Some recommendations for basic apologetics materials

A reader writes: I wanted to drop you a note to tell you that, while you and I disagree vigorously about capital punishment, I appreciate very much your apologetic writings. For instance, I’m sending this one to a friend that I’m particularly frustrated by, since I seem unable to articulate a “meta” argument, instead getting caught [Read More...]

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Dangerous Liaisons: On Costly Friendship

A reader sends along this fine reflection he wrote: When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus, but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus also to death, because on account [Read More...]

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What Do I Say to Matt Walsh’s Declaration that Obama is Not a Christian?

A reader writes: So recently I got into an argument with some conservative Christians (Catholic and Protestant) about Matt Walsh’s claim (you can probably see where this is going) that Obama is not a Christian. I basically tried to argue two things: 1) As long as Obama professes belief in Jesus as God and Savior [Read More...]

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker on Pewsitter’s Contempt for the Poor

Good to see this stuff get called out.  Well done, padre! [Read more...]

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On Disordered Appetites, “Hoosier Hysteria” and Original Sin

A reader writes: I liked your thoughtful post and its many excellent points about both the left and the right. However, when I got to this part, I had to stop and reread it several times: “But no real justice will have been done. The people who do not and never will be able to [Read More...]

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On the Development of Doctrine–for a Perplexed Reader

A reader writes:  I converted to the Catholic faith in 2000. I accepted the fact that revelation, from the Church’s viewpoint, includes both Scripture and Sacred Tradition. At that time, however, I understood that Tradition came from the Apostles. It does.  But it often comes in seed form and is most assuredly not fleshed out [Read More...]

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Humanum Video Series on Marriage and Family

A reader writes: I thought you might find this useful and interesting. The three-day Vatican-sponsored international, interfaith colloquium titled “The Complementarity of Man and Woman” drew together 14 different religious traditions from 23 countries from Nov. 17 to 19 in 2014. They’ve done an excellent job sharing much of the collequium online. A really beautiful [Read More...]

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A reader argues with a Bible Only Christian about the Death Penalty

He writes: I am having a little bit of a comment debate with an acquaintance over he death penalty. He is an evangelical christian and believes God is very much for it citing the Noahic Covenant, Jesus affirming Pilate’s right to kill him the Mosaic Law etc. He is not a catholic, so he would [Read More...]

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Noodling the Question of ET and God

A friend writes: What if extra-terrestrials, for example, are just highly complex critters, something like porpoises or thinking computers with opposable thumbs, but are not called additionally, gratuitously and blessedly to the beatific vision?  In this case planet earth is not diluted within a universe of billions of possibly life-sustaining planets populated by rational thingamajigs, and the [Read More...]

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Catholics in SPAAAAAAACE Open Thread

A reader asks: Mark, supposing the Vatican has plans to colonize Alpha Centauri—which it most assuredly does—what all would need to go into the mission prep? How would the relationship between the Pope and bishops be handled in the absence of FTL communications? I’m looking for an approach informed by canon law. Of course, I [Read More...]

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