French Colonial Florida (1564-1565 A.D.)

America was colonized by French Huguenots 45 years before the settlement at Jamestown.
America was colonized by French Huguenots 45 years prior to the settlement at Jamestown.

We were pleased to hear this week of the release of a trailer from Aperio Productions for their new film, The Massacre at Matanzas, a documentary about the 1565 massacre of the French Huguenots at Ft. Caroline (modern day Jacksonville, Florida). The film recounts the history of Captain Jean Ribault‘s voyage to the New World in 1562, the establishment of a colony by French Huguenots in 1564, and the massacre of the settlers at the hands of the Admiral Pedro Menéndez in 1565. Continue reading French Colonial Florida (1564-1565 A.D.)

“It’s Complicated”

" ... it seems good  to the holy Synod that prayer be made to God standing." — Canon XX, Council of Nicæa, 325 A.D.
“…it seems good to the holy Synod that prayer be made to God standing.” (Canon XX, Council of Nicæa, 325 A.D.)

Catholic Answers is a ministry that exists “to explain & defend the faith,” and seeks to “help good Catholics become better Catholics, bring former Catholics ‘home,’ and lead non-Catholics into the fullness of the faith.” The ministry began in 1979 when its founder, Karl Keating, grew annoyed at a local Protestant church’s efforts to evangelize the Catholics in his parish. The Protestant church had put flyers on the windshields of the parishioners’ parked cars during Mass, and the flyers were allegedly “riddled with misinformation.” Continue reading “It’s Complicated”

L’Intolérance de Fénelon

"The badly converted Huguenots are attached to their religion to the most horrible excesses of stubbornness; but as soon as the rigor of punishments appears, all their strength leaves them. … these are cowardly against force…" —  ‪François Fénelon, March 8, 1686
“The badly converted Huguenots are attached to their religion to the most horrible excesses of stubbornness; but as soon as the rigor of punishments appears, all their strength leaves them. … these are cowardly against force…” — ‪François Fénelon, March 8, 1686

Last week we discussed the Evangelical and Reformed penchant for invoking Roman, Jesuitical, counter-reformational mystics as a way of instructing the flock, and we registered our objections to such under the title of Peddling Fénelon. Protestant infatuation with François Fénelon is just one example of this tendency, and it is quite common for Fénelon to be cited by Protestants as a giant of the faith, a great Christian philosopher and an even greater evangelist—the very model of restraint and deference. By way of example, we notice that this Presbyterian church includes a citation from Fénelon on the footer of its downloads page, and this Presbyterian church features a quote from Fénelon on its “my favorite quotes” page. Continue reading L’Intolérance de Fénelon

Peddling Fénelon

Fénelon's mission to the Huguenots is being funded by their own children.
Fénelon’s mission to the Huguenots is now being funded by their grandchildren.

There is a burgeoning movement within Protestant and Evangelical circles that emphasizes the ancient and mystical above the Word of God and seeks, by any means necessary, to cast off the “youthful naïveté” of the Protestant Reformation and bring the church to a superstitious, anti-intellectual “maturity.” Just to give examples from the last ten years or so, a 2008 article in Christianity Today wondered how the church might move beyond the cumbersome restrictions of a boring, propositional gospel. “Easy!,” comes the answer—”Just embrace the mysticism of the early Church!”: Continue reading Peddling Fénelon

What Lies Beneath (The Bowls, part 6)

"PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians." (Daniel 5:28)
“PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” (Daniel 5:28)

This week we conclude this week our analysis of the Bowls of Revelation 16. Per our analysis thus far, the first five Bowls of Revelation are

The First Bowl: The Stigmata (1224 A.D. – present)
The Second Bowl: The Plague of Scurvy (1453 – late 1700s A.D.)
The Third Bowl: The Dogma of Papal Infallibility (1870 A.D.)
The Fourth Bowl: Scorching by the Sun at Fátima (1917 A.D.)
The Fifth Bowl: The first (and only) formally ex cathedra papal statement in Roman Catholic history (1950 A.D.).

The First Bowl was poured out “upon the earth” (Revelation 16:2), the Second “upon the sea” (Revelation 16:3), the Third “upon the rivers and fountains of waters” (Revelation 16:4) and the Fourth “upon the sun” (Revelation 16:8). The Fifth Bowl is poured out directly “upon the seat of the beast” (Revelation 16:10).

The Sixth Bowl is poured out upon “the great river Euphrates”: Continue reading What Lies Beneath (The Bowls, part 6)