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Apologetics

I’m a Bad Apologist, and So Can You

In my younger days, I loved to argue.  Skill in argumentation was a point of pride for me.  When I read, “Always be ready to give a defense for [your faith],” I took it seriously.  This, combined with a keen sense of pragmatism, led me to argue in a unconventional manner, and it is what […] Read More

I Used to be Pro-Choice, Until I Heard This

I used to be pro-choice. That is, until a friend of mine had me really examine the logic behind the issue. I was swept up in the idea that a woman had the right to choose what to do with her body. I never asked the question, “Are there limits to what we should do […] Read More

Who Is Catholic and Who Is Not

There are an unfortunate number of public figures, predominantly of the sort who sit in the nation’s capital, who call themselves Catholic, but who probably strike you as failing to actually exhibit the necessary qualities of a Catholic adult.  Now, be not confused; these qualities are not simply the elements of spiritual maturity.  To be […] Read More

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In Defense of Children as Natural Philosophers

A few weeks ago I wrote an article titled, “Children as Natural Philosophers”. Shortly after it was posted to reddit.com on the subreddit r/philosophy to which there were a few responses. While I did address a couple of the comments directly on Reddit, I feel it is only appropriate to make a longer response to […] Read More

Apologetics Toolkit: Existence of God (Part 1)

Many proofs for the existence of God have been formulated, and it can be difficult for the amateur apologist to understand and commit each to memory.  Dr. Kreeft, in his Summa of the Summa, lays out 24 arguments, and admits that there are many more!  Beyond this, the differences between each argument can be subtle […] Read More

Apologetics Toolkit: Explaining the Real Presence

I’m part of a informal faith group that meets on a semi-regular basis.  Very often our conversations turn towards issues of doctrine, most recently, the nature of the Eucharist.  My Protestant/Non-Denominational friends are the mindset that Jesus intended the receiving of bread and wine as a symbolic gesture, whereas I am obviously of the Catholic persuasion that […] Read More

Consent and Contracepting – Part II

In the first part of this series, I offered an explanation, from reason and the nature of marriage as complete consent, for why contracepting is a violation of the marriage bond. In this second, briefer, part II, I want to draw out some of the further implications of marriage as formed by consent. Last week, […] Read More

The Method of Loci: Building your Apologetics’ Toolset

As a budding (and quite amateur) apologist, I’m constantly looking for new methods to develop my ability to connect with others about the Catholic faith.  Many methods I’ve adopted involve developing my “soft” skills, of which I owe a debt of gratitude to men like Patrick Madrid who taught me that not only does one […] Read More

Consent and Contracepting – Part I

The question was recently posed to me, “How does one explain the Catholic take on marriage and contraception to someone with no religious framework?”  Initially, I was stumped.  Sure, you could talk about natural law, but that is not a terribly accessible approach; nor is it brief enough for a casual conversation.  So, where does […] Read More