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June 11, 2013

Sometimes we can mistake our familiarity with a term or phrase with our understanding of it. If you're not terribly sure what is meant by the Kingdom of God, then keep reading.

Did you know that the phrase, “Kingdom of God” occurs 122 times in the New Testament?

Did you know that 99 of these occurrences are found in the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke)?

Did you know that 90 of those 99 occurrences come from the mouth of Jesus?

Yeah, me neither. That was...

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 10, 2013

Just as listening at doors carries its own punishment, so does Googling yourself: Sometimes you find out things people say about you that you'd rather not know. Nonetheless, in my line of work, it is a recurring necessity. If someone comes to me concerned about how an apologetics answer I've published has been received by the public, oftentimes I must use Google to find out what occurred.

Last week, the need again arose. While scrolling through the search results on Google, I found...

June 7, 2013

Over the past few months I have been struck by the number of times Pope Francis has reminded us of the indivisible relationship and union between Christ and his Church. On several of these instances he has quoted a passage that I have become familiar with over the years. It is taken from Pope Paul VI’s Apostolic Exhortation, On Evangelization in the Modern World:

There is thus a profound link between Christ, the Church and evangelization. During the period of the...

June 6, 2013

Homosexual activists sometimes claim that, for the bulk of Church history, homosexual acts were not condemned. In fact, the term homosexual did not even exist until the nineteenth century, so Church condemnation of such acts is really only that recent.

In an earlier post I discussed the contention that Jesus was silent on the issue of homosexual acts, but...