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Secularism

Episode date: January 26, 2014
Transcript published: January 31, 2014

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In the story of Zacchaeus today, we’ve heard it many times, or many of us should have heard it many times, of Zacchaeus, a very short man who was an arch tax collector and, as we all know and we’ve said it so many times, arch tax collectors were not exactly the most popular people at the time of Christ.

Why? Because they were Jews who were kind of betraying their fellow Jews by working with the Romans in order to help the Romans collect the taxes from their own people. And this was considered a great sin amongst the Jewish people because they were oppressed by the Romans, they didn’t want them there, they wanted to…

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Pilgrims from Paradise

Pilgrims from Paradise
Virtual Righteousness - Part 2

Episode date: May 10, 2007
Transcript published: January 27, 2014

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Last time we were together, we were looking at how the relationship of perfect oneness with Christ and incomprehensible intimacy of being comes about, in contrast with the Western Christian view of imputed righteousness. We saw that the model for our relationship with Christ is the union that exists between God the Father and God the Son.

We had asked: How does their relationship of perfect oneness come to be? Does it happen like the Western version of salvation, that is, do you suppose that the Father just declares himself to be one with the Son without actually being one with the Son? Are they just sort of theoretically one,…

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Pilgrims from Paradise

Pilgrims from Paradise
Virtual Righteousness - Part 1

Episode date: May 03, 2007
Transcript published: January 27, 2014

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When I was a kid, I used to have a set of Bible storybooks. Appearing throughout those volumes were artistic depictions of heaven. I’ve seen pictures like them all my life, in all sorts of Christian books. I’m sure that most of us have. See if this doesn’t sound familiar. In the foreground of this painting is an idyllic park setting. Beautiful flowers and trees dot the landscape. The footpaths weave between lush, grassy meadows and crystal ponds. Lions and lambs and all sorts of animals cavort about with little children. Men and women, all clad in white, stroll about, conversing with angels. Just behind the park is the shining…

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Faith and Philosophy

Faith and Philosophy
Understanding the Modern and Post-Modern Mind, Part II

Episode date: January 02, 2014
Transcript published: January 27, 2014

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Come, now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.

Hello, and welcome back to Faith and Philosophy. This week’s topic is: Understanding the Modern and Post-Modern Mind, Part II. Last time, I gave a brief overview of the history of modern philosophy and identified what I considered to be the philosophical mistake of modernity: the belief that human cognition is limited to the discursive reason, that…

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Sermons at St. Nicholas

Sermons at St. Nicholas
How God Gets Our Attention (Mt 15:21-28)

Episode date: January 26, 2014
Transcript published: January 27, 2014

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Jesus Christ! [Glory to him forever!]

Anyone that’s been to my house… I know all of you are always invited, especially during the Paschal season when we have our parish-wide gathering at our home in Moon Township, but at other times, when people have been there, they know that I have a dog. We have a dog, Jax, and Jax is our family companion. In fact, he’s probably as much of a member of our family as anyone else. Those of you that have pets at home feel the same about your pets. It’s a funny thing how you get to to know your…

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