Church Fathers, Day Fifteen: St. Athanasius and belief

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Believe—it’s the rational thing St. Athanasius, the great defender of orthodoxy, tells us that the faith of the martyrs is strong proof of the truth of Christianity. Take up the faith, he says, and you will understand what the martyrs know. Is this such a little proof of the weakness of death? When young boys and girls who are in Christ despise this life, and practice to die, is that such a little proof of the victory won over death by the Savior? Now, man is afraid of death by nature, afr … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Fourteen: St. Basil and training

Train yourself with secular learning Secular learning is good and useful, says St. Basil, when we understand that our true goal is heaven. By understanding history and science and other things the world teaches, we exercise our minds for understanding the higher truths of Scripture. Young men, as Christians we believe that this human life is not supremely valuable. We do not recognize anything as an unconditional blessing if it benefits us only in this life. Family pride, strength of body, … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Matt Leonard

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PETE: Matt you serve as Executive Director at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Can you tell us a little about the Center and its mission? MATT LEONARD: The St. Paul Center is a Catholic non-profit founded about twelve years ago by Dr. Scott Hahn, his wife Kimberly, and Mike Aquilina. The Center is all about getting Catholics into Sacred Scripture. Particularly, we want to help Catholics read the Bible from the heart of the Church. And we accomplish this mission through a number of … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Thirteen: St. Clement and using your education

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Use your education Is it better to be ignorant than to be educated? Not at all, says St. Clement of Alexandria. The more you learn, the better prepared you are to understand and defend your faith. Some people who think themselves naturally gifted don’t want to touch either philosophy or logic. They don’t even want to learn natural science. They demand bare faith alone—as if they wanted to harvest grapes right away without putting any work into the vine. We must prune, dig, trellis, and do a … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Twelve: St. Clement of Alexandria and looking for truth

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Look for truth in every way, find it in Christ Arguing that a well-rounded education is good for a Christian, St. Clement of Alexandria tells us that there are many ways of looking for truth. But the only way to find the whole truth is in Christ. When many men drag the ship down to the water, we can’t call them many causes, but one cause made up of many. For each man by himself is not the cause of the ship’s being dragged, but along with the rest. In the same way, philosophy, the search for … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Eleven: Tertullian and using what God gave you

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Use what God gave you the way God intended God created the universe, and it was very good. But that doesn’t mean every use of every created thing is good, says Tertullian. When we use God’s creation to do evil, the fault is ours, not God’s. Everyone is ready with the argument that everything—as we teach—was created by God and given to man for his use, so it all must be good, because it comes from so good a source. Now, no one denies what everyone knows, for nature herself teaches it: that G … [Read more...]


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