Apologetics

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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Recently, I’ve been doing a series of blog posts about how the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke relate to each other. In biblical studies, this is known as the Synoptic Problem. Today the most popular solution to this problem is known as the “Two-Source Hypothesis.” According to this view, Mark was the first Gospel to […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (9/25/14), Jimmy takes on the following questions: How is the landowner in the parable of the workers in the vineyard “fair”? How to deal with nephew getting married tomorrow in a non-Catholic ceremony? How to understand Romans 9 when it talks about the “vessels of wrath”? Who are […]

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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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