Why a Protestant would like the idea of purgatory

The image above is a depiction of souls burning in the flames of Purgatory as displayed on the facade of the Church of Ánimas (Capilla de Ánimas) in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Source/License “The practice of praying for the dead is, I think, the fundamental origin of the doctrine of purgatory. … We often wantContinue reading “Why a Protestant would like the idea of purgatory”

Our future depends on history’s most compelling event

Is history’s most compelling event the opening night of Private Lives? I love words and old stuff, so I listen to a BBC radio program from the last century called My Word! Panelists are quizzed on words, literature, and the like. In one episode, the panelists were asked, If you could be present at any historical event,Continue reading “Our future depends on history’s most compelling event”

Why do you (or don’t you) trust the Bible?

If you trust the Bible as a historical and holy book, what is the reason(s)? Is it any of these? Because you always have. Because you like what’s in it. Because you have examined the evidence and found that the weight of evidence points to its trustworthiness. If you don’t trust the Bible as aContinue reading “Why do you (or don’t you) trust the Bible?”

Is faith rational? It depends.

“How well do CBT [Cognitive Behavioral Therapy] and religion mix? CBT is all about rationality, and religion is often about faith. The two seem kind of opposite. … CBT is … grounded in western empiracism and rationality, and faith is something that is very much different.” (Jason M. Satterfield • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for RetrainingContinue reading “Is faith rational? It depends.”