Response to Givan2009 on St. Photios

October 31, 2009

Originally posted 10/27/2009.

WRH: Dear Givan2009,
While I would have liked to cap off my commentary on the Photian controversy with the happy news that St. Photios the Great died in penitence in communion with the Apostolic See and was canonized in a time of union between Old Rome and New Rome,{1} your repetition of historical myths, including your (at least implicit) false portrayal of St. Photios as a man with a blameless ecclesiastical career, has forced me to return to the less pleasant aspects of the patriarch’s career. I apologize for the bare-bones nature of this critique; I’ve been time-constrained by technical difficulties and other business.

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Response to Perry Robinson on Corporeal Vision of Uncreated Light

October 31, 2009

Originally posted 10/31/2009.

Yesterday (10/30/2009), Energetic Procession webmaster Perry Robinson said the following in response to my 10/15/2009 post “God Cannot Be Seen with the Eyes of the Body“:

But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.

Luke 9:32

I guess the glory isn’t God.

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And the Lord God formed man of the slime of the earth, Part II

October 25, 2009

Originally posted 12/18/2008.

1. This was going to be a term paper for Faith & Critical Reason but for sundry reasons it was not to be and it did not end up nearly long enough anyway; my term paper was instead on reasons for safeguarding the environment. I was moved by the style of the Church Fathers to write this in a homiletic manner, but there is probably a great deal of rambling because I was trying to draw things out to meet the required paper length:

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Church Fathers on Abortion

October 25, 2009

Originally posted 3/6/2009.

The God-bearing Fathers unanimously condemn abortion as a grave evil.

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Quranic Falsehood: Saints Drink Wine for Pleasure

October 24, 2009

Originally posted 9/4/2008.

MYTH
In Paradise the saints will drink wine

Pace the assertions of the false prophet Muhammad in the Quran, it is impossible that the saints will drink wine for pleasure, because drinking wine solely for pleasure is in this life mortally sinful, and the life of the saints is more orderly than the present life. Pleasure is not the end of wine drinking, but wine drinking is the end and purpose of the pleasure of that activity.{1} The saints do not seek bodily pleasures because they are already happy; i.e., they have achieved their last end which is the vision of God as He eternally is. Affirming that the saints will drink wine for pleasure in Paradise leads to any number of absurd conclusions, e.g. that man has multiple last ends, man’s happiness consists in some bodily pleasure, man’s happiness consists in some sensitive operation, or man’s happiness consists in some created good, all of which are effectively disproved in Prima Secundæ Partis of the Summa Theologica of the prince of theologians St. Thomas Aquinas @ http://newadvent.org/summa/2.htm.

Notes and References
{1} Aquinas, St. Thomas. Summa Contra Gentiles, 4:83 @ http://www2.nd.edu/Departments/Maritain/etext/gc4_83.htm.


Phantom Errors in Quran

October 24, 2009

Originally posted 1/27/2009.

The Quran pretends to be the word of God, but several “internal contradictions” presented on the Answering Islam website are not contradictions, though there are plenty of examples of real Quranic internal contradictions. I try my best not to have double standards when evaluating other “sacred” texts, and to give the benefit of the doubt in accordance with Christian charity. Here are some of these phantom internal errors (translation from Arberry):

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The Incoherence of the Atheistic “Better World”

October 24, 2009

Originally posted 4/24/2009.

MYTH
God is not omnipotent or omnibenevolent because He did not create a world in which all persons always freely choose good

1. Today I gave a presentation on the essay Evil and Omnipotence by atheist J.L. Mackie, but I did not have time to give the following demonstration by Dr. Scott Carson of the incoherence of a salient atheist objection to the mutual consistency of the propositions (1) God is omnibenevolent; (2) God is omnipotent; (3) Evil exists. The atheist objects along the lines of, “God is not omnipotent or omnibenevolent because He did not create a world in which all persons always freely choose good.” Let the following sequence adopted from a post of Dr. Scott Carson{1} manifest the self-defeating nature of atheist J.L. Mackie’s proposal that in an omnipotent omnibenevolent Creator would, in this better world, let all persons freely choose good and always intervene when they are about to choose evil:

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