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A reader writes: Have you responded to 1 John 2:26-27, and Matthew 23 concerning teachers? The passages in question read: I write this to you about those who would deceive you; but the anointing which you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that any one should teach you; as his […]

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St. Luke records that when Jesus was born an angel of the Lord directed a group of shepherds to go find him. Luke introduces this group of shepherds by saying: And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night [Luke 2:8]. This has led to a […]

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Was Jesus really born on December 25th? You’ll find strong opinions on both sides of this question, with some saying definitely yes and some saying definitely no. I don’t have strong feelings on this question. Although the Church today liturgically celebrates the birth of Our Lord on December 25th, whether this is the exact date […]

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Recently I blogged about the common apologetics claim that the dates of Christmas and the Annunciation were based on the idea that Jesus lived to an “integral age.” In other words, that Jesus died on the anniversary of his birth or conception. According to some authors, it was popularly believed among ancient Jews that prophets […]

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Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25th? Why is the Annunciation on March 25th? According to some authors, it’s due to something called the “integral age” view that was common among ancient Jews. But this idea itself might be a myth. Here are 9 things to know and share . . . BE SURE […]

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There is a persistent claim that the early Christians were pacifists—in the strong sense of being opposed to all use of violence—and that it was not until the time of the Emperor Constantine that this began to change. After Christianity became the official religion of the empire, the Church embraced the use of military force, […]

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The Church Fathers on John’s Gospel Clement of Alexandria gives the following account of when and how John’s Gospel was written: [L]ast of all, John, perceiving that the external facts had been made plain in the Gospel, being urged by his friends, and inspired by the Spirit, composed a spiritual Gospel [preserved in Eusebius, Church […]

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It’s getting near Christmas, and you know what that means. That’s right! It’s time for another book to be released telling us the sensationalistic “truth” about Christianity. This time we have The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text that Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary the Magdalene by Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson. You may remember […]

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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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