October 11, 2016
A 1925 illustration published by the Pillar of Fire Church in Zarephath, NJ.

In 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. that some businesses were exempt from the Affordable Care Act contraception mandate if they had a religious objection to it. After the decision was released, Ronald Lindsay, an advocate for atheism and author of the book The Necessity of Secularism, penned an online essay...

October 10, 2016

In the first part we looked at some Catholic practices that Fundamentalists find offensive, even if they sometimes replicate the practices in their own lives. Let’s look at a few more.

Bells

Our church towers commonly have bells, often consisting of large sets, known as carillons, that can be rung from a keyboard. Small handbells are rung during Mass....

October 7, 2016
Paul Writing His Epistles by Valentin de Boulogne (17th century)

We saw in Part I that while the apostles were still on the earth, Christians had the benefit of a living magisterium.

In Part II we asked the question: are there hints in the writings of the apostles that indicate they understood that after they died,...

October 6, 2016

Protestant Fundamentalists don’t believe that sacraments exist, even though they have two: baptism and matrimony. Many of them use the term “ordinances” for baptism and their analogue of the Eucharist, which they call “the Lord’s Supper.” The isn’t just a matter of nomenclature. Not only do they use different words than we do, but they mean different things.

To them baptism is a sign and nothing more. To us it is the sacrament that first brings sanctifying grace to the soul. To them...

October 5, 2016
The Deposition by Bartolomeo Schedoni (1613)

In a recent article posted here at the Catholic Answers blog, I showed why the hallucination and vision theories fail as explanations of Jesus’ resurrection. One of the arguments I gave is the empty tomb argument: if the apostles were hallucinating or only having a vision of the dead Jesus, then the early skeptics could have produced Jesus’ body and disproved his resurrection. Since they didn’...