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Uncommon Photos Of John Paul the Great
I’m always disappointed when I turn to the shiny pages in the middle of a Pope John Paul book only to see photos that I’ve seen a million times before. So in spirit of spending my time wisely, I’ve spent the past hour mining the internet for uncommon photos of the big man. Here are ten of them.
If you’re looking for a book to celebrate the canonization... Read More
The Immaculate Conception: A Socratic Dialogue
I’ve really enjoyed writing these socratic dialogues this past week. Thanks for your feedback.
Before we begin
A word of warning: These dialogues aren’t meant to cover every aspect of or every objection to each doctrine. There’s more that could be said. And, indeed, more that has been said (for starters, see here, here, and here). These dialogues are meant... Read More
Is Jesus a spinoff of the Pagan gods?
In this article I’d like to examine and respond to the claim that the story of Jesus Christ was borrowed from earlier mythologies.
Similarity Does Not Imply Dependence
Before we look at some of these alleged parallels between Christianity and paganism (and why they’re false), it’s important to note that similarity does not imply dependence. That is,... Read More
Purgatory: A Socratic Dialogue
Sam: Though I’m not a Catholic, I do respect the Catholic Church’s willingness to dispense with some of those old superstitions that arose in the middle-ages, like purgatory and that.
Justin: Um, what?
Sam: Yeah, you know how you all used to believe in purgatory but now that’s been done away with?
Justin: Yeah; sorry to disappoint you but that isn’t true. Purgatory... Read More
Call No Man Father? A Socratic Dialogue
I was pleased that so many people wrote to me expressing their thanks for my last socratic dialogue on the motherhood of God. I thought I’d try my hand at another one.
Sam: Okay, since you love logic so much, I have a syllogism for you.
Justin: Let’s hear it!
Sam: Premise 1: In Matthew 23:9, Jesus said “call no man Father.” Premise 2: Catholics call priests Father.... Read More
Is Mary the Mother of God? A Socratic Dialogue
The following is a fictitious Socratic styled dialogue between John, a Protestant who rejects the doctrine of Mary, Mother of God (Theotokos) and Mark, a Catholic who (obviously) doesn’t. enjoy! Or don’t. Either way, let me know what you think.
John: Hey Mark, why do Catholics call Mary the “Mother of God.”
Mark: Uh, because she’s the Mother... Read More
Giving Away 40 Books in 24 hours!
Shaun Alexander McAfee, who donated the money, chose the two winners: Jeremy and Fr. Joseph.
Jeremy wrote: “If I won 20 books, every man in my weekly men’s group would get a copy.”
Fr. Joseph wrote: “I would have the books available outside my confessional so that people struggling with this addiction could have the resources they need along with prayer... Read More
Why Struggling With Porn Is A Good Thing
Struggling with porn can be an effective means of growing in virtue.
Whenever I’m interviewed on the topic of pornography, my interviewer usually begins by reminding the audience of what a ginormous problem pornography is. He then lists some (questionable) statistics on the size of the industry; recounts how this many men and that many women are addicted to it, and essentially,... Read More
How To Tell Your Fiance You Struggle With Porn
I get many emails from men asking my advice on how to break the news to their girlfriend/finance about their struggles with porn.
This short blog will be a summation of my thoughts, how I typically respond to such a question.
Should I Even Tell Her?
Let’s get this one out of the way first. Sometimes people will say (and if I’m honest, I remember thinking the same... Read More
Overcoming Porn: Why Spiritual Advice Isn’t Enough
In this post I’d like to address what I consider to be a problematic approach that Christians sometimes take when counseling those addicted to pornography.
It’s the nothing-but-spiritual-advice approach.
This approach is problematic for two reasons. 1) It fails to understand the nature of addiction, and 2) It doesn’t work (unless you’re Kirk Cameron... Read More
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