Apologetics

The Orchard hypothesis, which holds that Mark is a transcript of lectures that Peter gave on Matthew and Luke, is a unique solution to the Synoptic Problem. It was proposed in the late 20th century by the British scholar Dom Bernard Orchard, along with other authors, including Harold Riley, David Alan Black, and Dennis Barton. […]

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I’ve read the Catechism before, but that doesn’t stop things from leaping out at me when I’m going through it. Today something leapt out that deals with the problem of evil, even though it wasn’t in the section on the problem of evil. It deals with the question of why God allowed original sin to […]

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So I decided to celebrate my recent birthday by making a low-carb pizza and by launching a line of ebooks. The new ebooks are designed to be read quickly, in just a few minutes, and the first one is already up on Amazon. It’s called Justification by Faith and Works? What the Catholic Church Really Teaches. […]

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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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