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Did the Gospels Evolve?

Caravaggio, Doubting Thomas (1603) A common claim from Biblical skeptics is that the earliest New Testament Books tell a very different story than the later Books: that the story of Jesus grew with time, becoming more and more incredible, and less and less historical.  In other words, it’s the idea that the New Testament evolved from history […]

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A Catholic Trillema: Why the Church Can’t Just be a “Good Denomination”

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) C.S. Lewis famously argued that given what Jesus claimed about Himself, He was either Lord, liar, or lunatic — that if He wasn’t God, He couldn’t be considered merely a good man or a moral teacher. Lewis explained in Mere Christianity why this argument is important: I am trying here to prevent anyone […]

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The Harvest is Great, but the Laborers are Few: St. Francis Xavier’s Lament

This is from Saturday’s Office of Readings, and it’s two excerpts from letters written by St. Francis Xavier to St. Ignatius Loyola.  Xavier and Ignatius are the sixteenth-century co-founders of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits, and they were incredibly effective missionaries, travelling the world to spread the Gospel.  They’re directly and indirectly responsible for […]

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