Jimmy Akin

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No, Pope Francis Is Not Changing the Lord’s Prayer

Newspapers and websites erupted over the weekend with headlines like: Lord's Prayer: Pope Francis calls for change (BBC) Pope Francis proposes change to the Lord's Prayer (AOL) Pope Francis wants to change the

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God’s Elect in the Old Testament

In both Calvinist and Catholic theology, God’s “elect” are often understood to be the people that God has chosen to be saved on the last day. Recently, we looked at individual places and people God “chose” in the Old Testament. However, in...

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Places and People God Chose in the Old Testament

In both Calvinist and Catholic theology, God’s “elect” are often understood to be the people that God has chosen to be saved on the last day. The basis of this divine choice is much discussed in theology. However, before considering the way a...

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God’s Elect in the First Epistle of Clement

Calvinist theology places a great deal of emphasis on the concept of God’s elect. The term “elect” is taken from the Greek word eklektos, which means “chosen.” In Calvinist thought, the elect are those that have been chosen by God to be saved...

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The 95 Theses: 8 Things to Know and Share

In 1517, Martin Luther drafted a document known as The 95 Theses, and its publication is used to date the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The recent 500th anniversary of that event focused a good bit of attention on the 95 Theses. Here...

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Did the Exodus Really Happen?

According to multiple books in the Old Testament, the Israelites came into possession of the land of Canaan after they left slavery in Egypt—an event known as the Exodus. Yet, according to some skeptical scholars today, the Exodus never...

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Is the Vulgate the Catholic Church’s Official Bible?

St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate is the most influential Bible translation in the history of western Christendom. As a translation, it’s been astoundingly important—even more than the King James Version. For many centuries, it effectively was the...

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The Assumption of Mary: 12 Things to Know and Share

August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. In the United States, it is a holy day of obligation (in years when it does not fall on a Monday). What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it...

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Jesus’ Mysterious Prophecy About the Temple

Skeptical scholar Bart Ehrman argues that the Gospels were written between A.D. 60 and 115. I’d put the beginning of that range a little earlier and say they were written between 50 and 115, so he and I are in general agreement on the broad time...

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Does St. Paul Offer Clues About the Dating of the Gospels?

Skeptical New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman offers a brief look at how many Bible scholars estimate when the Gospels were written. Let’s talk about that.   The Basic Summary In the 6th edition of his textbook The New Testament: A Historical...