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May 28, 2013

Someone recently wrote to me asking, “Christians believe that death entered the world through sin. Check out Romans 5:13-14 if you don’t believe me. Yet evolution proves that death existed before the fall. How do you explain that?”

This is a great question, one which I suspect many Christians haven’t given much thought.

In this post I’d like to argue, from the book of Genesis, that death did indeed exist before the Fall—the death of animals and plants—and that when the Bible...

May 27, 2013

On the wall next to my desk is a small framed piece of calligraphy, a gift from a friend with a talented hand, with this passage from Psalm 127:

Lo, sons are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the sons of one's youth.

Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them! 

He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate...

May 27, 2013

About a month ago I received an email from Catholic Answers apologist Matt Fradd that contained an unusual attachment: a spooky-looking banner ad from the Alpha and Omega Ministries (AOM) web site that read, “The Debate that Catholic Answers Doesn’t Want You to Hear.”  

The banner linked to a shop page where you could purchase an MP3 of a 2010 debate between Tim Staples and AOM president James White on the subject of purgatory, recorded during a broadcast of White’s radio program....

May 25, 2013

An ex-Jehovah’s Witness, now Catholic, who we at Catholic Answers helped to come to Christ in his Church, gave me some valuable gifts for apologetics by way of old books, many of them first edition, published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, the publishing arm of the Jehovah’s Witnesses run by the leaders of their sect. Of note among these is a first edition copy of The New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures, the official Jehovah’s Witness...

May 24, 2013

My son Joshua recently celebrated his first Penance in anticipation of his first Holy Communion. He is the first of our five children to do so. Needless to say, it was a very special day for him and our family. As I mentioned in my last blog post, over the last few years he has expressed a true desire to partake of these sacraments. My wife and I have done our best to help him and his sibling to understand the beauty, meaning, and power of the sacraments, and whenever possible have used...