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Gnosticism, New Age & DaVinci Code

The publication of The Da Vinci Code in 2003 and the New Age movement both rekindled interest in an ancient religious movement known as Gnosticism.  A second century bishop named Irenaeus wrote a massive rebuttal of the claims of the gnostics which we do well...

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Dissertation Abstract on Henri de Lubac – Marcellino D’Ambrosio

This doctoral dissertation abstract on "Henri de Lubac and the Recovery of the Traditional Hermeneutic" was submitted to the theology department of the Catholic University of America by Marcellino D'Ambrosio for completion of the requirements of a Ph.D. in historical theology.  The abstract was submitted...

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Council of Orange on Grace

The second Council of Orange was a small synod of only 14 bishops, presided over by St. Caesarius, bishop of Arles, held in what is now south-eastern France.  It confronted issues of faith, grace, free-will and predestination in order to solve lingering debates over Pelagianism...

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Zacchaeus – Grace Comes to the Tax Collector

Zacchaeus (a.k.a Zaccheus) was an especially successful tax collector and therefore an exceptionally hated man. On the road to Jericho, from the limb of a Sycamore tree, this blood-sucking vampire caught a glimpse of mercy and grace and had to make a choice....

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True Origins of Halloween – Pagan Druid or Christian?

Can a Christian celebrate Halloween? In this article, Church historian Fr. Augustine Thompson sifts through the evidence to see if it supports the common belief that All Hallows Eve and its various customs had their origin in a pagan feast dating back to the Druids...

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Avery Dulles: Witness and Teacher

A tribute to Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., from Marcellino D'Ambrosio, one of his doctoral students.  The author notes Dulles' commitment to holiness and discipleship first as the necessary anchor for his work as a theologian.  Dulles was first of all a witness and only secondarily...