May 2, 2016

Perhaps the two most commonly employed texts by those who deny Mary’s perpetual virginity are:

Matthew 13:55-56: Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brethren James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all of his sisters with us? 

and:

Matthew 1:24-25: And Joseph rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife. And he knew her not till she...

April 28, 2016
René Descartes

At the heart of the philosophy of Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas is the idea that we come into contact with reality through the senses. But what if our senses are not a reliable source? Perhaps our senses are deceiving us, and everything we perceive isn’t real but is merely an illusion like in the movie The Matrix.

Descartes

This skepticism of sense knowledge was part of René Descartes’s methodic doubt, which many radical skeptics have adopted....

April 26, 2016

Fr. Douglas al-Bazi loves being a priest. The gentle Chaldean from Baghdad loves the flock he shepherds in Erbil, Iraq. He has witnessed the bombing of his parish church, was shot by Al-Qaeda militants (the AK-47 bullet is still in his leg), and in November 2006 was tortured for nine days by Islamic kidnappers.

They kneed him hard in the face on the first night and broke his nose. They used a hammer to smash out his front teeth, one by one, reminding him with each blow, "You have many...

April 25, 2016

The recent passing of music icon Prince has motivated many people to look at a once little-known fact about his life: his faith. Though he was baptized a Seventh-day Adventist, Prince became a Jehovah’s Witness. He regularly attended services and even knocked on doors, as this CNN.com story illustrates:

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April 22, 2016

In my April 6 post, “The Clothes Have No Emperor,”I offered one illustration of how I evangelize those who doubt or deny the existence of God.

In upcoming posts I want to expand on this with further illustrations. But first, given that the approach I take is quite different from the classic “proofs for the existence of God” approach, I’d like to take a step back and explain my rationale for evangelizing in this manner.

The question: When we engage in reasoning about...