October 18, 2019

I love speaking with Steve Weidenkopf. He’s one of my favourites of all time. Steve engages with history—whether its ancient Christianity, the Crusades, or the Reformation—in a critical, clear-eyed, no-agenda approach that’s so sorely lacking in most secular histories. And through this presentation of history, digging into the primary sources wherever he finds them, Steve presents a picture that’s often, as a result, at odds with many popular narratives. Were Easter and Christmas borrowed from popular pagan holidays, repurposed by… Read more

October 16, 2019

In this episode, I’m joined by Dr. Moira McQueen the Executive Director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute to talk about a whole range of ethical issues confronting Catholics today. We talk about the theology underpinning the comprehensive Catholic worldview about life, contraception, abortion, doctor-assisted suicide (euthanasia), and some of the bioethical concerns which Catholics will have to face in the future. For more from Dr. McQueen visit the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute. Send your feedback to cordialcatholic@gmail.com. For more… Read more

October 9, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined again by Steve Weidenkopf, author and lecturer in History at the Christendom College Graduate School of Theology, to talk about the origins of Christianity. Was Christianity based on pagan myth? Was Jesus a real person? Were Easter and Christmas just repackaged pagan celebrations? What about the resurrection and the virgin birth – and where do all these notions come from anyway? Professor Weidenkopf tackles these myths and more as we… Read more

October 2, 2019

  In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I’m joined by Catholic Answers Senior Apologist Jimmy Akin to talk about the Bible. Where did the Bible come from? How did it get put together? What is the role of oral tradition and why are Catholic Bibles bigger? We also dig into problems with the Protestant doctrine of Sola Scripture and how Catholics read and understand the Bible in a different way. For more about Jimmy visit his website. Also… Read more

September 25, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I talk to Keith Nester about his journey into the Catholic Church. Keith is a former Protestant pastor with 20 years of experience in a variety of different roles and he has an incredible story to tell about what led him into the Catholic Church, what objections he had, and what he’s found now that he’s “come home” to Catholicism. It’s an episode you DO NOT want to miss. For more about… Read more

September 21, 2019

This article is part of the Tough Questions series. A series highlighting some of the difficult questions I was asking during my conversion from a non-denominational Christian to full communion with the Catholic Church. For more about my own conversion story, read What I Wish I Knew About Catholics (And Why I’m Becoming One).  Up until the time of the Protestant Reformation in the 1500’s all Christians believed that their faith was shaped, understood, and transmitted through a combination of… Read more

September 20, 2019

I recently caught an interesting debate between Ken Ham, from Answers in Genesis, and Jeff Zweerink from Reasons to Believe on the idea of Young Earth Creationism. Ken Ham, who was famously engaged in a debate with Bill Nye, argued for a literal interpretation of the creation narrative found in Genesis. In other words, that we live on a young earth which is only thousands of years old. Ham argues, passionately, that anything other than “believing God at his word” would… Read more

September 18, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I talk to Matt Swaim about how to evangelize our non-Catholic family and friends. Matt, like me, is a convert to the Catholic faith. He also works at The Coming Home Network’s Outreach Manager and hosts the daily Catholic radio show, The Son Rise Morning Show, on EWTN. Matt shares some really–truly–incredible insights into how we can witness with our Catholic faith to those that don’t necessarily share it. For more about… Read more

September 11, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I talk with Pat Flynn to talk about one of the most important and fundamental questions about Catholicism: Do Catholics have a personal relationship with Christ? We also hear a bit of Pat Flynn’s fantastic conversion story out of faith and into atheism, philosophy, evangelical Christianity and finally into the Catholic Church based, in part, on the very question we tackle today. It’s a fantastic episode and I know you’ll love it…. Read more

September 7, 2019

As a non-denominational evangelical Protestant I remember sitting in pew one morning while the pastor played a video created by a member of the church. It was a short, funny video made out of Lego dramatizing the appointment of Matthias from the Book of Acts. The video followed the text from Acts but ended with a pithy, “…and he was never heard from again.” We all laughed. As evangelical Christians most of us, I would wager, had a fairly murky… Read more

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