Category: Apologetics

Fatal Errors with Sola Scriptura's "God Breathed" Argument
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Fatal Errors with Sola Scriptura’s “God Breathed” Argument

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Ezekiel and I agreed on just about everything, except for theology and football. He was a dogmatic Calvinist and a Pittsburgh Steelers fanatic (which is different than just being a ‘fan’). He was also an awesome debater and very logical – a bit loud and hyperbolic – but his gift was never being able to […]

Two Josephs, Both Alike in Chastity
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Two Josephs, Both Alike in Chastity

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With our attention upon St. Joseph today, it might be good to look back at the Old Testament figure for whom Mary’s chaste spouse was most likely named. That would be Joseph, son of Jacob, grandson of Isaac, and great-grandson of Abraham. Joseph is a popular name for Jewish boys precisely as a memorial of this […]

What Can Screwtape Teach Us About Discipleship?
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What Can Screwtape Teach Us About Discipleship?

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“By faith man completely submits his intellect and his will to God” (Dei Verbum, 5). Our Screwtape Tendency You may be wondering how the Screwtape Letters can possibly help us in becoming better disciples. If we take the time to carefully dissect what Screwtape’s intent is with the “Patient”, we see the very thing Screwtape is […]

Lenten Reflection: What Is Salvation?
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Lenten Reflection: What Is Salvation?

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Shortly before his martyrdom, St. Paul penned a letter to his friend Timothy. The great apostle seems to have known that death was near, and his bittersweet words are imbued with a sense of urgency. St. Paul comforts and commends his young protégé, while exhorting him to sacrifice. “Do not be ashamed of the testimony […]

The Romance of Religion
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Book Review: The Romance of Religion by Dwight Longenecker

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Ever “evolving”, “progressing” — or so he believes — the modern intellectual mentality slithers out of the sea of mystery, clambering from arrogant skepticism to jaded cynicism, until exhausted of wit and verve, it reaches the hard shore of “reason”.  And there on the flat landscape it flutters, just out of reach of the lapping […]

Escaping the Catholic Church Through False Justification
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Escaping the Catholic Church Through False Justification

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Eve knew very well what God had commanded her and Adam, but the text tells us that she had found the tree of knowledge of good and evil good to be pleasing to the eyes and desirable for gaining wisdom (Cf. Gen 3:6). It doesn’t take a whole lot for us to find justification to […]

We are the Light of the Word
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We are the Light of the Word

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“Jesus is the greatest treasure in the universe. Jesus is better than anything—even the Super Bowl. If you have Jesus, it’s still awesome, whether you win or lose.” In a recent television interview, Rocky Seto, a coach for the Seattle Seahawks, the NFL champions of Super Bowl 48, expressed his belief that faith in Jesus […]

The Bad Evangelist Club:  How NOT to Refute Sola Scriptura
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The Bad Evangelist Club: How NOT to Refute Sola Scriptura

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When discussing the arguments against Sola Scriptura, we Catholics have a lot of strong arguments.  Here at The Bad Evangelist Club, we help you to avoid bad arguments like the one below so the good ones have more credibility. The Argument Any debate around Sola Scriptura will focus on 2 Timothy 3:14-17, which goes as […]

A Whale of an Argument
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A Whale of an Argument

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Have you heard the argument against the existence of God based on the size of the universe? You might find it strange that an argument against God would be constructed based on the enormity of space — something that elicits awe and wonder. But it is, and it goes like this: You see how big the […]

The Bad Evangelist Club:  33,000 Denominations
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The Bad Evangelist Club: 33,000 Denominations

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*Editor Note:  Starting this month we will be introducing a new series at Catholic Lane.  Known as The Bad Evangelist Club, we will be providing an examination of conscience so to speak for Catholic efforts at Evangelization and Apologetics.  We will do so by reflecting on the bad arguments being made (often by the writers […]

By What Authority - Carousel
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Book Review: By What Authority by Mark Shea

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Resolve to read “By What Authority?” in 2014.

Christmas Tree, Vatican City, 2011
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Jeremiah, Christmas Trees, and the King James Bible

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Responding to an annual fundamentalist canard.

Refuting the Myth of the "Invisible Church"
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Refuting the Myth of the “Invisible Church”

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After they rejected the hierarchical Catholic Church, one of the early tasks of the protestant reformulators was to redefine what Church is; more precisely, to define the visible nature of the New Covenant community of God’s chosen people. It being clear to them through sacred Scripture that Christ Jesus actually did established a Church; they […]

Catholics and Private Revelation Part II:  The Voice of Tradition
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Catholics and Private Revelation Part II: The Voice of Tradition

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Recently, there was some discussion on the topic of private revelation in an article recently posted to Catholic Lane. I want at this time to point to some additional information that is not commonly known which will help shed some light on why the spiritual writers of the Catholic tradition as well as the Catechism […]

Why You Should Receive Communion Kneeling and on the Tongue
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Why You Should Receive Communion Kneeling and on the Tongue

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In the 13 years I have been a practicing Catholic, I have been a traditionalist all but two of them.  As a result, I have received communion on the tongue and kneeling for eleven years.  I’ve also found that the way we traditionalists receive communion is something that many Catholics outside of the Extraordinary Form […]

We Must Evangelize
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We Must Evangelize

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It’s the great dilemma for Catholics. We know that we are to share Christ. We are to go into the highways and byways and even into the Internet superhighway and tell the world about Jesus Christ and His Church. But we don’t know what to do about that troublesome word: proselytizing. Evangelism is good. Proselytizing is bad. […]

Taking the Bible Seriously
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Taking the Bible Seriously

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I remember during my dating days wanting to start a Bible study with a girl I was dating.  She liked the idea, but asked “which commentary are we going to use in studying the Bible?”  Puzzled, I said we wouldn’t be.  We would just talk over the phone/in person about various Bible verses, what they […]

Is Peter the Rock?
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Is Peter the Rock?

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One of the most hotly-contested passages in Catholic-Protestant dialogues is the “Upon This Rock” passage in Matthew 16:18. After the Apostle Simon confesses faith in Jesus as the Messiah (the Christ), Jesus says to him “And I tell you, you are Peter, [Petros] and on this rock [petra] I will build my church, and the powers of death [Hades] shall not prevail […]

Egyptian Muslim questions Christianity.  A Catholic replies.
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Egyptian Muslim questions Christianity. A Catholic replies.

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The following interview/discussion took place between Abdallah and me from October 6-8, 2013.  Abdallah is my Facebook friend from Cairo, Egypt. He is a software engineer and a supporter of the restoration of President Morsi.  We met via the chat feature of an online chess program.  (Published with Abdallah’s approval). Abdallah:  Many times I keep […]

St. Luke, Evangelist and Historian
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St. Luke, Evangelist and Historian

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Today is the Feast of St. Luke the evangelist. Luke was a native of Antioch and unlike the other New Testament writers, was not a Jew, but a Greek. When we look for Luke in the Scriptures, we first come across his Gospel, but from a historical perspective, his first mention is not in the […]

Holiday Hysteria: A Christian Defense of Halloween
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Holiday Hysteria: A Christian Defense of Halloween

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In two weeks we celebrate Halloween— and, as you may have noticed, many of our Evangelical friends now shun America’s October spook festival altogether. They tell their children that Halloween is “the devil’s holiday” and that trick-or-treating is little better than dabbling with a Ouija board or consulting an astrologer. Contemplating the Idea of Death Though […]

A Mass-Centered Way to Talk About the Eucharist
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A Mass-Centered Way to Talk About the Eucharist

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A great opportunity to share the faith with both fallen away Catholics and with non-Catholics is to talk about that one central thing that distinguishes the Catholic Church apart from all other religions of the world.

Traditionalists and the Incarnation
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Traditionalists and the Incarnation

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In a previous article, I outlined my belief that one of the greatest dangers facing Catholicism today is a lack of belief in the doctrine of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.  This lack of belief stems from failing to appreciate the wide-ranging conclusions from such an event.  I pointed out how this problem has led […]

Proselytism, Conversion, and Other "Solemn Nonsense"
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Proselytism, Conversion, and Other “Solemn Nonsense”

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In my previous column, we examined how the words of Pope Francis found echo in Pope Leo XIII.  A lot of Catholics were also “scandalized” by another statement from Pope Francis.  When an atheist asked if the point of their meeting was to convert him, the Holy Father Stated: Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes […]

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