Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lutheranism: a Catholic Critique (Index Page for Dave Armstrong)


http://biblicalcatholicism.com/

  
LUTHERANISM AND THE FATHERS
 








SOTERIOLOGY (THEOLOGY OF SALVATION AND JUSTIFICATION)





 

STICKING UP FOR LUTHERANS




 



LUTHERANISM'S VIEW OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HEADED BY THE POPE
 






LUTHERANISM AND MARY


THE DEATH PENALTY FOR HERETICS / THEFT OF CATHOLIC CHURCH PROPERTY
 








ECCLESIOLOGY / CATHOLIC-LUTHERAN DISCUSSION







Reply to Two Lutheran Pastors on Fundamental Misconceptions Regarding the Catholic Position on the Death Penalty (Including an Examination of the Lutheran "Two Kingdoms" Model of Church and State) 

Dialogue on Lutheranism and Catholicism, Part Four:  Rule of Faith, the Fathers, and Ecclesiology (vs. Nathan Rinne)

Reply to Lutheran Nathan Rinne: Comparative Ecclesiology, "Lutheran" Church Fathers? /  The Old Testament Religious System Was Ultimately Indefectible Like the Church, But With Less Divinely-Provided Power and Promises 


Reply to Lutheran Nathan Rinne: Exegetical Exposition on Whether the "Leaven" of the Pharisees is Hypocrisy or Doctrinal Falsehood  

Reply to Lutheran Scholar Gene Edward Veith on Catholic Mariology and its Biblical Basis

Exchange with a Lutheran on a Lutheran Blog Controversy and Lutheranism

Biblical Evidence for Submission to Church Authority and Apostolic Tradition / Biblical Condemnation of the Rebellion of the Protestant Revolt


Protestantism Was Not a Revolt?

How Much of the Bible do Lutheran Pastors Preach About?










THE EUCHARIST, MASS, AND THE SACRAMENTS
 



 
LUTHERAN-CATHOLIC DIALOGUE

(WITH PASTORS LARRY NICHOLS AND BEN MATON [LCMS] )

 




Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue #5: "Antichrist": Is He the Pope or Office of the Papacy? (Johnny Montalvo)

 LUTHERAN-CATHOLIC DIALOGUE

(WITH APOLOGIST NATHAN RINNE)

Dialogue on Lutheranism and Catholicism, Part One: Introductory (vs. Nathan Rinne)


Dialogue on Lutheranism and Catholicism, Part Two: Church Fathers + Sola Scriptura (vs. Nathan Rinne)


Dialogue on Lutheranism and Catholicism, Part Three: Soteriology and Miscellany (vs. Nathan Rinne)


Dialogue on Lutheranism and Catholicism, Part Four:  Rule of Faith, the Fathers, and Ecclesiology (vs. Nathan Rinne)

Reply to Lutheran Nathan Rinne: Comparative Ecclesiology, "Lutheran" Church Fathers? /  The Old Testament Religious System Was Ultimately Indefectible Like the Church, But With Less Divinely-Provided Power and Promises

Reply to Lutheran Nathan Rinne: Exegetical Exposition on Whether the "Leaven" of the Pharisees is Hypocrisy or Doctrinal Falsehood 




Catholic-Lutheran Dialogue on Justification and "Faith Alone" ("Adomnan" vs. Nathan Rinne)

EARLY LUTHERAN "ECUMENISM" AND TOLERANCE (?)










PHILIP MELANCHTHON

CRITIQUE OF MARTIN CHEMNITZ' EXAMEN







LUTHERAN CONFESSIONAL WRITINGS ONLINE








Last Updated: 30 December 2014.



*** 


Friday, October 28, 2011

Calvinism and General Protestantism: a Catholic Critique (Index Page for Dave Armstrong)


http://biblicalcatholicism.com/


CALVINISM


CALVINISM AND ST. AUGUSTINE




St. Augustine: Are Reformed Protestants or Catholics Closer Theologically to His Teaching?


Does St. Augustine Agree with John Calvin and Calvinists Regarding Total Depravity? (Reply to Detractors) [1-7-14 ]


SACRAMENTS: ESPECIALLY BAPTISM AND THE EUCHARIST


 



Calvinist Confusion and Contradictions Concerning Election, Valid Baptism, and Whether Catholics are "Brothers in Christ" or Slaves to Satan



PREDESTINATION, SUPRALAPSARIANISM, SOVEREIGNTY, SOTERIOLOGY



 














"TULIP" (ESP. TOTAL DEPRAVITY)




OTHER CALVINISTIC "REFORMERS"


 


 


ECUMENISM



 



S. Joel Garver's On The "Catholic Question" (Excerpts with Commentary by Dave Armstrong)

I Like and Appreciate "Reformed Catholicism" a Lot, BUT . . . (with Fr. Al Kimel, then a traditional Anglican priest; now Orthodox)


ICONOCLASM AND INTOLERANCE







The Protestant Revolt: Its Tragic Initial Impact




APOLOGETIC METHOD (PRESUPPOSITIONALISM)












PROTESTANTISM (General)

THE PROTESTANT WORLDVIEW SCRUTINIZED




Comments on the Question: "Are Protestants Heretics?" [see also a vigorous Facebook discussion (10-10-14) on this topic and about anti-trinitarianism]




Response to Rev. Michael Pahls on "Theological Humility" and the Protestant "Non-Quest" Regarding Christian Certainty

The Radical and Bizarre, All-Too-Common Protestant "Quest for Uncertainty" [Facebook, 12 Feb. 2014]



Protestantism: Conceptual and Developmental Errors

 



Presuppositions and Patterns of Thought Common to Both Protestantism and Secularism (A Sociological and Philosophical Analysis of the Success and Popularity of Evangelical Protestantism, by an Anonymous Observer)

DENOMINATIONALISM AND SECTARIANISM

Compelling Biblical Evidence Against Denominations and "Primary vs. Secondary" Doctrines [now available only in my book, The One-Minute Apologist]

Fabulous and Insightful Visual Satire on the Folly of Denominationalism

Biblical Evidence for Submission to Church Authority and Apostolic Tradition / Biblical Condemnation of the Rebellion of the Protestant Revolt




Reply to C. Michael Patton on Sola Scriptura, Part Six (Divisions) 

Bishop Bossuet on the Schismatic Nature and Internal Difficulties of Protestantism [Facebook]

Divisions Actually Scandalized Melanchthon and Other Early Protestants Like Calvin and Luther


Last Updated: 30 April 2015.




***






Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Great "White R and B" Songs of Van Morrison: 42 Sizzlers from 1964-2003

By Dave Armstrong (10-26-11)



Van Morrison (b. 1945) is my favorite singer; has been since 1978, when I seriously "discovered" him: learning about more than the usual Brown-Eyed Girl and Domino the few songs of his that were ever big hits. My wife Judy and I saw him in concert in November 2006. He combines  a "jazzy" and R and B sensibility, deep understanding of the blues. His remarkably fluid, soulful, unique voice has been compared to a saxophone. At times he even does an extraordinarily soulful falsetto, a la Curtis Mayfield or Marvin Gaye (check out the samples of Gypsy Queen and Who Was that Masked Man).

Morrison also frequently includes spiritual, questing, and "yearning" themes in his music: the deep longing written about by C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, with poetic Irish romanticism and love of nature themes; though the doctrinal content is not nearly as clear (probably some vague variation of Christianity).

It's easy to understand why, in my case, he is my favorite. I love all that, and it's all very much in line with my own musical affinities as well: being a white guy from Detroit, who grew up in the 60s: with Motown and gospel and blues and R and B (rhythm and blues) and soul (Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Four Tops [who, along with Diana Ross, went to my high school: Cass Technical], Smokey Robinson) and "blue-eyed soul" (Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder) influences that are here.

Van Morrison grew up in a working class section of Belfast, in Northern Ireland; I was raised in inner-city, working class southwest Detroit, in Springwells Village (I still live just three miles from there in much nicer, but just lower middle class suburbs, in Melvindale). My favorite current band is U2 (from Dublin); I also love The Chieftains and Enya (both from Ireland). My own ethnicity is almost all British Isles: about one-quarter each Scottish and Irish. So the Celtic thing resonates with me. It's in the blood.

In many ways, traditional Irish music has a depth of feeling that is akin to the blues musical and emotional tradition: deep suffering lies behind both, and that always makes for great music. Irishmen know what it means to be oppressed for centuries and to have little freedom. The working class kids in England in the 60s also experienced the severe class oppression of English society, and heavily related to American black music, and this was the origin of much of the explosion of great rock music coming out of England.

http://biblicalcatholicism.com/


Van Morrison and his first band Them were part of the (technically) "anti-rock" movement of rhythm and blues, along with the Rolling Stones and The Animals and blues fanatics like John Mayall. He has always shunned commercialism, which is a good thing in his case. He's true to his muse and his vision; cares not a whit about fame and adulation, and even refrained from attending his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (something virtually no one has done unless they were dead). I love all that, too, because I've always been a nonconformist myself.

I've compiled (I have all his albums) two CDs of 42 of his overtly R and B-style songs. They're catchy, memorable, funky, soulful, have a good beat, bluesy, shorter songs (almost all of these are less than four minutes long; many around three minutes). Van the Man can do it all!


CD One: 1964-1978 (24 Songs: 77:49 in length)


Gloria (1964; with Them; from Still on Top - The Greatest Hits, 2007) [sample]

All For Myself (1964; with Them; from The Story of Them Featuring Van Morrison, 2009) [sample]


I Like It Like That (1965; with Them; from The Story of Them Featuring Van Morrison, 2009) [sample]

Goodbye Baby (1967; from Bang Masters, 1991) [sample]

Ro Ro Rosey (1967; from Bang Masters, 1991) [sample]


Come Running (1969; from Moondance; remastered 2007) [sample]

Glad Tidings (1969; from Moondance; remastered 2007) [sample]




Gypsy Queen (1970; from His Band and the Street Choir; remastered, 2003) [sample]

Blue Money (1970; from His Band and the Street Choir; remastered, 2003) [sample]

Sweet Jannie (1970; from His Band and the Street Choir; remastered, 2003) [sample]

Wild Night (1971; from Tupelo Honey; remastered, 2008) [sample]

Redwood Tree (1972; from Saint Dominic's Preview; remastered, 1997) [sample]


Here Comes the Night (1974; live; from It's Too Late to Stop Now; remastered 2008) [sample]

Ain't Nothin' You Can Do (1974; live; from It's Too Late to Stop Now; remastered 2008) [sample]

Help Me (1974; live; from It's Too Late to Stop Now; remastered 2008) [sample]

Who Was That Masked Man (1974; from Veedon Fleece; remastered 2008) [sample]

Joyous Sound (1977; from A Period of Transition; remastered 1997 [import] ) [sample]

Natalia (1978; from Wavelength; remastered 2008) [sample]


CD Two: 1978-2003 (18 Songs: 77:52 in length) 


Kingdom Hall (1978; from Wavelength; remastered 2008) [sample]

Wavelength (1978; from Wavelength; remastered 2008) [sample]

Bright Side of the Road (1979; from Into the Music; remastered 2008) [sample]

If You Only Knew (1984; from A Sense of Wonder; remastered 2008) [sample]


Did Ye Get Healed? (1987; from Poetic Champions Compose; remastered 1998) [sample]

I'd Love to Write Another Song (1989; from Avalon Sunset; remastered 2008) [sample]

Real Real Gone (1990; from Enlightenment; remastered 2008) [sample]

Start All Over Again (1990; from Enlightenment; remastered 2008) [sample]


Big-Time Operators (1993; from Too Long in Exile) [sample]


Wasted Years (1993; with John Lee Hooker; from Too Long in Exile) [sample]

Don't Worry About a Thing (1995; from How Long Has This Been Going On) [sample]
Burning Ground (1997; from The Healing Game; remastered 2008) [sample]


Whinin' Boy Moan (2003; from What's Wrong With This Picture?) [sample]

Stop Drinking (2003; from What's Wrong With This Picture?) [sample]



***