The Papists

Apologetics and Evengelization
  • April 9, 2012 10:55 pm
    wewillshoutyourpraise-deactivat:  Why did Jesus have to die on a cross to save us from sin? Why couldn't He do something less (for lack of a better word) radical?

    Could you imagine a less radical ending for such a radical person? Christ came and fundamentally altered everything. He told us to turn the other cheek, asked us to love our enemies. He came and said that we have sinned and that through He alone could we enter the Eternal Kingdom of perfectness. It was through the most brutal execution and humiliation that He gave us His final lesson: that even He would endure public humiliation, torture and a slow and painful execution for our sake. He humanly endured all the worst of what we could ever endure and He did it for the sake of our souls. For when God was killed for giving humanity a chance at redemption in death humanity can find redemption.

    You cannot find a more fitting end to Christ’s time on earth. He was the radical, He was a revolutionary. In His revolution He sought the restoration of the human soul. No one like that could fizzle out with a whimper. 

    -Chris (nonjeneregrette) 

  • February 20, 2012 8:55 pm

    A Call to Arms in the War on Christianity

    To say that Christianity is fighting for its life is not merely an understatement, it is THE understatement. The tenets of the Church are unwavering, virtuous and justly so, but Christianity is in a fight for its life nonetheless. The fight has been taken to the people, to those who believe and disbelieve, and it is they who are the battleground; riddled in corruption and mired in pestilence, they have become the place whereby all Christianity stands to fall.

    The war on Christianity is rampant, unrelenting and is more apparent now than it has ever been. It is clearly evident in the Obama administration’s HHS mandate; a clear infringement on the orthodoxy of all Catholic institutions and many others. It is evident when we are just hearing reports that six religious leaders were arrested for kneeling and praying in solidarity in front of the gates of the White House. All the while for months Occupy This-or-That protestors defiled public and private property and raged a verbal and cyber war against private and public enterprises. We see it in our schools and places of employment, where we are all too familiar with the boilerplate scenarios of people being fired or disciplined for publicly praying or posting a copy of the Ten Commandments. Examples can be strewn ad infinitum. But these great, shining examples of the war are hardly the greatest in consequence. Christianity is on the decline in the United States; Christianity is virtually dead in Europe. Where is it alive in society? In Africa there were only nine million Christians in 1900, yet in 2000 that continent boasted 380 million Christians. No other place can claim such a great and vast rise in such a small period of time. The Church now maintains over 135 million members on the continent alone; and where are we? Tearing away at the fringes of our foundation by the fraying course we have undertaken by which our iniquity and impulses have nourished our appetite for the damnation of the self.

    I don’t mean, singularly, eternal damnation (though that is quite the obvious outcome), what I mean to say is that we have damned ourselves in every thought and action; every choice that distances what we believe from the truth of Christianity. The pervading sexualization of society is hardly a perverse pariah that haunts our union with God; it has diminished the family; it has plagued and tarnished the purity of the individual. Everywhere we contrast reality from God and say that orthodoxy plays no role, that nothing in Christianity has set the precedent already. Hobbes’ Civil Society is in full swing and this is it: the final shudder of what it means to live.

    True and devout Christians remain, constantly reaffirming their unity with the Church, but they grow in endangerment in and out of every day. They’ve come to symbolize the sheep that some skeptics have christened Christians to be; purposely advancing every cause without conflict, with ease, without a shred of the burden of the matter. Believer or not, we are all responsible for the state of Christianity. And it is in the understanding of the sheer weight and gravity of our circumstances that we must make a call for a revolution because at this very point in our society and our hearts God lays crippled under the feet of Satan. Chesterton wrote, “In the upper world hell once rebelled against heaven. But in this world heaven is rebelling against hell. For the orthodox there can always be a revolution; for a revolution is a restoration.”

    Revolutions are not won by mere smiles and self-congratulations; they are not achieved through the nostrum of pity either. Revolutions restore what is true and right through the rectitude of actions, the fervency of words and the refusal to submit to the perfidious temptations that come from within and without. Building is a task that can take years and every ounce of life, but destruction comes about as a result of the avarice of a single action. Only when we live in union, speak in conjunction and compel with the rawness of human emotion can we abate what is inherently evil, the things that shroud all light. Given the chance, a speck of that light can garner people, who through their own free will will walk from the encasing hands of darkness.

    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is our greatest ally in salvaging the sinking ship, but in its use we must remain cognizant of the fact that coercion and violation beget nothing more than a pyrrhic victory. Some have already hurt our cause by violating and disturbing without provocation, by not following the examples that were laid before the diminution of faith and morality. We can no longer wage war with malice and contempt, but rather, through the virtuousness of reasonable actions. And in those actions Divine Providence will guide us and those against us and those unaware they stand against us. While ultimately excluded, in the first draft of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson wrote, “We might have been a free and great people together.” We may still yet, but we cannot hope to be free in this enclosed wilderness. And so, the war for restoration must be waged by us, the very people who are responsible for a need to restore. Idle no more.

    -Chris

  • February 6, 2012 10:35 pm

    radical notions: The Apparent God: The Affirmation of God's Existence

    nonjeneregrette:

    Introduction

    In the course of human interaction and belief there exist choices that are made for the fulfillment of one thing or another. Choices are made depending on the circumstance or even predicated upon an individual’s belief in the right option. And it is the singular decision to choose…