAL DIALOGUE

Richard Becker

May 1991

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The Words of God

GUEST COLUMN

Michael Nelson

December 1989

American hymnals and Bible translations must retain the authority that only memory, accuracy, and tradition bring, yet also be modern enough.

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The Danger of Riches

ON THE CONNECTION BETWEEN TRUSTING IN RICHES & HAVING THEM

John Henry Newman

May 1989

That our Lord meant to speak of riches as being in some sense a calamity to the Christian is plain from His praises and recommendation of poverty.

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The Limits of a Secular Exodus

Robert N. Bellah

October 1985

A political understanding of the power of the Exodus story is eviscerated if its religious meaning is obscured.

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Inter-testamental Judaism

Edith Black

October 1984

Scores of extra-canonical Jewish and Jewish-Christian writings were composed during the period between 300 B.C. and A.D. 200.

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The Complete Samaritan

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

June 1984

Justice is an essential ingredient of love; love is not complete unless — to switch the metaphor — it is built on a foundation for social justice.

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Overkill

Edith Black

April 1984

Biblical scholars may follow the first two steps of scientific procedure (formulation of hypothesis and accumulation of evidence) but cannot proceed to the third (verification).

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A New Look at the Old Testament

TWO TESTAMENTS, ONE WORD

Frederick W. Marks

Short-selling the Old Testament is regrettable. The Church of Rome has always been clear that the New Testament doesn’t supersede the Old.

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