A Facebook friend wrote: It would really be nice if priests actually presented Catholic teachings from the pulpit. When was the last homily you heard about contraception, The Real Presence, or the like? And they wonder why people don’t believe! Many homilies are feel-good pep talks that are at best marginally Christian, let alone Catholic. This is especially true if the sermon is presented by someone other than the pastor. I replied: We can always read great sermons if we’re… Read more

The following is a preliminary dialogue with Matthew Green: a 28-year-old atheist and former Protestant Christian who dabbled in apologetics and considered the ministry (his words will be in blue). I ran across him at the blog, Debunking Christianity, where I have been hanging around a bit, in-between trying to develop a stable additional part-time income. I have desired to do some more “counter-atheist apologetics” for some time now (having done quite a bit in the past, both as a Protestant and Catholic apologist)…. Read more

I’ve noticed these motifs coming up again and again in reviews of this book and in comments opposing critiques of it (such as my own): Fallacy #1: Lawler’s Temperament: Phil Lawler is a mid-mannered, temperate, easy-going, moderate, non-fanatical, non-extremist, measured, deliberate, objective, non-reactionary, scholarly person. Example: Dr. Samuel Gregg (The Catholic World Report, 3-2-18): The power of Lawler’s narrative was derived from its calm tone, a meticulous attention to facts, a refusal to overstate or downplay how bad things were, …. Read more

Stephen Phelan is vice president of family initiatives for the St. John Paul II Foundation, based in Houston, Texas. He has produced three documentaries that have been broadcast on EWTN, and his articles have been published in First Things, Lay Witness Magazine, and other publications. He was replying to my Amazon review of Lost Shepherd, on a thread at The Catholic World Report, where my review was linked. His words (reproduced in their entirety) will be in blue. ***** Mr. Armstrong’s article fails… Read more

My good friend Paul R. Hoffer, a regular on my sites (and lifelong Catholic), asked an excellent question: What is the definition of an “evangelical” Protestant? Aside from the denominational labels which are not an altogether accurate description of what an individual Protestant believes, is there something which distinguishes an “evangelical” from a “reformed” or “mainline” Protestant? Or is it more how one perceives the Holy Spirit working in their lives so a person can be both “evangelical” and a… Read more

Tim Roof is a friendly Reformed Protestant fellow (OPC) with whom I have enjoyed great, cordial dialogues. His words from his initial comments that I am responding to will be in blue; his counter-responses to arguments of mine will be in green.   * * * * *   The idea of Jesus going away to be seated at the right hand of the Father was so that the Holy Spirit would come and be the real presence of Christ with and in His… Read more

The following is from my discontinued 2009 book, 501 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura. It was condensed and reformulated into 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura (published by Catholic Answers in 2012; you can download for free my related 43-minute interview with Jimmy Akin). The original was set up in terms of “pensees” (brief thoughts, a la Blaise Pascal) collected, from the shortest to the longest within each chapter. This chapter ran 5 1/2 pages and presented 23 separate arguments. Abbreviations… Read more

This is the mindset of radical Catholic reactionaries today, directed not only against Blessed Pope Paul VI, but also against Pope St. John Paul II. *** Bloviator extraordinaire Chris Ferrara wrote on 2-28-18 at The Remnant:   But now the seemingly imminent canonization of Paul VI, following approval of two purported miracles which, based on the information published, seem decidedly less than miraculous (to be discussed in Part II of this series), has provoked widespread incredulity about the canonization process itself, going… Read more

Rev. Michael Pahls (Reformed with Anglo-Catholic affinities, and a doctoral candidate in Church History), wrote a post entitled “A Modest Proposal.” [no longer online]. I wanted to make a response to it, as it has several elements of great interest to me (and hopefully also to my readers). Rev. Pahl’s words will be in blue. His entire tract is reproduced below. *** I think that we could benefit one another a great deal through a more humble and precise phrasing of our… Read more

These are actual encounters in an atheist forum. Words of various atheists will be in different colors. *** This occurred in the combox of an atheist blog. Jim Jones: Your ‘god’ has done a great job then. Why is gravity so convincing and religion so unconvincing? Don’t you claim your god made them both? Newton seemed to think both were, since he was a theist (Arian, to be exact). Satanic_Panic: That’s a crappy argument. Your [sic] saying that since Newton was… Read more

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