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In Defense of Theology

“Wow!,” said my friend, looking up from his science magazine, “Did you know DNA is folded into each cell nucleus in your body in a very precise and compact way? It says here it’s like 30 miles of spider web thread carefully folded into a cherry pit!” I think this

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Lazarus in John and Luke

Many people have the idea that the Church functions according to the principle: “That which is not forbidden is compulsory.” But this is not the case. The Church has relatively few dogmatic teachings, particularly when it comes to the interpretation of a biblical text. Almost never will the Church say

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Reality vs. Ideology

Carl Jung once observed that a mark of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again in the futile hope that this time the results would be different. I sometimes think of Jung when I consider my naively optimistic fellow Washingtonians-and someone else I know. The vast majority of Washingtonians

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About Mark Shea

Greetings! I’m Mark P. Shea, a Catholic author and blogger who’s also done a spot of podcasting and even acting here and there, as well as radio and TV work. My latest book, The Church’s Best-Kept Secret: A Primer on Catholic Social Teaching was published in September 2020 by New City Press. Other works include By What Authority?: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition (Ignatius), Mary, Mother of the SonThis is My Body: An Evangelical Discovers the Real Presence (Christendom), and Making Senses Out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the First Christians Did (Basilica), Salt and Light:  The Commandments, the Beatitudes, and a Joyful Life (Servant), The Heart of Catholic Prayer: Rediscovering the Our Father and the Hail Mary (Our Sunday Visitor) and The Work of Mercy:  Being the Hands and Heart of Christ (Servant).

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