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October 27, 2016
The Burning of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar’s Army by Juan de la Corte

"The Jews never accepted the Deuterocanon [Apocrypha]." You'll hear this in conversations with Protestants and read it on virtually every Protestant website that defends the Protestant Old Testament canon. But is it true?

One could appeal to New Testament evidence that Jesus, the apostles, and the inspired authors of the New Testament did indeed accept the Deuterocanon as Scripture. But what about extrabiblical evidence? Does any exist?

One of the earliest pieces of evidence...

October 26, 2016
The Last Supper by Valentin de Boulogne, 1625-1626

It is an infallible teaching of the Catholic Church that the Eucharist is a sacrifice—in particular, the one sacrifice of Christ. The Council of Trent declared:

If any one saith, that, by the sacrifice of the mass, a blasphemy is cast upon the most holy sacrifice of Christ consummated on the cross; or, that it is thereby derogated from; let him be anathema (The Canons on the Sacrifice of the Mass, canon 4).    

The Catechism of...

October 25, 2016

The subject of abortion came up in the third and final presidential debate last week and the “fact checkers” have come out to say late-term abortion is an overblown bogeyman created by pro-life advocates. I’m not going to do my own fact check of every statement made in the debate, but I do want to examine some of the common pro-choice tropes in this piece from cbsnews.com...

October 24, 2016

Editor’s note: Jimmy Akin’s new book A Daily Defense 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. Through the end of the year, the Catholic Answers blog will run occasional excerpts.

Religion and War

CHALLENGE

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October 20, 2016
The Baptism of Christ, Joachim Patinir (c. 1480-1524)

Christians have always known that the four canonical Gospels describe the same major events in Christ’s life but in different ways. For example, consider what God says at Jesus’ baptism. In Mark 1:11 and Luke 3:22, God says, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” But in Matthew 3:17 God says, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” So which is it? Did God say, “You are my beloved son” or “This is my beloved son?”

The apocryphal second-century Gospel of...