The Sacraments: Challenges To Them; Evidence For Them In Scripture


We will hit head-on many common challenges to the Catholic faith, including non-Catholic questions about - and anti-Catholic assaults on - the sacraments: The life-giving signs of grace instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Catholic Church.  We will examine evidence for the sacraments in scripture and the writings of early Christians to equip participants to charitably explain and defend these precious God-given gifts. Topics addressed include:

•         Why is baptism necessary?  Why not just be "born again"?
•         Why do Catholics baptize infants?
•         Why do you call your priests "Father" when Jesus said, "Call no 
           man Father"?
•         Why do you confess your sins to a priest instead of going directly
           to God?
•         Why can't women be priests?
•         Why doesn't the Catholic Church allow priests to get married?
•         Why do you believe that Jesus' body and blood are present in the 
           communion wafer and wine?
•         Why doesn't the Church recognize civil divorces?
•         Why do you consider Confirmation to be a sacrament?
•         Why do you consider Anointing of the Sick to be a sacrament?
•         And more!


Jim Blackburn is a cradle Catholic who was born and raised in Illinois. After graduating from Southern Illinois University, Jim ran his own brokerage firm for twelve years. During that time, he studied Catholicism and other faiths,...