Apologetics: Catholic & General Christian (Index Page)

Apologetics: Catholic & General Christian (Index Page) November 9, 2006
 St. Paul Preaching in Athens (1515), by Raphael (1483-1520) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]
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Malcolm Muggeridge Quotations [Facebook, compiled in 1997]

Thomas Howard Quotations [Facebook, compiled in 1997]

Unapologetic Apologia for Apologists & Apologetics [1-29-04]

Does Anyone Do Apologetics and/or Theology Anymore? [Facebook, 11-26-06]

Yet Another Reply to Bum Raps Against Apologetics [1-27-08]

Sola Scriptura: Catholic Scholars vs. Apologists on its Illogical Nature? [11-13-08]

Dialogue on Reason & Faith, w Theological Liberal [1-19-10]

Apologetics is Always a Difficult Spiritual Battle & Struggle [8-30-11]

History of Non-Academic Lay Catholic Apologetics [9-29-12]

Traditionalism & Apologetics: Allies or Enemies? (with Dr. Philip Blosser) [1-12-16]

Should Catholics Try to Persuade Protestants? [5-25-16]

Apologetics: Best Antidote to Atheism & Secularism [6-17-16]

Apologists, Like Umpires, Can Never Be Too Popular! [3-5-17]

Analogical Reasoning, and Reasoning from Plausibility (Using the Example of my Paper, “Biblical Evidence for Marian Apparitions”) [5-27-17]

Catholic Apologists: Response to Inquiring Questions [6-6-17]

Apologetics Doesn’t Mean Being Sorry for Your Faith [National Catholic Register, 6-6-17]

I Highly Recommend Mark Shea’s Apologetics Books (+ documentation of his glowing words about mine) [9-3-17]

In Defense of Apologetics & Theology (and Thinking About Both) [10-3-18]

Two Good Questions About the Purpose of Apologetics, from an Agnostic [Facebook, 12-5-18]

Are we apologists mean, judgmental, sort of cold, callous types? [Facebook, 6-26-19]

Apologetics: Be-All & End-All of the Catholic Faith? NO!!! [7-1-19]

Cardinal Newman on What Persuades People of Christianity [10-12-19]

St. John Henry Newman: Photograph & Portrait Page [10-14-19]




Epistemology of My Catholic Conversion + My (Protestant) Letter to Karl Keating in 1990 / How I Became an Apologist [4-25-04]

The Trials, Tribulations, & Joys of Being an Apologist [10-4-04]

Catholic Apologetics Apostolate: Its Pleasures & Perils (published in This Rock, 1 November 2004)

Reflections on the Most Influential Books in My Life [7-7-05]

I Certainly Waited (To Do Apologetics After My Conversion to Catholicism) [Facebook, 9-18-07]

Am I a “Protestantizing” Catholic (Formerly “Catholicizing” Protestant)? [7-24-08]

My Earliest Catholic Apologetics (1990-1995) . . . Including the Original (Much Longer) 1994 Version of A Biblical Defense of Catholicism [1-5-11]

Apologetics Apostolates, Journalism, & the Internet [3-6-14]

My Apologetics Q & A You Tube Session [3-31-15]

“Who is Dave Armstrong and Why Should I Read His Stuff?” [8-9-15]

About Dave Armstrong / Donation Info. [8-12-15]

My Radio Interviews: Free Downloads Available [10-15-15]

Fruit: 156 Reasons Why Catholic Apologetics is a Good Thing (Documented Conversions or Reversions in Part Due to My Work: Completely Caused by God’s Grace) [7-3-19]


Jesus’ Use of Socratic Method in His Teaching & Dialogues [8-16-15]

Simcha Fisher, Swearing, St. Paul, and Evangelizing [2-1-17]

Screwtape on the Neutralization of Effective Apologetics and Divine Callings (see also, the original 20% longer Facebook version) [National Catholic Register, 2-5-17] [1-25-17]

Someone Thinks I “Hate” Mark Shea and Simcha Fisher? [Facebook, 2-8-17]

Swearing and Sharing the Faith Don’t Mix Very Well! [National Catholic Register, 7-16-18]
Some Thoughts on Evangelism and Being “Hated by All” [National Catholic Register, 7-20-18]



Christianity, Sarcasm, Satire, Irony, Jesus & Paul [1999 and 6-2-07]

Blaise Pascal on Ridicule & Sarcasm Regarding Sin & Folly: Sanctioned by God; Many Biblical Examples Provided [12-29-11]

Atheism: A Remarkably Strong, Impervious Faith in “Atomism” [8-19-15]

Clarifications Regarding My Atheist Reductio Paper (referring to the immediately preceding, vastly misunderstood satirical piece) [8-20-15]

Did Jesus, St. Paul, & the Prophets Use Sarcasm? Yes [8-16-17]

Sarcasm and Satire Utterly Misunderstood, as Usual (my NCR article, “Silent Night: A ‘Progressive’ and ‘Enlightened’ Reinterpretation”) [Facebook, 12-21-17]

Inept Satire Case Study: Dr. Edward Feser’s “Lexicon” [2-2-18]

Some Fun with Karl Keating (and his Zealous Defenders) and Silly Words (Pip, Pigment) [Facebook, 3-29-18]



Debate: Calling People “Fools” (vs. Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein) [12-17-17]

Is Facebook Beyond All Hope As Regards Dialogue? [6-2-14]

A Typical Example of the Sort of  “Exchange of Ideas” that is so Prevalent Today [Facebook, 7-2-14]

Bad Online Behavior: No Excuses in the Final Analysis [Facebook, 7-9-14]

My Three “Laws” Concerning Online Discourse (actual or mere facsimiles thereof) [Facebook, 3-25-15]

Criticizing Public Posts on Facebook (The Latest Ridiculous and Pathetic Dust-Up) [Facebook, 5-29-15]

My Comments Policy: Thoughts on Amiable and Constructive Dialogue [8-15-15]

Comments Policy to be Strictly Enforced! Atheists in Particular . . . [8-20-15]

I Actually Enforce My Discussion Policy [10-31-15]

Dialogue: Pope Francis Doesn’t Evangelize? . . . and on the Nature of Dialogue vs. (?) the Gospel; with a Traditionalist [4-29-16]

Thought Police and Shutting-Up of All Legitimate Dissent is Now Standard Practice Online (Even for Christians) [Facebook, 6-4-16]

Is Constructive Theological Discussion Across Party Lines Possible? [Facebook, 12-13-16]

Dispute on “Mutual Monologue” and Arrogant Dismissal of Others’ Arguments (vs. Reformed Baptist elder Jim Drickamer) [Facebook, 1-16-17]

Clonish Choir-Preaching and Orwellian PC Groupthink . . . Rather Than Fair Dialogue [4-11-17]

Most People Really Don’t Like Dialogue and Debate at All [Facebook, 6-9-17]

Conspiracies, Paranoia, and the Quite Mundane Reasons I Write About Some Things (e.g., Simcha Fisher) / The Novelty of Public Critique and Dialogue [Facebook, 8-6-17]

Two Ways That the Devil Works Against Rational Argumentation and Dialogue [Facebook, 11-4-17]

Why I Have a Lot of Dialogues Posted (From a Reader) [Facebook, 1-9-18]

Dialogue is Dead #2 [Facebook, 1-26-18]

Online Feeding Frenzies vs. Christian Compassion Towards Hurting, Agonized Souls [Facebook, 3-27-18]

Journalism is Dead / Dialogue is Dead (RIP) [6-19-18]

“Double Standards”?: Reiteration of My Ethics Concerning Citing Others in My Dialogues, and Others Citing (and/or Informing) Me [Facebook, 11-11-18]

G. K. Chesterton on True Dialogue (Which is Virtually Extinct Today) [Facebook, 6-5-19]

On Online vs. “Real Life” Behavior (Both Atheists and Christians) [Facebook, 8-6-19]

C. S. Lewis: Either Hated or Loved by Readers / Hearers [10-14-19]




Us Weird Catholic Apologists and the “Real Jobs” We Oughtta Get! [3-23-06]

Michael Voris’ Critique of Catholic Answers Salaries [8-31-13]

How Much Money Should Apologists Make?: Our Society’s Low Estimate of the Worth of Spiritual and Theological Work [9-2-13]

Michael Voris vs. “Financially Compromised” Apologists [9-2-13] [+ Facebook discussion]

On Apologists’ Income: “High” and Low (My Case)  [2-22-14; rev. 10-4-16]

On Catholic Answers Cruises / Apologetics & “Business” [6-24-14] [+ Facebook discussion]

The Relationship of Full-Time Ministry and Business [11-17-14]

Reactionaries, “Filthy Lucre”, & Catholic Patheos Writers [5-29-16]

Reactionary Toronto Catholic Witness Site Exposes My Money-Grubbing Filthy Lucre Ways [Facebook, 11-4-16]

Idealism and Pragmatism (and $$$) in Apologetics [Facebook, 1-3-19]



Secularization: Thoughts on its Many Historical Causes [9-13-03; rev. 1-20-04]



Anti-Apologetics Rears its Ugly Head Yet Again (John H. Armstrong) [Facebook, 3-11-13]

John Armstrong Roundly Mocks a Biblical Argument for Mary’s Perpetual Virginity, Used by Augustine, Ambrose, Jerome, Aquinas, Etc. [Facebook, 3-12-13]

Reply to (Posited) “Traditionalist” or (More Likely) Radical Catholic Reactionary Critiques of Two of My Book Titles [Facebook, 5-4-14]

Ah; I Haven’t Heard a Personal Insult This Entertaining in a Long While [Facebook, 9-30-14]

Kevin M. Tierney Trashes Scott Eric Alt, Keating, Madrid et al, and Apologetics [Facebook, 7-1-16]

Us Wicked Convert Lay Apologists! Reactionary Bloviations . . . [Facebook, 11-25-16]

Armstrong Fan Club #3: Mary Hammond, Anti-Apologetics Oracle [4-9-17; rev. 3-5-19]

Apologetics vs. Love of God’s Creation and Recreational Activity? [Facebook, 4-13-17]

My Biggest Fan, Without Question / Public Reviling and What St. Paul Thought of it [Facebook, 8-11-17]

Patrick Madrid is Not a Genuine Apologist? (Mary Pezzulo’s Asinine Attacks) [Facebook, 2-23-19]

Why Document Severe Attacks Against Oneself, and Against Apologetics and Trump Voters (Like the One by Mary Hammond): To What Possible Purpose?: Reply to David Mills [Facebook, 3-6-19]

Fr. George Rutler’s Shameful Ad Hominem Against Jimmy Akin [5-5-19]

Steve Skojec of One Peter Five Infamy Gets His Digs in Against Jimmy Akin & Contacts Fr. Rutler to Confirm the Latter’s Ad Hominem Attack / “Jimmy” vs. “James” Akin / Canon Lawyer Ed Peters Replies to Fr. Rutler and Skojec [Facebook, 5-9-19]

Ironclad Rule #13 in Anti-Apologetics Rhetoric: “If such a screed goes on for more than ten seconds, the statistical probability of a disparaging remark about Scott Hahn approaches one.” / Cyclical History of Interest in Catholic Conversion Stories [Facebook, 7-1-19]


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  • Dave, I have a question that I'd like your take on since you're such a great resource for Christians.

    I've been reading a lot of the Summa Theologica, particularly about the Fall of Man/Original Justice. If Aquinas is right and the first humans were created in a state where all passions were completely subject to reason, and there was no evil concupiscence in man, how was he "tempted" and, more importantly, how did he consent to sin? If he could not even experience any desire to sin, why would he have eaten the fruit?

    I think I remember reading somewhere in a Catholic Encyclopedia the Church making a distinction between man being tempted from "within" and from "without". The first man was not tempted from "within" with inherent, evil passions, but was rather allowed to be tempted from without so he could prove his obedience. I'm just wondering if you know more or could better explain how, exactly, this temptation took place, seeing as Man originally had no evil desires and was not tricked or duped into sinning.

    It seems to me the first sin would have had to be one of the will and not involving the intellect at all. It may have been the first truly undesired sin, in the sense of not being desired from within by any part of man's nature. Since man could control all of his nature, and since it was completely subject to him, the first sin seems must to have been one in which man chose (bc his will was free to do so) to desire the tree, by eating it.

    But I sort of seem to be going in circles. Any light on this question would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again Dave for all you do. Btw, due partly to your site, I'm being confirmed in the Church this Easter. Praise God for men like you.

  • Hi Chris,

    Thanks for your very kind words.

    I took a shot at this very question in my paper,

    Is God Malevolent, Weak, or Non-Existent Because of the Existence of Evil and Suffering?


    I cited St. Augustine and Lutheran philosopher Leibniz at length.