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July 4, 2013

Today in the United States we celebrate Independence Day. Two hundred thirty-seven years ago our Founding Fathers declared our nation’s freedom.

Freedom is a good thing but, at the level of the individual, it is not always what people think it is. True freedom does not mean having the ability always to do whatever we want or whatever others might expect us to do. In fact, it sometimes entails acting against our desires or the expectations of others. To do otherwise...

July 3, 2013

Some pro-choice advocates argue that if abortion were made illegal, women would be forced to get abortions from untrained, “back-alley" abortionists. Or else these women might try to induce their own abortions with crude instruments such as coat hangers. Pro-choice advocates then say, "Shouldn’t we keep abortion legal so that it’s at least safe?"

How should pro-life advocates respond to this concern?

First, we don’t want anyone—women or babies—to die from either legal or...

July 3, 2013

In my last blog post I explained one of the reasons why I moved from atheism to Catholicism. In it I wrote:

After several years of deliberation I had come to the conclusion that Jesus Christ did in fact exist; he had performed miracles, was crucified on the order of Pontius Pilate, and resurrected from the dead. The weight of the evidence by which I came to this conclusion is perhaps the subject of another...

July 2, 2013

That would be James the son of Zebedee.

He was one of Jesus’ core disciples. He—together with Peter and his own brother John—were the three privileged to witness the Transfiguration, for example (Mark 9:2), and this was not the only time Jesus singled out the these core disciples (cf. Mark 5:37, 13:3, 14:32-33).

When the names of the Twelve apostles are given, they’re always given in three blocks of four names (Matt. 10:1-4, Mark 3:13-19, Luke 6:12-16, Acts 1:13). This James,...

July 2, 2013

The word fallacy comes from the Latin word fallacia, which could also be translated as “deception.” A fallacy is a misleading or unsound argument that can be either accidental or intentional.

This will be the first in a series of posts dedicated to understanding and responding to logical fallacies.

Self-Referential Incoherence 

A self-referentially incoherent claim is one which, when applied to itself, refutes itself: Such as when a man says, “I can’t speak a...