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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,…

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Defending The Historic Christian Faith(?)

Introduction I was recently notified of a class on Roman Catholicism being taught by Norman Geisler. Given that so many of his associates and students have become Catholic over the years (including the co-author of his latest book on the subject!), this was not a big surprise. What caught my eye, though, was the tagline that said the class…

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A Great Non-Denominational Church in Charlotte

Introduction The other day I visited a great non-denominational church. This should not be surprising in a city with over 700 churches, but in my experience (and that of those who have confided in me), it seems very difficult to find a good one around here. Anyway, here are the things that stood out the most to…

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Angels and Demons (and Thousands upon Thousands, and Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand Other Things)

Introduction While treated as synonymous with “sweet” in today’s common speech, the term “angelic” actually describes beings that are far more amazing than any of their various depictions (each of which is related to particular angelic qualities – none of them complete). When angels appeared to men in the Bible, the reaction was often one…

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The Protestant’s Dilemma

Devin Rose has come up with a little gem for the Catholic apologist’s library called The Protestant’s Dilemma (Catholic Answers Press, 2014). Its subtitle explains the book’s underlying message as well as its method: How the Reformation’s Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism. In this book, Rose takes many important tenets of Protestantism to…

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What is “Full Communion With the Catholic Church”?

Introduction When people become Catholic they often describe it as “coming into full communion with the Catholic Church.” That might sound like an obtuse description of the event, but it is actually both accurate and important in its details. This is because Catholics consider all validly baptized Christians to be “in the Church” even if…

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The Protestant’s Burden

Introduction For 500 years now, Protestants have been arguing that Catholicism is a false (or at least an extremely faulty) version of Christianity. After entering into this debate more deeply over the last couple years, I noticed some trends in the debate and also came up with a thought experiment I’d like to share. I wondered what it…

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40 in Scripture

The days of Lent from  Ash Wednesday to Easter are 40 in number. Why 40? Because Jesus fasted for 40 days at the beginning of his ministry (Lk. 4), it seems a fitting time for personal abstention from some delights and practice sacrificial giving and personal reflection. The number 40 seems to be a biblical timespan…

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Catholic Wealth and Spending

Introduction A subject of both urban legend and plenty of nasty memes, the Catholic Church’s wealth and spending habits are frequently attacked. What is the Catholic church doing with all its money (besides paying off the Illuminati, and covertly running the world bank, of course)? I cannot go into much detail because, frankly, I don’t know (and…