November 6, 2019

In an article appearing recently in First Things magazine, ardent reformer Carl R. Trueman reflects eloquently about why he is Protestant on Reformation Day. As a non-denominational, evangelical convert to the Catholic faith I feel compelled to respond. Trueman is, in a fact, someone very important to my own conversion. It was his quote, in a rather obscure location, which made a number of cameos during my own journey into pre-Reformation, ancient Christianity. It was, rather, Trueman’s assertion and challenge,… Read more

November 6, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I’m joined by Dr. Denis McNamara, director of the Center for Beauty and Culture at Benedictine College and one of the hosts of the popular Liturgy Guys podcast to talk about the Catholic Mass. What is the point of the Mass? What’s with all the standing, sitting, and kneeling? What’s the purpose behind all of the liturgical rites and rituals? Dr. McNamara, an expert in this field, will absolutely blow your mind,… Read more

October 30, 2019

In this episode, I’m joined by Mike Aquilina, best-selling author of over fifty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion to talk about the Early Church. We talk about the visible structure of the Early Church, how the very first Christians valued Catholic practices like veneration of relics and what the very early worship services looked like. With such a preponderance of evidence, Mike walks us through how the Early Church was, in fact, the Catholic Church. For more from… Read more

October 29, 2019

I was a very happy, mostly holy, evangelical Christian when I began to dig into the roots of my Christian faith. It began honestly enough when the pastor of a non-denominational church I was working for asked me a question about which came first, Scripture or Tradition. I was surprised, quite frankly, when my research to try and find the answer led me to the historical development, the creation, of the biblical canon. I was surprised to learn that the… Read more

October 27, 2019

In the most recent episode of Justin Brierley’s fantastic series The Big Conversation, biblical scholars on opposing sides of the spectrum debated and discussed the reliability of the Gospels. It was the famous agnostic, former evangelical Bible scholar Bart Ehrman in conversation with Christian New Testament expert Peter J. Williams and, if you haven’t heard it yet, it’s definitely worth a watch. A lot was said—a lot wasn’t said—and in an hour long conversation there’s only so much ground that… Read more

October 24, 2019

When Jesus famous told us that we must love our neighbours as ourselves the anxious crowd responded, “Who then is our neighbour?” The question is no less prescient today. While the Jewish/Gentile and Roman/Non-Roman fault lines of the ancient world are no longer what divides our society, one could easily argue that we’re just as divided as ever. Along lines of politics and race; of culture and ethnicity; of those in our circle of trust and those that we are,… Read more

October 23, 2019

In this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by apologist, author, speaker, and podcast host John DeRosa to tackle some of the major atheist, agnostic, and materialist-naturalist objections to God and the Catholic Church. John is the host of the incredible Classical Theism Podcast where, every week, he and a guest dive deep into topics of philosophy, theology, and apologetics to help listeners to better defend the God of Classical Theism, Jesus Christ, and the Catholic Church. Two resources mentioned… Read more

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

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