In the Harry Potter novels by J. K. Rowling, the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’s Sorting Hat places new students into one of four houses, each house having been founded by a wizard or a witch who wanted to form students according to his or her favorite character trait. Gryffindor’s students were known for bravery, Ravenclaw’s for intelligence, Hufflepuff’s for steadfastness. Only the house of Slytherin...
Prayer and Devotion
Seasons and Feasts
On this feast of the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, it's worth revisiting this question: Is it true Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Michael the archangel and Jesus are the same person?
In a word, yes. The Jehovah's Witnesses maintain that Jesus was Michael the archangel prior to his coming to Earth: "Scriptural evidence indicates that the name Michael applied to God's Son before he left heaven to become Jesus Christ and also after his return" (Aid to Bible...
Editor’s note: Jimmy Akin’s book A Daily Defense, forthcoming in October from Catholic Answers Press, comprises 365 one-page defenses (plus one for leap year) of typical challenges to the Catholic Faith. These daily doses of apologetics are designed to arm the reader with short-form answers and tips for delving deeper into any particular subject. For the next several months, the Catholic Answers blog will run occasional excerpts.
Spiritual or Religious?...
The day I auditioned for the job of hosting Catholic Answers Live, Murphy's Law kicked in. Everything that could go wrong went wrong.
First, it was raining that December day in 2008, which meant the drive from Los Angeles to San Diego was maddeningly slow all the way down. Not good, when I was already roiled by "studio fright" in anticipation of trying out for a live radio show that I had never heard all the way through.
Second, per my ADHD traits, I got lost...
Suppose your ninety-year-old grandmother tells you she sees leprechauns dancing in the butter dish in the cafeteria at her assisted living home. Would you think her perception conforms to objective reality? Or would you think she’s hallucinating? My guess is the latter.
Imagine now your grandmother dies, and then a few days later you see her sitting in a chair in that same cafeteria smiling at you as you go to pick up her belongings. Would you conclude she is raised from the dead? Or...