Esther before King Ahasuerus
August 22, 2016

On this day when the Church memorializes the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is always helpful to consider the accumulation of examples from the Old Testament concerning the Gebirah (Hebrew, “Great Lady”)or “Queen Mother.” In an earlier blog post , and, in my book, Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines, I make that argument as well. It is a good one.

However, if we were to seek out a single typological example from the Old Testament that communicates the most...

August 19, 2016

Newspaper, magazine, and online commentators have served up any number of reasons for the hatred underlying terrorist attacks. Many of them say the root of the problem is that terrorists resent American prosperity. I remember when a recent president said, “They hate us for our freedoms.” I doubt it. Terrorists don’t care, one way or the other, about our Bill of Rights.

I don’t recall demonstrations against the right of Americans to assemble peaceably, to petition for redress of grievances, or to engage in free speech. Why should someone in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, or Afghanistan care whether you can complain to your alderman without being sent to jail?

Similarly with the prosperity argument. Decades ago, many Americans thought the superiority of our system over the Soviet...

August 16, 2016

That God demands man—indeed, created man—to worship him is a fact. He desires the praise and worship of every man and woman without exception. What does this tell us about God’s character? Is his demand and desire for worship unreasonable?

An article at the Richard Dawkins Foundation For Reason & Science website speculates upon a hypothetical scenario where a team of psychologists assess God’s behavioral profile. The author writes:

The following is what I think would be high on their lists. Narcissistic. God likes to be praised. If you don’t praise him, he will either kill you, send you to hell or excommunicate you.

Now, as to the...

August 15, 2016

Ad hominem is a Latin phrase that means “against the man.” It is considered a fallacy or error in reasoning because it tries to refute an argument by attacking the person making the argument rather than the argument itself. This is fallacious because an argument’s soundness has no relation to the character of the person making the argument. Kind, sweet people can be wrong, and mean, vicious people can be right.

Unfortunately, in their zeal to blot out any and all fallacies, some people (especially those who like to argue on the internet) are quick to label any personal criticism or insult as an “ad hominem” argument. Let me point out two things that are often mistaken for the ad hominem fallacy.

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August 12, 2016

Catholics claim Christ constituted his church as a visible society with a hierarchical structure. And as Dominus Iesus teaches, this society “subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the successor of Peter and by the bishops in communion with him” (16). Catholics also claim membership in this visible and hierarchical society is necessary.

And yet Jesus’ teaching in Luke 9:49-50 seems to contradict this belief. Jesus commands the apostles to not forbid a person from casting out demons in his name just because that person is not numbered among their group: “Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you” (9:50).  If Jesus forbids hindering someone outside the...

Monica Mares and her son and Caleb Peterson say they are love.
August 10, 2016

When people complain about Catholic sexual morality, I often ask them to put forward an alternative sexual ethic. The critic almost always presents the "consent ethic," which basically goes like this: "As long as the sexual activity involves consenting adults, it is not immoral."

Here’s a case that will test if these critics really believe in a purely consent-based sexual ethic. In the small town of Clovis, New Mexico, two consenting adults may face jail time because...

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Absolute Relativism: The New Dictatorship And What To Do About It
In his best-selling booklet Absolute Relativism: The New Dictatorship And What To Do About It, Chris Stefanick tackles all the tough qu...