Apologetics

What is the nature of time? Three views have been proposed: Presentism holds that only the present is real (so the past and future are not) The growing block theory holds that the past and the present are real (but the future is not) Eternalism holds that the past, the present, and the future are […]

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The fact that we live in time and God lives in eternity leads to all kinds of questions. For example: If God is eternal and outside of time, does he create all of history all at once? Does the fact that what is true in time changes mean that God’s knowledge changes? How can God […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (March 21, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: What is a “eucharistic minister”? Do Muslims (and Jews) worship the same God as Christians? Is it necessary to renew your marriage vows at some point? Does it need to be done during a Mass? Who was James […]

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Would Jesus have been the all-time, all-history MVP if he played basketball? Did he have to learn his craft of carpentry? Did he have to learn table manners? There are all kinds of questions one can ask about the way Jesus’ divine and human natures related in his earthly life, and we can’t know the […]

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Recently we began looking at claims that the Jewish historian Josephus (A.D. 37-c. 100) said that his people believed in reincarnation. This is not true. As we’ve already seen, there were two general views of the afterlife among Jews in his day. One view—which was a minority position held by the Sadducees—claimed that there was […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (March 16, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: Why do the Gospels say that mustard seeds are the smallest seeds when they aren’t? Is it correct to refer to “obedient faith,” and how is faith to be defined? Why did Jesus teach in parables? How to […]

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Every so often I’ve encountered people claiming that the Jewish historian Josephus (A.D. 37-c. 100) said that Jews believe in reincarnation. Sometimes this claim is made by New Agers, who want to bolster the antiquity of the idea in Judeo-Christian circles, but I’ve also seen it made by others. It has always struck me as […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (March 14, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: Why shouldn’t we only believe things verified by science? How can we reconcile the Council of Trent saying that we have free will with John 6:44, where Jesus says “nobody can come to me unless the Father draws […]

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The vast majority of Christians recognize the possibility of losing one’s salvation. This is clearly taught in multiple Bible passages. However, in the 1500s, John Calvin proposed a teaching now known as eternal security. Today this teaching takes two forms. The first version was proposed by Calvin himself. It holds that, although there are actions […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (March 9, 2017, 2nd hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: Where is the physical location of Heaven? How to explain praying to the saints to others, and what are some Bible verses that deal with this? If you’re killed immediately after going to confession, will you go straight […]

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