Society and Religion

Scott Hahn on the connection between Benedict XVI and Celestine V

He stopped off in Aquila, Italy, and visited the tomb of an obscure medieval Pope named St. Celestine V (1215-1296). After a brief prayer, he left his pallium, the symbol of his own episcopal authority as Bishop of Rome, on top of Celestine’s tomb! via The Sacred Page: Scott Hahn on the Pope’s Resignation. What? That doesn’t explain everything? Well, click through to read the rest. I am surprised at this movie, although what Dr. Hahn presents is a rather interesting clue. Regardless, this announcement as given a boon to conspiracy theorists and bloggers alike


I’m going to watch “Genesis to Jesus” with Scott Hahn and Rob Corzine

This looks fantastic….

Books / New Testament / Old Testament / etc.

Catholic Bible Dictionary – Personal Thoughts

  This is the third and final installment of my series of posts on the Catholic Bible Dictionary edited by Scott Hahn from Doubleday Religion.  I discussed the author and contents.  I have noted throughout that this dictionary potentially fills a gap in Catholic Biblical resources.  However, this would mean little if the quality was poor.  Here I will give my reaction. Perhaps the best thing that I can say from the outset is this is a book I will recommend to my students.  I currently teach seminarians, those preparing for the diaconate and interested lay people.  This is

Books / Theology

I’m going to tell everyone that I disagree with Scott Hahn

Doesn’t mean that I actually do, however… I’ve agreed with his view of sola scriptura, sola fide, and covenant theology (at least mostly for the latter). I am wrestling with his typological argument on Matthew 16.17-19. I like the fact that he is clear about his struggles and honest about his positions. He knew that he could no longer pastor a church feeling the way he did. That is admirable. It is also admirable that he didn’t stop when he realized that his questioning may in fact lead to a lot of heartache. I don’t agree with him about

Books / Other Posts

Catholic Bible Dictionary – Contents

This is the second main installment of my review of the Catholic Bible Dictionary edited by Scott Hahn from Doubleday Religion.  In this post, I will give an overview of the contents of the dictionary. As an overarching statement, the Catholic Bible Dictionary is a general Bible dictionary.  So, if you are looking for a comparison, think New Bible Dictionary or Harpercollins Bible Dictionary in terms of length and types of articles.  Don’t think Anchor Bible Dictionary or IVP Bible dictionary series.  It contains general articles about the Bible (i.e. introductions to Biblical books) and topics related to the


Struggling with the Typological Argument for Matthew 16.18-19

The question last week was to take a perspective on Scripture and examine it. I chose the Catholic on on Matthew 16.18-19. I shouldn’t have. I’ll be honest – I do see Matthew as a typological author. So, I have struggled with this one. It is by far, my least enthusiastic assignment. But, alas, it is an honest one. How would you answer? _____________ I am responding to Catholic interpretation on Matthew 16.18. Here, here, and here. Matthew 16.18-19 is a substantial verse upon which to base the primacy of Rome upon for the Catholic.  It was a verse

Books / New Testament / Old Testament / etc.

Catholic Bible Dictionary – Author

This is the first main installment of my review of the Catholic Bible Dictionary edited by Scott Hahn.  My first impression is that the dictionary does fill a gap in Catholic Biblical scholarship, but more on that in a later post.  In this post, I’ll give a little background on the author. My first encounter with Scott Hahn was in a Bible study being held in my church parish when I had recently returned to the Catholic Church.  It was his study on the Gospel of John, which our church had an audio copy of.  This was a bit