Great Apologetics Articles

Doctrine: Why We Can’t Crack

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The Apostle Paul was so confident that he was a living and real extension of Christ in the world that Paul could go so far as to say under inspiration of the Holy Ghost

Jesus is the head of the Mystical Body of Christ, but “Christ” includes the whole body of every baptized member

Because I very much believe deep in my heart: God is always faithful

Why James Says Faith Without Works Is Dead

December 27, 2017
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A salvific context
The exemplary case of father Abraham
Our Protestants friends are correct
The main point for James is that our works “complete” our faith and keep it alive.

Why ‘Mother of God’ Matters

January 01, 2018
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The Catechism says of Mary:
This Adoptionist heresy manifests itself
Other Protestants say that “Mother of God”

More Bible Clues for the Priesthood

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Priestly ranks

Who is the rebellious Korah?

Old and new priestly prerogatives

Let the light shine

We must read the New in light of the Old, and the Old in light of the New.

Looking for the Historical Jesus—Again

December 14, 2017

The Facebook Challenge

1. Pliny the Younger

2. Tacitus

3. Flavius Josephus

 

Topic 19: The Eucharist (I)

The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ’s Paschal mystery, making present his unique sacrifice in the liturgy of the Church.

Summaries of Catholic Teaching
Opus Dei - Topic 19: The Eucharist (I)

1. Sacramental nature of the Holy Eucharist.

1.1. What is the Eucharist?

1.2 Names given to this sacrament

1.3 The Eucharist in the sacramental order of the Church

2. The promise of the Eucharist and its institution by Christ

2.1 The promise

2.2 Institution of the sacrament and its Paschal context

2.3 Meaning and content of the Lord’s command

3. Liturgical celebration of the Eucharist

3.1 The fundamental structure of the celebration

 

Did God Command Jephthah to Burn His Daughter?

Did the Church Chain Up the Bible?

December 04, 2017
The notion that the Church restricts access to Scripture
It is widely believed that Luther was first to translate the Bible into German
The sixth century was witness to…
The Real Story

Defending Catholicism: Confession

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Scriptural Basis for Confession – Where is Confession in the Bible?

Objection #1: Only God can forgive sin.

Objection 1A: Do I have to confess my sins to a priest? A priest is just a man – what power does he have to forgive sin?

Objection #2. The Bible says that if I believe that Jesus is Lord, I’ll be saved. Doesn’t the need for Confession mean Christ’s work was lacking in some way?

Objection #3: Why do I have to go to a priest for confession instead of going straight to God? After all, the Bible says that “there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).

Objection #4: Confession is nothing more than a permission slip to keep sinning. Since people keep sinning even after going to Confession, doesn’t that mean it doesn’t work?

 

Sadly, this is not an uncommon tactic
Unfortunately, slavery returned to European society
Yet despite the many papal condemnations of slavery
November 30, 2017
So Long “Solas”
The Ancient, Catholic Church
The Old Testament Canon
The Perpetual Virginity of Mary
Baptismal Regeneration
The Annunciation and Virgin Birth
Jesus and Miracles
Jesus as Prophet
The Divine Nature
So, we can find some common ground
Why aren’t more Christians rich?
Why wasn’t Jesus rich?
The poor can be rich
Where does the Bible say we are not purified of sin after death?
Where does the Bible say we should make Jesus our personal Lord and Savior?
Where does the Bible say all revelation ceased after the apostolic age?

Words and Works

Fide, not Sola Fide

It seems as plain as can be…
Many Christians wrongly think the word baptism…
Perhaps a deeper look
Luke’s account
Phenomena-what?
Before and after
We can admit that there is a mystery
The Church’s understanding of the papal ministry
A second kind of evidence
A final line of evidence
Jesus prays in John 17:21

Value, Dignity, and the Christian Worldview

Naturalism, Value, and Dignity

The Problem of “Equal” Value

October 04, 2017

Reception and the Sense of the Faithful

Clarifying the “Sense of the Faithful”

The ITC on Reception

Conditions for the Sense of the Faithful

Opinion Polls and the Sense of the Faithful

What constitutes grave sin; how to know if I may receive Eucharist?

August 22, 2011 by

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Understanding “Grave Matter”

Sins vs Mistakes

Why Communion and Mortal Sin Don’t Go Together

THE GRAVITY OF SIN: MORTAL AND VENIAL SIN

 

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Where does this verse appear in Scripture?

WHO’S WHO IN THIS PASSAGE?

Who is the serpent?

Who is the serpent’s seed?

PROPHESY #1: IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

PROPHESY #2: THE VIRGIN BIRTH
PROPHESY #3: DEFEAT OF SATAN BY THE MESSIAH
PROPHESY AS PROOF
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“Give us this day our supernatural bread.”
Working in the Fourth Century A.D., St. Jerome translated the Bible from Greek into Latin, creating the Vulgate Bible. St. Jerome translated epiousios as “supersubstantial.” What’s also interesting is where St. Jerome was working: Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ. Do you know what “Bethlehem” means in Hebrew? “House of bread“.
Forgiveness in the age to come
Paying your dues
A temporary prison
A Maccabean milieu
Conclusion 

Real Presence Challenges Science

Patti Armstrong  Jul. 6, 2016

Miraculous Findings

No Exceptions Allowed

“The fact that these transformations have occurred in a Christian context cannot be avoided,” he said. “And neither can the fact that they confirm the original and enduring doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.”

April 28, 2013
Exodus 20:4 is part of the first commandment that begins in verse 3 and stretches through part of verse five:
By lifting out part of the first commandment appearing to prohibit the making of “any likeness of anything,” not only do you have God contradicting himself in later commanding the making of statues, but you also end up making the first two commandments repetitive.
Though the commandments are said to be “ten” in Exodus 34:28, they are not numbered by the inspired authors of Sacred Scripture. If you count the “you shall nots” along with the two positive commandments of keeping holy the Sabbath and honoring father and mother, you end up with 13 commandments.

Flowery, poetic language that is not intrinsically literal in nature or intent.

Interpreting the words in context (especially a Christological context).

To speak of a human being as participating in “saving” others is perfectly biblical:

1 Corinthians 9:22

1 Timothy 4:16

Philippians 2:12b-13

2 Corinthians 4:15

Ephesians 3:2

12 Early Church Quotes That Will Challenge Protestants

Here are 12 quotes from the Early Church that leave Protestants grasping at straws to explain them away. Read all 12. These are not obscure men or obscure writings. They are saints who are firmly within the mainstream of Christian history. Another 12 quotes could have been selected just as well. If a Protestant disagrees, he must ask himself, how were these guys all so clueless and why did later generations of Christians revere them so much? There must be Christian writers from the same period who were “in the right” about these topics, so can you find them?

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The Promises of the Contraception Advocates
The concerns and predictions of Pope Paul VI
The divorce rate did not decline; it skyrocketed
Abortion rates did not decline; they skyrocketed as well
Women’s dignity
As for preventing/reducing STDs and AIDS
Add to this list of effects
Declining birth rates
Conclusion: Time will prove where wisdom lies. What have we learned over these decades of contraception? First, we have learned that it is a huge failure in meeting its promises; it has backfired, making things worse rather than better. Marriage, families, and children have all taken a huge hit. Bad behavior has been encouraged and all the bad consequences that flow from it are flourishing. Most people seem largely uninterested in this data. Hearts have become numb and minds have gone to sleep. I hope that you will consider this information thoughtfully and share it with others. Time has proven where wisdom lies. It is time to admit the obvious.

Relativism

Indifferentism

Eclecticism

Sentimentalism

Utilitarianism

Incrementalism

Materialism

Scientism

Situational Ethics

Universalism

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