More Bible Clues for the Priesthood

Protestants argue that there is no ministerial priesthood. Instead, they say we’re all priests. As Martin Luther did, they use 1 Peter 2:9 to support this claim: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people.” Catholics argue that a ministerial priesthood does exist in the New Covenant, apart from the priesthood of all …

Reverencing Sex For Goodness’ Sake

What can we say to someone who refuses to acknowledge nature’s blueprint for sexual sanity? Someone who, like the character Skipper from the 2014 movie Madagascar Penguins, says, “You know what? I reject nature.” I answer that we should reverence nature’s blueprint for sex for goodness’ sake. And I don’t mean this in the idiomatic sense of expressing frustration, but …

One Way to Debunk Transgender Philosophy

Have your kids ever peppered your phone’s intelligent personal assistant with random questions? Mine do all the time. It’s a lot a fun when we do it together—the kids get a kick out of it, especially when they start asking potty questions. Just last night we were having fun asking Siri a variety of questions, and I told my children to …

What Protestantism and the New Atheism Have in Common

If someone asked you, “What does the New Atheism have in common with Protestantism?” you might say, “Nothing!” It would seem that devout Bible believing Christians such as Protestants would be as far away from atheists as possible. Yet there is more to this comparison than meets the eye. Protestants may not be similar to modern atheists in the content …

Biblical Resurrection Reports are not “Hopelessly Contradictory”

Agnostic New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman says that we can’t trust the Gospels in their reports about Jesus’ resurrection. His basic argument is that the Gospels are “hopelessly contradictory” (The Historical Jesus). In his 2006 debate with William Lane Craig, Ehrman gives what I see as five discrepancies that he thinks support his claim. I will deal with each below. …

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, …