May 8, 2024

Guest Contributor: Pilgrim In the early hours of Oct. 7th, 2023, Hamas launched a barrage of 3,000 missiles from the Gaza Strip against the State of Israel, combined with ground attacks upon civilians and soldiers and the murder, mutilation and rape of innocent men, women and children. The resulting one-day death toll of 1,200 people in Israel represented the largest Jewish loss of life since the Holocaust. In addition to murdering civilians and raping women, Hamas seized 253 hostages, Global... Read more

May 5, 2024

As many of my readers know, I tend to write on the topic of Church authority, and specifically sola scriptura. For those not familiar with Latin, sola scriptura translates as: by scripture alone. Simply put, Scripture alone, according to Keith Matthison, means that Scripture is the “sole, final, and infallible norm of faith and practice.” In his book, The Shape of Sola Scriptura, he concludes: The Church must affirm that Scripture is the sole, final, and infallible norm of faith... Read more

April 30, 2024

Do you appreciate information? If wrong, are you open to correction? If not, why? Or maybe you think “truth” is impossible to discern or that your lived experience is too complex for any supposed “answers.” Recently, Catholic Answers received a fair amount of criticism for the former Fr. Justin AI. Some of these critics used the opportunity with Justin to bounce on apologetics altogether. In turn, their readers jumped on the bandwagon to declare apologetics just another “right-wing” tactic to... Read more

April 24, 2024

In the introduction to his new book, Confusion in the Kingdom: How “Progressive” Catholicism is Bringing Harm and Scandal to the Church, author and apologist Trent Horn explains his motives for writing a book many will see as divisive. He states: As long as someone affirms what the Church teaches, rejects what the Church opposes, and allows for disagreement on matters the Church has no teaching on, I generally have no qualms with him. But I do have qualms with... Read more

April 20, 2024

I recently visited with my good friend, Matt Graham, on his podcast Rational Animal. Please check out his podcast for thoughtful and engaging theological and philosophical discussions. Some key topics discussed were: Is Arius saved? What beliefs bar one from salvation? Are belief in the Trinity and Incarnation (as defined by Nicaea I and Constantinople 1) normatively required for salvation? If so, where in the Bible do we find such requirements? Protestant theologian (and former trinitarian) Dr. Steven Nemes claims... Read more

April 15, 2024

I had the honor of visiting with my Protestant friend, Devin Pellew, on his Spotify podcast Bellator Spiritus. (Click the link for access). Topics discussed were: The differences between sola scriptura and solo scriptura. The concept of solo scriptura was examined in Keith Mathison’s book The Shape of Sola Scriptura. I reviewed the book here. The Protestant “essentials” and how Protestants determine them. Whether or not dissent among Catholic progressives reflects negatively on the validity of Catholic authority. My recent... Read more

April 10, 2024

On April 8, 2024, the Vatican released a much anticipated document on human dignity. Titled Dignitas Infinita, the document addresses current threats to human dignity. As a Catholic writer concerned with the topic of human dignity, this document offers much clarity in a world rife with confusion and ambiguity. Below I offer some key highlights and add my own takeaways. From the Introduction (Dignitas infinita) Every human person possesses an infinite dignity, inalienably grounded in his or her very being,... Read more

April 9, 2024

In a recent interview, Ricard Dawkins, popular atheist and author of The God Delusion, stated the following: We are culturally a Christian country (United Kingdom). I call myself a cultural Christian. I’m not a believer, but there’s a distinction between being a believing Christian and a cultural Christian. I love hymns and Christmas carols. I feel at home in the Christian ethos. It’s true that statistically, the number of people who actually believe in Christianity is going down, and I’m... Read more

April 5, 2024

From guest writer: Pilgrim. Richard Dawkins declares himself to be a “cultural Christian” and believes Christianity is a “fundamentally decent religion” that is better for society than Islam. How very nice of him: I do think that we [Britain] are a culturally Christian country. I call myself a cultural Christian. I’m not a believer but there is a distinction between being a believing Christian and being a cultural Christian and so, you know, I love Hymns and Christmas carols, and I sort of feel... Read more

March 26, 2024

One main thing I come away with in my discussions with atheists, and those critical of the Christian God, is this: the only good God is a “nanny god.” What do I mean by a “nanny god?” Please continue reading. I lay out the appeal of a “nanny god” and how atheists, and others, reject the Christian God because He fails to meet the demands of “nanny godlings.” The “Nanny God” What is a “nanny god?” Simple. A “nanny god”... Read more

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