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February 17, 2013

After some years away from him, I’m back on a Ronald Knox jag. I’ve got several shelves of his books—nearly everything he wrote—and a few nights ago compared what I have to the listing of his works in Evelyn Waugh’s biography of him. Of the few titles I didn’t have, I found some at online book dealers, so three are on their way to me.

One book I hadn’t taken down from the shelves in a long while was Essays in Satire, published in 1930. Two of the essays particularly caught my...

February 13, 2013

Well, not "all," but something, since Lent begins today and confession is good for the soul.

Like Tim Staples, I love my job. It is a privilege to be trusted with the responsibility to find information for Catholics and non-Catholics on the Catholic Faith. Whenever I learn that I in some way helped someone to better understand what Catholics believe and why, I am grateful once again to be...

February 11, 2013

In this post we will look at how one might respond to five self-referentially incoherent things people say about truth.

Self-referential incoherence is a logical fallacy in which some claim is made that, upon being applied to itself, refutes itself.

1. “There is no such thing as objective truth.” Really? Is that statement objectively true? If so, it is objectively true that there is no objective truth.

2. “Only that which can be proven...

February 8, 2013

Here’s a simple test for people who call themselves "pro-choice" and support legal abortion.

Most of us agree it would be wrong to kill the cute infant pictured here. But I want to know: “Why is it wrong to kill babies like this one?”  If pro-choice advocates values consistency, then they must become either pro-life, radical animal rights activists, arbitrary bigots, or supporters of infanticide. Let’s look at some possible reasons one might have for thinking it’s wrong to kill an...

February 7, 2013

A number of years ago, I read a blog by an anti-Catholic Protestant apologist. The Protestant had been raised a Catholic, but (according to him) "found Jesus," "got saved," and was spending his time writing anti-Catholic screeds to inform Catholics why they didn't have Jesus and would be going to hell. The blog was fairly entertaining, when read from the perspective of a recently minted Catholic "grunt" apologist seeking to earn her stripes by dissecting and analyzing anti-Catholic arguments...