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December 30, 2013

2013 was quite a year for Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Elected in March after the surprise resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Pope Francis has taken the world by storm. It started as soon he stepped out onto the balcony to be introduced to the world as Pope Francis, when he eschewed the papal mozzetta and put on the traditional papal stole only when he was ready to bless the crowds. Even his...

November 26, 2013

Now that we’re entering the last part of the year, the familiar sight of Salvation Army bell-ringers has returned.

The bell-ringers are volunteers or employees of the Salvation Army, and they stand in public places, such as in front of supermarkets, ringing bells and soliciting donations, which are placed in large red kettles (or buckets).

In other times of the year, people drop off donations—often of clothes, furniture, and other used items—at Salvation Army drop boxes or at...

November 4, 2013

Facebook is an intriguing social phenomenon for many reasons. One that has long fascinated me is Facebook Likes. For those of you who have resisted being sucked into Facebook, Likes are links to public pages on Facebook that are established by members based on their personal preferences. These links allow members to see in their personal newsfeed the updates from public pages that they have Liked. 

When I have the...

October 21, 2013

Pope Francis recently raised eyebrows by saying, in an interview, that “proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense.”

This could sound strange since, historically, the word “proselyte” has simply meant a convert, and proselytism has simply meant making converts.

Yet the pope was not dismissing the idea of making converts. In fact, evangelization is high on his priority list.

How can we square these two things?

Francis on Proselytism

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October 14, 2013

There is a phenomenon that occurs sometimes in apologetics where the answer to a particular question will be met with a response from other Catholics asking why the apologist bothered to answer it in the first place. Someone may say, “Why are you giving this person a platform by responding?” or “This objection is so ridiculous it is not worthy of a response!”

I am met with these reactions often, especially when I write on the subject of mythicism (the belief that a historical...