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September 30, 2013

Reza Aslan is a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and the author of the much-talked-about new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. His latest piece in the Washington Post is titled Five Myths About Jesus.

Aslan’s assertions are nothing new in the world of Catholic apologetics, and...

September 27, 2013

At a recent Parish Evangelization Seminar I conducted, I shared with the participants on the vital importance of prayer in evangelization, and more specifically, the power of intercessory prayer.

When we pray for those in need of evangelizing, we are asking for nothing less than divine intervention, because conversion (as the Catechism teaches) is a work of grace.

The human heart is heavy and hardened. God must give man a new heart. ...

September 25, 2013

In a previous post I argued that a common atheist intuition about what would count as proof for the existence of God also provides a foundation for the intuition that something cannot come into existence from nothing without a natural cause. If this intuition is true, then it would provide much more support for the first premise of the kalam cosmological argument. For those who are unfamiliar with...

September 25, 2013

I love our pope. Not just because he is pope, but because of the kind of pope he is. I love his focus on the poor and on poverty of spirit, his emphasis on the radicalness of the gospel, and his back-to-basics approach to evangelization.

As someone who has worked for the Church for twenty years and can be prone to both myopia and cynicism, I feel personally convicted by his warning against becoming a “self-referential Church.” He reminds me that our task is not to spend our...

September 23, 2013

In my last blog I began to investigate the claims of Frank Zindler, former editor of American Atheist Magazine, who believes that the office of the pope is really an extension of the Pater Patrum (Father of Fathers) who presided over the Roman cult of Mithras.

I’ve already addressed the weakness of Zindler’s claim that the Chair of Peter once belonged to the supposed Mithraic...