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Heaven, Evangelization, and Bumper Sticker Christianity

July 18, AD2017 2 Comments
Heaven, Evangelization, and Bumper Sticker Christianity

“Who did you bring with you?” That, Dear Reader, is the question God will supposedly ask us Christians when we beg admittance to the Heavenly Kingdom. I don’t suppose the person who thought this gem up really thinks of Heaven as a dinner party to which we all are expected to escort a plus-one or […]

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Why Priests Are Men

June 16, AD2017 20 Comments
Why Priests Are Men

priests It’s very common in our culture today for people to think that much of what we Catholics believe is behind the times and out of touch with the modern world. Most often, these sorts of accusations are leveled against the Church’s moral teachings (particularly in the area of sexuality), but that is not always […]

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Baptists at the Door!

March 21, AD2017 22 Comments
Baptists at the Door!

baptists The other day, some really nice young men, Baptists, came to my front door, and we had a very interesting conversation. I wish I had been better prepared, but I did present to them some Bible verses that they had not thought about before. The rest of this article goes into some of these […]

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Church History: The Four Horsemen of Apologetics

March 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Church History: The Four Horsemen of Apologetics

Sharing the Catholic faith with our separated brothers and sisters can be a challenge, especially when there isn’t a shared understanding of early Church history. Many still believe that the Catholic Church was actually created when the Emperor Constantine signed the Edict of Milan, making the Christian faith legal in the Roman Empire. The other […]

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Apologetics: Tackling Belief, Truth, and Moral Relativism

February 15, AD2017 0 Comments
Apologetics: Tackling Belief, Truth, and Moral Relativism

Today’s secular society operates on an array of levels when it comes to belief, truth, and moral relativism. For this reason, it becomes necessary to examine these entities in our world to provide an adequate response to moments when their meanings become convoluted. Belief and truth can convey deeply held convictions of an individual or […]

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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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Prayer to the Saints: One in The Body

June 1, AD2016 0 Comments
Prayer to the Saints: One in The Body

One of the major criticisms that Catholics often receive from most Protestants and others outside of the faith is that we worship the saints. The usual assertion is that Catholics are idolatrous for believing that a Christian can or should communicate with a “dead” person in heaven, and that we are wrong in thinking that anyone […]

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Let Peter Kreeft and Mother Angelica Tell You How to be Holy

April 15, AD2016 3 Comments
Let Peter Kreeft and Mother Angelica Tell You How to be Holy

I’ll admit to being star struck at Mother Angelica’s funeral. Not just at Jim Caviezel, the famous EWTN personalities, or the sturdy pillars of the Church, but at all the future saints who were in attendance; both VIPS and those of us in the nosebleed section. Fr. Joseph Wolfe’s homily emphasized that most of us […]

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False Extremes Part 2: Tradition and The Word

April 7, AD2016 0 Comments
False Extremes Part 2:  Tradition and The Word

In Part 1 of this series on false dichotomies and extreme positions, we reviewed the false idea of Sola Scriptura, and the question of “Who is the Church?” Now we continue the discussion by examining the question of so-called ‘Traditions of Men’ vs. Sacred Tradition, and the question of whether the Word of God is […]

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False Extremes Part 1: The Case of the Missing “Both-And”

February 5, AD2016 5 Comments
False Extremes Part 1:  The Case of the Missing “Both-And”

One of the things I’ve noticed in my many discussions with those who are separated from the Catholic faith is the recurrence of a variety of false dichotomies. This is a fallacy which suggests that the truth must be one of two options given, when in reality these options are not exhaustive, and the full truth oftentimes […]

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Economic Apologists?

December 19, AD2015 2 Comments
Economic Apologists?

Two years before his death, renowned Catholic social scientist Dr. Rupert Ederer wrote a book entitled Economics as if God Matters. In this book, he endeavored to explain over a century of Catholic magisterial teaching regarding economic matters. Ederer titled his book as such in response to a 1973 book by E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful: Economics […]

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Why Doesn’t the Church Infallibly Interpret Every Verse of Scripture?

October 23, AD2015 12 Comments
Why Doesn’t the Church Infallibly Interpret Every Verse of Scripture?

Protestant apologists will often pose this question to Catholics: If your Church is really infallible, why does it not just interpret every last verse of Scripture for us? It has had two thousand years to do so. If it cannot do so, what good is infallibility to me? Most often they will raise this question […]

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Different Strokes: A Matter of Style

September 23, AD2014 11 Comments
Different Strokes: A Matter of Style

There are a lot of good painters that I just don’t like. That statement doesn’t mean that they are bad artists. It means the style of this or that does not appeal to me. They may be “saying” something, but I don’t care for the presentation as a whole. The Mona Lisa? I can see it’s a good painting. I just […]

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