Recommendations for Non-Christians
The following are just a small fraction of the resources that are available on Catholic.com.
They have been specially selected to deal with some of the topics non-Christians most often wonder about.
Click on the links to read, listen, or watch—then branch out and explore the rest of the site.
How to learn about the Catholic faith
Since you’ve come to Catholic.com, you must be interested in learning something about the Catholic faith. Here are some resources to help you find out more about it. Be sure to check out the text of our booklet, Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth. It is a mini-catechism that has been read by millions of people and translated into multiple languages.
- Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth (text)
- Scripture and Tradition (text)
- How to Become a Catholic (text)
- The Untapped Power of the Catechism (audio)
Should religion matter?
Our world today offers endless distractions. It can be tempting to forget about religion and lose ourselves in the rush of modern life. But religion deals with the biggest questions in life, and we need to devote serious thought to it. Here are resources to help with that process.
- God’s Love for You (text)
- Why Believe? (text)
- Puny Humans, Vast Universe (text)
- Is Faith Reasonable? (audio)
- Are All Religions Equal? (video)
Faith and reason
The relationship between faith and reason has been discussed for centuries. With the rise of modern science, that also has been folded into the mix. Here are resources that deal with some of the most-asked questions regarding the relationship of faith, reason, and science.
- Adam, Eve, and Evolution (text)
- Creation and Genesis (text)
- The Galileo Controversy (text)
- In the Name of Science (text)
- Religion vs. Science? (audio)
- The Christian Roots of Science (audio)
- Can Catholics Naturally Select Darwinism? (audio)
Does God exist?
The Christian faith proclaims the existence of God—the infinite, just, and merciful Creator. What evidence can we point to that he exists, and what about those who don’t believe?
- Aquinas Proves Atheists Are Closer to God Than They Think (text)
- The Existence of God (audio)
- Proofs for God’s Existence (Part I) (audio)
- Proofs for God’s Existence (Part II) (audio)
- Why Be Catholic?: Science and the Existence of God (video)
Belief in God is not the only important Christian belief. The Christian faith is also centered on the person of Jesus Christ. Here are several resources dealing with him and the evidence we have concerning him and the early Christian community.
- Jesus Christ (text)
- Are the Gospels Myth? (text)
- Where the Evangelists Got Their Information (text)
- Did St. Paul Invent Christianity? (text)
- Is Catholicism Pagan? (text)
- The Historical Jesus: Can We Trust the Gospels? (audio)
- How Did Jesus Die? (audio)
- Evidence of the Resurrection (audio)
- He Is Risen! (audio)
Life after death?
We will all one day die. What will happen next? Here are resources dealing with our ultimate destiny—an inevitability that we must all face.
- Resurrection of the Body (text)
- Reincarnation (text)
- Purgatory (text)
- The Reality of Hell (text)
- Will Heaven Be Boring? (audio)
- Does God Judge Us on What We Know? (video)
Every generation has to deal with the problem of sin, but today even basic moral principles are under attack. Here are some resources that deal with some of the most controversial.
- Abortion (text)
- Homosexuality (text)
- Gay “Marriage” (text)
- Birth Control (text)
- Leaving the Abortion Industry (audio)
- Same-Sex “Marriage” (video)
Scandals in history and today
Like every group of people, the Catholic Church is made up of fallen human beings who struggle with sin. At times this gives rise to scandal. At other times, false accusations are made against Catholics. Whichever is the case, we need to be unafraid of following and proclaiming the truth. Here are some pieces offering perspective on both real and perceived scandals from the past and from our own day.
- An Inquisition Primer (text)
- How Pius XII Protected Jews (text)
- The Sexual Abuse Scandal: A Crisis of Saints (text)
- Three Great Lessons of the Abuse Scandal (text)
- Scandals: Nothing New Under the Sun (text)
- How to Explain the Crusades (audio)
- Responding to the Sexual Abuse Crisis (audio)
- What About the Bad Popes? (video)
Where to get your questions answered
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Catholic Answers Forums: We also run the largest online Catholic discussion forums, with more than 300,000 registered members and hundreds of thousands of other visitors.
The Catholic Answers Forums contain discussions on countless topics, and you can start your own conversations to ask other forum members for help with your questions.
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