Monday, January 23, 2006

Lack of Posting

While I suffer no narcissistic delusion whereby I imagine that people need a daily Pedantic Protestant posting fix or some sort of Mother Hen action by this blog, it might be a bit helpful to explain the lack of posting over the last month or so.

I'm not getting tired of blogging --- I always have opinions or things to say [whose value is up for debate], but I have been busy. If I have the time to do so, I don't have the mental juice to do so, since the mental juice has been expended on other things --- things that bring in a paycheck.

Right now, I'm playing the game of "Graduate Student" whereby I'm teaching myself a few programming languages, sitting in on two graduate courses, and reading up on some courses that I taught a few years back but, distressingly, have forgotten. It's an existence of pleasurable toil, so don't feel sorry for me. Recently, as well, I was picked up as a full-time consultant at a world-class consulting firm, and this will be my new life and career. I'm presently finishing up some part-time consulting projects that I had before this full-time consultancy came along. Again, I'm not frazzled and working 20 hour days or anything, but my time is fairly well-accounted-for.

To be honest, I don't know what will happen to PP in the near future. We may have dropped down from triple-digit glory to double-digit ignominy as far as readers go, and the lack of posting may have already driven part of the crowd away. Maybe I've driven everybody away, and I'm just talking to myself. Ah, but we won't open THAT can o' worms. :-)

16 Comments:

Blogger Patrick Chan said...

Well, I always appreciate your comments and thoughts, PP, and hope you won't be gone for too long. But if you are, that's okay, it just means we'll have to savor your next post(s) even more! :-)

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 8:33:00 AM  
Blogger BlackCalvinist said...

I still read.

By the way, why has it taken me umpteen gazillion years to figure out who you were ?

Does this conversation look familiar ? LOL

Thursday, January 26, 2006 6:23:00 PM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Thanks for the nice words, Mr Chan. I'm not sure as of the future of this PP blog.

As for you, Kerry --- HAHAHA. While figuring out my not-too-secret secret identity is not quite on par with discovering that pro wrestling is fake, it in retrospect is pretty obvious, ain't it? Sort of like figuring out that the WWF wrestler named "Big Machine" in 1988 was Andre the Giant with a mask on.

About that Trinity chat, I think we were yakking on AOL. Re-reading that, I may have gotten my terms mixed up regarding the Greeks and Latins on "person" and "hypostatic".

If you want to see how my thinking has evolved or devolved, try my "One Minute Christology" post somewhere here at PP. Over the years, I lost interest in sorting out the philosophy behind the Trinitarian view of God. I couldn't find any formal contradictions, but I couldn't construct a positive picture in my head either. It is one of those things that I accept without too much questioning because [so I'd argue] scripture is reliable on other things.

As to why it took you so long, you know you merely could've asked as a post long ago stated. The staff here at PP came to the unanimous opinion that you missed the obvious because your brain cells were wholly given over to matters of much more cosmic significance. Either that, or you don't have a future being a private eye! :-)

Friday, January 27, 2006 1:27:00 AM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Ah Patrick, while you certainly exude sartorial splendor, you needn't get dressed up for this blog --- PP is not that classy an affair. We do hold to "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service" but you needn't don dashing duds either. Feel free to go casual here.

Friday, January 27, 2006 1:29:00 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Moorhead said...

I try to get around to PP every day. It hurts if I don't.

Monday, January 30, 2006 8:40:00 AM  
Blogger sumbibazo said...

We have never commented - but we sure have visited and read ... alot. We found you about a month ago linked on Phil Johnson's site and we were so excited to find your writing on Romans. They were excellent and extremely helpful!! We definitely understand a busy schedule, and we will keep checking to see if you have any new posts. Thank you for the time you have given to your blog.

Monday, January 30, 2006 2:37:00 PM  
Blogger BlackCalvinist said...

That was Andre ? *gasp* Wow. Then who was SuperMachine ? (Especially with Jimmy Superfly Snuka being suspended at the time...)

Tuesday, February 07, 2006 10:06:00 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Moorhead said...

PP is getting stale . . .

Thursday, February 09, 2006 6:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i want you to post again.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 9:26:00 PM  
Blogger Gummby said...

Dude: Star Trek is gonna have a new movie in 2008. That's gotta be worth at least one comeback post.

Monday, April 24, 2006 9:12:00 PM  
Blogger Joe L. said...

***crickets***

Thursday, October 19, 2006 3:46:00 PM  
Blogger JIBBS said...

*opens creeky door*

*flicks a non-operational light switch*

*brushes cobwebs from face*

*"The authorities will soon condemn this place"*

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knock, knock...........

Saturday, August 30, 2008 9:51:00 PM  
Blogger Michael Gormley said...

Questions and Answers about the Marks and Attributes of the Church

152.Which is the one true Church established by Christ?

The one true Church established by Christ is the Catholic Church.

(a) Many churches which claim to be Christian have broken away from the one true Church established by Jesus Christ. These churches were founded by men who had no authority from God to found a church.

(b) Christ intended that there should be only one true Christian Church, for He always spoke of His Church as one.

153. How do we know that the Catholic Church is the one true Church established by Christ?

We know that the Catholic Church is the one true Church established by Christ because it alone has the marks of the true Church.

154. What do we mean by the marks of the Church?

By the marks of the Church we mean certain clear signs by which all men can recognize it as the true Church founded by Jesus Christ.

(a) Jesus Christ willed that the true Church should have these marks, which would distinguish it from all false religions.

155. What are the chief marks of the Church?

The chief marks of the Church are four: It is one, holy, catholic or universal, and apostolic.

(a) Sacred Scripture teaches that the one true Church of Christ must have these marks.

(b) The marks of the Church are themselves an indication that God guides the Church.

156. Why is the Catholic Church one?

The Catholic Church is one because all its members, according to the will of Christ, profess the same faith, have the same sacrifice and sacraments, and are united under one and the same visible head, the Pope.

(a) Our Divine Savior prayed explicitly that His Church might be one, and He made it one; thus men can recognize it as the true Church.

(b) Only the Catholic Church possesses this mark of unity. Various sects, having only fragments of Christianity, are divided in doctrine and practice and recognize no authority but their own judgment, which can easily lead them into error.

(c) There are many religious sects which claim to be Christian, but are separated from the unity of Christ by their rejection of the authority invested by Him in the Roman Pontiff, the successor to Saint Peter.

(d) Catholics accept all the doctrines of faith and morals which were taught by Our Lord and the apostles and are proposed by the Church for belief and practice. A person who deliberately denies even one of the doctrines of the Church cannot be a Catholic. The Church is one in faith.

(e) Catholics take part in the same sacrifice of the Mass and accept the same sacraments, although the same language and the same ceremonies are not used by all in the offering of Mass and in the administration of the sacraments.

Everywhere the essential parts of the ceremonies are the same and substantially the same words are used in offering Mass. Hence the Church is one in worship. What Christ determined, the Church cannot change.

Since Christ, however, did not determine many points of worship in non-essential matters, the Church has the authority to do so.

(f) Catholics are subject to their respective bishops who rule them. They must recognize the supreme authority of the Pope in matters of religion.

A person who deliberately refuses to accept the legitimate and supreme authority of the Pope and the bishops in matters of religion cannot be a Catholic.

Monday, October 25, 2010 3:09:00 AM  
Blogger Michael Gormley said...

SANTIFICATION:

Evangelical Protestantism tends to emphasize salvation as an event and many aspects of our salvation are viewed as past events.

In Catholic thought there is a much greater emphasis on salvation as a process, as working out your salvation.

The pursuit of holiness and ultimately salvation is a journey, begun at our baptism and completed in the consummation of all things.

In the mystery of God's sovereign will, he has chosen to extend to us the dignity of choice, and so attaining salvation is portrayed in the Scriptures as is in some sense contingent on our final perseverance:

"And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach_if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard." (Colossians 1:21-23) (1)

All of salvation is gained for us by the infinite merits of Jesus Christ in his atoning death on the cross:

Christ's death is both the Pascal sacrifice that accomplishes the definitive redemption of men, through the "Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world," and the sacrifice of the New Covenant, which restores men to communion with God by reconciling him to God through the "blood of the covenant, which was poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." (Catechism of the Catholic Church 613)

Monday, October 25, 2010 3:10:00 AM  
Blogger Michael Gormley said...

Not Saved by Faith Only

Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. (James 2:24)

It cannot get any clearer than the verse in James that good works are necessary for Christians to truly have the life that Jesus promises.

Common objections...

James is not speaking of salvation. But notice that the verse immediately preceding refers to Abraham's saving faith...

And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. (James 2:23)

The book of James is hard to understand and therefore this verse should be ignored. In fact, Martin Luther wanted to remove this book from the Bible.

But the verse is actually easy to understand for those who accept Catholic teaching.

Shame on those Protestants...interpreting the Bible as their sole authority with preconceived doctrines.

Monday, October 25, 2010 3:11:00 AM  

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