Apologetics

I use the online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the Vatican web site all the time, so I decided to make an upgraded version of their index page (here). The improvements on this version include: The links now open pages in new tabs. I’ve added links to the Latin version, to […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (May 25, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 1:29 Why is Ascension Thursday a holy day of obligation in some places and not others? 5:30 How do we know the Ascension happened on a Thursday? 7:20 When will we get our glorified bodies? 8:10 How does […]

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Skeptical New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman offers a brief look at how many Bible scholars estimate when the Gospels were written. Let’s talk about that.   The Basic Summary In the 6th edition of his textbook The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, Ehrman has a text box entitled “Establishing the […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (April 20, 2017, 2nd hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 2:22 Did Jesus falsely prophesy that he would return before the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70? 13:39 Did some of the disciples initially think Jesus was a ghost after his resurrection? 17:50 What is “hermeneutics”? How […]

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Does the Bible indicate God is a deceiver? Recently I was contacted by a reader who was looking for a response to claims made by a Muslim apologist concerning instances in Scripture where God appears to use deception. Let’s talk about that.   What the Muslim apologist was doing The Muslim apologist was responding to […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (April 14, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 1:10 What was happening at the Triumphal Entry? 4:50 What is happening with the mysterious incident where the disciples get the animal for Jesus to ride? 8:30 When was the cleansing of the Temple? 9:50 What is a […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (April 10, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 2:50 Why don’t Christians all celebrate Easter on the same day? 8:20 How is Easter related to Passover? 10:44 What date was Jesus crucified? 16:10 Why are the days of Holy Week given the names they are? (e.g., […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (April 6, 2017, 2nd hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 01:28 How did people understand the term “church” at the time of Jesus? Was there a pre-Christian use of this term? 05:23 Are people in purgatory aware they are in purgatory? Could they be released only when they […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (March 30, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 00:12 What “polymath” and “autodidact” mean 03:35 How to respond to the claim that Peter isn’t the rock in Matt. 16.18 because Paul says no one can lay a foundation other than Christ 06:35 How to reconcile free […]

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Some people think that only the present is real and that the past and the future don’t exist. This view—known as “presentism”—encounters problems if God exists changelessly, outside of time in an “eternal now” alongside the changing “temporal now” that we exist in. We looked at some of these problems recently. For example: God’s changeless […]

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