March 21, 2016
The Resurrection of Christ by Paolo Veronese, c. 1570

Many skeptics assert that the early Christians believed in miracles because theirs was a primitive, prescientific culture where people were ignorant of the course of nature. As such, it is argued, they were not able to perceive a miracle as being contrary to nature and thus readily accepted miracle claims.

For instance, in his work An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, eighteenth-century Scottish skeptic philosopher David Hume argues for a...

March 16, 2016
Baptism of Christ by Juan Fernández Navarrete, c. 1567

I have to admit, it rattled my Protestant bones to learn, as I explained in part one, that the unanimous testimony of the early Church—in fact, of Christianity until the time of the Reformation—supported a sacramental view of baptism. 
With this historical truth in mind, I turned to the New Testament. I wanted to read what it had to say about baptism as though for the first time, in the light of what I’d learned.

I began with the classic passage John 3:3-5:

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March 15, 2016

A person with whom I was corresponding recently asserted that skeptics are free to hold that objective morality is derived from the society in which we live. In this view, he claimed, moral principles exist beyond the individual and thus are objective.

This correspondent is in good company with Richard Dawkins. To the question “How do we decide what is right and what is wrong?”, Professor Dawkins answers, "There is a consensus about what we do as a matter of fact consider right and...

March 14, 2016
Bl. John Henry Newman

As a "Bible Christian," I would have said I loved the writings of the Fathers. Of course, what I would have meant is that I loved to read Luther and Calvin and the other "heroes" of the Reformation. What Christians believed in the second, third, fourth, and fifth centuries of the Christian era didn't matter too much to me.

And in the end, when it came to determining doctrine, I would have said that all that really counts is “What saith the Scriptures?"

Then I met Newman. 

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March 2, 2016
Christopher Check speaks at Catholic Answers' 2014 national conference.

Not long ago historians spoke of “the retreat from marriage” to describe the increase in divorce, the rise in the average age of first marriage, and the growing number of people who live alone. That phrase, “retreat from marriage,” is no longer sufficient. Ours is the age of “the war against marriage.”

The Supreme Court, with enthusiastic approval from the White House, has declared the metaphysically impossible the new law of the land. The once fervent people of Ireland have done the...