Apologetics

In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (9/16/14), Jimmy answers the following questions: How to describe the relationship between faith and reason? Did the priest used to break the host during the words of institution? How do Protestants defend divorce and remarriage in light of what Scripture says? Can priests “reach down into hell” and […]

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Visualizing Q

by Jimmy Akin

in Apologetics, Bible

There are 235 verses in Matthew that are paralleled in Luke but not in Mark or John. This number represents more than a fifth of Matthew and Luke, and so some scholars have proposed that there was a written source—called Q—that both Evangelists drew upon, though it is now lost. There are, of course, other […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live, Jimmy takes on the following questions: What did Pope Francis mean when he said that he would like “a poor church for the poor”? How can anybody be a saint if we are all sinful? Can a priest say the ordinary form of the Mass facing East or […]

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St. Luke begins the second chapter of his Gospel with a chronological note about when Jesus was born: writing: In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria [Luke 2:1-2]. This passage has been subject to […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live, Jimmy takes on the following questions: Can we “interpret Scripture with Scripture”? What does the word “desuetude” mean and how does it relate to women’s head coverings? Can we wear pictures of people other than saints? Is leaving candy before a statue of Baby Jesus okay or is […]

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Recently, Gretchen Passantino-Coburn posted an interesting piece on whether Jesus was trying to avoid the Cross when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. The piece very correctly points out that Jesus knew it was his Father’s will for him to die on the Cross and that he lived his life in complete submission to […]

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A common claim in some skeptical circles is that St. Paul never quoted Jesus. A second common claim is that, if he had reliable knowledge of Jesus, he would have quoted him. The conclusion that is drawn from these premises is that St. Paul was not a reliable source on Jesus. Since St. Paul’s letters […]

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The four Gospels all mention the empty tomb of Christ, which has become a mainstay of modern apologetics. But some argue that the idea of the empty tomb was a late development in early Christianity—that it only arose decades after the Crucifixion, and that early Christians thought Jesus had been “spiritually” raised from the dead, […]

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In Galatians, St. Paul says at one point: But when Cephas came to Antioch I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he ate with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. And with him the rest […]

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It is well known that the Church regards the bishops as the successors of the apostles. For example, the Second Vatican Council taught: This Sacred Council, following closely in the footsteps of the First Vatican Council, with that Council teaches and declares that Jesus Christ, the eternal Shepherd, established His holy Church, having sent forth […]

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