A Jehovah's Witness depiction of the crucifxion
October 16, 2014

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Greek word translated as “cross” in the New Testament, stauros, actually means “upright stake” or, in their words, “torture stake.” They claim that Jesus was nailed through both wrists on a large vertical stake without a crossbeam (pictured right). They even go so far as to claim, “True Christians do not use the cross in worship.”[0]

Oddly enough, this belief was not present in the earliest doctrines of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Their second president, Joseph Rutherford, taught, “The cross of Christ is the greatest pivotal truth of the divine arrangement, from which radiate the hopes of men.”...

October 15, 2014

I'm not a person who naturally thrives in silence. During Lent, I have a hard time keeping the radio turned off in my car for the ten-minute drive to work. It is rather amazing then how annoyed I can become with unnecessary noise before and after Mass. And if the questions on the subject that the apologists get at Catholic Answers are any indication, many Catholics are disturbed by unnecessary noise at Mass. Here is a representative example:

I attend daily Mass after I drop my four children off at school. I look forward to my quiet time at Mass to pray. My days are full with being a mom of four and a full-time student, so I find it hard to find that quiet time that I long for. Recently, two fellow moms I know, a Catholic and a non-Catholic, have joined me at Mass—...

October 10, 2014

In researching and writing my new book, Behold Your Mother - A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines, I not only lay out an exhaustive defense of the Marian doctrines against scores of misguided attacks, but I also point out some errors going in the other direction. Well-intentioned Catholics—even some Catholic apologists—have presented things concerning Protestant beliefs that are just plain wrong.

And error is error no matter the source.

I shouldn't tell you this, but I will. Please, keep this between us, okay? But one of those apologists I had to correct, is named Tim Staples. But don't tell anybody about that.

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October 10, 2014

By now you’ve probably heard of the tragic story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman who has an inoperable and terminal brain tumor. While Maynard’s age makes her condition unusual, what has really brought her story attention is her decision to end her life.

According to CNN.com:

After several surgeries, doctors said in April that her brain tumor had returned and gave her about six months to live. She moved from California to Oregon to take advantage of that state's law and says she plans to end her life soon after her husband's October 26 birthday.

Maynard has also written...

Antique rosary found in Verdun, France
October 8, 2014

A few months ago, a friend of mine returned from a vacation to Europe with a souvenir for me. She had been browsing in an antique shop in Verdun, France, and found a rosary that dated to about 1902–1910. Not long after the rosary was made, the Battle of Verdun raged during World War I.

Near where the antique shop is situated today stands the cathedral in Verdun, which dates to the twelfth century. The cathedral survived the battle, all but unscathed, despite the Germans' burning desire to destroy it. My friend is not Catholic, but she felt that this rosary, which could have been used to pray for...

October 6, 2014

An interesting article was posted yesterday on The Daily Beast by historians Candida Moss and Joel Baden. In it, they take down an argument by author Michael Paulkovich from his recently published book, No Meek Messiah in which he attempts to present evidence that Jesus never existed. Moss and Baden summarize Paulkovich’s argument this way:

Paulkovich’s case rests on three main pillars. First, the discovery that no ancient writers from the first few...

Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves
In Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves, nine such Catholic women -- varying widely in age, occupation and experience -- shar...