Apologetics

There is a persistent claim that the early Christians were pacifists—in the strong sense of being opposed to all use of violence—and that it was not until the time of the Emperor Constantine that this began to change. After Christianity became the official religion of the empire, the Church embraced the use of military force, […]

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The Principle is a documentary promoting geocentrism, or the idea that the earth is at the center of the universe. In a previous post, I looked at how well it worked as a film. (I gave it * * 1/2 stars out of 5.) What about the content of the film? How well does that […]

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Recently the Register asked me to review The Principle—a documentary that promotes geocentrism, or the idea that the earth is at the center of the universe. This film is much smaller than most of those the Register reviews. Indeed, at the time of this writing it has only reported $16,826 at the box office—half of […]

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It’s getting near Christmas, and you know what that means. That’s right! It’s time for another book to be released telling us the sensationalistic “truth” about Christianity. This time we have The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text that Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary the Magdalene by Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson. You may remember […]

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Suicide is a delicate and disturbing subject. After the recent suicide of Brittany Maynard, many people are discussing it, and some are asking perennial questions, like whether those who commit suicide are automatically lost. While suicide can be a mortal sin, it is not always one, and the Church both prays for those who have […]

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October 18th is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. Who was he and what do we know about him? Here are 10 things to know and share . . .   1) Who was St. Luke? St. Luke is mentioned by name in three passages of Scripture: In Colossians 4:14, St. Paul writes: “Luke […]

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The book of Acts does not tell us the full story of early Church history. It provides only partial information. This is obvious from the fact that it just covers the period between A.D. 33 and 60, when it suddenly stops (providing us an important clue to when it was written). Even within that time […]

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I’m currently doing some work on the chronology of the book of Acts, and one of the key chronological benchmarks is in Acts 24:27, when the Roman procurator who presently has Paul in custody (Felix) is replaced by his successor (Festus). You’d think that it would be easy to simply look up in secular sources […]

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October 2 is the memorial of the Guardian Angels in the liturgy. Here are 8 things to know and share about the angels it celebrates . . .   1) What is a guardian angel? A guardian angel is an angel (a created, non-human, non-corporeal being) that has been assigned to guard a particular person, […]

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According to a view that St. Augustine proposed when he began his Harmony of the Gospels, Mark was the second Gospel to be written, and it was basically an abridgement of Matthew. Luke then wrote third, and John last. This idea is known as the “Augustinian hypothesis.” Despite its historical popularity, there are several reasons to […]

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