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 …

How to Refute the ‘Religion is Violent’ Myth

If you could wave a magic wand to get rid of either rape or religion, which would you choose? Popular atheist Sam Harris would choose religion. In a 2006 interview he argued, “more people are dying as a result of our religious myths than as a result of any other ideology.” This is a common charge among many New Atheists. They think …

Here’s Why You Can Be Sure that Paul Believed in the Eucharist

Catholics believe the Eucharist is Jesus, literally. But does this belief have apostolic origins? St. Paul, an apostle, wrote vividly about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, so I believe it does. Paul talks about the Eucharist in 1 Corinthians 10:16-21 and 1 Corinthians 11:27-30. These passages show that Paul was Catholic in his belief. Participating in what is real Let’s start with …

Bringing Sanity to Sex: Part 2 of 2

In my previous article, we saw that there is such a thing as sexual sanity, an objective reality with which we need to live in accord in order to be sexually sane. Regardless of someone’s personal motive for engaging in sexual activity, procreation is its natural end. Now, the charge that such a view reduces human sex acts to mere biology might have force …

Bringing Sanity to Sex: Part I

Sanity is to see what is (reality) and live in accord with it. If your grandfather thinks leprechauns are jumping in his butter dish and he gives them his butter knife to use as a springboard, then his sanity is defective. He mistakes a hallucination for what is real and behaves accordingly. As he tells you about this phenomenon at the dinner …