September 28, 2016

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?

September 27, 2016
Patrick Coffin

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...

September 26, 2016
The resurrected Christ told Mary Magdalene, “Do not hold me.”

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...

September 23, 2016

Let me continue my thoughts about how to deal with Fundamentalists and Evangelicals regarding salvation. As I noted in my previous blog post, Romans 10:9 seems to say the mere acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior is sufficient to assure your salvation. If the verse is taken in isolation, this interpretation looks plausible; but it isn’t the only possible interpretation, and it doesn’t square...

September 22, 2016

Reincarnation, which means literally “to be made flesh again,” is the belief that after death the soul lives on in another body. The soul might inhabit a similar body (e.g., a man’s soul enters another man’s body) or even a radically dissimilar body (e.g., a man’s soul enters a frog’s body). Regardless of what form reincarnation takes, the Catechism of the Catholic Churh states:

Death is the end of man’s earthly pilgrimage, of the time of grace and...