The Whys of Catholic Belief

We Catholics have a lot of doctrines. (It’s one of the things people criticize us for). In this edition of Catholic Answers Live, I answer questions about the reasoning behind the doctrines we Catholics believe. http://karlobroussard.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/ca170616b.mp3 Audio Download Questions Covered: 14:31 – Why do we have Masses said for people who were given last rites? Also, have you heard the idea …

The Secret to Protecting Yourself from the Antichrist’s Deceit

Imagine that you finally get to meet your new neighbors. And at the get-to-know-each-other barbeque you discover that the husband Joe is a fallen away Catholic, and is now a staunch Protestant. As you’re having a few cold ones near the grill, Joe begins to share his love for the Bible and how he’s learning at his church’s bible study …

Is the Belief “God Exists” Meaningless?

A few months ago a caller on Catholic Answers Live said he didn’t believe that God exists because the belief cannot be proven true (verified) or false (falsified) based on empirical observation. What he meant was that there is nothing in our sense experience that can show whether the proposition “God exists” is true or false. This objection arises out …

Why Jesus’ Resurrection is Not Borrowed from Pagan Myths

Skeptics will argue that Jesus’ resurrection is just one more instance of the dying-and-rising-god motif prevalent in the religions of the ancient Near East. The Scottish social anthropologist James Frazer popularized this motif in his 1890 book The Golden Bough: A Study in Comparative Religion. The idea continued in modern skeptic circles, as the popular film Zeitgeist has shown. Skeptics …

The Consequences of Polygamy

Defenders of traditional marriage argue that redefining marriage to include same-sex unions undermines marital permanency (lifelong union) and exclusivity (only one spouse). If biological sex doesn’t matter, they argue, then why should duration and number? This is called a reductio ad absurdum argument. It attempts to show the absurd conclusions that legal recognition of same-sex marriage logically leads to, namely, …

Three Simple Ways to Show Contradictions in the Mormon Belief of God

You’re at the park playing with your kids and two conservatively dressed young men are riding their bikes nearby, and you immediately recognize they are Mormon. Thoughts start whizzing through your mind: I hope they don’t come here. If they do, what will I say? Should I engage? I’m trying to spend time with my kids! Sure enough, they approach your …