G’day, thank you for visiting my site. I—if you couldn’t tell from that gigantic banner up there—am a Catholic apologist and speaker. This is my personal blog.

It’s my hope that the content you’ll find here will equip you to be a more effective apologist.

An apologist, in case you were wondering, is not someone who apologizes. And here you were thinking I made my living by apologizing for the Catholic faith. Nope.

An apologist is one who defends, so as a Catholic apologist, I defend the Catholic faith.

For the Catholic, apologetics is an umbrella term that encompasses three branches: Theistic apologetics: arguing for God’s existence from the natural world; Christian apologetics: Arguing for the historicity and credibility of Jesus Christ; and Catholic apologetics: Arguing for the truths put forth by the Catholic Church; that it is the true Church; that it was founded by Christ, etc.

I typically post two to three times a week. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe to via email by entering your email under Follow My Blog over on the right there.

If you are new to my site, you might want to start with my most popular posts. Here are my top posts from each category:

Theistic Apologetics

What is Atheism?

What is Pascal’s Wager?

Has Science done away with God?

Christian Apologetics

Is Jesus a spin-off of Pagan Deities 

Was Jesus a lunatic?

Catholic Apologetics

When was ‘Catholic’ First Used?

Why do Catholics Pray to Saints?

My Debate with ex-Catholic Baptist Pastor

Sexual Apologetics

Catholic, Gay and Feeling Fine

Women Don’t Watch Porn!

The Pill & Cancer

My Biography

Matt Fradd is a Catholic apologist and speaker, as well as the executive director of The Porn Effect, a website dedicated to helping men and women break free from pornography. He is the author/editor of several books including, 20 Answers Atheism and Delivered: True Stories of Men and Women who Turned From Porn to Purity. Matt speaks to tens of thousands of people every year. He lives in Georgia with his wife Cameron and their four children.

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  1. Thank you so much for posting Steve Gershom’s article. As a Catholic with many homosexual friends and older atheist and agnostic siblings (sole believers in humanity thus homosexuality), it is refreshing to hear from someone on both sides of the fence. I have high respect for Mr. Gershom and am inclined to read many of your blogs to thus deepen my belief and rebuild my faith. Thank you, Mr. Fradd.

  2. Matt,
    Hello from a fellow Aussie! I love your blog!!
    I noticed you’ve spelled Chiara ‘Chriara’ in your biography and thought you might want to change it if it is wrong. I’m studying to be a Catholic primary school teacher…spelling 🙂
    All the best and with my prayers, Genevieve

  3. Hi Matt–I wanted to mention my blog as well to you, not sure if you have ever checked it out or not but in September 2008 my story appeared in what was then “This Rock” magazine from Catholic Answers, due in large part to a number of contacts to Tim Staples, who I am sure you know well. Tim is a true gem indeed.

    Like Steve Gershom, I come from an SSA/LGBT background, however I tend to shy away from using the term “gay” due to the misunderstandings it can indeed cause. However I support his efforts as well and realize that actively LGBT persons might gravitate to his site quicker than mine, so I certainly cannot fault him too badly on that choice of word usage. In any case I write on many topics but have a number of them sharing my own journey and subsequent return to Rome in 2005 after 35 years away–some as a married Assemblies of God minister and then ironically as a strong LGBT activist. So I have been the gamut of lifestyles so to speak.

    But the only one that gives me lasting peace is Christ, and Him through the Church He gave to us. Just wanted you to know about it in case you had never checked it out.

    PS–on my home page is a more updated version of my story, but based largely on the one I wrote for “This Rock” years ago. And I do have standing permission to use it via Sophia Sproule from Catholic Answers (via email) just so you are aware–plus it is no longer on your revamped website at any rate as they condensed the older copies of “This Rock” which they preserved–they even eliminated Tim’s article from that issue too so I do not feel too badly about it hehe.

    I just wanted you and your readers to know about it and about me too! God bless you in your wonderful ventures.

  4. hey matt,i heard to your talks in ACYC and totally loved it !

    I’ve a lot of muslims friends asking me, why do you believe in jesus when he just the prophet and god is someone else. why do you drink alchol and eat pork when it is said in bible to not to do so ?
    why does mary wear a scarf in the pictures we see ? and Why when the images of Jesus are made he always has a beard never is he made clean shaven :???

    could you please answer to these questions of mine.

  5. Dear Mr. Fradd,

    I think I get a little discouraged by some of you Apologists on Catholic Answers. How can we mere theologically, biblically, unstudied wanna-be defenders of the faith provide lucid answers to sometimes complex questions thrown our way by nay-sayers? You make it look so easy. For all I might know, I know I can’t quote scripture, exactly, other than to say, “You know, like that passage somewhere where it says something along the lines of…” I suppose the only thing to do is pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance and hope our flailing in the dark (when we try to defend our faith) is more effective than we think. I suppose God can use us precisely in our weaknesses. God’s way are inscrutable (or something like that 😉 )

    Thanks for the job you do.


    1. Nathalie, I sympathize with your frustration; believe me! Working at Catholic Answers, I am surrounded by people much smarter than I; much more able at quoting Scripture that I; much better at reading New Testament Greek that I . . . It can be frustrating, because we want to know everything right now!

      The trick is to stay close to our Lord.

      Now I know that sounds obvious, but reflect on that. It’s much more gratifying to the ego to be told we are intelligent than to be holy. Take up your rosary! Spend at least one hour before the Blessed Sacrament every week, get a spiritual director.

      Next step. Study! Tere are a plethora of resources out there, but I reccomend you get my colleagues 2 CD set, Getting Started in Apologetics. You can download the mp3 here: http://shop.catholic.com/mp3-getting-started-in-apologetics-the-least-you-need-to-know-to-explain-the-catholic-faith.html

      I hope that helps.

  6. Hi, it is very interesting to compare Catholics from the opposite sides, You would have a lot of work here, in Croatia. Thanks for the blogging and pardon my English

  7. I really love reading your blogs Sir Matt! It inspires me a lot and strengthens my faith to God and to the Catholic Church. I wish to learn more and more and more!

    God Bless you always Sir Matt Fradd! More Power

  8. Hi Matt,
    You are really an angel and I would love to see you doing greater works to help curb the addiction of pornography which is widespread like an epidemic among people. You are really touched by Mother Mary and with her help you can surely get many souls out of the evil of porn. thanks for your good work. May God bless you.

  9. Hey Mr. Fradd, I’m Will and I’m 14. My older brother introduced me to your talks and it really has changed me. It’s made me stronger against sin, although I still struggle with sin in areas, you have inspired me. Thank you so much for your inspiring talks and advice. I struggle in the same areas that you did prior to your conversion. Please pray for me and my trouble, as I am praying for you and the Holy Church. Once again, thank you for everything, and send my love to the family.

  10. I read several of you posts after I saw something of yours pop up on facebook. I am not impressed. Your fellow sheep should instead try reading “God is not Great” by Christopher Hitchens.

  11. Matt, you are so brave and the Holy Spirit moves through you so obviously! Thank you for allowing Him into your heart in what I am sure is a daily task. I just have a question that I think you are more skilled at answering and articulating than I am. Can you please address the popular TV show, Game Of Thrones? With the new season coming out soon, I see a lot of it on Facebook and twitter. I checked the sexual content on IMDB to see if it would be fitting for a Christian to watch and was horrified at how this show is basically porn with a plot. A lot of my friends are into this show, too!! It mad me want to throw up. Why is it that so many Christians get roped into this crap? I would love to just pull out a Game of Thrones piece to give to my friends as a reference. I haven’t seen an article condemning it yet. If you ever have writers block, please consider this subject. 😉 God bless you and you have my sincere prayers!

  12. Matt, Love the podcasts! This November the legalization of marijuana for recreational use will be on the ballot in home state of Arizona. I am interested in your thoughts on the morality of the legalization of pot. On the one hand it is natural, created by God, it doesn’t seem to have any significant long term physiological side affects that we know of. On the other hand, it seems to be a gateway drug, there is a host of societal problems that it could create. Although legalizing it would remove the criminal element from the sale and distribution, so that might be a good thing for society. I’m really confused on this one. What would Aquinas say? What do you think?

  13. Your Pints with Aquinas podcast is one of my favorites. Do you have any episodes discussing how Aquinas would answer Nietzsche’s criticisms of Christianity? If you don’t, I would love to hear one on the subject. I’ve been listening to a philosophy podcast, and I felt really hurt about the way Nietzsche viewed Christians. I’m Catholic and would like to be able to defend my faith if anyone ever brings up Nietzsche’s ideas to argue against Catholicism or Christianity in general.

  14. Matt, I thoroughly enjoy your podcasts. I stumbled upon it last week and I am greatly encouraged and challenged by your words, witness and desire to evangelize. I helped a friend of mine with a podcast and now I am prayerfully discerning how our parish can receive Good News more often and proclaim Good News more joyfully by using your podcasts and even creating one. Here is part of my testimony: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-two-or-three-podcast/id1134966749?mt=2&i=376699251

  15. Hi Matt,
    I saw you first on journey home, I’ve not checked the whole site but notice you have an advice spot on porn.
    I’ve watched a few times the last Ted Bundy interview before he was electrocuted to death where he admits his guilt to a Pastor his terrible crimes against many women and girls but he also talks about how porn affected him in his early years (though he doesn’t use that as an excuse),
    Also, to be very delicate with whom one relates this to in the secular world and to be very sensitive about the victim’s families of murderers, it dawned on me that he seemed to be truly repentant and had turned to Christ.


    from Leeds


  16. You should have Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein on one of your podcasts. She is the author of The Thrill of the Chaste, Catholic Edition and teaches dogmatic theology to seminarians at England’s Oscott College.

  17. Matt,

    Just found you after hearing you on Patrick Coffin’s podcast. Looking forward to listening to Pints with Aquinas.

    Is there a way to get your podcast published on GooglePlay? Not all of us are iphone drones 🙂


  18. Matt,

    I know an atheist young man who is getting married in a civil ceremony in a park who told me that he views marriage as basically a contract for sex, kind of like legal prostitution. I find this disturbing but I do not understand how men think. How would you counsel someone like this? What would you say if he were a friend?


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