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The Dispensation of Paganism

That’s Newman’s expression for “the dealings of God with those to whom He did not vouchsafe a written revelation” (from Arians of the Fourth Century, in The Genius of Newman, 178). Newman finds a type of this dispensation “in the history of Balaam … Continue reading

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Priestly Authority

Hus, Wycliffe, or Luther were not the first to interpret the priesthood as a bid to monopolize the graces given to all the elect. Nor were Machiavelli and Spinoza the first to interpret Israel’s polity in secular terms. No, all of … Continue reading

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Unwritten Revelation

It is a commonplace of Catholic theology that divine revelation consists in both the written (Scripture) and unwritten tradition handed on by the apostles to the stewardship of the Church (cf. Dei Verbum, Sec. 7-8). Classing the latter category with the … Continue reading

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Eldad and Medad’s prophecy

Numbers 11:24-33 relates how the LORD gathers seventy elders to Moses at the tent of meeting, and places the same Spirit that abided in him within them, so that these elders begin to prophesy. But then something strange happens: Eldad … Continue reading

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Consequences of Dropping Supersessionism

Bruce Marshall has a lovely essay on the Church’s relation to Israel in The Cambridge Companion to Christian Doctrine. Let me summarize the highlights: 1. Marshall, like most Catholic and mainline Protestant theologians nowadays, thinks we should abandon supersessionism (= the … Continue reading

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