Apologetics

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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If he did then, as an apologist, I’d be severely annoyed. But wait! Could this be yet another case of people taking the pope out of context? Yes. Yes it can. And it is. Here are 9 things to know and share . . .   1) What’s being claimed? It’s being claimed that Pope […]

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It’s obvious that the four Gospels agree on the main facts about Jesus’ life: He lived in first century Palestine. He travelled through Galilee and Judea. He worked miracles. He taught. He was crucified in Jerusalem at the time of Passover during the administration of Pontius Pilate. He rose from the dead. And so on. […]

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Among skeptics, Dr. Aaron Adair is sometimes hailed as the “go to” guy on the Star of Bethlehem. He’s even written a book arguing that the Star didn’t exist. Recently, he engaged a post I wrote about the Star of Bethlehem. Here is my reply . . .   First Things First First, you can […]

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The Star of Bethlehem is endlessly fascinating. All kinds of theories about what it was have been proposed. Based on the way Matthew describes it, some have thought it was a supernatural manifestation that led the magi around. Some have even suggested it was a flying saucer. Some have said it was a myth and […]

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Both Matthew and Luke contain accounts of Jesus’ infancy. But they don’t describe all the same events. As a result, some have even accused Matthew and Luke of contradicting each other. What’s the true story? Why did they record different events? And can the two be fit together? Here are 6 things to know and […]

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