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Of Protestants And Scarecrows

Have you ever fought a scarecrow?  No.  Seriously. Did you ever fight a scarecrow?  They usually don't fight back.  If you don't believe me, then I suggest you go try it sometime.  Take a stick, walk out into a field (presumably with the farmer's permission) and march right up to the nearest scarecrow.  Raise that stick right up in the air, and start whacking the heck out of it.  I mean, lay into that thing.  Get your aggressions out.  See if it doesn't fight back.  I guarantee it won't.  Then when you've finally knocked it down to the ground, shove that stick right into its straw chest and declare your victory.  You've beaten the scarecrow.  You're a winner!

Now this whole exercise my sound absurd, but actually this sort of practice goes on every day, just not in a literal sense.  It's called the "strawman" argument, and its a form of logical fallacy.  This is how it works.  Suppose you're in a debate with somebody, and you're not…

God Has A "Reset" Button

Anyone who knows me will tell you I'm a science geek.  That's probably because I was raised by a man who's career was in designing and manufacturing flight recorders for the space shuttle.  One of his job perks was to have luncheons with astronauts.  One of the flight recorders he helped design and build acquired the critical data needed to solve the mystery of the Challenger accident back in 1986.  It was data he helped retrieve from a badly damaged tape. I remember him staying up late many nights working on it, writing figures on graph paper I could never begin to decipher.  I remember him talking about something to do with keeping the tape submerged in a trough and designing a special player that could retrieve the data underwater.  Anyway, you can imagine what my childhood was like.  Though I was never the mathematician he was, I could easily grasp spacial concepts in a visual way.  He and I would casually talk about astrophysics and theories related to black holes, g…

New Apologetics Tab

If you look above, you will notice a new tab on the "Catholic In The Ozarks" blog called "Apologetics."  Click on it, and you will find a listing of previous articles categorised according to apologetic interests. A brief explanation is also included with each category. The list is ongoing, and will be regularly updated.  So be sure to bookmark it and check back often.

There are lots of wonderful Catholic apologetic resources on the Internet. I highly recommend them all. Since the beginning of this blog, almost a year ago, I have desired to do something different. Instead of straight apologetics with raw information, I wanted to personalise it. I have hoped to give Catholic apologetics a more human face, customise it for the area in which I live, and thus evangelise on a more personal level. I don't think I have yet accomplished this, but I'm not nearly done yet either. So with your prayers and support, I will continue in this endeavour.