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    I'm a Catholic apologist and speaker. That means I specialize in defending the Catholic faith: the existence of God; the historicity of Jesus; the truth claims of the Catholic Church.

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st-thomas-aq Thomas Aquinas’ Argument From Finality of Being: A Socratic Dialogue

St. Thomas Aquinas In this conversation, Brad and Sarah discuss St. Thomas Aquinas’ fifth proof for the existence of God, the argument from finality. You can read their conversation about Aquinas’ first two proofs here, their conversation about his third way here, and their conversation about his fourth way here. Brad: Okay, I’ve actually read the fifth way.... Read More

Untitled Thomas Aquinas’ Argument From Degrees of Being: A Socratic Dialogue

St. Thomas Aquinas In today’s discussion Brad and Sarah discuss the fourth way of St. Thomas Aquinas to prove the existence of God. You can read their discussion of the first and second way here and their discussion of Thomas’ third way here. Brad: I have to say, I’m enjoying these conversations. So far I’d say the best argument you’ve presented... Read More

headshot Thomas Aquinas’ Argument From Contingency: A Socratic Dialogue

St. Thomas Aquinas In today’s dialogue Brad and Sarah discuss the third of Thomas Aquinas’ proofs for the existence of God, the argument from contingency. You can read their first dialogue in which they discus the first two proofs of Aquinas here. Brad: Hey Sarah. Coffee? Sarah: Good to see you. I’m okay, just got one. Brad: K, give me one sec. . . . Brad: How... Read More

St. Thomas Aquinas Thomas Aquinas’ Arguments From Motion and Efficient Causality: A Socratic Dialogue

St. Thomas Aquinas Over the coming weeks I’d like to explore each of St. Thomas’ five proofs for the existence of God by way of socratic dialogues (read my other dialogues here). In today’s dialogue Brad asks Sarah for arguments for God’s existence. Sarah responds by summing up the first two ways of Aquinas, both of which are based upon the idea that... Read More

Blessed Virgin Mary, The Helper in Childbirth Why The Virgin Mary is Necessary for our Salvation: A Socratic Dialogue

These dialogues aren’t meant to cover every aspect of, or every objection to, each doctrine. There’s more that could be said, obviously. They’re meant to be a fun and intellectually stimulating introduction to Catholic teachings that can sometimes be hard to understand. Also, I’ve tried to make it a reasonably fair exchange between Sam (the Protestant) and Justin... Read More

santaclaus Why I Don’t Lie to my Children About Santa Claus

And the winner of this year’s most controversial post goes to (drum roll . . . ) this one (or this one?)! A few years back when our children got old enough to understand the story of Father Christmas (you may know him as Santa Claus), my wife and I had an argument. She thought (and still thinks) that it’s okay to tell your children that there exists such a person:... Read More

Who is this woman? Who Is This Woman?

Who is this woman? One of the reasons Catholics (as well as the entire world!) is so enamored with Mary, is that we are so enamored with beauty. Mary is beautiful. She is, said William Wordsworth, himself a protestant, “our tainted nature’s solitary boast.” But Mary’s beauty is not self-generated. She is not the spring, but the fountain. Just as the... Read More

tumblr_lj289jaokf1qd1qbb1 Who or What Should be the Heart of Catechesis

“Catechesis” comes from the Greek word, katekhesis, meaning “instruction by word of mouth.” Broadly speaking, then, catechesis may refer to any number of disciplines that are taught orally. However, “catechesis” has come to denote, specifically, Christian instruction. We could summarize catechesis, then, as follows: Catechesis is basic Christian... Read More

6a00d8341bfbfe53ef01348085da6a970c-320wi Mortal Sin: A Socratic Dialogue

Sam: What do y’all mean when you say “mortal sin”? Justin: Ah, good question, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says in paragraph 1857, “For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: ‘Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent.’” Sam:... Read More

Untitled My Debate With Ex-Catholic, Baptist Pastor

  Last year I was on my way to Chicago to deliver some talks with Catholic Answers. During the flight I had the opportunity to share the gospel with a man sitting beside me. After the flight, at baggage claim, a man named Don Smarto approached me, he said that he was sitting behind me and had overheard my conversation. Don went on to say that he used to be a permanent... Read More

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