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Apologetics 101

2015-01-14T10:34:47-04:00January 14th, 2015|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , |

St Irenaeus of Lyons Whenever I am involved in conversations with non-Catholic Christians I go straight to the authority question. If that question is not resolved then every other discussion is only matter of swapping opinions. It is important, therefore to be clear on the basics of the Catholic understanding of authority. It is [...]

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Answering Margery Eagan on Homosexuality

2014-10-30T17:53:13-04:00October 30th, 2014|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , |

Margery Eagan, the spirituality columnist at Boston Globe's CRUX website poses a question about homosexuality in this column. Listening to the reading at Mass this week from Ephesians Margery heard St Paul say, "Slaves be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling." The priest explained that times were different back then and St Paul [...]

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Evidence for God’s Existence

2014-10-09T18:12:29-04:00October 9th, 2014|Categories: Apologetics|Tags: , , , |

Over at Brandon Vogt's website Strange Notions here and here I have a set of arguments for God's existence which are not philosophical arguments based on Design, Prime Movers, etc, but on physical, historical evidence. The argument and evidence goes like this: If atheistic materialism is true, then the natural world must be a closed system. Everything [...]

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Atheism: Don’t Even Think About It!

2014-10-09T07:41:37-04:00October 9th, 2014|Categories: Contemporary Culture|Tags: , , , |

An atheist not only does not believe in God, he doesn't believe in angels or demons. He doesn't believe in heaven or hell. He doesn't believe in the reality of the spiritual realm at all. He can't. An atheist must also be a materialist. This is where  Chesterton's observation in Orthodoxy ring home: Spiritual doctrines do [...]

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Easter and the Atheists

2014-09-03T06:32:37-04:00September 3rd, 2014|Categories: Apologetics|Tags: , , , |

The last few years have seen a shelf load of worthy books de-bunking what is called the New Atheism. I’m sure it is a mighty good thing to explain and expound the five proofs of God’s existence, but it seems to miss the point. I’d rather present the reality of God’s work in the world and [...]

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Good Non-Catholic Christians – Is There Salvation Outside the Church?

2014-08-11T10:09:01-04:00August 11th, 2014|Categories: Anglican Matters|Tags: , , , , , |

Confused? Don't be The sudden death of Tony Palmer--the friend of Pope Francis--has raised the question whether he could be saved even though he never converted to the Catholic faith. Some Catholics would shake their head sadly and quote the famous phrase, Extra Ecclesiam nulls salus- Outside the Church, No Salvation. Does this mean that everyone [...]

History and Heresy

2014-08-02T08:29:45-04:00August 2nd, 2014|Categories: Theology|Tags: , , , , , |

The Cowper Madonna by Raphael "To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant" wrote Bl. John Henry Newman. As part of my research for a book on married priests I am reading Christian Cochini's tome Apostolic Origins of Priestly Celibacy. It's a masterful piece of scholarship which examines the early church's views [...]

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