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Supernatural Revelation

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 03.01.12 |

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We continue this series of posts on the basics of Catholic understanding of revelation, now moving from natural revelation to supernatural revelation.

Supernatural Revelation
In addition to the revelation of God available in nature, God has also communicated directly with mankind through history, which may be called supernatural revelation. Supernatural revelation communicates to humanity truths…  [Continue Reading]

Natural Revelation in the Catholic Tradition

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 02.27.12 |

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Natural revelation refers to God’s self-disclosure in creation, through the things that have been made. Scripture and magisterial teaching are equally clear and emphatic that the knowledge of the existence of God and his basic attributes can be achieved by human reason reflecting on the created order:

  1. The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
  2. Day to day pours…  [Continue Reading]

Thoughts on the Church's Old Testament Canon

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 02.15.12 |

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The Canon of the Old Testament in the Days of Jesus

There was no universally-accepted canon of Scripture among the Jews in the first century A.D. Instead, different sects within Judaism had divergent views of which books were inspired and authoritative. The Samaritans and the Sadducees, although very different in their religious views and practice, were agreed that only the five Books of Moses were…  [Continue Reading]

The Successor of Peter and Biblical Interpretation

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 11.10.11 |

St. John Lateran
The Chair of Peter in the Basilica of St. John Lateran

Some months ago on this blog, we had a discussion about the role of the Papacy in the Church and specifically with respect to the interpretation of Scripture.

I keep coming back to the Pope’s homily upon assuming the Chair of Peter in St. John Lateran (7 May 2005).

(St. John Lateran is, of course, the Cathedral of Rome—not St. Peter’s in the Vatican.  St. John Lateran is the official church of the…  [Continue Reading]

Great Time at the Shrine

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 11.08.11 |

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Shrine Director Leif Arvidson with Drs. Hahn & Bergsma

Dr. Hahn and I had the pleasure of visiting and speaking at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, this weekend.  A crowd of 400 came out to make the Marian pilgrimage, and hear talks on Confession and Eucharist, and receive those very sacraments.  The Shrine, built by the people of the Diocese of La Crosse under the leadership of now-Cardinal Raymond Burke, is a hidden treasure…  [Continue Reading]

Why the Pope Has to Be Infallible, Part 3

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 09.06.11 |

St Peter

This is the third in a series of posts about Papal infallibility and its relationship to the interpretation of Scripture. See part 1, part 2, and part 2a.

In the first and second parts of this series of posts, we discussed the infallibility of the Church as a whole, and then the infallibility of an ecumenical council.

We concluded the last post with the question, Is the infallibility of an ecumenical…  [Continue Reading]

Why the Pope has to be Infallible, Part 2a

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 08.31.11 |

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The semester is in full swing for many of us, and the time to blog is scarce.  In preparation for my next post on papal infallibility, I’d like to call attention to this well-known essay by Protestant theologian Stephen Long from Garret-Nelson Seminary, who made some excellent and succinct remarks on the necessity of the papacy during the time of John Paul II’s funeral and the election of Benedict…  [Continue Reading]

Why the Pope has to be Infallible, Part 2

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 08.30.11 |

Bene XVI

In my last post,  I tried to show that there were two basic positions about who is the final arbiter of the interpretation of Scripture, either (A) the Church or (B) the individual Christian, and if (A) is true, then the Church has to be infallible; otherwise one returns to the default position (B).

I think many are willing to grant that the Church is infallible.  I would have accepted that proposition…  [Continue Reading]


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