May 8, 2013
A cartoon showing why gap reasoning is faulty

Many atheists say that all arguments for the existence of God are just fallacious “God-of-the-gaps” reasoning. They claim that any evidence offered for the existence of God, such as the beginning, contingency, and fine-tuning of the universe, are nothing more than appeals to ignorance. These arguments are supposedly on par with primitive explanations of natural events (such as lightning) that erroneously included God as a direct cause. Modern arguments for theism are likewise lampooned as...

May 8, 2013

In a recent conversation with a convert to the Faith, the point was made that, as Catholics, our public discourse often suffers a noticable lack: we don’t talk much about Jesus.

We talk about abortion, canon law, the magisterium, Church history, principles of apologetics, natural law, "faith," virtue, sacraments, grace, divine Providence, the priesthood, liberalism, social justice, the...

May 8, 2013

Perhaps you've noticed that we live in a "me first!" culture. We want what we want when we want it exactly the way we want it. The fast-food chain Burger King has trained a generation of Americans to "Have it your way!" That's all well and good when ordering a Whopper, but it is a poor attitude to have in other areas of life.

In the Church the "have it your way" attitude shows up in many areas of parish life. Here are a sampling that I've pulled from common questions we receive at...

May 7, 2013

In the Divine Comedy, Dante is guided through the heavens by his courtly love, Beatrice.

These heavens are based on the astronomical ideas of the day, and she takes him through nine of them before they arrive at the ultimate dwelling place of God.

The idea that there are multiple heavens is not a concept that originated with Dante. Various ancient sources, including passages in the Bible...

May 7, 2013

As a speaker with Catholic Answers, I fly a lot. Part of what I love about flying is meeting those sitting next to me.

On a recent flight I had an opportunity to share my faith with a woman who seemed to believe in everything except the law of non-contradiction: fairies, God, heaven, reincarnation, Catholicism, the law of attraction.

One thing she didn't believe in was hell.

In fact, after learning what I do for a living, one of the first things Mary said to me was that...