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May 6, 2016

Do you know the early warning signs of a young Catholic losing his faith? I do. I’ve seen them countless times in many young people over my nearly thirty-year career in Catholic apologetics and evangelization.

They include:

  • Apathy
  • Uncertainty and doubt
  • Giving in to difficult moral challenges and temptations
  • Feeling unloved or unaccepted by fellow Catholics

No doubt you’ve seen these warning signs in people you know. And maybe you’...

April 22, 2016

In my April 6 post, “The Clothes Have No Emperor,”I offered one illustration of how I evangelize those who doubt or deny the existence of God.

In upcoming posts I want to expand on this with further illustrations. But first, given that the approach I take is quite different from the classic “proofs for the existence of God” approach, I’d like to take a step back and explain my rationale for evangelizing in this manner.

The question: When we engage in reasoning about...

April 13, 2016

This is not an exhaustive list, and just because a book is on this list does not mean I endorse everything in it. Instead, this list should serve as a helpful guide for anyone who wants to learn how to defend the Faith. I have ordered it based on topic and noted if a book would best serve beginners (B), is of intermediate difficulty (I), or is an advanced work (A).

Abortion

Abortion and Unborn Human Life by Patrick Lee (A...

April 7, 2016

Pope Francis’s much-anticipated document on the family has now been released.

Here are 12 things to know and share.

1. What are the basic facts about the document?

It is called Amoris Laetitia (Latin, “the joy of love”), and it is what is known as a “post-synodal apostolic exhortation.”

An apostolic exhortation is a pastoral document in which the pope exhorts the Church. Although it contains doctrine, its primary focus is pastoral care. (...

April 6, 2016
Matthew McConaughey (left) and Woody Harrelson in "True Detective"

I'm sitting in my family room watching the first episode of the HBO series True Detective. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as Rust Kohle and Marty Hart, homicide detectives for the Louisiana State Criminal Investigations Division. The two are driving along the highway, getting to know one another, and suddenly I'm presented with what must be the most philosophically interesting conversation I've ever witnessed on screen. 

Here it is, edited slightly for...