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October 24, 2016

Editor’s note: Jimmy Akin’s new book A Daily Defense comprises 365 one-page defenses (plus one for leap year) of typical challenges to the Catholic Faith. These daily doses of apologetics are designed to arm the reader with short-form answers and tips for delving deeper into any particular subject. Through the end of the year, the Catholic Answers blog will run occasional excerpts.

Religion and War



September 1, 2016
Ben Hur (Charlton Heston) labored as a galley slave in the 1959 movie.

In the brouhaha over NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick protesting the treatment of “black people and people of color” in the U.S. by refusing to stand for the National Anthem, many in the media revisited this country’s history of slavery. Several pundits even made the dubious claim that...

August 30, 2016

Are you tired of being charged with intolerance? I know I am. Anyone who believes in absolute truth has felt the sting of this charge. “We should accept everyone’s opinions as equally valid,” say the relativist. “Since you absolutists don’t, you’re intolerant.” 

Let’s put a stake through the heart of this charge.

A bad combo

First of all, this argument is self-defeating for a relativist. Notice it insists one ought to pursue tolerance...

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

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."


March 15, 2016

A person with whom I was corresponding recently asserted that skeptics are free to hold that objective morality is derived from the society in which we live. In this view, he claimed, moral principles exist beyond the individual and thus are objective.

This correspondent is in good company with Richard Dawkins. To the question “How do we decide what is right and what is wrong?”, Professor Dawkins answers, "There is a consensus about what we do as a matter of fact consider right and...