Are Babies Atheists?

05/29/2013 Comments (45)

Are we all born atheists?

One of the most common topics in discussion between Christians and atheists is the question of what atheism actually is.

For a long time, the word has been defined as the view that there is no God--i.e., the claim "God does not exist."

More recently, some atheists have begun to define it differently.

According to them, atheism is simply a lack of belief in the existence of God. On this view, a person would be an atheist if he thought there was no God, thought it unlikely that there is a God, or didn't know if there is a God.

Simply not agreeing with the claim "There is a God" would make you an atheist.

Some atheists have claimed that this is the natural state of humanity. On...READ MORE

Filed under apologetics, atheism, atheists

12 things to know and share about the Holy Trinity

05/26/2013 Comments (12)

The Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian Faith. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .

The Church teaches that the Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian Faith.

But how much do you know about this mystery?

What is its history?

What does it mean?

And how can it be proved?

Here are 12 things to know and share . . .

 

1. Where does the word "Trinity" come from?

It comes from the Latin word trinitas, which means "three" or "triad." The Greek equivalent is triados.

 

2. When was it first used?

The first surviving use of the term (there may have been earlier uses that are now lost)  was around A.D. 170 by Theophilus of Antioch, who wrote:

In like manner also the three days which were before the luminaries, are types of the Trinity [Τριάδος],...READ MORE

Filed under holy trinity, liturgical year, liturgy, mystery, theology, trinity

Did Pope Francis Say That Atheists Can Get to Heaven by Good Works?

05/24/2013 Comments (290)

Did Pope Francis recently say that atheists can get to heaven by "good works"? Or was he talking about something else entirely?

Color me annoyed.

The press has been going nuts about remarks concerning atheists that Pope Francis made at one of his daily homilies.

As usual, the press is hyping the remarks as if they are earthshaking, unprecedented, and in contrast to mean ol' Pope Emeritus Benedict.

I know this will come as a shock, but . . . they're getting the story wrong.

Here's the story . . .

 

Daily Homilies

Let's start with the context in which Pope Francis made the remarks: One of his homilies at daily Mass, celebrated in St. Martha's House (where he lives).

Pope Francis is in the habit of saying daily Mass for the people at St. Martha's House and invited guests, and when he does so he gives...READ MORE

Filed under atheism, atheist, atheists, francis, pope francis

Is God telling us fictions about the past?

05/22/2013 Comments (34)

Wouldn't it be great if scientists invented a device that would let us look into the past and see it with our own eyes? Guess what! They have!

Wouldn't it be great if scientists invented a device that enabled us to have a clear window into the past--so that we wouldn't just have to read about the past in books?

Instead, with the new device--let's call it a Time Window--we could actually see events occurring in the past in real time, with our own eyes?

That would be wicked awesome, wouldn't it?

The exciting news is that scientists have invented this device!

That's right! The Time Window is real!

What's more, they invented it just over 400 years ago, so they've had the chance to mature the technology to the point that now it's really, really good.

For comparison, imagine how good an iPhone would be today if Steve Jobs...READ MORE

Filed under age of the universe, apologetics, creation, genesis, science, star, starlight, stars

8 things to know and share about Pentecost

05/18/2013 Comments (10)

Where did the feast of Pentecost come from? What happened on it? And what does it mean for us today? Here are 8 things to know and share . . .

The original day of Pentecost saw dramatic events that are important to the life of the Church.

But where did the feast of Pentecost come from?

How can we understand what happened on it?

And what does it mean for us today?

Here are 8 things to know and share about it . . .

 

1. What does the name "Pentecost" mean?

It comes from the Greek word for "fiftieth" (pentecoste). The reason is that Pentecost is the fiftieth day (Greek, pentecoste hemera) after Easter Sunday (on the Christian calendar).

This name came into use in the late Old Testament period and was inherited by the authors of the New Testament.

 

2. What else is this feast known as?

In the Old Testament, it...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and lying to save life

05/15/2013 Comments (420)

In World War II, some people lied to protect Jewish individuals and save their lives. Was this right? Here's some information you might want to be aware of involving Pope Francis.

Back during World War II, some people lied to save Jewish lives.

More recently, Lila Rose has used undercover tactics to expose Planned Parenthood.

At issue is the question of whether it is ever okay to lie, particularly when you're trying to save lives.

We live in a violent world, and the issue keeps coming up in human history.

Here is some information you might want to be aware of involving Pope Francis.

 

On the One Hand

Before we get to the Pope Francis material, we should note that there is a strong view in the history of Catholic thought that says lying of any kind, for any reason, is always wrong.

This view has been endorsed by some of the biggest names in Catholic...READ MORE

Filed under jews, lila rose, lying, lying for jesus, nazis, planned parenthood, pope francis

What do baby names tell us about the reliability of the Gospels?

05/15/2013 Comments (8)

What do baby names tell us about the reliability of the Gospels?

Suppose, one day, you're reading a historical account of life in Alaska in the 1920s and one of the main characters in the account is named Sting.

"That's surprising," you think.

Suppose that Sting is portrayed as married to a woman named Oprah.

"That's improbable," you recognize.

Then you read that Sting has a brother named Spock.

You say to yourself: "Okay. Something is wrong here."

What is it? And what does all this have to do with the gospels?

You might be surprised, but the names of the figures mentioned in the gospels actually provide evidence that they're true.

Here's the story . . .

 

The basic problem

Fundamentally, the problem in our starting example is...READ MORE

Filed under accuracy, apologetics, bible, gospels, historical reliability

9 things to know and share about the "Third Secret" of Fatima

05/12/2013 Comments (57)

The "Third Secret" of Fatima is the most famous private revelation of the 20th century. Here are 9 things to know and share with friends about it . . .

The apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima are famous for the three-part "secret" they conveyed.

Of these, the "third secret" is the most famous, because it was kept confidential at the Vatican for many years.

Only a few popes and a select few others read it--until the year 2000, when Pope John Paul II published it for the whole world to read.

Here are 9 things to know and share with friends about it . . .

 

NOTE: We've already looked at the apparitions at Fatima in general and at the first two parts of the secret. For information on that, you should click here.

 

1) What is the third part of the secret or "third secret"?

Here is what Sr. Lucia wrote:

After the two parts...READ MORE

Filed under apparition, fatima, marty, private revelation, secret of fatima, third secret, third secret of fatima

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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is the Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."