This category addresses topics pertaining to the work of the New Apologetics broadly. Some important considerations for distinguishing between the New Apologetics and the “old apologetics” in terms of both method and content will be proposed.
As Catholic apologists, we want to do something that our name would suggest we do far more often: We’d like to apologize. By that we mean exactly what you would think; we want to say that we’re sorry. We understand that you might be suspicious right now, that you may be thinking that this is another “tactic” for drawing you in. It isn’t. In fact, having tactics is one of the things we’re... Read More
Since the time of the Apostles, the Church has been engaged in the business of explaining Christian doctrine and defending it against error from both outside forces and inside forces (heresies). 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to “always be ready to give an explanation for the hope that is within you.” Recently, Cardinal Levada stated that the Church needs a New Apologetics for the New Evangelization. But... Read More
This section addresses subject matter pertinent to Catholicism and Christianity in general. A particular focus will be put on the development of a fully integrated theory of the redemption.
A Debate/Discussion between New Apologetics and Catholic Philosopher Michael Liccione on The Possibility of Theodicy
Catholic philosopher Michael Liccione (https://www.facebook.com/mliccione) has invited New Apologetics to respond to his 1999 article “The Problems of Evil” (http://problemsofevil.blogspot.com/). Our position at New Apologetics is diametrically opposed to the one expressed in the article to be critiqued. Dr. Liccione argues that theodicy is impossible. We at New Apologetics argue that... Read More
Question 1: Is it arrogant to seek an answer to the “why” of suffering if God is “mystery”?Answer: God is infinitely mysterious, but for love of humanity, God has freely revealed himself, and has communicated what we otherwise could not have known by our own power. The Church teaches that, in revealing himself to us in this way, God has provided ultimate answers to those questions we human... Read More
Coming Soon: The Modal Ontological Argument from Divine Justice (A New Proof for the Existence of God)
In “The Theodicy of Divine Chastity, Part I,” we explored some aspects of the problem of evil in light of God’s perfect opposition to evil. Because of our experience of injustice, it can seem that God is either complicit in evil (i.e. “the end justifies the means”), or powerless, or nonexistent. Our first article in that series explained how it is possible for us to coherently... Read More
The occurrence of tragedy is especially problematic for the worldview of the Christian who believes in a good God. The “why” of suffering is certainly asked universally, but it is the believer who must somehow reconcile the reality of suffering with the belief in a loving God who both knows everything and has infinite power. Historically, most (if not all) explanations of the presence of suffering... Read More
A Debate/Discussion between “New Apologetics” and “Dogma Debate” on “The Top 11 Reasons for Atheism”
The following discussion originally took place on the New Apologetics Facebook page between April 13, 2013 and June 10, 2013 in front of an audience of approximately 20,000 online viewers. [Photo: An icon of Saint Abraham of Rostov destroying a statue of the pagan god Veles.] This post will be the venue for a discussion concerning the defensibility of 11 proposed reasons for atheism. The representative(s)... Read More
In service to truth and justice, this category presents rebuttals to popular (but unsound) arguments for the existence of God and the truth of Christianity.
Prefatory Note: This contribution to the work of counter-apologetics is made strictly in service of intellectual honesty and is not intended to be an argument for atheism in any way. We believe it to be an essential aspect of free and honest inquiry that if some argument can be shown to be faulty, then the fault ought to be exposed without delay or compunction regardless of one’s allegiance to any... Read More
The aim of this category is to dispel misunderstandings about Christian prayer, the spiritual life, and the nature of the human person in general.
“This is an original poem by New Apologetics, reposted here from where it first appeared on our Facebook page. Please continue to check our Facebook page for additional content, as new poems and prayers will usually appear there first. We include the poem here as an artistic representation of the theology of the Church as it has been, is, and always will be.” (The Ordinary Discourse) Thoughtful... Read More
My God, I have done little to prepare for Christmas. I have prepared myself poorly for the feast of your birth, and I will celebrate it as poorly. If I say that there is an “ought”, I can say also that I have not lived up to it. And now I say I love you. I do not attempt to reconcile these contraries, for they reconcile only in you. My fallen nature, which loves and desires you so... Read More
“This is an original poem by New Apologetics, reposted here from where it first appeared on our Facebook page. Please continue to check our Facebook page for additional content, as new poems and prayers will usually appear there first. We include the poem here as an artistic representation of the theology of the Church as it has been, is, and always will be.” Thorn in my flesh,... Read More
“This is a collection of original poems by New Apologetics, reposted here from where it first appeared on our Facebook page. Please continue to check our Facebook page for additional content, as new poems and prayers will usually appear there first. We include the poem here as an artistic representation of the theology of the Church as it has been, is, and always will be.” I. Am I the only one... Read More
“This is an original poem by New Apologetics, reposted here from where it first appeared on our Facebook page. Please continue to check our Facebook page for additional content, as new poems and prayers will usually appear there first. We include the poem here as an artistic representation of the theology of the Church as it has been, is, and always will be.” What kind of man, Zacchaeus, Wealthy... Read More
These conversations are representative exchanges which have taken place between New Apologetics contributors and various questioners from widely divergent backgrounds and world views.
Patrick Speckamp You set out to provide a “New” evangelization. What is so radically new about your approach? Is it merely the fact that you take differing views seriously and try to see the benefit in them? Ultimately and judging from our discussions, you are very good at ruling out the concepts of God that atheists bash (and apparently rightly so). You agree that these are ideas... Read More
Gareth Northam Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except by Me” Jn14:6 That means the way through Mohamed is closed. The way through Islam is closed. The way through Krsna is closed. The way through Buddha is closed. The way through self enlightenment is closed. The way through magic, witchcraft or the occult is closed. The way through... Read More
Alex Tâm Phạm What should one do during a time of spiritual desolation? When one is so lazy to even pray? Like · Comment · February 27, 2013 at 5:58pm · Matthew Eckert, Jay Kruzuski and Ankit Dhawan like this. Ankit Dhawan Excellent question! Looking forward to the answer. February 28, 2013 at 4:01am · 2 New Apologetics You wrote: What... Read More
Brian Cabactulan It is very inspiring and refreshing to see how your humility and authority do not, in the least bit, diminish each other in the work that you do here. Praise God for your charism, and for how you have courageously followed your vocation.I feel blessed to have been led to your page. I would not even dare to imagine the spiritual warfare on your level, as your work pierces through... Read More
Caleb Newberry Your most recent response on Mary was very helpful. However, I would still like to know the history of the beliefs about Mary. They weren’t defined as dogma till the 1800s so I don’t think even the church would contend they have always been around. Also, assuming Catholic doctrines on Mary were true, I am still wondering why Romans 14 would not apply to these doctrines?... Read More
Jomil Mulvey WHY is not being one of the People of the book equated with Atheism?? I am a religious Pagan who says her prayers morning and night and enjoys the fellowship of more or less like minds. I happen to harbor a deep love for St Therese, and a deep respect for St. Hypatia of Alexanria martyred for the crime of saying that truth was greater than belief and actions greater than Faith. Like · Comment · January... Read More
Theresa Lester [Your] article is the best I have ever seen regarding the questions that many people have about human suffering. I have believed for a long time that people are wrong in blaming God for allowing tragedies and suffering. My belief, based on Scripture and the teaching of the Church is that sin brought suffering and death into the world, and it continues to be the conduit for evil... Read More
Caleb Newberry I am a Protestant Christian and I want to start out by saying that I love your page. I feel a love for the Catholic Church as brothers and sisters in Christ and I owe a debt to many Catholic theologians for helping me grow in my faith. And upon reading the Catechism I saw that the Catholic Church was much more gracious to Protestants than I had grown up hearing many Protestants... Read More
Scott Maddox “Your position entails a grave misunderstanding of scientific method. It seems that you assume (under the premise of loyalty to science) that science is the only means of knowledge. We would like to discuss this with you in a separate thread as it is somewhat off-topic here.” - New Apologetics Okay, so what are the other means of knowledge? Like · January 25, 2013... Read More
Ankit Dhawan As I am reading all these wonder ful posts (thanks!) my apetite for seeking straight answers to some of the foundational questions is increasing. So, here it goes: 1. Who are we? Are we the body or the soul? Someone gave the analogy of car and the driver… car being hte body and driver being the soul. 2. Who creates us? (OK! I know this one.. God) 3. Why does He creates us? 4.... Read More
Ankit Dhawan God created Adam a perfect human being. Where does the first desire to disobey God come from? Alright, I have read that first it was the serpent and then it was Eve who influenced Adam. But my question is more fundamental… there was a desire that was introduced in God’s perfect system to disobey Him, what is the root of that desire? Adam was as perfect as Jesus,... Read More
Matt Tillman I was reading the Bible (again) and came to Ezekiel 18. How does one understand this chapter in relation to the words of Paul, who suggested that “because of the sin of Adam,” all men are sinners? Ezekiel explicitly says, “What do you mean that you use this parable over the land of Israel, saying, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children’s... Read More
Jay Kruzuski Even if I am in heaven, if all of mankind is not saved, I will not be joyful. However, heaven, by definition is 100% joy. Will I have to be content with the fact that some people are suffering miserably in hell in order to enter heaven? I don’t think I can do that. How do you resolve this dilemma? Like ·· April 22, 2013 at 4:20pm · Patrick Speckamp, Nick Hennessey, Matthew... Read More
Patrick Speckamp I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the omniscience vs omnipotence paradox: If God is omniscient, then he knows what he will do, and must inevitably do what he already knows he will do. If he must do what he already knows he will do, how does this make him omnipotent? (with omnipotence implying free choice of actions without limitations) Like · February 22, 2013... Read More
Michael Zimmerman The necessity of the existence for a transcendent Force creating and sustaining the universe brought me to belief in God. The historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ caused me to become a Christian. The Catholic Church’s airtight argument for its own authority caused me to become a Catholic. My spiritual journey has largely been a rational one. But as... Read More
Jhunitz Lopez “My Queen My Mother! I give thee all myself,and,to show my devotion to thee,i consecrate to thee my eyes,my ears,my mouth,my heart,my entire self.Wherefore,O loving Mother,as I am thine own,keep me,defend me,as thy property and possession.Amen”A prayer like this, is it within the Catholic faith? This is posted in a page that claims to be Catholic but this to me is... Read More
Dean Victor Lanestosa Montalvo Hello guys, as a modern apologist? how can we defend about the doctrine on purgatory? hope you can help me with this topic thanks God Bless Like · · December 10, 2012 at 8:19am · James P Dimichino likes this. New Apologetics The necessity of purgatory is easily explainable when we come to see how much resistance we have to believing... Read More
Anne Sanson Hi I am a Roman Catholic and have a question. “God’s Will?” or evil? or suffering? in accepting the loss of my child. I do not believe God punishes us through tradegy. He is Love, so how do I square with people who tell me “this is God’s will in my life?” Like ·· November 22, 2012 at 8:58am 10 people like this. New Apologetics We... Read More