Q&A Open Forum

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 - 7pm ET

Mark Brumley answers:

Why don’t Catholics believe that Jesus had brothers and sisters?

How do I “root-out” the evil in my life, if I constantly have to be around someone who causes me to sin?

In Luke 23:43, what did Jesus mean when he said, “today you will be with me in Paradise”?  How do you reconcile this with John 20:17, where Jesus says “I have not yet ascended to the father”?

According to the Catholic Church, can you know whether or not you are going to heaven?

I have a friend who said that in the case of cohabitation, scandal is a gray area -- how can I explain that scandal is always present in the case of cohabitation?

How NOT To Share Your Faith: The Seven Deadly Sins Of Apologetics And Evangelization
"Catholic apologetics is back. It's everywhere. As a professional apologist, Mark Brumley sees this renaissance as an immensely good thing -- an essential part of the Church's evangelical mission. Even so, grave dangers attend this apologetics renaissance. Some of these dangers are so serious, they threaten to undermine the 'good' that apologetics can accomplish. Brumley calls these dangers the Seven Deadly Sins Of Catholic Apologetics And Evangelization. Like the seven deadly sins of the moral life, they are ""deadly"" not merely as isolated, individual acts but as vices or evil habits -- habitual tendencies to act in a certain way. In How NOT To Share Your Faith: The Seven Deadly Sins Of Catholic Apologetics And Evangelization, Brumley exposes them for you."