Apologetics

In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (March 2, 2017), Jimmy answers the following questions: What’s the difference between God’s foreknowledge of our salvation and being predestined for salvation? Is it possible to desire and seek salvation, but not earn it because you are not predestined? Why is it that the Rite of Blessing of […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (Feb. 23, 2017, 2nd hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: My wife divorced me, how do I get an annulment? Why do we never hear about the Apostles children? What’s the Catholic teaching on predestination? What is the Douay-Rheims Bible and is it a valid translation? When I […]

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In its entry on the (apocryphal) Epistle of Barnabas, the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary states: Although Barnabas 4:14 appears to quote Matt 22:14, it must remain an open question whether the Barnabas circle knew written gospels. Based on Koester’s analysis (1957:125–27, 157), it appears more likely that Barnabas stood in the living oral tradition used […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (Feb. 23, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: Appreciating science fiction from a Christian perspective I’ve seen people touch the monstrance, is that okay? What’s the Church’s position on transgender issue? In the bible, there’s a footnote on the USCCB’s website under Genesis 2:8 on the […]

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Here’s my recent appearance on Catholic Answers Live where I discuss whether you need religion to be moral, and many other questions! In this appearance on Catholic Answers Live (Feb. 2, 2017), Jimmy Akin explains how he lost 100 lbs and answers questions about: * How the Eucharistic fast works * How the Church is […]

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Cardinal Gerhard Muller has made public comments on Pope Francis’s document Amoris Laetitiae and the controversy surrounding it. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What is Amoris Laetitiae? It’s a document issued by Pope Francis in April of 2016. It deals with marriage and how the Church can […]

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People are sometimes confused by the differences in the Gospels’ infancy narratives and their resurrection narratives. Sometimes it is claimed that they contradict each other. I’ve already written about how the infancy narratives fit together. You can read that here. Now I’d like to show how the Gospels’ resurrection narratives fit together, not only with […]

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Anti-Catholic comic book writer/artist Jack Chick passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. As far as I know, I’m the only Catholic apologist ever to meet him. Below is an account of that meeting, originally published in the March, 2004 issue […]

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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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