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July 10, 2013
Question marks

Skillfully defending the Faith doesn't always mean having the right argument or the right answers. Often, it’s just knowing how to ask the right questions.

When we rely on statements in conversations, they can unintentionally turn into speeches. Like food that is shoved down someone's throat, the knowledge we impart to people in lengthy statements is rarely retained. Instead, asking questions lets us steer our conversations towards the truth without having to “preach” the...

July 10, 2013

Just hours after the U.S. Supreme struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on June 26, a comedy website (which shall remain unnamed and unlinked-to) offered readers a “Guide to How the Gay Marriage Ruling Affects You,” the monotonous shtick of which was that, unless you are a homosexual who wished to marry, it doesn’t. Are you straight? Married? Religious? “This decision does not affect you in any way.”

Certainly nothing new or surprising about the assertion that “gay marriage won’t...

July 9, 2013

The problem of evil is the greatest emotional obstacle to belief in God. It just doesn’t feel like God should let people suffer. If we were God, we think, we wouldn’t allow it.

The atheist philosopher J. L. Mackie maintained that belief in God was irrational, for if God were all-knowing (omniscient) he would know that there was evil in the world, if he were all-powerful (omnipotent) he could prevent it, and if he were all-good (omnibenevolent) then he would wish to prevent it. The...

July 8, 2013

When John Paul II died in 2005, it was an event of such magnitude that Internet commentators took to asking Where Were You? when he died. (Global changes to my colleague Jimmy Akin's blog in the years since this post was first published have incorrectly attributed that post to me; it was really the work of Jimmy's friend and co-blogger Tim Jones.) In my case, I learned of his death...

July 8, 2013

The early Church Fathers are indispensable resources for Catholic apologetics, helping to bridge the gap between our own time and the age of the apostles. Not only do they provide extrabiblical verification of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, they also provide a great deal of insight into what the early Christians believed and how they interpreted Scripture.

This can go a long way to demonstrate that certain Catholic distinctives have been believed from the very beginning. One...