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June 24, 2013

I came to Catholicism (very slowly) from an atheist worldview. From my previous perspective, the Church was old, rigid, and dogmatic—a relic from times past in drastic need of an update. The Church's insistence on clinging to outdated teachings was something of a deterrent for me, but through my journey to the Church I began to appreciate the necessity of dogma.

After several years of deliberation I had come to the conclusion that Jesus Christ did in fact exist; he had performed...

June 17, 2013

Some skeptics claim that the early Christian community was heavily influenced by the surrounding pagan culture of the Roman Empire—that the entire Christian system of belief was cobbled together by cherry-picking teachings from the “competing religions” of the time. A variant of this claim popular among non-Catholic Christians is that the Church started by Jesus Christ remained pure at first, but then slowly adopted pagan beliefs, especially during and after the time of the Emperor...

June 10, 2013

The claim is often made by “Jesus mythers” that the story of Christ and the liturgical practices of Christians are nothing more than rehashed ancient paganism. The writings of early Christian apologist Justin Martyr are often quoted by mythicists to illustrate how Christians were aware of these parallels and did their best to defend themselves from pagan objetions.

In particular, mythers use one quote from Justin to prove that early Christians plagiarized their liturgical celebration...

June 3, 2013

Some mythicists (those who believe there was no historical Jesus) have claimed that the existence of Docetism in the early Church is proof of their claims. A major stretching of the facts is required to come to this conclusion.

In his book The Fathers Know Best, Jimmy Akin defines Docetism this way:

This view...