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Apologetics

Our Lady of Walsingham
The Blessed Virgin Mary sits enthroned on the seat of wisdom with the Christ Child.

Below you will find links to a growing list of articles I've written on Apologetics (defense of the Christian faith).  Basically, the Catholic Christian faith is an extremely Biblical faith, and I would assert it is even more Biblical than any other Christian tradition.  In my book, "Catholicism For Protestants," I addressed common Protestant objections to Catholicism in short and concise answers. Here I will expand on various topics.  My books will always be sold at a reasonable price.  I recommend asking your local Catholic bookstore to carry them. If they don't already carry them, simply ask them to contract with CreateSpace for wholesale options. Of course you can always purchase a copy from the links below, if you don't mind waiting on shipping time.  If you don't want to wait, and you have an e-reader, I recommend buying the eBook version.  I will always try to keep my eBooks extremely reasonable in price, and of course the great advantage to that is instantaneous download!  No more waiting for delivery.  My eBooks should work well with most e-readers (such as Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPod, iPhone, etc.) Please keep in mind that the proceeds of these book sales are what keep me writing.  I'm a regular working guy with a regular full-time job who has a wife and kids to support.  So in order to find time to run a blog and write books, there has to be a little income involved, just like everything else.  That being said, articles are always free, of course, and this is how I give back to the community. If you would like to help support my work, then just buy my books.

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EVANGELISM
All Christians are called to evangelism, and that includes the laity as well as the clergy.  If you're a baptised Christian, then you're an evangelist, so get cracking!  Now Catholic Christian evangelism is not as hard as you might think.  It begins just by being a good Catholic Christian and following the teachings of the Church to the best of your ability.  If you're doing that, you're already 80% of the way there.  Knowing your faith and expressing your faith is the other 20%.  It's not about standing on street corners and handing out literature.  (Though some people are called to do that, and many do a fine job, I might add.  God bless them!)  For most of us, however, evangelism is a practical day-to-day thing that has more to do with interpersonal relationships. The following articles should be helpful to that end. Now let me clarify.  As Catholic Christians we believe all people are called to the Catholic Church. While our primary goal should always be preaching Jesus Christ to non-Christians, at the same time, we must not exclude Protestants who already know of Jesus Christ, but lack full knowledge of the faith. As a former Protestant teacher, I have some expertise in this area...

CHRISTIAN AUTHORITY
The subject of Christian authority is probably the most important when it comes to dealing with common Protestant objections.  With very few exceptions, the entire Protestant objection to Catholicism is based almost entirely on authority.  It is essential for Catholic Christians to fully understand this...

THE POPE
The issue of the papacy is closely related to the issue of Christian authority in general.  Unfortunately, the papacy is also surrounded by a great deal of Protestant mythology and tales from popular culture. Here in this section I will attempt to tackle them all...

SALVATION
No subject has been more divisive to Christianity in the West than the subject of salvation and what it means for the believer in Christ.  This was the catalyst that ignited the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, and has continued to fuel the rift ever since.  Catholic Christians need to have a basic understanding of this....
SACRAMENTS
The Catholic Christian way of life is sacramental, which means that our walk with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is punctuated by real and physical ways Christ comes enters our lives. It is essential that all Christians understand the importance of the sacraments....

SCIENCE VERSUS RELIGION
The competition that has emerged in our modern world between science and religion is an unfortunate one -- and completely unnecessary.  Much of this competition is fuelled by the popular media.  My father has a very scientific view of the world, and yet he is a devout Christian.  Having been raised in his home, I have a little different perspective on science and religion.  In these articles, I hope to share some of that with you, and in doing so, I hope to communicate that this competition between science and religion doesn't really exist...

TRADITIONALISM VERSUS MODERNISM
The era in which we live is one of confusion, unfortunately, and much of this has entered into the Catholic Church as well, especially in Europe, North America and Oceania.  There are two extremes in the Catholic world which we would do well to avoid.  These would be extreme traditionalism, wherein one thinks he is more Catholic than the pope, and the other is extreme modernism, wherein one thinks he knows better than the pope.  Now there are elements of tradition and modernity which we can, and should, all embrace.  This is part of what it means to be a faithful and orthodox Catholic Christian living in the modern world.  Yet at the same time, we must be careful not to be overrun by either extreme way of thinking.  Sadly, many within the Church these days have been conquered by one way of thinking or the other.  I hope the following articles will introduce an element of healthy balance...

CATHOLIC ECONOMICS
There are huge misunderstandings, both in the Catholic world and outside, as to what the Catholic Church actually teaches in regards to economics.  Some have accused the Church of outright socialism. Some within the Church have even tried to promote a Christianised version of socialism through what is called "Liberation Theology."  Others, both inside and outside the Church, flatly reject this notion, citing the Church's strong position on private property rights, and therefore assert the Church is essentially capitalist.  In the following articles I hope to demonstrate that both positions are equally wrong.  The Church is neither capitalist nor socialist, nor is it some kind of freakish hybrid of the two. Rather, Catholic economics seeks to rise above all this and put forward moral teachings on economics that, if implemented, would transform the modern world and put an end to many of our economic woes. Catholics should listen to what the Church has to say about one of the most important issues of our time.  Economics is nothing but morality by another name...

MORAL ISSUES
We live in an age of moral relativism, especially in the Western hemisphere of the world.  Because of this, the moral teachings of the Catholic Church have become increasingly more important and controversial. The following is a series of articles that address some of these hot button issues...

THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS
The following articles address random questions that have emerged in both popular culture and Protestant mythology concerning Jesus Christ and the Holy Family, Angels and Saints.....

    THE PROTESTANT REVOLUTION
    About 500 years ago, Christianity in Western Europe underwent a convulsion never seen before in Church history. It was a massive schism of Christians away from the Catholic Church established by Jesus Christ. Unlike previous schisms however, these schismatics retained the core of Christian faith, most especially the dogmas of the Trinity and Incarnation. This meant that they remained Christians, even though they were officially outside the Catholic Church. These Protestant denominations (as they came to be called) were originally based on nationality, but later evolved into international affiliations that stood in direct competition with the Catholic Church. History refers to this time period as the "Protestant Reformation" but I think it's more accurate to call it the "Protestant Revolution" because it was a very revolutionary thing that happened. This was a most unpleasant period in Christian history, in which blood was shed on BOTH sides, and men on BOTH sides were to blame. Still, we would all be served well to dispense with the propaganda of that era, especially such propaganda that surrounds those who began the Revolution. None of them were "heroes" of the faith. Neither Popes nor Protestants of that time were the type of people we would want to emulate today, especially when the historical truth is made known about them. In fact, the only real type of people we would want to emulate would be those who died for their faith -- the martyrs on both sides of the Revolution. In an effort to dispel some of the propaganda from that time period, the following essays were written...



    LAST THINGS
    We live in a culture that is obsessed with prophecy and the end times.  You can see this in everything from popular television evangelists to the latest Hollywood apocalypse movies.  As Catholic Christians, we are supposed to believe that Jesus Christ will one day return again, bodily, to raise the living and the dead, and bring all things to their conclusion.  However, the Catholic Christian faith is not a call to hysteria.  It's quite the opposite really.  Catholic Christians are to remain cool and sober about these things.  The following is a series of articles in which I hope to interject some sanity into this "last days craze" that seems to have infected almost every Protestant denomination and the popular entertainment culture.  In addition to that, the term "last things" also applies to death, in that when we die, it is the "end of the world" for us.  Consequently, when we consider the "last things" we have to do so on a personal level, in addition to the universal level.  Below you will find articles that relate to this too...

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