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  • The Marks of the Church [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    05/24/2014 12:00:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholicApologetics.org ^ | 1985-2004 | By Paul Flanagan and Robert Schihl.
    The Marks of the ChurchCatechism of the Catholic Church Section 811 In the Creed we profess the Church to be one holy catholic and apostolic. These four characteristics, inseparably linked with each other, indicate essential features of the Church and her mission. The Church does not possess them of herself; it is Christ who, through the Holy Spirit, makes His Church one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, and it is He who calls her to realize each of these qualities. The Church Is OneJohn 17:11Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may...
  • Four Marks of the Church [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    05/24/2014 11:53:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    EWTN.com ^ | 1995 | Kenneth D. Whitehead
    Four Marks of the Church by Kenneth D. WhiteheadWe can show how the Church of the apostles resembles in all essentials the Church of today by showing how the early Church already bore the marks, or "notes," of the true Church of Christ which are still professed today in the Nicene Creed. The Nicene Creed declares the Church to be One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.Thus, the Church of the apostles was definitely one: "There is one body and one spirit," Paul wrote, "just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one...
  • How Do we Know the Gospels are Historical?

    03/11/2014 6:32:04 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 254 replies
    http://www.strangenotions.com ^ | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Among Catholics and atheists, is easy to exchange convinced assertions: “The gospels are 100% God’s holy Word and every bit is historically accurate!” or “The gospels are fairy tales!” However there is a discipline called “Biblical scholarship” in which scholars do some very interesting work determining just which parts of the gospels they think are reliable and which they think are not. Their conclusions are, of course, debated. That’s what scholars do. Their work is fascinating and it is worth taking some time to look at just a smidgen of their methodology and conclusions. Bible scholars are most interested in...
  • Jesus: Liar, Lunatic, Legend, Mystic, or Lord?

    03/08/2014 2:07:22 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Strange Notions ^ | March 7, 2014 | Dr. Peter Kreeft
    For Catholics, the doctrine of Christ's divinity is central, for it is like a skeleton key that opens all the other doctrines. Catholics have not independently reasoned out and tested each of the teachings of Christ received via the Bible and the Church, but believe them all on his authority. For if Christ is divine, He can be trusted to be infallible in everything He said, even hard things like exalting suffering and poverty, forbidding divorce, giving his Church the authority to teach and forgive sins in his name, warning about hell (very often and very seriously), instituting the scandalous...
  • A Crisis of Faith: Morality in an Amoral Society

    02/21/2014 8:46:17 PM PST · by jxb7076 · 39 replies
    http://jxb7076.hubpages.com ^ | 02/21/2014 | jxb7076
    If you were given unquestionable proof that neither heaven nor hell existed – no rewards or punishment after death and no afterlife - how would you live your life? Would right or wrong really matter? Would morality be an issue or would amorality be the norm?
  • From Calvinist Prosecutor to Catholic Apologist

    07/26/2013 2:04:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 555 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 26, 2013 | David Paul Deavel
    Sunday, June 21, marked the 90th anniversary of the Scopes Monkey Trial decision. The questions surrounding evolution—meaning, in particular, the origins of humans—still raise large and important questions for how we understand human nature and the doctrine of original sin. But Jason Stellman thinks that the obsession with our physical origins, though understandable, is perhaps theologically off-kilter. Where we've come from biologically is not as important as where we're heading. It's not the beginning of the journey, man—it's the destination. Stellman's The Destiny of the Species (Wipf and Stock, 2013) is a brief, rollicking, and readable apologetic, notable not...
  • Reply To Michael Eric Dyson: No, Loving Jesus Is Not Homoerotic

    12/26/2013 9:42:51 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Boxing Day, 2013 | Michael Collender
    On Monday, Michael Eric Dyson appeared on The ED Show on MSNBC, this time hosted by Joy Reid. He was introduced as someone knowledgeable in American history and Biblical theology. Dyson, a professor at Georgetown, then insinuated that the Bible's teaching regarding loving Jesus is “interestingly homoerotic.” Dyson said: Look through the Bible, there's a lot of interesting things. The same men who sat up in a church of all men -- 'I put my God, Jesus over all women, I love Him more than I love her!' -- Hmmm... do you really? That sounds interestingly homoerotic to people who...
  • The Historicity of the Resurrection of Christ

    12/26/2013 6:15:06 PM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 31 replies
    The 1024 Project ^ | 12/26/2013 | Mark Musser
    Unlike all other religions that emphasize mysticism, myth, fables, legends, or even allegories, Christianity is a historical religion that upholds the facticity of its revelatory events that becomes the very object of faith. Not only is the crucifixion of Christ the most historically attested fact of the ancient world, but believe it or not, the resurrection of Jesus is not far behind. The test of faith in Christianity that so many have a hard time with is not that believing is a leap out into an irrational world of myth, but that believing is based on historical facts, the exact...
  • Falling Stars, Damnable Heresy, and the Spirit of Evolution

    09/20/2013 4:29:03 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 2,965 replies
    Renew America ^ | Sept. 19, 2013 | Linda Kimball
    “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22). “And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet, and I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth, and there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit." (Rev. 9:1) In his Concise Commentary Matthew Henry identifies falling stars as tepid, indecisive, weak or apostate clergy who, "Having ceased to be a minister of Christ, he who is represented by this star becomes the minister of the devil; and lets loose the...
  • Did Jesus Claim to be God?

    12/23/2013 5:14:49 AM PST · by Kevmo · 101 replies
    Did Jesus Claim to be God? Summary Evidence in addition to his claims in the New Testament The concept of Jesus as divine existed within at least 10 to 20 years of his crucifixion, and therefore likely to have been asserted by Jesus himself. The claims of Jesus to be God make sense of his trial and crucifixion i.e. blasphemy The early enemies of Christ would have declared that Jesus never made such claim A parallel movement, that claimed Jesus as merely a good teacher, would have emerged alongside Christianity Jesus' use of Divine Titles Yahweh - claiming the sacred...
  • THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCUMENTS Are they Reliable? (Preface, Chapt. 1)

    02/16/2008 2:24:23 PM PST · by blue-duncan · 7 replies · 103+ views
    PREFACE TO THE FIFTH EDITION Reliable as what?' asked a discerning reviewer of the first edition of this little work, by way of a comment on the title. His point, I think, was that we should be concerned with the reliability of the New Testament as a witness to God's selfrevelation in Christ rather than with its reliability as a record of historical fact. True; but the two questions are closely related. For, since Christianity claims to be a historical revelation, it is not irrelevant to look at its foundation documents from the standpoint of historical criticism. When the first...
  • Who is Jesus Christ and Who is Irrational? (Mike Adams)

    12/04/2013 3:17:41 PM PST · by servo1969 · 983 replies
    clashdaily.com ^ | 12-4-2013 | Mike Adams
    A sixty-seven year old proud atheist friend of mine recently interjected the sweeping statement “all religion is irrational” into one of our conversations. I replied, not with a direct rebuttal but, instead, with the unexpected question, “who is Jesus Christ?” He replied, “I don’t know.” If I were to ask some of you why I pulled that question out of left field you might also reply with a bewildered “I don’t know.” So keep reading. Please. If you have never really pondered the question “who is Jesus Christ?” then you simply cannot consider yourself to be a committed intellectual –...
  • FIRST-PERSON: Can archaeology help confirm the Bible?

    12/01/2013 11:48:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Baptist Press ^ | November 4, 2013 | David Roach
    Whenever there's an archaeological discovery related to the Bible, conflicting interpretations by various experts can leave a believer's head spinning. Take the discovery in Israel of a palace from the era of King David earlier this year. An archaeologist from Hebrew University in Jerusalem said there's "unequivocal evidence" that David and his descendants ruled at the site. But critics, including some committed believers, say it could have belonged to other kingdoms and that David's palace likely would have been in Jerusalem some 18 miles northwest. Still others claim there is no archaeological evidence that David even existed. Similar confusion ensued...
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

    11/12/2013 7:53:33 PM PST · by Shery · 12 replies
    RZIM & GA TECH ^ | November 4th, 2013 | Nabeel Qureshi
    Former muslim offers powerful apologetic of Christ's death and resurrection. Medical doctor and historian was looking to confirm that Allah was God and Mohammed his true messenger by trying to ascertain that the story of Christ's death and resurrection was a myth. Instead, he found that the records supporting the Bible about Jesus were far more complete and written closer to Jesus' life on earth, while the records regarding Mohammed appeared much later left much to be disputed. Christians can learn a LOT about your own faith in this video! VERY INTERESTING! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaYR4G7oRiw
  • Catholic Conversion Stories [vanity]

    10/27/2013 11:33:04 AM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 23 replies
    Various videos, audios, and printed sources
                Catholic Conversion Stories           Dr. Scott Hahn's Conversion Story Alex Jones Conversion Story(Powerful!!!) Steve Ray's Conversion Story Jimmy Akin's Conversion Story Leah Darrow's Conversion Story Elizabeth Ficocelli's Conversion Story Jennifer Fulwiler's Conversion Story Kimberly Hahn's Conversion Story Fr. Donald Calloway's Conversion Story Dr. Peter Kreeft's Conversion Story Kevin Vost's Conversion Story Fr. John Markham's Conversion Story Tim Staples Conversion Story Jeff Cavins Conversion Story David Currie's Conversion Story Dan Burke's Conversion Story Michael Coren's Conversion Story 1 - Dr. Ray Guarendi's Conversion Story 2 - Dr. Ray GuarendiEvangelical vs Catholic Teresa Tomeo's Conversion Story Tom Peterson's Conversion...
  • The YouTube Heresies

    10/22/2013 7:23:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Strange Notions ^ | 10/22/2013 | Fr Robert Barron
    A few years ago I began posting brief reflections on movies, music and culture on YouTube, probably the most watched Web site in the world. In my mind, this exercise resembles St. Paul's venture onto the Areopagus in Athens, preaching the Gospel amid a jumble of competing ideas. YouTube is a virtual Areopagus, where every viewpoint—from the sublime to the deeply disturbing—is on display. Never as a Catholic teacher or preacher have I addressed less of the "choir.” The most numerous responses have come to my pieces on atheism and belief. I have made a video called Why Do We...
  • Are We Really Catholic Bashing?

    09/24/2013 7:08:17 AM PDT · by jodyel · 250 replies
    reachingcatholics.org ^ | Unknown | Mike Gendron
    Are We Really Catholic Bashing? Mike Gendron Throughout the last 13 years we have made the Roman Catholic Church our primary mission field. It has been our heart’s desire to see Roman Catholics embrace the Lord Jesus Christ as their all-sufficient Savior and enjoy the salvation He sovereignly secured for all who trust Him alone. Needless to say, we have received thousands of letters, e-mails and phone calls from disgruntled, irate, annoyed, threatening or confused Catholics who tell us we are Catholic bashers and do not know anything about their religion. Some are zealous for God, but without biblical knowledge....
  • Book Release -- Catholicism For Protestants

    08/24/2013 8:17:43 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://catholicozarks.blogspot.com ^ | August 22, 2013 | Shane Schaetzel
    It is with great pleasure that on this day, which is the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, I announce to you the publication of "Catholicism for Protestants" -- a book of common Questions and Answers about the Catholic Christian faith. The book is based on the article by the same name, which has been revised, improved and copiously annotated with footnotes and Scripture references. Written in a simple Question and Answer format, like the old Baltimore Catechism, this book is designed to equip regular Catholics to explain their faith and win converts. It is ideal both for Catholics who...
  • Catholicism For Protestants

    08/22/2013 3:56:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 583 replies
    Catholic in the Ozarks ^ | August 22, 2013 | Shane Schaetzel
    Like the article?  Read the book! INTRODUCTION Naturally, any blog entitled "Catholic in the Ozarks" is going to require a page dedicated to answering basic questions that are common to people in the Ozarks.  Since most people in this part of America (the "Bible Belt") are of Baptist and Pentecostal belief, they often don't have much knowledge of what Catholicism really is, or what Catholics really believe.  They may even be under some false impressions or have misunderstandings. This article is a Question and Answer (Q&A) format designed specifically for people in this area, or anyone else who might...
  • The Age of the Universe

    08/05/2013 6:15:40 PM PDT · by wmfights · 158 replies
    GeraldSchroeder.com ^ | Gerald Schroeder
    We look back in time, and say the universe is 15 billion years old. But as every scientist knows, when we say the universe is 15 billion years old, there's another half of the sentence that we rarely bother to say. The other half of the sentence is: The universe is 15 billion years old as seen from the time-space coordinates of the earth. The key is that the Torah looks forward in time, from very different time-space coordinates, when the universe was small. Since then, the universe has expanded out. Space stretches, and that stretching of space totally changes...
  • “Abiogenesis is Irrelevant to Evolution” (is it now?)

    06/06/2013 12:16:27 PM PDT · by kimtom · 123 replies
    www.apologeticspress.org ^ | Nov 19 2012 | Jeff Miller, Ph.D.
    (article photo) The Law of Biogenesis tells us that in nature, life comes only from life of its kind (Miller, 2012). Therefore, abiogenesis (i.e., life arising from non-living materials) is impossible, according to the scientific evidence. How then can atheistic theories like Darwinian evolution be considered acceptable? There is a growing trend among evolutionists today to attempt to sidestep the problem of abiogenesis by contending that evolution has nothing to do with the origin of life, but rather is a theory which starts with life already in existence and explains the origin of all species from that original life form....
  • Dave Hunt; Valiant For The Truth

    Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.(Jude 3-4)Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?...
  • Ronald Knox on “The Modern Distaste for Religion”

    04/03/2013 3:25:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 3, 2013 | George J. Marlin
    Within moments of Pope Benedict’s announcement that he was abdicating the Chair of St. Peter, secularists began demanding that the College of Cardinals choose a less rigid, more progressive pontiff; in other words, a pope who would repudiate Church teachings on chastity, same-sex “marriage,” divorce, contraception, abortion, and priestly celibacy.Leading the charge was The New York Times, which devoted plenty of front page, above-the-fold space to castigating the Church and Benedict. The op-ed editor published, ad nauseam, the usual tired-old Catholic critics, including Garry Wills and Hans Küng.And the moment secularists realized that Pope Francis is not a South American liberation theologian, but...
  • I Need Help with Philosophy Class Questions

    03/18/2013 8:14:29 AM PDT · by EaglesNestHome · 91 replies
    Homeschool Blogger--Eaglesnest ^ | 3/18/2013 | EaglesNestHome
    I need your help, answering questions for my philosophy class. How would you answer the three great philosophical questions of life: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? Also, may I share with you the basic message of the Bible, as I have experienced it? As a homeschool family, we’ve had to consider carefully what is most important in educating our children. Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic are important skills, but they will pass away someday. Ultimately, what really matters is what lasts forever. Why would such a powerful, just God care enough about you...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, The Resurrection and Life Everlasting

    03/05/2013 8:54:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part One: The Creed   The Resurrection and Life Everlasting Lesson 14 from the Baltimore Cathechism"I believe in ... the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting." 176. What is meant by "the resurrection of the body"? By "the resurrection of the body" is meant that at the end of the world the bodies of all men will rise from the earth and be united again to their souls, nevermore to be separated.Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall all indeed rise again. (I Corinthians 15:51)177. Why will the bodies of the just...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: A POSTERIORI DEMONSTRATION, 03-05-13

    03/05/2013 7:53:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 03-05-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):   A POSTERIORI DEMONSTRATION Legitimate reasoning from premises that are better known than the conclusion. Yet the premises are effects posterior (or subsequent) in being or in time to the cause in the conclusion, e.g., demonstrations of the existence of God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Š Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, The Communion of Saints and the Forgiveness of Sins

    03/04/2013 10:14:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 03-05-13 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part One: The Creed The Communion of Saints and the Forgiveness of Sins Lesson 13 from the Baltimore Cathechism"I believe in ... the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins ..." 170. What is meant by "the communion of saints" in the Apostles' Creed? By "the communion of saints" is meant the union of the faithful on earth, the blessed in heaven, and the souls in purgatory, with Christ as their Head. 171. Through the communion of saints, what can the blessed in heaven do for the souls in purgatory and the faithful on...
  • The Baltimore Catehcism: Part One: The Creed, The Holy Ghost and Grace

    02/26/2013 6:07:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941)Part One: The Creed  The Holy Ghost and Grace Lesson 9 from the Baltimore Cathechism105. Who is the Holy Ghost? The Holy Ghost is God and the third Person of the Blessed Trinity. 106. From whom does the Holy Ghost proceed? The Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and the Son.But when the Advocate has come, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness concerning me. (John 15:26)107. Is the Holy Ghost equal to the Father and the Son? The Holy...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, Actual Sin

    02/22/2013 7:54:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941)   Part One: The Creed Actual Sin Lesson 6 from the Baltimore Cathechism63. Is original sin the only kind of sin? Original sin is not the only kind of sin; there is another kind, called actual sin, which we ourselves commit.Amen, amen, I say to you that whosoever commiteth sin is the servant of sin. (John 8:34)64. What is actual sin? Actual sin is any willful thought, desire, word, action, or omission forbidden by the law of God. 65. How many kinds of actual sin are there? There are two kinds of actual sin:...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, The Creation and the Fall of Man

    02/22/2013 7:44:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
        The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941)   Part One: The Creed The Creation and the Fall of Man Lesson 5 from the Baltimore Cathechism48. What is man? Man is a creature composed of body and soul, and made to the image and likeness of God.And God created man to his own image. (Genesis 2:7)49. Is this likeness to God in the body or in the soul? This likeness to God is chiefly in the soul. 50. How is the soul like God? The soul is like God because it is a spirit having understanding and free will, and...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, Creation and the Angels

    02/16/2013 9:18:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
      The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941)   Part One: The Creed Creation and the Angels Lesson 4 from the Baltimore Cathechism35. What do we mean when we say that God is the Creator of heaven and earth? When we say that God is the Creator of heaven and earth we mean that He made all things from nothing by His almighty power.I am the Lord God, that make all things, that alone stretch out the heavens, that establish the earth. (Isaiah 44:24)36. Which are the chief creatures of God? The chief creatures of God are angels and men.Thou hast...
  • `The God-Factor in Science` ~ Concepts (2-9-2013)

    02/14/2013 5:48:26 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 1 replies
    Religio-Political Talk ^ | 2-14-2013 | Papa Giorgio
    ////////“Everything I have said and done in these last years is relativism by intuition…. If relativism signifies contempt for fixed categories and men who claim to be bearers of an objective, immortal truth… then there is nothing more relativistic than fascistic attitudes and activity…. From the fact that all ideologies are of equal value, that all ideologies are mere fictions, the modern relativist infers that everybody has the right to create for himself his own ideology and to attempt to enforce it with all the energy of which he is capable.” Mussolini, Diuturna pp. 374-77, quoted in A Refutation of...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, God and His Perfections

    02/14/2013 3:39:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part One: The Creed God and His Perfections Lesson 2 from the Baltimore Cathechism"I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth ..." 8. What do we mean when we say that God is the Supreme Being? When we say that God is the Supreme Being we mean that He is above all creatures, the self-existing and infinitely perfect Spirit.I am the First, and I am the Last, and besides me there is no God. (Isaiah 44:6)9. What is a spirit? A spirit is a being that has understanding and free...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed The Purpose of Man's Existence

    02/14/2013 3:28:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part One: The Creed The Purpose of Man's Existence Lesson 1 from the Baltimore Cathechism1. Who made us? God made us.In the beginning, God created heaven and earth. (Genesis 1:1)2. Who is God? God is the Supreme Being, infinitely perfect, who made all things and keeps them in existence.In him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)3. Why did God make us? God made us to show forth His goodness and to share with us His everlasting happiness in heaven.Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has it entered...
  • Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains

    12/08/2012 10:05:37 PM PST · by dangus · 23 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Week of 12.4.12 | By Robert Martone
    The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought By Robert Martone | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | 37 A living connection Image: ock / Анастасия Попова ADVERTISEMENT The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when the mother is everything for the developing fetus, supplying warmth and sustenance, while...
  • Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader? (The Communion of Saints) [Catholic Caucus]

    11/01/2012 5:00:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-01-12 | Dominican Brothers of the Province of St. Joseph
    Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader?Archdiocese of Washington: Year of Faith seriesWritten by:Dominican Brothers of the Province of St. JosephHalloween is one night of the year when adults and children alike seem to be full of imagination for the realm of the dead.  Maybe it is a fascination with ghosts and goblins, or maybe it is more sinister than that, but there is a profoundly Christian explanation for Halloween, and it has to do with today’s “Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader?” question, and the Communion of Saints.There is no coincidence that the world is fascinated with the realm of...
  • The Easiest Way For You And Your Church To Always Be Ready by Damon Whitsell

    09/06/2012 5:05:58 PM PDT · by damonw · 2 replies
    GraceApologetics ^ | 9/6/12 | Damon Whitsell
    "The following was submitted to my second favorite apologetics ministry Apologetics315, it is about my most favorite apologetics site, how I started an apologetics program at my church and will be featured here along with many other fabulous testimonies and resources to help you get apologetics into your church. ________________________________ Hello there, my name is Damon Whitsell. I am a member of, and now long dreamed of Apologetics teacher at, Grace Community Baptist Church in Dayton Texas. Although I have studied General and Christian Cult Apologetics since 1985 and have been DOING Apologetics online and in life since 1998 because...
  • Compelled by Love: The Life and Legacy of St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    08/20/2012 5:14:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    WAU.org ^ | August 2012 | Leo Zanchettin
    Compelled by Love The Life and Legacy of St. Bernard of Clairvaux By: Leo Zanchettin   In the year 1112, a bright young nobleman embarked on an adventure that pioneered new paths—politically, socially, and spiritually—throughout Western Europe. His passion for the gospel and his charismatic personality were so attractive that he drew thirty other men—peers and elders—into the adventure with him. Over the next thirty-five years, hundreds of others would join him on his mission. His advice was sought by kings and popes; he unleashed an international army with the goal of recapturing the Holy Land. He resolved the...
  • The 4th Of July and Why we need to boldy fight for religious freedom

    07/05/2012 5:13:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 4, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The 4th Of July and Why we need to boldy fight for religious freedomBy: Msgr. Charles Pope It is the Fourth of July and a day to reflect on Liberty, on Freedom. And yet many today have concerns that their freedom is being eroded by increasing and over-reaching governmental intrusion.And, while as Catholics steeped in the moral vision of the Scriptures and Tradition we seek to balance individual rights and the common good, we do rightly have concerns that one of our most fundamental rights recognized in the very First Amendment is being threatened by an unprecedented mandate that...
  • Church to blame for spread of Islam in Europe

    05/08/2012 6:08:40 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 13 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 9/5/2012 | Cathcon
    The Egyptian-Italian MEP, Magdi Cristiano Allam criticized yesterday an article published in the Italian daily newspaper Il Giornale, the Islamization of Europe. As "clear evidence", he cited the citizens of European countries, who convert to Islam. "Did you know that in Italy there are already 70,000 Muslim citizens?" Allam asks in his article. The total number of Muslims currently living in Italy comes to, according to the Interior Ministry, to more than 1,583,000. "Did you know that on average every four days in Italy a new Islamic place of worship is established?"
  • Apologetics: The Next Generation [Ecumenical]

    05/06/2012 8:23:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FaithandFamilyLive.com ^ | April 17, 2010 | Eddie O'Neil
    Apologetics: The Next Generation Young Adults Find New Ways to Defend the Faith by Eddie O'Neil in Faith on Saturday, April 17, 2010 6:00 AM Easter reminds us to go and share the good news of Christ’s glorious resurrection. Young adults who are on fire for the faith are doing just that using some traditional means of defending the Church — as well as tapping into the use of new media to get the message out.Down south at Texas A&M University, the opportunities are plentiful for the more than 12,000 Catholics students to get involved in their faith. According to...
  • “The Real Gospel”: Speaking to a Mormon Congregation

    04/27/2012 6:17:23 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 19 replies
    Standing Firm in Faith ^ | 4/26/2012 | Matt Kennedy
    To my surprise, one of the local Mormon churches asked me to speak at a special dinner gathering last week. They billed the night as a “fireside” chat. The theme was “I Believe in Christ”. The idea they seem to have intended to promote is that Mormons and Christians share the same faith in the same Christ. The local Mormon patriarch was slated to speak right after my talk and before my talk a married couple, a Christian man with a Mormon woman, were to share their “testimonies”. The night was designed, I believe, to assure the Mormon congregation that...
  • The Anti-Mormon Moment: LDS critics capitalize on Romney's GOP nom [Shine light on dark UT corner]

    04/19/2012 9:03:29 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 41 replies
    Salt Lake City Weekly ^ | April 18, 2012 | Eric S. Peterson
    When presidential contender Rick Santorum bowed out of the GOP White House race April 10, it cleared the way for Mitt Romney’s all-but-inevitable nomination. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will for the first time see one of the faithful nominated for president by a major political party. But while the faithful rejoice, so do the church critics, whose cries of hosanna may be just as loud as LDS members’. For them, Romney’s nomination is an opportunity for the nation to finally pick up on their rebuke of the church’s beliefs and practices, as a wider...
  • Catholic Voices heeds Pope's call for public witness in US

    04/12/2012 5:01:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | April 11, 2012
    Denver, Colo., Apr 11, 2012 / 03:17 pm (CNA).- The recently-formed Catholic Voices USA organization is seeking volunteers to defend Church teachings, in response to Pope Benedict XVI's recent call for an effective witness in public life. At a January 2012 meeting with U.S. bishops in Rome, the Pope said that “articulate and well-formed Catholic laity” were needed to “counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church's participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society.”In order to fulfill this call, Catholic Voices USA is seeking members of the Church in the...
  • Unto What Shall We Liken the Roman Hermeneutic?

    02/19/2012 7:10:38 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 84 replies · 1+ views
    Thoughts of Francis Turretin ^ | 2/19/12 | "TurretinFan"
    Unto What Shall We Liken the Roman Hermeneutic? Rome insists that she is an authentic interpreter of Scripture. We can easily provide an example, within a document defining a dogma, of Rome making a clear blunder. But let's leave that aside for a second, and consider the effect of Rome's claims on a conversation. Christian: We should reject Marian devotion because the Bible teaches us to trust in God alone. Roman apologist: You have wrongly interpreted the Bible. Only Rome can authentically interpret the Bible. Christian: That's not true, the Bible was written to be understood. Anyone can authentically interpret...
  • Following The Truth: Ten Facts Most Catholics Don’t Know (But Should!) (Catholic or Open)

    12/07/2011 8:24:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 173 replies
    CE.cpm ^ | July 9th, 2010 | Gary Zimak
    Ten Facts Most Catholics Don’t Know (But Should!) July 9th, 2010 by Gary ZimakEvery time I hear someone claim to be an “ex-Catholic”, a sense of sadness comes over me.  In just about every case, people leave the Catholic Faith due to a lack of understanding.  After all, if Catholics truly believed that they were members of the one, true Church founded by Christ (and necessary for their salvation), nobody would ever leave!  In an effort to help clarify what the Catholic Church teaches, I have compiled a list of 10 important facts that every Catholic should know.  More than...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The Education Question

    12/06/2011 12:13:39 PM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Education Question 1092. Speaking of education, what is the real reason for Catholic antipathy to our state schools? Whatever others may think of our public policy of free, compulsory, and secular education, Catholics cannot in conscience accept that system as being suitable for the education of Catholic children. The real reason is that the religious training of the children is not sufficiently provided for, the time allotted for religion being quite inadequate, even were it utilized. The State system demands the "3 R's," reading, writing and arithmetic. Catholic principles demand the "4 R's," religion, reading, writing and arithmetic; and...
  • Following The Truth: Catholic “Fluff” – The Enemy Within (Catholic or Open)

    12/05/2011 8:58:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    CatholicLane.com ^ | Feb 10, 2011 | Gary Zimak
    Catholic “Fluff” – The Enemy Within by Gary Zimak on Feb 10, 2011 We don’t like to speak the truth about evil because we’re going to hurt somebody.  Let me tell you, you are going to hurt somebody, but that somebody is God.  If you would rather hurt God than your neighbor, there is something wrong with your spirituality.  It’s your obligation to speak the truth and everyone can take it or leave it.  But truth must be in us.  We live in such poverty of the truth today” (Mother Angelica). I was recently asked to comment on an article...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: REASON, 12-01-11

    12/01/2011 9:10:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-01-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):REASON In general, the mind in its function of attaining the truth. Also the basis or evidence used by the mind in its pursuit of truth. It differs from the intellect, whose proper role is to perceive the truth, whether arrived at by a reasoning process or perceived immediately as intuition. Reason, therefore, is a process, where intellect is possession. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Š Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholicism’s Top 10 – Part 2 (things that make the Catholic Church great)

    11/15/2011 12:37:43 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 15, 2011 | H.W. Crocker III
    Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part story. You can read Part 1 here.5. Freedom Yes, the good old reactionary, repressive Catholic Church has been the most ardent defender of freedom in the history of the world — though it almost never gets credit for it. We live in an age of determinist ideologies — with the fate of nations and individuals supposedly determined by race, economics, history, psychology, genetics, or even — insofar as Protestants have any common doctrinal beliefs — predestination. The Catholic Church stands alone in radical defense of man’s free will.When the media, Protestants,...