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ARE PUBLIC POOLS AND BEACHES OCCASIONS OF SIN?

Jun 22nd, 2017 | By

Summer is here and perhaps this is a good time for a moral reflection on a favorite modern form of recreation. Are public pools and beaches occasions of sin? Of course, there is nothing wrong with swimming pools and beaches per se. But what about as they happen to be in many cases? [*Hint –

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HOW TO ANSWER A BAD ARGUMENT AGAINST BELIEF IN MIRACLES

Jun 16th, 2017 | By

A person on Facebook sent me a message the other day thinking that he had the “ultimate refutation” against believing in miracles. Little did he know that his argument was an old one, it goes back to the philosopher Spinoza. It’s the claim that reason demands we always hold out for a “natural explanation” for

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WHY CHANCE IS A TERRIBLE EXPLANATION FOR THE UNIVERSE

Jun 16th, 2017 | By

Ever since the beginning of human existence, people have wondered about the origin of the order and complexity in the world. Where do we come from? What is the cause of all the order we see in nature? Like the oldest of the ancient Greek philosophers, modern atheists think that the tremendous order we see

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WHY SEPARATING MORALITY FROM RELIGION IS A DISASTER

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

Many secular people think that morality doesn’t need God. After all, they say, aren’t there plenty of atheists who do nice things? But reasons like this miss the entire point regarding the important connection between God and morality. The truth is that separating morality from God is a disaster and in this episode of Spiritual

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4 REASONS WHY THE AVERAGE PERSON SHOULD STUDY THEOLOGY

May 19th, 2017 | By

A lot of people think that the study of theology is something reserved for priests, professors, and academics. But that’s not true. In fact, there are good reasons why everyone should study theology (in a way that accords with their state in life). In this episode of Spiritual Combat, I’m going to give you 4

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A QUICK AND SIMPLE WAY TO DEBUNK CRITICS OF CHRISTIANITY

May 18th, 2017 | By

Critics of Christianity have many objections to the faith. These objections range from the completely uninformed to the more “sophisticated” versions. But what many critics don’t realize is that one of the most common of the “sophisticated” versions is, in fact, very easy to answer. In this episode of Spiritual Combat, I’m going to tell

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WHY ST. THOMAS AQUINAS IS STILL IMPORTANT TODAY

May 12th, 2017 | By

Most Catholics have no idea how many Popes have strongly recommended the study of St. Thomas Aquinas. One would be hard pressed to find any other doctor of the Church who has received so much papal approbation. Here are just a few quotes to draw your attention to the emphasis the Church has placed on

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13 WAYS TO AVOID LUST AND OTHER SEXUAL SINS

May 12th, 2017 | By

We live in an age of sexual license where magazine covers and billboards display soft porn, 80% of all men view pornography on a monthly basis, women commonly dress like prostitutes, fornication is considered healthy and “normal”, and acts of adultery are socially acceptable. Sure these things have always been a problem, but the issue

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WHY BEING IGNORANT OF HISTORY CAUSES ERRORS IN THEOLOGY

May 5th, 2017 | By

Have you ever met anyone who claims to know a lot about theology because they have been reading the Bible yet that same person also happens to be very ignorant when it comes to history? This is a very common problem! Far too many people do not appreciate the important connection between history and theology. They mistakenly

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HOW TO HELP SOMEONE WHO HAS LOST THEIR FAITH: 8 TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW

May 3rd, 2017 | By

Do you know anyone who has lost their faith? Do you want to help them but don’t really know what to do or say? You are not alone. Given the spread of atheism and unbelief in our culture, especially with young people, this is  a very common situation. In this episode of Spiritual Combat, I’ll

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