August 19, 2018

Author Archive | Mark Shea

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Mark Shea: I believe in God the Father Almighty – Part Five

This is Part Five of Mark Shea’s eight-part series on the first line of the Creed. Click here for Part One. Babies come from mommies and daddies, cars come from builders, and trees come from acorns. And though adults may simply rest content with that explanation, little children inevitably ask, “Where do the parents, builders, […]

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Mark Shea: I believe in One God, the Father Almighty – Part Four

This is Part Four of Mark Shea’s eight-part series on the first line of the Creed. Click here for Part One. To be sure, there are those who painstakingly make their way to belief in one God via the route of philosophical argument. Indeed, we meet some of these people in the pages of the […]

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Mark Shea: I believe in One God, the Father Almighty – Part Three

Read part two here. For the first Christians, Jews one and all, the encounter with God took place through their entire culture. They were a people steeped in the thought and imagery of the Law and the Prophets: what Christians call the “Old Testament”. God, before he was revealed as God the Father by Jesus, […]

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Mark Shea: I believe in One God, the Father Almighty – Part Two

  Read part one here. I Believe There are two interesting things to notice about these words of the Creed. The first is that the Creed makes not the slightest attempt at argument for the existence of one God. The Creed assumes that the person professing it has already done their homework or has, at […]

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Mark Shea: I Believe in One God, the Father Almighty – Part One

The very first thing we do as followers of God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is believe and speak. The two go together like the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. We say, “I believe” because we are taking personal ownership of a revelation we did not invent but which God, in his […]

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Mark Shea: Parable of the ten virgins

Jesus tells, it is no secret, weird and difficult parables.  One of them is the Parable of the Ten Virgins: Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took […]

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Mark Shea: Is technology morally neutral?

One common theme heard, especially in the gun-besotted United States, is the old saw, “Guns don’t kill people.  People kill people.”  Prescinding from the obvious reply–which the enlightened country of Australia was able to figure out without much trouble twenty years ago– “It’s really hard to shoot five hundred people—or even one–if you don’t have […]

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Mark Shea: Common sense from Fr James Martin SJ

  I have criticised Fr. James Martin, SJ in this space, so it is only fair that I praise him as well when he does good.  Last week, he published two tweets that sum up very nicely the insane dichotomy of the politics of my country—and the Church’s entirely sane reply to them: The tweets […]

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Mark Shea: We Americans can’t help but love a royal wedding

Americans are supposed to not care about Royal Weddings because, you know, American. We actually have it in our Constitution that you cannot have titles of royalty and nobility.  If you come here and become a citizen you have to legally drop “Sir” from Sir Anthony Hopkins or Sir Patrick Stewart. So it’s pretty bred […]

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Mark Shea: Why Creeds? Conclusion

This is the conclusion of Mark’s series on the Creed. It begins at Why Creeds? Part 1 One of the ways in which I moved from partial to fully biblical (that is, Catholic) faith was by discovering that my little dorm group was wrong about baptism.  In the early Church, to believe and profess your […]

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Mark Shea: Why Creeds? Do This in Remembrance of Me

This is Part 6 of Mark Shea’s series on the Creed. It begins with Why Creeds? Part 1 As we have seen, I had been taught by my little church group that creeds were ‘religion’ in chemical purity: an attempt to put the living God in a box and reduce him to a sort of […]

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Mark Shea: Why Creeds? Everything Old Is New Again

This is Part 5 of Mark’s series on the Creed. It begins with Why Creeds? Part 1 As we saw last time, St. Paul records a brief summary of the Faith in 1 Timothy 3:16. As a young Evangelical, that gave me pause.  It meant that creeds–summaries of the Faith–were biblical, not some medieval accretion. […]