apoprism

My Apologetic Method

The Apologetics Prism® Introduction A friend who was planning on teaching a High School apologetics class recently asked me what books I used when I taught. We were both familiar with the system taught at the seminary we had both attended, as well as many of the books that reflected it. As I gave my thoughts on each…

ontologicaldisproof

The Challenge of Ontological Disproofs

Introduction I decided to write up this summary of my dissertation subject because people keep asking me what it is and it takes me like 15 minutes to explain it. Basically, I am hoping to leverage my background in apologetics, theology, and philosophy, to deal with a specific category of atheistic arguments against the existence of God by…

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Is Mary the “Mother of God”?

Introduction Some Christian apologists take issue with calling the Virgin Mary “The Mother of God” (e.g., 1, 2, 3), thinking it devalues God or overemphasizes Mary. It must be admitted that it sounds odd – after all, how can God have a mother? Obviously no one believes that Mary created God, or was in any way his origin.…

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Do Catholics Worship or Pray to Saints?

Introduction The question of whether Catholics pray to, or worship, the Saints comes up a lot in Catholic-Protestant dialogues and polemics. In fact, the Catholic understanding of prayer and worship has often been said by Protestant apologists to boil down to idolatry. I don’t want to go into a detailed defense of saintly prayers or devotions…

StPeterKeys

Why Christianity Requires An Infallible Authority

Introduction Thomas Aquinas defined true faith in terms of one’s wilful adherence to a religious authority. Because supernatural truths of faith are not directly discoverable by the senses or reason, God must reveal them somehow. Because supernatural truths of faith must be revealed, questions concerning them cannot be resolved by other means (e.g., logic, science, philosophy, history,…

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Tiber Treading No More

Introduction The Tiber River in Italy is often used as an indirect reference to the city of Rome and, by extension, Roman Catholicism. Converts to Catholicism, then, are often said to have “swum the Tiber.” After several years of disillusionment with Evangelicalism, I found myself eyeing the Tiber’s far shores, occasionally splashing around in it,…