April 14, 2016
Pope Francis greets a girl at the Vatican. (Getty Images)

Non-Catholics may be wondering why Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (Latin, “The Joy of Love”) has Catholics in an uproar. Has the pope changed Catholic doctrine? Has he left the doctrine officially intact, but changed pastoral practice so much that the doctrine is annulled? Now that I have taken...

April 13, 2016

This is not an exhaustive list, and just because a book is on this list does not mean I endorse everything in it. Instead, this list should serve as a helpful guide for anyone who wants to learn how to defend the Faith. I have ordered it based on topic and noted if a book would best serve beginners (B), is of intermediate difficulty (I), or is an advanced work (A).

Abortion

Abortion and Unborn Human Life by Patrick Lee (A...

April 11, 2016

Skeptics argue that miracles are impossible because the laws of nature are necessary. A miracle, they argue, involves a violation of a law of nature. But the laws of nature cannot be violated. Therefore, miracles must be impossible.

One modern skeptic of repute who argues this is Richard Dawkins. In his book The God Delusion, he says, “[M]iracles, by definition, violate the principles of science” (83).

Dawkins and other modern skeptics derive this argument from philosophers of...

April 7, 2016

Pope Francis’s much-anticipated document on the family has now been released.

Here are 12 things to know and share.

1. What are the basic facts about the document?

It is called Amoris Laetitia (Latin, “the joy of love”), and it is what is known as a “post-synodal apostolic exhortation.”

An apostolic exhortation is a pastoral document in which the pope exhorts the Church. Although it contains doctrine, its primary focus is pastoral care. (...

April 6, 2016
Matthew McConaughey (left) and Woody Harrelson in "True Detective"

I'm sitting in my family room watching the first episode of the HBO series True Detective. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as Rust Kohle and Marty Hart, homicide detectives for the Louisiana State Criminal Investigations Division. The two are driving along the highway, getting to know one another, and suddenly I'm presented with what must be the most philosophically interesting conversation I've ever witnessed on screen. 

Here it is, edited slightly for...