September 12, 2013

Not long ago, I took a call from a woman who was upset over gum chewing at Mass. Hers was not the first such complaint I have heard over the years. In fact, gum chewing at Mass is one of my pet peeves. Just do a little Googling on the subject and you will be amazed at the number of online articles, blogs, and church bulletins that speak out about the problem. Some of the stories are downright disturbing. Like the time someone found a waxy glob of gum stuck on the side of the hymnal rack with...

September 11, 2013

If you want to pique your atheist friends, tell them that their atheism is just a “matter of faith.” They will probably respond that they have the same faith in the non-existence of God as theists have in the non-existence of Santa Claus. So what do atheists mean by the word "faith?"

New atheist Sam Harris writes in his book The End of Faith that “religious faith is simply unjustified belief in matters of ultimate concern.” Other atheists more charitably define faith...

September 9, 2013

I have been an apologist for Catholic Answers since 2003. When people find out how long I've been with Catholic Answers, they sometimes ask, "What is the most-asked question you receive?" That's easy: Can I go to this wedding? The question has been asked so often, in fact, that in 2007 I created a checklist for laypeople to use to decide for themselves if they could go to a particular wedding. In the years since, that checklist has become one of the most-viewed apologist Q...

September 5, 2013

Britain’s chattering classes have their ascots all a-twist over recent comments by celebrity atheist Richard Dawkins that have been construed as offensive towards a religion.

Did he come out with yet another of the brazen anti-Christian (and especially anti-Catholic)...

September 4, 2013

When asked to prove atheism is true, many atheists say that they don’t have to prove anything. They say atheism is not “belief there is no God” but merely “no belief in a God.” Atheism is defined in this context as a “lack of belief” in God, and if Catholics can’t prove God exists, then a person is justified in being an atheist. But the problem with defining atheism as simply “the lack of belief in God” is that there are already another group of people who fall under that definition:...