Apologetics

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What Happened to Headcoverings at Mass?

I got an email recently, the lady writing asked, “Can you point me towards a good reference for why women are no longer required to wear a head covering during mass?” I thought I’d take the email I sent her and turn it into a blog.... Read More

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What is Pascal’s Wager?

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician and philosopher who lived in the 17th century. In his Pensees (paragraph 233) he writes what has come to be known as “Pascals Wager.” There are many blogs and video’s out there which claim... Read More

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How To Explain (and Not Explain) The Trinity

The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the “central mystery of [our] faith” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 234). It is therefore the most fundamental. If we get it wrong, then everything else gets obscured or perverted. The Catechism summarizes... Read More

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One Mediator Between God and Man: A Socratic Dialogue

One of my readers wrote to me today and asked if I would briefly explain how to respond to a protestant who says that since Christ is the one mediator between God and man, going to the saints for intercession is inappropriate. Since I’m sitting... Read More

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The 8 Attributes of God

Depiction of God the Father offering the right hand throne to Christ, Pieter de Grebber, 1654. St Thomas Aquinas, in the first part of his Summa Theologica, after having enumerated five proofs for the existence of God, proceeds to outline and explicate... Read More

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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... Read More

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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:... Read More

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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... Read More

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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... Read More

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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... Read More

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