Category Archives: Apologetics

Deuterocanonicals are “simply part of the Bible”

As an addendum to an earlier posting – Where the Bible Came From – I offer the following insight from the late Jaroslav Pelikan, who was Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University: As part of the Septuagint “canon,” … Continue reading

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Software for Bible Study and Catechism, etc.

A few months back, I started doing most of my Bible and Catechism reading on my computer. I find that it’s especially helpful while traveling, but even at home, I get great benefit from the search capabilities and other features. … Continue reading

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Pope Pius XII and the Nazis

A recent email exchange with a non-Catholic accused Pope Pius XII of silence during the Nazi era. I explained that his claims against the Catholic Church seem to be based on urban legends, and I provided these links to articles … Continue reading

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Do I pray to dead people?

A non-Catholic (actually, a quite anti-Catholic) fellow recently asked me in an e-mail, “Do you pray to dead people?” Below is my response: — Do I pray to dead people? I worship God alone and pray directly to him frequently. … Continue reading

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Where the Bible came from

I’ve been involved in an email dialogue with a non-Catholic, and thought I’d share some of my messages on this blog and in the Essays section. Here is one recent writing: — Just as God worked through men to write … Continue reading

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Do Believers Have an Absolute Assurance of Salvation?

There are many Christians that understand “being saved” as a one-time event. A moment comes when a person repents of their sins and accepts Jesus Christ as their “personal Lord and Savior” – a phrase which is never used in … Continue reading

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Essay Posted: A Second Look at Sola Fide

I just posted an essay entitled “A Second Look at Sola Fide,” which I originally wrote in late 2006, as I entered RCIA (I joined the Catholic Church at Easter 2007). One of the key factors that led me to … Continue reading

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Sold on de Sales

I’ve been reading Francis de Sales’ The Catholic Controversy for some time now. Actually, I found it so interesting that I immediately started re-reading it. What a cool book! Francis de Sales was a young priest, who at the age … Continue reading

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Why Rome Said No

Today is known as Reformation Day among Lutherans because October 31, 1517 was the date Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses — a date that historians consider to be the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. When I was a Lutheran … Continue reading

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Atheism Without Conviction

In the UK, atheists are getting aggressive…but not exercising much conviction. The news article Atheists Plan Anti-God Ad Campaign on Buses reports that thirty buses in London will feature posters that read, “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and … Continue reading

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