Donald R. McClarey

Napoleon on Christ?

(The American Catholic will observe its tenth anniversary in October.  We will be reposting some classic TAC posts of the past.  This post is from November 21, 2014. )     I have been reading, and enjoying, Andrew Roberts’ new

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Donald R. McClarey

Patheos v. Christ

News that I missed courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   SEATTLE, WA—After reading several chapters from the gospels over the weekend, local progressive believer Wendy Butler reportedly published a Patheos blog post in which she criticized Jesus of Nazareth for

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Donald R. McClarey

Ten Years of TAC: Who Do We Say That He Is?

(The American Catholic will observe its tenth anniversary in October.  We will be reposting some classic TAC posts of the past.  This post is from December 24, 2017.)     [15] Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say

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Donald R. McClarey

Worse Than Murder Inc and the Princess

    A minion of Planned Parenthood Worse Than Murder Inc tweeted that the world needs a Disney Princess who has had an abortion.  Been there, done that:   After a backlash from Twitter users, Planned Parenthood pulled the tweet.

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Donald R. McClarey

One Solitary Life

“There is no greater drama in human record than the sight of a few Christians scorned or oppressed by a succession of emperors, bearing all trials by a fierce tenacity, multiplying quietly, building order while their enemies generated chaos, fighting

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Donald R. McClarey

A Proclamation

  The twenty-fifth day of December. In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth; the two thousand nine hundred

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Donald R. McClarey

Who Do We Say That He Is?

      [15] Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? [16] Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. [17] And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art

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Donald R. McClarey

Messianic Prophesies: Daniel 2: 44-45

Beginning our Advent look at Messianic prophecies for this year, a series which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here,

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Donald R. McClarey

Pal Jesus is a Myth

Jesus told his disciples this parable: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one– to each according to his

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Donald R. McClarey

Virgins and the Thief in the Night

Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking

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Donald R. McClarey

Seat of Moses

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example.

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Donald R. McClarey

Christ and the Law

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You

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Donald R. McClarey

Rendering Unto God and Caesar

The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God

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Donald R. McClarey

A Divine Wedding, Justice and Hell

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to

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Donald R. McClarey

Of Vineyards, God and Abraham Lincoln

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: “Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint Augustine and the Canaanite Woman

At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” But

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Life in a Time of Tares

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his

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Christ and History

  I’ll tell you what stands between us and the Greeks.  Two thousand years of human suffering stands between us! Christ on His Cross stands between us! Michelangelo, Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)       Popular historian Tom Holland,

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Who Do We Say That He Is?

  My bride and I are teaching a CCD class of fifth and sixth graders.  The kids are a joy:  inquisitive and bright.  One of the topics last evening was the Trinity.  When we came to Jesus we described him

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Christ and History

Walter Russell Mead at The American Interest, who normally writes on purely secular topics, has an interesting Christmas column up:   The Christian claim about the Virgin Birth is meant as a radical announcement that Christianity is different. Christianity is

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Jesus as the Greatest of Black Swan Events

rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cygno Juvenal The completely unexpected in history has always fascinated me.  Nassim Nicholas Taleb, in his 2007 book The Black Swan, took a look at the impact of events in history for which our

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Cause the Media Tells Me So

  Strong advisory in regard to the above video which shows the Jihadi murderers of ISIS publically executing an accused adulteress as she begs to see her children one last time.  Why does not the West treat the Jihadists around the

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Pal Jesus Won’t Save You

“A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.” H. Richard Nieburh   One of the more distressing aspects of the times in which we live is

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One Solitary Life

All the armies that have ever marched All the navies that have ever sailed All the parliaments that have ever sat All the kings that ever reigned put together   Have not affected the life of mankind on earth As

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If the Modern Media Had Covered Christ

            From Jennifer Roback Morse at Aleteia:       The headlines swirled around the Levant as itinerant preacher Jesus of Nazareth reportedly excuses both prostitutes and the men who frequent them. The latest controversy came

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Easter and History

I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history. H.G.

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Does Jesus Hate Our Religion?

I encourage my students (past and present) to ask questions and seek the truth, and sometimes some will take up the challenge. Last week we saw the challenge of prior Myths to our belief in the historical Jesus Christ.  This

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What Did Christ Look Like?

  Go here for the full version of the above video.  This was originally broadcast  on December 24, 1968 on the CBS show Sixty Minutes.  An artifact demonstrating how greatly our culture has changed for the worse in four decades.  I

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