Apologetics

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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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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