Is the “integral age” theory an apologetics myth? 9 things to know and share

11/28/2014 Comments (10)

Is a common apologetics argument about Christmas and the Annunciation actually a myth?

Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25th? Why is the Annunciation on March 25th?

According to some authors, it’s due to something called the “integral age” view that was common among ancient Jews.

But this idea itself might be a myth.

Here are 9 things to know and share . . .

 

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1) What is the “integral age” view?

Supposedly, it is a belief that was common in ancient Judaism, and it held that prophets (and other holy men) died on the same day that they were born or—according to some accounts—the day they were conceived.

They thus lived their lives in whole or “integral” years (from the Latin integer = “whole”).

 

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A Tale Of Two Protests

11/28/2014 Comments (18)

Put this in your "Everything that is wrong with America" files.

The term "media bias" gets thrown around so often that we tend to ignore it.  I know I do.  We all know media bias exists, but people use it as an excuse for just about everything.  Ho hum, right?

But media bias is real and it has real consequences.

We have all been witness in these last months and in particular these last days to the non-stop coverage of "protests" in Ferguson, Missouri.  I put "protests" in scare quotes because what is happening there is not a "protest" in any recognizable way in the same way that a post-Superbowl riot is not a celebration in any recognizable way.  Mainly it is miscreants using a...READ MORE

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Pope Arrives in Turkey - Full Text of First Address

11/28/2014 Comments (2)
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In his first discourse given shortly after his arrival in Ankara, Turkey, this afternoon, Pope Francis underlined the importance of dialogue and a "concerted commitment on the part of all, based on mutual trust" to pave the way to lasting peace.

He told civic leaders at the presidential palace that resources must also be directed "not to weaponry, but to the other noble battles worthy of man: the fight against hunger and sickness, the promotion of sustainable development and the protection of creation, and the relief of the many forms of poverty and marginalization of which there is no shortage in the world today."

The Holy Father arrived at Ankara international airport at shortly before...READ MORE

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A Few Gratitudes

11/27/2014 Comments (1)

The center of our Faith is Eucharist. Eucharist means “thanksgiving”. That means that the center of our Faith is thanksgiving. It is in the form of a thanksgiving meal that our Lord chose to make Himself present to us. And He did so, shockingly, “on the night He was betrayed”. In other words, he defiantly gives thanks and praise to His Father in precisely the place where we humans immediately turn to make the most obvious case for atheism—the place where the enraged atheist cries out and says, “If there is a loving God, why do the innocent suffer horrors and die in torments with nobody to help them?” Jesus was that innocent one. A few hours after His defiant act of thanks, He would sweat...READ MORE

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Dear Simcha, Vol. 2

11/27/2014 Comments (2)

My last Thanksgiving advice column was such a success* that I’ve decided to resurrect it this year. Of your kindness, please keep in mind that our power went out last night around 8:30, and we just now got it back – and it keeps flickering, threatening to go out again.

Is this life in a refugee camp, the streets of Calcutta, or the end of the world? No, not quite. But a situation like this, when there is a half-defrosted turkey that was supposed to go into the oven three hours ago, and when the toilets won’t flush and the coffee won’t brew and the milk’s going bad and the pipes are fixing to freeze and the dog simply can’t understand what his happening, but he thinks maybe he will help...READ MORE

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Fostering Our Most Important Job as Mothers

11/26/2014 Comment

What’s the most important work of a mother?

We don’t need to look farther than Mary for our inspiration. We’re told in the Catechism (#965) that

After her Son's Ascension, Mary "aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers." In her association with the apostles and several women, "we also see Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation."

Our most important work isn’t wiping bottoms, making lunches, or managing laundry. It’s not juggling schedules or mealtimes or finances. We can keep ourselves busy to the point of exhaustion very easily, and it’s all too easy to forget, avoid, or just plain neglect our most important...READ MORE

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This Post Is Not About Bill Cosby

11/25/2014 Comments (68)

If you want to talk about Bill Cosby (or Bill Clinton, or Woody Allen, or Roman Polanski) please find a conversation somewhere else. This post is about what you are supposed to do if you've been raped. What's the next step?

Reading comments by self-identified Catholic conservatives in the last few days, this is what I have learned:

  • If you tell the police you've been raped, it's because you're looking for attention. You should file a civil suit, instead.
  • If you file a civil suit, it's because you're looking for money, and are not telling the truth.
  • If you don't file a civil suit, that shows you don't have a case, and are not telling the truth.
  • If you tell someone right away, that...READ MORE

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The Dangers of Secondhand Christmas

11/25/2014 Comments (43)

A PTA of a public school in the Boston area apparently worked behind closed doors to prevent elementary school students from being exposed to the eeeeevil dangers of a...Christmas tree!!! (Cue the impending doom music.)

It's gotten so bad that one news report says that one board member may step down over the controversy over the fear of exposing children to secondhand Christmas.Sheesh. The Butler Elementary School PTA made a decision to cancel the annual field trip to see "The Nutcracker" ballet because supposedly some parents complained about the Christmas tree on stage in some scenes. Maybe they should've taken the kids to see Rent.

Hey, I could see kids objecting to seeing any ballet...READ MORE

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