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Hume, His Guillotine, and the Being of Ought

January 20, AD2017 1 Comment
Hume, His Guillotine, and the Being of Ought

You probably had your first experience of reality long before you were born, in your mother’s womb. From that experience, a small handful of crucial ideations were created. It was your first experience of otherness, as well as your first experience of selfness because I came in contact with something that was not I. This is […]

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Bayes’ Theorem and the Historical Truth of Christianity

January 10, AD2017 1 Comment
Bayes’ Theorem and the Historical Truth of Christianity

  In his book, Proving History, Bayes’ Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus, atheist activist Richard Carrier contends that reports in Christian scripture can be determined to be false by the application of Bayes’ theorem. He claims that by this method, it can be demonstrated that Jesus of Nazareth is not an historical person […]

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Only Spirit Inspired Evangelization Is Effective

January 5, AD2017 3 Comments
Only Spirit Inspired Evangelization Is Effective

Trained to evangelize, with social media at their fingertips, modern Catholics might be surprised to discover that the most effective missionaries are still those who humbly carry Christ to others like a donkey.  When Catholics actually carry Christ, they are filled with the love and joy of the Lord which is infectious.  These ordinary folk spread the […]

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Probability and the Death of Herod Agrippa

December 6, AD2016 4 Comments
Probability and the Death of Herod Agrippa

In the sight of my foes. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. Psalm 23:5 The Faith Advantage Nothing else compares with Sanctifying Grace, a share in the life of the Trinity. In spite of its heavenly orientation, the Grace of the Faith overflows into all human endeavor. This is most notable in […]

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G. K. Chesterton on the Lunacy of Self-Esteem

November 9, AD2016 4 Comments
G. K. Chesterton on the Lunacy of Self-Esteem

As a devout Catholic father of two kids in public schools, I have often found myself at odds with an educational curriculum that presents to kids as “fact” a worldview I consider not only incorrect but in many areas downright propagandist, even insidious. Let’s call this worldview the “cult of self-esteem”. Twice-Weekly “Self-Love-Ins” For example, when my […]

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Critique of a Bayesian Case Study of Herod’s Death by an Angel

November 6, AD2016 2 Comments
Critique of a Bayesian Case Study of Herod’s Death by an Angel

Raphael Lataster is a teaching fellow in the studies of religion at the University of Sydney. Lataster and Trent Horn, a Catholic apologist, debated one another on the topic Does God Exist? in May, 2016 at the University. At the 45th minute of the debate, Lataster chides Horn for failing to formulate probabilistic arguments in […]

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Are You Saved ?

November 1, AD2016 7 Comments
Are You Saved ?

Forty years ago, when I was still a Protestant, I looked at Catholics with suspicion. Catholicism seemed like a cult that worshiped Mary and idolized statues.  I pictured Catholics rattling off memorized prayers as clouds of eerie incense billowed around them, bells rang, and candles illuminated their pagan rituals.  Ironically, I now endure similar misconceptions […]

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Jesus Freak

October 30, AD2016 6 Comments
Jesus Freak

Recently, I posted pro-life comments on an article about a celebrity who said that he and his girlfriend were “eternally grateful” that Planned Parenthood was there for them to help them kill their first child. In my comments, I mentioned God had made this unique child in His image and that – despite the fact […]

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Faith, Reason, and the Transgender Movement

October 28, AD2016 5 Comments
Faith, Reason, and the Transgender Movement

The transgender movement is wholly incompatible with faith and reason. Even though God wants us all to achieve salvation, He gives us the unbearable compliment of a free will. Our freedom to choose our own paths, to accept or reject the gifts of grace and reason, and to direct our faith to the revealed Word […]

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The Atheist Heart of Darkness

October 9, AD2016 5 Comments
The Atheist Heart of Darkness

In the wake of my previous essay, “Atheists are Lame,” I spent five solid days defending belief in God on Twitter. This is the fourth time this year I’ve waded in to do battle with Twitter atheists. Sometimes the debates are fun; at other times they’re simply exhausting. In this last round, I gained a new insight […]

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Sola Fide, 500 Years Later – How Wide is the Divide?

September 9, AD2016 10 Comments
Sola Fide, 500 Years Later – How Wide is the Divide?

Sola Fide I am not a theologian, or even most days a very effective apologist. I am simply a devout Catholic who loves Jesus, and who does his best each day to stay faithful to the teaching of the One True Church Jesus founded — the Roman Catholic Church. That bias made clear, my take on […]

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Good Atheists and Bad Catholics

August 22, AD2016 14 Comments
Good Atheists and Bad Catholics

Being Good Without God For Catholics at least, the news that atheists can live a morally praiseworthy life, or people belonging to any other religion, for that matter, is neither all that surprising nor particularly distressing. As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said during his 2011 visit to the Bundestag, Unlike other great religions, Christianity has never […]

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Muslims: Nuancing the Good and Bad

August 5, AD2016 33 Comments
Muslims: Nuancing the Good and Bad

About a month ago, during the Euro Cup, I was impressed reading a few pieces in the press about Mesut Özil, an extremely talented Muslim soccer player who often opens his palms in prayer during stoppages in play and reads the Koran before matches. I saw a quote from him saying, “I’d rather not play […]

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Bad Moral Theologians (BMTs)

August 4, AD2016 18 Comments
Bad Moral Theologians (BMTs)

There are evil things that some people really, really want to do. There are some people who not only want to do evil things but also want to be justified in doing them. They want others to say their evil deeds would be good. So, what to do if you are one of them? What if you […]

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Augustine and Descartes: From Self to God

August 1, AD2016 8 Comments
Augustine and Descartes: From Self to God

Rene Descartes is known for the most well-known quote in all of philosophy, “Cogito, ergo sum” – I think, therefore I am. Apparently, when he wrote this in the 17th century he was unaware that over ten centuries before St. Augustine had made the same point. Rene’s friends let him know about the work of […]

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Persecution In The Military and The Church

July 30, AD2016 5 Comments
Persecution In The Military and The Church

This article on persecution is the fifth in a series called, “The U.S. Military and the Catholic Faith: A Comparison”, which examines the comparisons between the U.S. Army and Catholicism. Throughout my articles, I use the word ‘military’ loosely. I focus on the Army because I am a soldier and grew up through the ranks […]

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Three Stumbling Blocks To Evangelizing The World

July 28, AD2016 43 Comments
Three Stumbling Blocks To Evangelizing The World

The great commission given to us by our Lord and Savior is to “go out and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). This is our Catholic duty, to evangelize the world. We must begin with our families and neighbors. To do this is no meager task, it never has been easy and it never […]

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The Unchanging God Will Be Nice to Me

July 16, AD2016 3 Comments
The Unchanging God Will Be Nice to Me

“Divine immutability” refers to the unchangeableness of our perfect God. Many of the pagan gods, both throughout history and still today, are not perfect. They change, often in very human ways. They lie, they intentionally hurt people, they commit what are by human standards crimes and sins, and they break their promises. For Christians, God […]

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Agnosticism Wins the Debate: ‘Does God Exist?’

July 12, AD2016 6 Comments
Agnosticism Wins the Debate: ‘Does God Exist?’

It has been the consistent teaching of the Church that the existence of God can be known through nature apart from revelation. “Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made”, Rom 1:20. It would seem […]

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The Power of Counsel in Conflict

July 9, AD2016 2 Comments
The Power of Counsel in Conflict

“I am right and that’s all that matters.” “It doesn’t matter if I make him/her feel inadequate and lesser than they are. That’s their problem. I’m right – this is the right thing to do.” So often we say these things either to ourselves or others. It’s a legitimate and even a just feeling when […]

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