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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 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?
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
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
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
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
Queen of Heaven: A Socratic Dialogue
Happy Feast of the Queenship of Mary!
Have you ever been asked why on earth it is Catholics refer to Mary as “Queen”?
If so, you might find this short dialogue helpful: Read my other dialogues here.
Sam: Why do you call Mary a queen?
Justin: Because she is the mother of Jesus who, we believe, is a king, the king of the universe.
Sam: Well I believe Jesus is the... Read More
Richard Dawkins: It’s Immoral Not To Abort Downs Syndrome Children
Richard Dawkins—that atheist who wrote that book on atheism—is now “seen by many, even many non-believers, as a joke figure, shaking his fist at sky fairies. He’s the Mary Whitehouse of our day.” 
Despite his waning popularity (or because of it), he seems intent on remaining in the public eye. His strategy seems to be to say as much stupid and insulting... Read More
A Loving God And The Existence of Hell: A Socratic Dialogue
Note: These dialogues are contrived, obviously. I’m interested, not so much in writing a conversation as it would actually occur (real conversations about important topics are messy and almost never this brief), but one that demonstrates the superiority of the Christian position to atheistic ones (surprise!) Because of this, the Christian, Sarah, almost always comes... Read More
10 Awesome Catholic Tees
One easy/effective way to evangelize is by wearing a Catholic shirt. Below are 10 awesome one’s from Mantled Catholic Media. I met the guys at MCM at a recent conference and was even more impressed by their apostolic zeal than I was their fantastic tees!
On the inside of each of their shirts is printed a scapular! Check it out:
So here are ten of my favorite Catholic... Read More
Is God a Silly Idea: A Socratic Dialogue
In their last discussion, Sarah explained why she’s within her epistemic rights to deny the existence of a teapot orbiting the sun, because, among other reasons, the idea was silly. Read that discussion here. This discussion follows from that.
Brad: Alright, I’ll take you up on your offer. I’ll let you know why I think your God is silly.
Brad:... Read More
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