When you spend your time talking about volatile stuff like politics or, in my case, religion (especially that unique species of religion called “the Catholic Faith”) you discover pretty quickly that conversations can move along two tracks simultaneously.
The first track is the “intellectual”. Somebody asks a question like, “Was the gospel of John actually the testimony of John the apostle?”
That’s a straightforward question with a straightforward answer: “Yes.” You can back it up with all sorts of evidence from the text itself, and from the testimony of the early Church, as well as a general consensus of biblical scholars. Usually, such questions and answers can be dealt with quickly--if...READ MORE