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  • Is Evil Necessary for Soul-Making?

    by Paul M. Gould, Associate Director of RC Prof

    Speed Summary: It is a truism that trials and tribulations can make us stronger. We can, and often do, grow morally and spiritually, through difficulties. This truth is affirmed by human experience, theology, and philosophy. Some, such as John Hick, go further and offer what is called a soul-making theodicy. The claim is not just that God can and does use evil for our good, but that it is necessary fo...   More

  • Blessed...

    This is not some mind blowing new discovery, or topic, but maybe a different look at what we have all read or heard previously.  You know, your testimony is your best witness, or just share what God has done. Possibly, for you, it is "just show the love of Jesus in your actions".  We have all heard it, and it rings true today, possibly each Sunday, somewhere, someone is saying "people will want what you have just by the way you act", and "the best way to evangelize the lost is to...   More

  • On the Reading of Old Books - part 2

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    Reading books help me see reality through another’s eyes. As C. S. Lewis aptly put it, “in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with myriad eyes, but it is still I who see.” [1]  In my last post, I shared three books from the Ancient World that have helped me understand the contemporary world. In this post, I want to share three more,...   More

  • Covenant Theology: A Neglected Art

    by Anna Kitko, Ratio Christi Regional Director for Tennessee and South Carolina.

    Speedy Summary: Within Christianity there are two broad schools of thought describing God’s interactions with His people through the Old Testament and New Testament. The older school of “Covenant Theology” organizes the biblical time line according to covenant agreements bestowed by God onto his people. These covenants work to develop, expand, and exp...   More

  • Back to the Basics

    Dr. Norman Geisler once stated, concerning historic Christianity, “one Book, two testaments, three Creeds, four Councils and five centuries.” In other words, the foundation of Christianity can be summarized within the first 500 years after the death of Jesus. My goal here is to elaborate on Dr. Geisler’s summary.   More

  • How Do We Know Right from Wrong?

    Have you ever considered how we know right from wrong? I ask someone recently to assume God did not exist. Then I ask would they continue doing, what they considered, nice things for others. Of course, they said yes, but why? On what do we base right, wrong, good and bad? The way we were raised? The culture? I would suggest, as with a significant number of others, without God, there would not be a right and wrong. This can be one of the strongest arguments for the existence of God called th...   More

  • On the Reading of Old Books - part 1

    By Dr. Paul M. Gould

    As an academic, I constantly worry that I’m falling behind. New essays within my area of specialty are published quarterly in all the leading philosophy journals. There’s no way I can keep up. Even if I were current, that status would evaporate with the beginning of a new semester and the subsequent demands of teaching. The desire to be current—an unachievable yet every-present desire—biases me against old books...   More