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5 - Apologia Catholicam - Why Not Protestantism?

There are many reasons why Protestantism was and is not intellectually satisfying. I have a soft spot for Protestants and Protestantism in that in this world they are more Catholic allies than enemies, especially in the political arena. I have always admired Protestants for their outspoken defense of the faith. Furthermore, the founders of America were Protestant and enshrined the greatest human law ever written. They tapped into the very Christian idea of individual liberty, self-directedness, and…

4. Apologia Catholicam - Hiddenness of God

One of the chief drawing factors of the Catholic faith is that its theology matches reality, or put another way, the theology it professes matches realist philosophical interpretations of reality. One personal struggle I have had is the hiddenness of God. Aquinas, and Catholic tradition teach that God is so good that, if seen in His essence, one could not turn away from Him. So a constant skeptical thought permeated and at times still permeates my mind, “Why not show Yourself, oh Lord, and end this…

3. Apologia Catholicam - The Problem of Evil

Every human being must at some point or another face the problem of evil. The modern world seeks to limit the amount of physical suffering and pain, rightly so, and even distract us from the inevitability of death, sorrow, and pain. Because of our Christian heritage in the West we are often blissfully unaware of what true misery lies outside our country’s borders. Especially when moral evils befall Christians, we are then made ignorant by our media, who will only cover tragedies in depth for people that…

2. Apologia Catholicam - The Fall

Returning to the theme from the last chapter of looking around and seeing a world where things just aren’t quite right, Christianity has a more cogent explanation than any other philosophy I’ve encountered offers. That is, the doctrine of original sin and the Fall explain things in a more intellectually satisfying way than any philosophy I’ve encountered.

1. Apologia - Hatred of Death

Who sorrows when hearing reports of ISIS thugs asking children if they believe in Jesus only to behead them in front of their parents when they innocently answer, “Yes”? Who weeps when they hear of the government fining and shutting down grandma’s floral shop for abiding by Christian principles? Who sobs when they hear of parents losing their child to cancer? Whose stomach churns in disgust when a child loses a father in a car crash, or a parent loses a child in the same situation? Who whimpers at the…

Am I Evil

“Am I evil, I am man, yes I am.” This line is from a rock song I used to listen to when I was in high school. I always found the lyric profound, and it actually spawned the philosophical question, “Is man evil?” When we look around the world at the death, destruction, and decay it is easy to think this is an evil place. How could a good God create such a cesspool? When you add moral evil on top of that, like the horrendous atrocities being committed by ISIS, or the murder of children in the womb, it…

Alien Propaganda – Paganism and the Diminution of Man

I recently took a tour of a book called Galileo was Wrong and the Church was Right, which if the authors are correct, we have had the proverbial wool pulled over our eyes for quite some time by our modern materialist agnostic pagan physicists who strut around as our agnostic high priests. The gist of what the authors suggest is that the scientific evidence is now pointing to the inadequacy of Copernican heliocentrism, and the fudging of the math to make Einstein’s relativity theories work in order to save…

Caricatures of Christ

Recently my wife and I watched the film “Philomena” about an Irish woman who found herself impregnated as a teenager and out of wedlock in 1950s Ireland. Based on a true story, it detailed how nuns in Ireland would take these women in and sell their children to wealthy Americans. Philomena herself was abandoned by her father because of her misdeed.

Free Thinkers are Dangerous

With the passage of gay “marriage” in Ireland by popular vote, we are witnessing two things – divine judgment (and the coming purification) and the death of the freedom of thought. The hope is that the social experiment in Ireland that will end the west would provide a microcosm of the disaster that destroying the family portends. The ignoring of the rights of children will cause a societal mess. Simply look to the riots in Baltimore for a snapshot of what is coming when we deny children the right to a…

The Pill, Feminism, and the Crisis of Manhood

A recent study published by UCLA shows that the carcinogen – the pill – that our culture has been forcing upon women actually shrinks parts of the female brain. This is on top of the links to heart problems and stroke, breast cancer, psychological distortions in mate choosing, and the poisoning of our water supply. What this highlights is what Catholics have known all along – the Catholic Church has and always will be the protector and guarantor of authentic human dignity. It is the true defender of…
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