Becoming Catholic #8: Church Authority, and Saint Ignatius the Red Pill, Part 4

In short, this Ignatian epistle, like the others, shows that he had a high view of Church authority; he considers obedience to a hierarchical structure of bishops, priests, and deacons to be obedience to Christ; he believes that this obedience is an inherent part of eucharistic communion; and that he believed obedience to these ministers provided strong protection against falling into heresy.

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Becoming Catholic #7: The Day of Judgment, and Works, Part 1

Ever since I’ve been a Christian, these examples always caused me great consternation—they do so still.  I cannot get around Jesus’ words: my deeds are inextricably linked with the Day of Judgment, upon whose outcome I will enter eternal paradise, or eternal damnation.  Either Jesus is right, or “faith alone” is wrong.  He could not be clearer—first century peasants could not have been in doubt as to what He was saying, nor can we.

And we’re not even done with Matthew.

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Becoming Catholic #6: Church Authority, and Saint Ignatius the Red Pill, Part 3

In short, in this epistle, like the others, Ignatius of Antioch, a man who knew and was discipled by some of the Apostles himself, and barely 75 years after the death and Resurrection of Christ, took the authority of the Church very seriously, and took the tri-partite structure of Bishop, priests, and deacons for granted within the Catholic Church.

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Lincoln's Advice for Lawyers

[Lincoln’s] success was notable enough to induce various people to ask him for his advice on not only becoming a lawyer, but the practice of law.  His answers epitomize the homespun, down-to-earth, and common-sense way in which Lincoln famously expressed himself, even as President.  Baked into his answers was a healthy dose of life experience which anyone intent on a successful career in any field could benefit from.

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Becoming Catholic #4: A Comedy, on Why a Medieval Jew Became a Medieval Catholic—The Story of Abraham

This amusing story shows how the worst of things prompted the best of decisions. It expresses, in a satirical manner, one of the great reasons I myself decided to become a Catholic—because the Church continued to stand athwart history, tenaciously consistent and stable despite the best efforts of Her clergy. My hope is that as this series continues, this assertion will become increasingly convincing. In the meantime, it’s time for a good—and instructive—laugh.

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Joshua Charles
The Forgotten Warnings of the Founders on Luxury/Materialism

For the Founders, the issue of luxury was intimately connected with liberty. They firmly believed that liberty was man’s birthright, but they also knew that opposed to his birthright was his predilection for preferring the proverbial bowl of stew—our desire for creaturely comforts tend to overwhelm our adherence to principles and ideals, causing us to lose our taste for liberty.

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Joshua Charles
Faith of the Founders #3: Washington's God-Saturated Inaugural Address

[T]he first Inaugural Address of our first President acknowledged, addressed, and supplicated God in the most reverent terms. Biblical concepts of God’s rule over the nations, His blessings for righteous behavior, and His continuing guidance of the new nation are emphatically asserted. It is undeniable that in his first great act as President, Washington intended to involve not just his countrymen, but God, in the event.

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Faith of the Founders #1: George Washington and America's Divine Shot at Glory

Many are familiar with the Farewell Address of President George Washington.  But fewer people are familiar with Washington’s first “farewell address,” namely the farewell he thought would be his final public one. I refer to his 1783 Circular to the State Governments…In general, while Washington gave his advice on specific policies, the Circular is full of admonition for Americans to recognize that they had been given a truly unique opportunity by God, and they best not waste it.

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Becoming Catholic #1: The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist in the Church Fathers

After nearly 30 years as a devout Protestant, I decided in February 2018, after nearly a year of in-depth study, to become Catholic…So I’ve decided that I will be doing a large, multi-part series of blogs which show some of the reasons I decided to convert…A big reason why I am writing these posts is not only to explain, in depth, the reasons for my conversion, but also provide good resources for people who simply don’t have the time or willingness to do the sort of in-depth study I have done.

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Joshua Charles
Justice for the Justice: or, Law vs. Mobs

On Monday, October 8, 2018, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh was formally sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.  The event marked the official “end” of a rancorous three months that was undoubtedly the most contentious judicial nomination process in American history.

But another victory, more sweeping and fundamental in its consequences, was also achieved: the sacred presumption of innocence was defended against an ideological lynch mob who sought to destroy it.

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