The ‘Fruit-of-the-Vine’ Objection

The ‘Fruit-of-the-Vine’ Objection

  Catholics defend their belief in the Eucharist by appealing to Christ’s words at the Last Supper. We argue that because Jesus said, “This is my body,” and not, “This represents my body,” he literally meant that bread becomes his body (and wine his blood). A...
RIP: God?

RIP: God?

  Some atheists claim that science has buried God by proving he doesn’t exist, or at least by making him irrelevant. Stephen Hawking stated in a 2010 interview, for example, that science can explain the universe without the need for a Creator. So, is science God’s...
That They May Be One

That They May Be One

  Catholics claim that the papacy is the key to Christian unity—the visible source of unity for God’s people. According to the Second Vatican Council, God has established the bishop of Rome as the Church’s “perpetual and visible principle and foundation of unity”...
The Call of (Human) Nature

The Call of (Human) Nature

Many who self-identify as “gay” are not shy about appealing to nature to justify their lifestyle. They often say, “I was born this way” or “It’s natural for me to feel attracted to members of the same sex.” What they mean is that they didn’t consciously choose their...
More Bible Clues for the Priesthood

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...
Reverencing Sex For Goodness’ Sake

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...