Apologetics

The recent remake of the movie Pete’s Dragon has prompted some discussion on the Internet of whether it is ever permissible, from a Christian point of view, to depict dragons as friendly, which happens in the movie. Some, pointing to comments made by novelist Michael O’Brien in his book A Landscape with Dragons, have answered […]

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The deuterocanonical books of the Bible are those books in the Old Testament which are not found in the canon of modern, rabbinic Jews and Protestants. In Protestant circles, they are frequently referred to as “the apocrypha.” “Apocrypha” means “hidden things,” and that’s a misnomer, because these books aren’t and never have been hidden. They […]

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I grew up and went to college in Arkansas, where the chicken industry is big. I remember sitting in a college biology class where the professor was explaining how selective breeding (this was in the days before gene editing) had improved the industrial usefulness of chickens. The example I remember him citing was how, through […]

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August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. In the United States, it is a holy day of obligation. What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it have for our lives? Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   […]

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Pope Francis’s much anticipated document on the family has now been released. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What are the basic facts about the document? It is called Amoris Laetitia (Latin, “the joy of love”), and it is what is known as a “post-synodal apostolic exhortation.” An […]

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It’s surprising, but with a little sleuthing, we can get good estimates of when the authors of the New Testament were born. Let’s put on our detective hats and see what we can learn about Paul and his circle of New Testament authors. (Yesterday we looked at the Twelve and the brethren of Jesus.)   […]

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Wouldn’t it be neat to know more about the apostles?—like when they were born? How about members of Jesus’ family? It turns out, we can figure that out with more reliability than you might suppose. Let’s put on our detective hats and see what we can discover . . .   A Key Insight I […]

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The great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas. What happened on this day? Was Jesus’ resurrection a real, historical event? How does the Church celebrate this day? Is Easter a pagan holiday? Here are 8 things you need to know.   1. What […]

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Everytime we say the creed, we note that Jesus “descended into hell.” Holy Saturday is the day that commemorates this event. What happened on this day, and how do we celebrate it? Here are 12 things you need to know.   1. What happened on the first Holy Saturday? Here on earth, Jesus’ disciples mourned […]

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Good Friday is the most somber day of the Christian year. It is the day our Savior died for us. It is the day we were redeemed from our sins by the voluntary death of God Himself at the hands of man. Here are 9 things you need to know.   1. Why is this […]

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