Dave Armstrong

Is the Church a visible institution or an invisible abstraction?

Our Protestant friends often tell us that “the Church is the invisible sum total of all true believers.” Many Protestants (including myself in my evangelical years in the ‘80s) are taught that institutions are “bad” and that “religion” (another bad word) is infested with the “barnacles” of man-made traditions. This sort of thinking, I submit,…

‘Contradictions’ in Scripture rarely hold up to scrutiny

A common tactic of biblical skeptics is to question the veracity and historical trustworthiness of the New Testament based on Scripture’s alleged numerous “contradictions.” This is what might be described as the “1001 Bible contradictions” ploy. But most of these so-called “problem passages” can easily be shown to be not contradictory, but rather, complementary. In…

Is the Church ‘above’ the Bible?

The Catholic Church assuredly does not claim any such superiority; only that an authoritative Christian tradition and institutional Church was necessary to establish and proclaim the canon of Scripture. In many places, both directly and indirectly, Sacred Scripture teaches that it is inspired and infallible. What it doesn’t provide, however, is its own canon (list…