Luis Dizon – Do the Qur’an and Hadiths Confirm the Bible’s Authority

Does the Quran point Muslims to the Bible? Do the Hadiths direct people to the reliability of the Old and New Testaments? What did Muslims historically believe about this? Luis Dizon answers all of these questions, and more.

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Dr. Leighton Flowers and Dr. Stephen Boyce Discuss Differences in Soteriology

Dr. Leighton Flowers (Southern Baptist Provisionist) and Dr. Stephen Boyce (Reformed Calvinist) discuss soteriology in a round table format with Michael Lofton facilitating. They discuss can grace be resisted and whether Christ atoned for everyone or only the elect. ___________________________________________________________________ Disclaimer: Any view expressed by a host, contributor or guest is not necessarily reflective of […]

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Dr. John Joy – Assent Owed to Non-Infallible Teachings of the Magisterium (R&T Lecture Series)

As part of the R&T Lecture Series, Dr. John Joy delivers a lecture in the scholastic disputatio style on the assent owed to non-infallible teachings of the Magisterium. Is the pope always infallible? How do we determine a teaching is not infallible? How do we determine which magisterial teaching to accept? These questions, and others, are explored by Dr. Joy. __________________________________________________________________

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Stefanie Lozinski – Christian Femininity and Modesty

What is the standard for Christian modesty? Is the Virgin Mary the standard of femininity? Is there a connection between chapel veils and the Tabernacle. What do you say to secular women to challenge them to be more modest? Why does the Latin Mass make people feel the need to dress more modestly? These questions, […]

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Stump the Apologist

Stump the Apologist. Did Jesus allow for divorce and remarriage? Why should I become Catholic instead of Orthodox? Is evolution true? What is the Oriental Orthodox view on Catholicism?  

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Dr. Nicholas DiDonato – Science and Metaphysics

Is Theology still the queen of sciences? Does science disprove theology, religion or metaphysics? Has science made Aristotle outdated? What are the presuppositions behind the scientific method? Does science depend on philosophy? These questions, and many more, will be addressed by Dr. Nicholas DiDonato in this episode of Reason & Theology.

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Fr. Christiaan Kappes – The Companion Qu’rans

#islam #apologetics #catholic

Michael Lofton, William Albrecht and Erick Ybarra discuss The Companion Qu’rans in the Islamic tradition and the impact they have on the reliability of the transmission of the Qu’ran today.

Rev. Dr. Christiaan Kappes is the Academic Dean of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. He also has taught and teaches graduate and undergraduate theology at other institutions in the USA and internationally. He graduated with a doctorate in Liturgy (liturgiology) from Sant’Anselmo in Rome and recently defended his PhD at Thessalonik, Greece in Orthodoox theology under Archbishop Elpidoforos of American on the Essence-Energies distinction in Palamas, Gennadios Scholarios, and the Latin tradition. His most recent book is The Epiclesis Debate at the Council of Florence (ND Press, 2019) and his forthcoming title will be on Gennadios Scholarios and the Essence-Energies distinction at the Theological School of Chalki belonging to the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

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Dr. Stephen Boyce Canon and Textual Criticism Discussion

#newtestament #bible #theology #apologetics #textualcriticism Michael Lofton has a discussion with Dr. Stephen Boyce on the New and Old Testament Canon and New Testament Textual Criticism. They discuss the reliability of the New Testament, the deuterocanonicals, comma johanneum, pericope adulterae and the longer ending of Mark. ___________________________________________________________________ Disclaimer: Any view expressed by a host, contributor […]

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Rick Delano – The End of Quantum Reality

Michael Lofton interviews Rick Delano on his upcoming film entitled The End of Quantum Reality. Rick DeLano has worked as an executive producer, and financial consultant in the music and film industries for more than 20 years. A writer and filmmaker, DeLano is best known for producing the controversial movie, THE PRINCIPLE, an endeavor that […]

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Original Sin Round Table Discussion

Original Sin Round Table Discussion with: Michael Lofton (Host), Erick Ybarra (Catholic), Fr. Patrick Ramsey (Eastern Orthodox), Subdeacon Daniel Kakish (Oriental Orthodox), Turretinfan (Reformed Protestant) and Elijah Yasi (Eastern Catholic).  

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Fr. David Sherry on the Society of Saint Pius X

#catholic #sspx #lefebvre SSPX priest Fr. David Sherry speaks with R&T about the SSPX. Discussion topics will include the following: 1. What is the SSPX 2. Who was Lefebvre 3. Was he guilty of a schismatic act when he ordained 4 bishops or was it necessary due to a state of emergency? 4. Does the Vatican […]

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Critiquing Catholic and Orthodox Reactionism

Michael Lofton, Fr. Patrick and Erick Ybarra critique Catholic and Orthodox “reactionism” by addressing the following issues. Catholic Reactionism: Communion while kneeling. The Epistle and Gospel readings in Latin. Communion under one form. Separating baptism and confirmation The form of baptism. Communion for those who reached the age of reason alone. Praying the rosary during […]

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Discussion on the Filioque in the East and West

Michael Lofton, Erick Ybara (Catholic) and Fr. John Ramsey (Orthodox) have a discussion on the Filioque in the East and West. Topics include: What is the filioque? What is the eternal manifestation of the Holy Spirit? What did St. Augustine teach about the filioque? What did St. Gregory Palamas teach about the filioque? Is the […]

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Atonement Theories Round Table

Michael hosts a discussion with a Roman Catholic (Erick Ybarra), Eastern Catholic (Elijah Yasi), Eastern Orthodox (Fr. Patrick Ramsey), Oriental Orthodox (Daniel Kakish) and a Reformed Protestant (Turretinfan) on theories of the atonement of Christ (Ransom Theory, Christus Victor Theory, Penal Substitution Theory, etc).  

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Missa Sicca: A Mass for the Laity at Home

Since many people may not be able to attend Mass, I decided to repost a Missa Sicca that I put together in 2015 for Church Militant. It should be used by the head of the household as a private devotional or a substitute when unable to attend Mass. In case you are not familiar with the […]

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Examples of Doctrinal Development in Eastern Orthodoxy

In an effort to develop common ground between Catholicism and Orthodoxy, I have decided to briefly discuss the concept of doctrinal development and its existence in Eastern Orthodoxy. Some in Orthodoxy object to the concept of doctrinal development, as evident by the work of Fr. Daniel Lattier, an Orthodox priest and theologian, who lists the […]

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The Charismatic Movement: Is It Historically Christian?

Introduction As we explore the charismatic movement and consider if it is historically Christian, it should be noted I have a background in the movement. For approximately six years, I was a member of a non-denominational charismatic church. I have also been to many kinds of charismatic churches, from African American to Caucasian to a […]

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Medieval Conditions for Papal Infallibility

Contemporary conditions for papal infallibility are occasionally seen as contrived and have been likened to someone who shoots an arrow at the wall and then paints a target around it. A concrete example is the First Vatican Council’s conditions for papal infallibility, which some skeptics see as having created a manufactured system to reconcile papal […]

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Understanding the Magisterium By Michael Lofton, M.A.

  Introduction In an age when documents of the magisterium (the church’s teaching authority) have been widely disseminated, one can read about church teachings and easily become confused about their meaning or value. Much like a young boy who makes his way to the cockpit of an airplane and obliviously strikes random buttons, untrained readers […]

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Elijah Yasi on Ecumenical Councils

Michael, William and Erick discuss Ecumenical Councils with Elijah Yasi. Topics include: 1. Can a Pope act without the consent of the bishops? 2. What is an Ecumenical Council? 3. What is the role of reception with Ecumenical Councils? 4. Can a Pope force his view on a council? 5. Did Constance teach Conciliarism? And […]

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Gleanings from Maximus’ Disputation with Pyrrhus

Note: All quotes from the disputation come from Joseph Farrell’s translation of the event in his work entitled The Disputation With Pyrrhus of our Father Among the Saints Maximus the Confessor. St. Maximus the Confessor is known for many things, especially his ardent defense of dyothelitism in the face of physical torture. Yet, many are […]

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Review of Bishop Hilarion on The Reception of the Ecumenical Councils in the Early Church

I’d like to review Eastern Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev’s article “The Reception of the Ecumenical councils in the Early Church” which was published by St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly in 2003. Purpose of the Paper The purpose of Bishop Hilarion’s paper is to explain how Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox could possibly reunite without either communion […]

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The Burden of Proving the Papal Dogmas

Roman Catholics have the challenge of demonstrating the doctrines of the First Vatican Council on the papacy were “always” taught by both “East and West.”  Suppose you were to ask a Roman Catholic how they would demonstrate this.  You would probably be told how this or that pope taught this or that doctrine, and an […]

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Brief Thoughts on Reactionary Theology

In the many years in which I’ve done apologetics, I’ve noticed some groups that develop their theology in a reactionary way. What do I mean? Instead of developing theology according to what Scripture and Tradition says, some build their theology by standing against what another group says. In order to make this more concrete, I’d […]

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Michael Lofton’s Response to Dr. James White on the Canon of Scripture

Michael responds to Dr. James White’s (Alpha & Omega Ministries) interaction with his blog article on the canon of Scripture and presents questions for Dr. White’s consideration. Michael’s original blog post critiquing Dr. White on the canon: https://michaelloftonsite.wordpress.com/2020/01/06/214/ Dr. White’s video response to Michael (start around the 54:20 mark): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TvvVARoVDg    

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The Greatest Evil in History is Here

On a daily basis, I hear people decry the evils of the holocaust, chattel slavery and maybe even the mass killings by communist governments since the early 20th century. As evil as these things were, and as much as they should be denounced, the fact is, many people who abhor these things are guilty of […]

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A Micromanaging Magisterium?

Someone recently asked me if luck was a concept compatible with Christianity. I explained it goes against the Biblical concept of divine providence. At that point, the person asked me whether this was just my opinion or something the magisterium teaches. I explained it was my opinion and to my knowledge luck is not directly […]

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A Call to Use Equal Weights

The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him. (Proverbs 11:1) Scripture often speaks about the need to use equal weights and measures in commerce, in order to remain honest. This was a necessary command, as it was a common temptation to alter the scales by which items were weighed in order […]

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Fr. Feelgood Receives Another Letter

Dear Fr. Feelgood, I really enjoyed your homily last Sunday, well-done! The thrust of your message was spot-on, as you demonstrated Jesus was a bridge builder when he reached out to the Samaritan woman. This was such a timely message and I was ecstatic to hear such open-mindedness in this age of intolerance. If I […]

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Fatima Round Table

Michael Lofton, Craig Truglia, William Albrecht, Thomas Druschke, Elijah Yasi and Deacon Joseph Suaiden discuss the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima from a Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Atheist perspective.  

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Reflections on Lamentations 1:1-3

Interlinear Glosses 1 Aleph. How doth the citya sit solitaryb that was full of people!c how is the mistress of the Gentiles become as a widow: the princes of provinces made tributary! a the church; b devoid of the faith; c full of the faith. 2 Beth. Weeping she hath wept in the night,a and […]

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John Salza on Sedevacantism

Michael Lofton interviews John Salza on Sedevacantism. They discuss formal vs. material heresy, manifest vs. occult heresy, who can depose a pope, how it is evident if a cleric has lost office, if Pope Francis is a heretic, the problems with Sedevacantism, the third secred of Fatima and much more.      

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Navigating Theologically Between Scylla and Charybdis

In the great epic poem of Western civilization, Homer’s Odyssey, the reader is introduced to two monstrous figures named Scylla and Charybdis. The former is described as a six-headed monster and the latter is depicted as a monster that causes a massive whirlpool, which devours any sailor who was so unfortunate as to navigate their […]

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Paper Catholicism

Michael goes over what he calls “Paper Catholicism” which is the concept that there is a major divide between Catholicism in theory and Catholicism in reality. Differences in liturgy, doctrine and canon law are discussed specifically.  

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Reflections on Judges 3:1-5

Judges 3:1-4: These are the nations the Lord left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan 2 (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience): 3 the five rulers of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the Lebanon mountains […]

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